When I was a kid, my mom always made the same green Jell-O salad for Thanksgiving dinner and other special occasions. It was the same Jell-O salad that her mother had made before her. Oh, how I loved it! Besides pumpkin pie, it was my favorite part of the Thanksgiving feast, and I looked forward to it all day.
Naturally, I have perpetuated the tradition. I make the same recipe (sans walnuts) (I never did like the walnuts) for Thanksgiving dinner, Easter dinner, and any other time an occasion might call for it. Just like their mother, my kids love it and get very excited when they know it’s on the menu.
However, my husband hates it. And so does pretty much his entire family.
Once, when we were newly married, we were assigned to bring a Jell-O Salad to some family dinner. So I made the one I like best (besides, it’s the only one I know how to make!) and nobody touched it. Not one person. Well, except me, of course.
And yet the icky red concoction made with whipped cream and walnuts was devoured. That’s the Jell-O salad that my husband looks forward to at holidays. But, to each his own, I say, and I’ll stick with mine, thankyouverymuch. So I make it for every holiday, and he never eats it. But, I don’t mind—more for me, right?
Well, this Easter, my husband insisted on making HIS Jell-O salad. I agreed, supposing that it was about time he did. Unfortunately for him, we were also invited to an Easter celebration on Saturday afternoon and I was assigned to bring—you guessed it—Jell-O salad. So, I made mine, too.
On Sunday at our own Easter dinner, my husband set out his Jell-O salad, and I put out the leftovers of mine. The kids completely shunned his, poor guy. Finally, he asked them straight out which one they liked better. Our youngest was very honest with her father and said “I like the green one! The red one is yucky!” while the other two were more diplomatic and swore that they liked them both exactly the same.
It’s just that their plates told a different story.
Sorry, Honey. But, hey! More for you, right?
Want to make it for yourself?