My Minnesota grandma's ubiquitous holiday salad was what was colloquially referred to as an "ambrosia."
Your grandma probably had one, too: Jello whipped together with Cool Whip, Maraschino cherries, mandarin oranges, mini-marshmallows, and pecans. As a kid, the nuts made me look at the thing with an accusatory eye each time it hit the table, for every single holiday, in my great-grandmother's beveled crystal bowl. But dutiful kid that I was, I'd still take a dollop of the sugar bomb, fish out the marshmallows, and cast aside the nuts.
Maybe the now-infamous "Minnesota Grape Salad" was someone's grandma's iteration of an ambrosia?
Maybe. But still...More »