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    Anyone know what Grandma Did?

    When I was little, grandma always made this stuff with what I think was whipping cream, diced apples with their skins on, chopped walnuts. More than that I can't say. Any ideas what I need to do to make it again. It was an everyday type item, not a holiday food. But I never saw what else she did to it and I'm craving some food memories of her. Thanks
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    Maybe you're thinking of ambrosia. That has whipped cream and diced apples in it. I don't remember what other ingredients it has, but if you look it up, you should find a recipe for it. Good luck.

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    Sure it wasn't Mayo she used? It might have been Waldorf salad.

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/waldorf_salad/
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    I think she was doing her own version of ambrosia. I just looked up the recipe and fromt what i can see, the only thing i was missing was the sugar - I know she beat the cream. and added the fruit. I wasn't sure about vanilla or anything more. Going to give it a shot for dinner tonight. Thanks for your help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Sure it wasn't Mayo she used? It might have been Waldorf salad.

    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/waldorf_salad/
    Yes, Waldorf Salad. We always use Miracle Whip for a little kick and put in Delicious apples chopped up w/skin, walnuts and chopped celery. I am making that for Christmas Eve. Sounds so good, eh? Edie
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    lol Well I was gonna suggest Waldorf Salad- but others already did !LOL
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    Waldorf Salad. I always loved that stuff.

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    My family made it also with walnuts , mandarin oranges and a few grapes and coconut.
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    I am so glad you asked the question. Ambrosia and Waldorf Salad are memories for me too, but for the life of me I could not bring up the descriptive titles. We made them often and enjoyed them. As I cannot eat fresh fruit now I will enjoy the memory of both dishes and my Mother preparing them with some help from her teenage daughters. Those were special additions to a meal.

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    Yummy all these sound good. For me instead of mayo I would use yogart

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    Gosh in my family ambrosia was made with citrus fruits not apples.
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    This is my recipe for Taffy Apple Salad: Two cups of apple (diced -don't peel), one large can of pineapple tidbits or chunks (drain and save juice), 2 cups miniature marshmallows.........Mix pineapple and marshmallows and refrigerate over night. Mix pineapple juice with One TBSP of flour, one egg beaten well, 1/2 cup sugar, one and one half TBSP vinegar, cook over medium heat until thickened, stir constantly, refrigerate over night or for several hours until cool. Just before serving fold in (8oz) container of cool whip, cooked dressing and one and one half cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts. Yummy....for Christmas you can combine red and green skinned apples.
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    LOL My grandma used to whip up Ivory Snow soap flakes- then spread it on evergreen boughs!

    Well I thought it was real cream and I licked the beaters! Ugh
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    I saw your header"Anyone know what grandma did" and all could think of was she got run over by a reindeer. sorry I guess I am ready for christmas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana View Post
    My family made it also with walnuts , mandarin oranges and a few grapes and coconut.
    This sounds much like the dessert my SIL's mother made, think there were some mini marshmallows in it too that softened and became part of the dressing - she called it Heaven!

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    What my mother called Waldorf Salad had
    Delicious apples (Ida Reds for me)
    Pineapple tidbits
    Dates
    Walnuts
    Mandarin oranges
    Red grapes
    The cream was whipped with a little sugar and some vanilla. Best eaten the first day.

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    5 cup salad is our Ambrosia. One cup each of pineapple tidbits, mandarin oranges, mini marshmallows, coconut and sour cream. Must be made the day before serving. I like walnuts in it, too.

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    And when your Waldorf or Ambrosia is gone, try the Snickers Salad!
    Large container Cool Whip
    large box Jello instant pudding (Our favorite is Cheesecake pudding, but Vanilla can be used)
    2 diced Granny Smith apples
    2 large Snickers candy bars-chopped up
    Gently fold in the pudding to the Cool Whip in medium bowl. Fold in the apples and Snickers. Cover the bowl with clear wrap or Press n Seal. Refrigerate 1 hour.
    It is best to only make what is going to be eaten in one day. The Cool Whip breaks down the longer it is kept.
    This can be made with 8 oz cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar in place of the pudding.

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    I thought of Waldorf salad too until I remembered that it didn't have whipped cream in it. My mom and grandma always mixed up their own dressing for Waldorf salad with eggs and oil. Years later, while perusing cookbooks, I found a recipe for homemade mayo and that was what they must have used. I never liked it though because I don't care for mayo.

    Now the ambrosia I would eat because I like all the ingredients in that.

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    sounds similar to waldorf salad. We had nuts in ours too.


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    I had a bunch of apples on hand last year, so I made a Waldorf salad and took half of it to my son and DIL's. She'd never had or seen Waldorf salad before, and it has become one of her favorites.

    Chopped unpeeled apples (bite sized; I use a combo of green and red apples at Christmas time)
    chopped celery (bite sized)
    Raisins (I prefer golden raisins)
    chopped (chunky) walnuts (or pecans or almonds)

    Dressing: about 3/4 cup mayo or salad dressing and 2 TBS sugar. Stir together and then pour over salad mixture and toss to coat.

    Best if made ahead and chilled a few hours before serving. Keeps well in refrig. for several days.

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    I was going to say that I saw Grandma kissing Santa Clause!

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    Quote Originally Posted by btiny36 View Post
    Yummy all these sound good. For me instead of mayo I would use yogart
    what a great idea. I will be trying yogart the next time I make either of these.

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