Monday, June 9

Good Eating Monday: Watergate Salad

Sometimes I enjoy "puttering chores" around the yard and flower beds and that's what I did this morning.
"Puttering" includes watering, putting up a clothes line again (for like hanging out blankets to dry and so on), planting remaining grass sod, cleaning out and refilling the bird-feeder and picking blueberries and blackberries. 

Today's Good Eating recipe is Watergate Salad!
This is a great, very easy summertime salad/dessert! 

The basic recipe was introduced by the Kraft Corporation in 1975 as "Pistachio Pineapple Delight," to promote their new Jello Pistachio pudding.
How it came to be called "Watergate Salad" remains something of a mystery.
 Some claim it was an unnamed Chicago food editor who coined the name in her column, but no proof of such an article has ever turned up.
Some say the name came from the Watergate Hotel, after the Denver Post published their recipe for "Watergate Salad," in 1976.
 Others say it's named after the "Watergate Cake," which shares the same ingredients and was also introduced in the same era. The cake is "covered up" in icing and full of "nuts," same as the scandal!
(Hmm, I shall have to look that cake up!)
In my family, we just call it "Green Fluff."

Watergate Salad 
1 3.4oz box Jello Pistachio Pudding
1 20oz can crushed pineapple, drain but SAVE JUICE
1-2 cups mini marshmallows
1 1/2 cups Cool Whip or other non-dairy whipped topping.
1/3 cup water
Optional: 1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl: combine pistachio pudding, 1/3 cup water and drained pineapple juice, then stir until pudding starts to thicken. (this makes a smoother pudding to begin with) Now add drained crushed pineapple, mini-marshmallows, cool whip (and nuts, if you're using them) then stir together until well combined with whipped cream.
Salad should be over-all a very light green color.
Refrigerate a couple hours before serving. Yum!
I don't add extra nuts myself. Tiny pistachio nuts are already in the pudding and that's enough for me.
Eat up, my hearties, Yo-Ho!

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