Interesting how a very simple recipe can become so draped in memories by the simple act of showing up at a holiday meal. About 40 years ago - cream cheese, whipped cream, cherries, & nuts were kind of rare at a normal meal. That’s why this salad was so special. Thanksgiving was just not the same without it.
I had to document this recipe for my family so we don’t lose it. Most people nowadays would not think this is anything out of the ordinary - as “extreme” ingredients are all the rage. It’s rosy pink color (which I didn’t achieve because I chose not to include the juice from the cherries) - was always so pretty on a Thanksgiving table.
For some reason though - my kids never developed a taste for pecans, walnuts, or even maraschino cherries. So it’s alive only in my memory, as well as my sisters’. It’s really a delicious salad (more like a dessert though). I brought it to my sister’s home for Thanksgiving dinner this year - and we all had a little trip down memory lane.
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