Kickin’ It Cold-School

Kickin it Old School - Kellis Kitchen

It is so hot and humid here it feels like a sauna outside. 112 F is too hot for man and beast! It was so hot that we didn’t eat breakfast. At lunchtime, I looked outside to see sweat drenched people rushing from car to building and decided I didn’t need to eat then either. Suppertime came and I thought of the coolest food I could and so we had an old-school, cold meal.

I remembered dad allowing us to have salad and pudding on the hottest evenings of summer when I was a kid. To dad, salad was what you had before a meal, not a meal itself. He also thought that a sandwich was a snack. In the 60’s a salad that involved more than iceberg lettuce and French dressing was truly extravagant. When Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix and something called a chef salad made its debut, we didn’t know what to make of it. But we soon grew to love it and I still have great memories of the excitement I felt on the nights I knew we would be having salad and pudding. Tonight was the perfect night to relive that feeling.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for the salad – I’ve modernized the recipe a bit though, no leftover bone-in ham or lettuce picked from the garden.

Kickin it Cold School - Kellis Kitchen
Chop it all up and put into small bowls so we can choose our favorite items.

Just chop it up and put it all in little bowls so everyone can choose what they want on salad.

Kicken it Cold School - Kellis Kitchen

Build a salad that is “just right” and then crush some crackers to put on top like croutons, then add some mixed up ranch dressing.

Kickin it Cold School - Kellis Kitchen

THEN – for dessert, old-school pudding parfait! These are the non-homemade ingredients:

Kickin it old school - Kellis Kitchen

Mix ‘em up and put them in the fridge. And now? Some Inspiration TV where I can watch reruns of Little House on the Prairie and pretend I’m 10-years-old for an hour!

Kickin it Cold School - Kellis Kitchen

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  1. says

    J-E-L-L-O remember those commercials with that jingle on TV. We did the same thing when I was a kid. I grew up about the same time you did. Thanks for sharing.

    • says

      You are welcome and yes I do remember them! I can’t believe you still have the Tupperware container. I bought 2 old school Tupperware Jello molds at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. I’m think of doing something with one tomorrow. I’ll post if it turns out!

      • says

        I am also working on a jello post. I just got done taking pictures of all my collection of jello molds. I have hung on to some from my childhood. I also dug out my old jello cook books. I still have to take a picture of them. This will be fun. Tip. I figured out if you spray the mold with vegetable spray before you mold the jello, it helps to turn it out. looking forward to your blog.

        • says

          Thanks for the tip! I cannot wait to see your molds and the recipes books. I remember this one mom used to make in the green donut-shaped Tupperware bowl. It had green pudding and then green jello in it. I’m going to try really hard to do that one. It tasted pretty good – just very green! :)

  2. quilt32 says

    My parents’ idea of salad was a leaf of lettuce, two tomato slices and a dab of mayonnaise.

    Your salad looks so much better and the cracker “croutons” are a good idea. Also love anything made with pudding mix and Cool Whip.

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