The Waldorf salad may be over a century old, but even today, it remains a timeless American classic. The apple and walnut salad was first created in the late 1800s at New York's legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel. My first encounter with a true Waldorf Salad was in Home Economics. My Mother had a version of it that was popular in the 60's, that involved "Dream Whip"! Do any of you remember Dream Whip? It of course was sweet and my Mom loved her sweets. We had Waldorf Salad with Dream Whip about once a week!
This is a dish that always makes an appearance during the holidays. My Mother or my Aunt Dottie always made sure Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner was over the top and always enough food to feed a small army - and that isn't even an exaggeration! I came from a large family where large meals came naturally for my Mom. She always seemed to pull it off so effortlessly. She did most of the meal herself, with my aunts helping filling in with some of the side dishes. At Christmas the big dinner was at my Aunt Dottie's house in the city, she cooked the mains and all the siblings filled in the sides. It was always great fun for all, The city folk coming to the country to ride horses and swing on the big swing, and the country folk going into the big city.
Are you hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner this year? Are you freaking out about how you are going to get it all done?
Relax! It's not about putting on the "perfect" dinner party. Remember it's about gathering with family and friends and giving thanks. I have a Thanksgiving Wrap up menu that I am certain you will find ideas that will be perfect for your gathering. Drinks appetizers, sides and desserts, just click the Wrap up link!