Scary Holiday Traditions
I was listening to the radio when the DJs began to talk about frightening holiday dishes - concoctions you wouldn't eat for love or money any other time of the year, but they appear at the holidays as some kind of special treat. Oyster dressing and a green congealed salad topped the list.
I couldn't believe my ears...I had never known anyone else to serve these tastebud abominations! When I was growing up they were staples at our Thanksgiving table every year. Now, some 20 years later, I listened as the DJs, guest, and callers described my worst jello nightmare: green jello, cottage cheese, pineapple, and nuts...brought together in a murky, wobbly glob. Mmmmmm...not!
The consensus was that these dishes are still around because a few people actually like them. My mother, a caller to the radio station and her mother like the green salad. My father and my cousin love the oyster dressing. I just learned this Thanksgiving that my father-in-law is also fond of the oyster dressing. As the saying goes, "There is no accounting for taste." Apparently, that was never truer than in holiday dishes!
Now it's your turn...what is your worst holiday food memory?