The Food of Your Ancestors

With bonus pears!

Dearest Addie,

While you were born in Utah, you were made in California and have lived 5 of your 7 years in Indiana. Both your parents were born and raised in Utah and because of this you come from a long line of JELL-O eaters. As a kid I looked forward to eating out at a little seafood restaurant where kids’ meals always came with a little plastic cup of cherry JELL-O. Nothing sets off fish sticks and tater tots like a chaser of the wiggly red stuff.

Funerals  and family parties meant an assortment of colorful salads with different bits of fruit mixed in for good measure. The only thing that made the 8 different kinds of JELL-O better is if they were topped with JELL-O’s best friend, COOL WHIP Whipped Topping. Speaking of COOL WHIP, another staple of the Mullins family is Acini di Pepe (“Anceeni” or “Frog Eye Salad” in our family.) A concoction of COOL WHIP, marshmallows, pineapple, little tiny pasta balls and mandarin oranges (coconut and cherries optional.)

Don’t you scrunch your nose at me missy, these are the foods of your ancestors.

I’m of the belief that the JELL-O to COOL WHIP ratio should be 1:1 and the only fruit that may be mixed in is pears. No bowl full of strawberries has ever been served at Grandma’s house without COOL WHIP on the side, and to this day I love a dollop of frozen COOL WHIP in my hot chocolate.

Perhaps JELL-O and COOL WHIP aren’t the fanciest of traditional foods, but it’s iconic and has been a part of my life since childhood, and because of this, it’s a part of yours as well.

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