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March 1, 2013

Under the Sea Salad

When Scherstuhl found Rush Limbaugh's grandma's recipe (above) for "Under the Sea Salad" in "Recipes From Old Cape Girardeau," he, naturally, had to make it. His friend gave it this review: "When you put it into your mouth, you think you're not going to gag. Then you bite into one of the olives, and it's all over." -- Digging Up the Weirdest Old Books

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 1, 2013 3:13 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise!


Somebody invite Anthony Bourdain!

Posted by: Jewel at March 1, 2013 4:03 PM

The color scheme clearly called for green olives, with which I'm sure it would have been ... delightful.

Posted by: Cris at March 1, 2013 7:03 PM

Another candidate for inclusion in James Lileks' book, The Gallery of Regrettable Food.

Posted by: Hale Adams at March 1, 2013 8:35 PM

No, that's not something she actually served at home, is it? That's something she concocted for one of the fraternities at SEMO State for Hell Week, right?

Posted by: Rich Fader at March 1, 2013 8:57 PM


My mother is of the same generation as Rush Limbaugh's mother, and every so often she would prepare some godawful concoction involving lime Jello, cottage cheese, shredded carrots, and green olives.

I don't know if it was something she learned from her mother, or if it was inspired by a recipe seen on a Jell-O box. But even as a little kid, I had sense enough to not put it in my mouth. Green olives? Blergh......

Posted by: Hale Adams at March 2, 2013 9:05 AM

It is the after birth of a really bad culinary idea.

Thank goodness Julia Child came along to fix it.

Posted by: Jewel at March 2, 2013 8:24 PM

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