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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad from the 1950's Recipe

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This recipe for Thanksgiving Fruit Salad from the 1950's, by , is from "THE WOODEN SPOON" The Sexton Family, one of the cookbooks created at We'll help you start your own personal cookbook! It's easy and fun. Click here to start your own cookbook!

Nan Sexton


Enough halved red seedless grapes for your Thanksgiving gathering
4-5 firm, ripe bananas, sliced
1 pint heavy whipping cream
pure vanilla
(1 Tablespoon)
2-3 Tablespoons sugar

Wash grapes and cut each one in half. Place in a medium-sized bowl.
Peel 4-5 bananas and slice them, adding them to the bowl of grapes.
Set bowl in refrigerator.
Whip heavy cream on high in mixer, adding the sugar and vanilla.
Keep beating until the cream makes stiff peaks when removing beater.
Don't overbeat...or you will make butter...
Fold whipped cream into the grapes and bananas just before serving. Add chopped walnuts if you desire.
Fruit salad on the table
or in a paper cup
a little taste of heaven
so good
you'll eat it up!..
This was our family's traditional fruit salad every Thanksgiving. At that time, the grapes didn't come 'seedless' we had to cut each grape in half and take out the seeds by hand. It was worth the
On the chestnut dining table
resting in the center place...
there's a wicker Horn-of-Plenty
on a spread of antique lace...
spilling forth with fruit and flowers
gourds and mini-Indian maize
autumn's flowing cornucopia
dresses up the Holidays
brought from fields afill with harvest
from the forest, blazing gold
Nuts and berries from the cellar
make Thanksgiving as of old...
And this piece that's on the table
in its colorful array
is a symbol of the harvest
that we celebrate today.
Grandma's Hoosier Cabinet
In the corner of the kitchen
pushed up closely to the wall
once stood Grandma's hoosier cabinet
...that cabinet of them all....
From the springtime through the autumn
it took its quiet ease
all gleaming, white and sparkling
....smiling in the window-breeze...
but when the leaves came swirling
and winter snowflakes fell
then, Grandma's hoosier cabinet
had a story it could tell...
for it bustled in the morning
holding bowls and knives and spoons
groaning 'neath the daily tussle
of the kitchen's fragrant 'tunes'
It held the apple dumpling
grandpa's doughnuts and his tea
and the old green round-up cookie jar
filled right up to a 't'
It sifted soft, white flour
measured spices one by one
held the cookbook and the biscuits
cinnamon rolls, brown, and just-done
Then as cold days said 'November'
it grew near to twice its size...with
platters and big dishes...and
that row of pumpkin pies...
just the center of the kitchen
where it held the pots and pans
...a drawer of grandpa's pencils majestic and so grand...
Many things I still remember
of those treasured days back then
and this glimpse of Grandma's cabinet
takes me right back home again.




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