SALADS ARE FAVORITES
DEAR MELBA: One of my favorite things to eat at Dodson’s Cafeteria those many years ago was Cauliflower Salad.
I have tried many recipes but never have come close to it. However, you sent me a recipe. I tried it, with a few changes, and it was perfect. Whether it’s really Dodson’s recipe or not, it’s still good.
1 head cauliflower
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sliced stuffed pimiento olives
11/2 tablespoons minced onions
Into large mixing bowl, slice each section of cauliflower in very thin slices. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise with olives and onions. Stir into cauliflower. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate overnight. It should serve 10 or 12.
— Zil King, Oklahoma City
I talked with Charlotte Dodson, former owner of Dodson’s Cafeteria, and she said the secret to this salad is to be sure to slice the cauliflower as thin as you can, and not to substitute salad dressing but to use mayonnaise.
DEAR MELBA: This is such a good salad, I thought you might want to share the recipe with your readers.
1 can (20 ounces) sliced peaches, drained, reserve juice
1 can (20 ounces) sliced pears, drained
1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
2 bananas, sliced horizontally
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1 package (33/4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
In large mixing bowl, cut up fruit and toss. Pour dry pudding mix over all and stir gently. If needed, add some of the reserved peach juice. Refrigerate overnight. Serves 10 or 12.
— Marie, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I work with NICU Helping Hands as a volunteer seamstress. This organization uses donated wedding gowns to make “Angel Gowns” for babies who do not get to leave the hospital. When the “Angel Gowns” are completed they are sent to Fort Worth, Texas, to be wrapped in a white box with tissue and then sent to hospitals that have requested to be in the NICU network. Unfortunately and sadly, NICU Helping Hands cannot keep up with the demand for the “Angel Gowns.”
I’m hoping you can get the word out that anyone wanting to donate wedding gowns or very light pastel prom dresses should contact the following:
— Sharon Grossman, Yukon
DEAR MELBA: Everywhere I am, I watch for church signs. Here are three of my latest signs: “Love finds a way, indifference finds an excuse.”
Also: “Free trip to Heaven, details inside.”
And this one from a church in Hartshorne: “Every saint has a past, every sinner has a future.”
— Sandy Killian, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: Here is a tip for building brain power. Students at a school were given bananas at breakfast, break time and lunch in an effort to build their brain power. This allegedly helped them through their exams.
Research has shown that the potassium-packed banana can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
— Juanita, Oklahoma City
… And, I want some of that.
DEAR MELBA: I think this may be the recipe a reader’s mother is looking for.
1 cup margarine
11/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 package (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
In large bowl of electric mixer, combine margarine, vanilla and salt. Blend well. Gradually beat in sugar. Blend in flour. Stir in chocolate chips and 3/4 cup nuts. Mix well. Press evenly into ungreased 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan. Sprinkle remaining nuts over top and press lightly. Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake about 25 minutes or until golden.
Cool, then break into irregular pieces on absorbent paper. Makes about 2 pounds of crisp cookies.
— A Reader
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