Saturday, October 23, 2010

The October Bride

October Salad Bowl BrideLife Oct 23 1939
Life, October 23, 1939
You hear a lot about June Brides, but here at Kitchen Retro we have discovered some things about one of the lesser-known of the bridal species: the October Bride. No, she doesn't dress up in a pelican costume to serve Candy Corn to her guests in the brand-new wedding-present vegetable dishes. She is too modern for that. She is glad to be really modern. Too modern to make salad dressing, anyway. Not like all the pioneer women who spent hours shaking up gourmet dressings to go with mixed greens.

Or perhaps not.

Well, anyway, when the October Bride invites people over, she likes to amaze them with her delicious - well, I don't know what they are. Because she calls them "Salad Bowls"  -  in quotations. It must be code for something else.

It is code, actually, for bowls full of Hellmann's salad dressing. Never mind the lettuce and tomatoes. Just pour in a job lot of dressing. Don't even look as you pour. Grit your teeth for the camera, dear. This is what October Brides do.

But if you really, really want to put something that means salad-in-quotation-marks in your so-called "Salad Bowls," why not try this concoction from the late 1960s:

Prize Vegetable Salad (from Favorite Salad Recipes of Jaycee Wives, 1968)

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
12 maraschino cherries, chopped fine
1 cup cabbage, finely shredded
1 No. 2 can crushed pineapple
8 marshmallows, chopped fine
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 pint cream, whipped

Dissolve gelatin in cold water; add enough boiling water to make one cup. Add cherries, cabbage, pineapple,  marshmallows and mayonnaise. Fold in cream. Pour into oiled mold, chill until firm. Yield: 12 servings.

Bon app├ętit - and trick or treat!

1 comment:

Bill said...

Yes, indeed, what could taste fresher than something that is not home-made?
And if you live in the west, and are pouring from a Hellman's bottle, you can proudly say "it's imported!"