Calf Slobber

That got your attention, didn’t it?

Last week I introduced you to my little sister Cheryl.  Much to my pleasure, she came from Georgia to visit me this past weekend.  We had a great time and talked about some of our adventures when we were growing up.  We also looked through some old family photos that she brought with her.  It’s funny, but as we looked at these old photos, stories about each one came to mind.  We fixed some good food too and I made one of her favorite dishes, a six-cup salad.  I’m not sure where this dish originated but it has been a family favorite for many years.  Now, I don’t know the exact name of this salad other than six-cup salad; however, my dad called it Calf Slobber and my mom called it Gary’s Salad. You will find the recipe at the end of this story, but first let me explain the odd names given to this dish.

Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly why dad called it Calf Slobber; I just know he said that’s what it looked like.  My dad’s family had a dry sense of humor and you’ll see more of their humor in future stories.  Anyhow, I will leave it to your imagination to figure out why he called it Calf Slobber.

It came to be called Gary’s Salad from a boy named Gary who attended one of the churches where my dad preached. Gospel meetings were held during the summer and we would have a big dinner-on-the-ground after Sunday morning services.  The men of the congregation would bring farm wagons and anything else that would make good-sized tables to hold all the delicious homemade dishes prepared by the ladies. My mom would bring this salad to the dinner at the request of Gary, and that’s how it came to be known as Gary’s Salad.  Now, once the meal was over and the mess had been cleared away, everyone would gather in the church auditorium and sing gospel hymns for a couple of hours.  It was a good day!

Okay, so here’s the recipe as promised:

                   Calf Slobber

1    small carton of Whipping Cream
1    8 oz. pkg. cream cheese softened
1    cup pineapple chunks
1    cup red seedless grapes halved
1    cup pecan pieces
1    cup miniature marshmallows

Beat the whipping cream into stiff peaks and set aside.  Add 3 to 4 tablespoons of pineapple juice to the softened cream cheese and beat until smooth and creamy. Combine the whipped cream and cream cheese mixture, add the remaining ingredients and chill overnight. Serve as salad or dessert.  Serves 8.

Believe me, this salad is delicious and I hope it will become one of your favorite dishes too.  I would love to hear what you think of Calf Slobber.

See ya next Wednesday.