Monday, April 23, 2012

November party post 2: Waldorf salad (p. 169), Carrot and raisin salad (p. 166), Texas caviar (p. 73), and Rosemary pecan butter (p. 179)

This is the second post in a series so make sure to read Post 1 (especially if you like whipped fish [and who doesn't]!).

I hate Waldorf salad (p. 169). I always have. In fact, I hate it so much that it amazes me that anyone likes it. But people must like it because it's everywhere.

Like all Waldorf salads, I mixed celery, apples, walnuts, and grapes with mayonnaise. *Gag*

Why would anyone voluntarily eat fruit covered in mayonnaise? Look, I like mayonnaise, but that's just going too far. TJOC recommended that you can include marshmallows too--that's horrifying. It tasted just like it looks--crunchy things covered in mayo. If you like Waldorf salad, I would love for you to explain why in the comments. Please.

Texas caviar (p. 73) is one of those items that I had seen on menus before but never ordered. To be honest, I had no idea what was actually in it. It turns out that I don't like real caviar and I don't really like Texas caviar either.

I combined black eyed peas, pimientos, jalapenos, tomatoes, garlic, bell pepper, scallions, parsley, oregano, cilantro, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and some vinaigrette:

This recipe makes a TON of food so make sure you have a crowd. I don't really like bean salads but it was a pretty solid salad if you're into that. The vinaigrette really soaked into everything and it was nicely flavored. This is one of those dishes that gets better the longer it sits so if you are going to make it for a party, make it a day or two early.

Carrot and raisin salad (p. 166) is a strange recipe. I combined grated carrots, raisins, pecans, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and tossed that with sour cream and mayonnaise:

It was certainly a simple recipe but, again, I don't understand all the mayonnaise love in the salad chapter of TJOC. I don't really like raisins in savory dishes but that's a personal thing. It was a sweet salad and it would be a good choice if you were going to a potluck and wanted to bring something a little different.

Rosemary pecan butter (p. 179) sounded interesting. I kind of like the idea of savory nut butters (yeah, yeah ::insert innuendo here::) as a spread that's a little different than the norm and I really like rosemary.

I combined toasted pecan pieces, cold butter, rosemary, and brown sugar in my food processor:

Certainly easy. It was good. The rosemary went really well with the pecans. It was particularly tasty on my bagel the next day. I always have trouble with spreads because I can never tell exactly what you are supposed to spread them on--crackers? Bread? Veggies? I think I overthink these things.

There are many more posts coming up about this party so keep checking!


  1. I have never understood the fruit and mayo thing either Jessica. I have also never loved the carrot raisin salad. Yuck. Raisins only belong in oatmeal cookies.

  2. agreed, waldorf? blech...i just found your blog looking for the TJOC minestrone recipe (which i love) time you make texas caviar, try some fresh lime juice and one minced chipotle and a teaspoon of the adobo sauce....add some rinsed black beans from a can and some shoepeg corn...also, don't skip the wishbone dressing, it's what makes it...i also add 3 or 4 finely diced avacado....much better recipe...the recipe is on my blog, you can search recipes at the very bottom...

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  4. I'm with you on the mayo too. I think theses dishes just seem so "middle america, cholesterol loving". Funny since we're both in fact from middle america, but there you go. (I like to think we've developed more refined palettes, heh)

  5. I do do not like Waldorf salad, and even though I was at this party, I don't think I tried this one. I've hated it since childhood too! Also, don't dig raisins in salads, although my mother-in-law makes a coleslaw with raisins and it's very tasty.

    I do, however, like bean salads, and the Texas cavier was good. It would be good at a BBQ picnic.


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