Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Another Sign of Antiquity

Back in the 80s, one of my friends and I had an age test. We decided that we couldn't work with anyone who was born after Kennedy died. Their frame of reference just wasn't right. We used this rule right up until the day when, after we explained this rule to one of our co-workers, she gasped and exclaimed "they shot Teddy!?!" After we picked ourselves up off of the floor, we just gave up.

It has taken me some years to come up with yet another example of how old I truly am. When I was a child, every night at dinner, we had a meat, a starch, a cooked vegetable and, during the summer, a salad. Said salad consisted of chopped iceberg lettuce, tomato wedges and, if they were in season, cucumbers. Every night my mother conned me into making the salad dressing because "you do it so well, Sandy". It wasn't till I had kids of my own that I realized how very clever she was. I was reminded of this when I read this recipe in the Food Network Magazine.

Every night, I would mix mayonnaise (Best Foods), catsup, sweet pickle relish, salt and pepper in an old tupperware mixing tumbler my mom had. We did not use store-bought dressing and this was what I grew up thinking was Thousand Island dressing.

How does this make me old?

There was NO ranch dressing! It had not yet been invented. I do remember when it was new. You bought the powdered Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing mix and mixed it with mayonnaise and buttermilk. Yes, folks, buttermilk dressing actually had buttermilk in it.

So, if you can remember the days before Ranch Dressing, then you just might remember when your choices in a restaurant were Thousand Island, Bleu Cheese (or Roquefort), French, or oil and vinegar.

Maybe I'll mix up a batch tonight!


Sayre said...

I was alive (and nearly 2) when JFK was shot. I remember "making" thousand island dressing and thinking that french was a treat when we ate out. I also remember that homemade italian mix (though the name escapes me at the moment - Good Seasons?) that you bought the special cruet for and packages of italian seasoning to mix in with oil and vinegar.

I suppose, technically, I could work with you!

Pamela said...

my mom put MAYO on everything until I discovered 1000 island. made the way you mention. AND.. I remember the shake up bottle for italian dressing. AND... then of course the ranch

iceburg lettuce, onions, celery

Pamela said...

oh ps. ps. ps.
Then there was the time a friend and I were talking about "party lines" and her daughter thought it was some kind of home business... ya know like the candles, or lingerie

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