The Wonder That Is Miracle Whip

I won’t even tell you how long it took me, or how many stores I had to go to, to find a jar of Miracle Whip today. OK, three hours and seven stores. Well, that long and that many stores to find a jar that had an expiration date in the future.

There are a number of things that I don’t keep in the refrigerator anymore … mostly foods that fall under the heading of condiments. When it comes to mayonaise, foodies in California will turn up their noses at anything less authentic than homemade, and consider Best Foods the only tolerable store bought mayo. I’m not even sure about that assessment, because I stopped eating mayo a long time ago.

But today is the 4th of July and I got to thinking about picnic foods from my past. It dawned on me that almost all of my picnic favorites, besides corn on the cob – which actually, *is* eaten with mayo and a dusting of cheese or picante powder here in the Mexican neighborhoods (but that’s another story) – are salads made with, of all things, Miracle Whip.

So, you might think that since I don’t eat mayo or Miracle Whip anymore I just might find new ways to make the recipes that I’m going to post this week. Or at least substitute Best Foods mayo. But if I did that, it just wouldn’t be nostalgia, or like anything related to my childhood.

So, enjoy my picnic salad recipes this week while I go on the hunt for the family jello recipes :)

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