Friday, December 01, 2006

Secret Pal 9 Contest #2 - Recipes of Love

Our Secret Pal hostess has come up with an interesting contest - food, or more specifically, recipes that are family related. It's quite a coincidence that I just posted our Family Reunion Cookbook in my Gallery of Love. Our family has been gathering for family reunions since 1985. In 2005 California was hosting and the committee came up with a Turner Family Cookbook as a way to bring some warm family memories together. As you can see in my post below about the Thanksgiving Feast at my sister's house, food is an important element of our family gatherings. The theme of the cookbook is - family favorites. There are those comfort foods you know you can always get at a particular Cousin, Aunt or Mother's home. We look forward to the tastes and the memories associated with them. So we created a cookbook and plan to add to it for each reunion. The recipe I choose for this contest isn't the fanciest or even the tastiest, but it is the one that brings tears to my eyes. The Corn Pea Salad was a recipe that belonged to my Cousin Mickey who died of cancer seven years ago. She was more a Sister than a Cousin. My Mom moved her to California when she graduated from high school and she lived with us until she got married. She came to dinner every Sunday and we took her daughter Annette with us on family trips, and her Grandson Antonio stayed with us on weekends while Mickey worked. I love all of my family, and I am blessed with a very large one. But Mickey was special, and I miss her so much. I cry as I type this because just thinking about her Gold carnival glass bowl she always used, the Star Wars blanket we always bundled Tony up in, and the scary ashtma attacks Annette used to have make me realize, again, how much we have lost in losing her so early in her life to cancer.

Please try this simple salad and know that it comes from an angel who you would liked if you'd ever met her. She was beautiful, quiet and caring.

Pea Corn Salad
2 cans whole kernel corn drained
2 cans green peas drained
1 bunch green onions chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
1 tsp Lawrey's seasoning salt
¼ tsp pepper or to taste
1 medium head of iceberg lettuce finely chopped

Wash and dry lettuce and green onions. Combine mayonnaise,

chopped green onions, lettuce with cans of drained whole kernel
corn and peas. Season and mix. Chill in refrigerator until ready
to serve.

Servings: 20
Recipe Type Salad
Recipe Author: Fay Williams
Source: Hellois (Mickey) Williams



Patty (your SP9 hostess) said...

What a sweet story you shared, thank you Bev.

I think this recipe sounds wonderful - I'm going to try it at Christmas.

Bev Love said...

Enjoy. Have a wonderful Christmas Patty.