Thursday, February 25, 2016

Friday Friend Recipe #95 -- Pistachio Fruit Salad

Friday Friend Recipe #95 -- Pistachio Fruit Salad

**Grrrr--I am  having trouble with Blogger this afternoon---it won't let me have a bigger font, no matter what???  **

Making my way thru my Friday Friend Cookbook, one recipe at a time.
What is the Friday Friend cookbook: I have about 50 of my closest friends and family on an e-mail forum which I called the Friday Friends (from all over the county). At first, most of them didn't know each other, (they knew me) but over the past 15 years, we've answered and shared silly--and serious---questions, exchanged Secret Santa Christmas gifts, had a dieting contest in which we paid a $1 a week and that money went to a scholarship fund for a Friday Friends son's memorial scholarship, and we went on a great vacation for my 52 birthday.

AND, we contributed recipes for a cookbook.

I was looking at the cookbook the other night and I said, "I should make every recipe in here for my blog."
The Handyman--who knows me better than I know myself (this happened to be a question on the Friday Friend forum once---does your spouse/partner know you better than you know yourself?)--said,  "you'll never, EVER do that."

WELL---maybe I'll show him!  Maybe I will.

Which brings me to this... recipe #95

Pistachio Fruit Salad

This was the hardest thing ever for me to get a photograph of!!
Jello? Spaghetti?  Mushrooms?
I am just not a food stylist, I guess.

As I've said many times, tho---it's about the friends, not the food.
But, we've all had this, right? 
And it's cream, cool and yummy, right?
At least I  think so.
It's delicious  and easy to prepare.

Oops---condensation on my bowl!  I told you I wasn't  a food stylist.

Pistachio Fruit Salad
FF Traci Marques
Los Banos, CA

2 small containers of Cool Whip
2 boxes pistachio instant pudding mix
1 20 oz can fruit cocktail (drained)
1 12oz can crushed pineapple
2 medium bananas--sliced

Mix together cool whip and pudding. Add drained fruit cocktail, pineapple and bananas.
Fold together and refrigerate for several hours. 

One of Traci's recipes, if you recall, was the, first one I made when I decided I would do this countdown.
Mexican Pizza.  You can see that here.
It was really good. Really good.  It made me think, this won't be so bad, all my friends have turned in great recipes, and they have,  but have I ever made it again?  
Isn't it funny how we tend to get into ruts and only have a standard rotation of 7-10 things? 
I say that, but the  Handyman will say he never gets to eat the same thing 2x, because I am constantly making something new. 
 (He's just thinking of me and this countdown)

I just might have to make this  Mexican Pizza again. Soon.
My mouth is wanting it.
Give me anything that is slightly Mexican in flavor and I'm a sucker!

But back to Traci.

If you've read my blog for any amount of time whatsoever (like yesterday or the day before) you know that I do a LOT of book blogging. I love books, I love blogging.
Sometimes I pick my friends on whether they read books or not.
I read  a lot, and I thought I read fast.
I have a few Friday Friends that read faster than me.
Traci is one of those.... she reads a book usually in one setting.
She  is my idol!  Oh, to read so fast!
She's an elementary school librarian--the dream job!
And...she's a LETTER WRITER!  Consistent for 20 years.
You already know she's my 'go to' friend.  (because of our emails all day long)
 We have sedentary jobs and we encourage each other to 'get out there and walk!" among other things, so when I was asking her for a picture of herself, she made joke about "oh yeah, just like lazy old Garfield, that's what I look like".  (or something like that---I can't quite recall EXACTLY, and did I write it down? No), but then she sent me a picture, cuz she's accommodating like that.
What do I notice in the background tho?
NO, not her glorious, GLORIOUS work space---surrounded by books!!
Rather her computer, where she had sent me a picture of Garfield a moment before when she answered me.

Anyway, there she is!  Lovely Miss Traci, maker of Mexican Pizza and Sausage Stars-- and Pistachio Fruit Salad!  Mmmmmmm!  
Fast Reader, librarian, LETTER WRITER!
She is so many things!
I just love her!


bermudaonion said...

I bought Cool Whip for the first time not long ago and had trouble finding it in the grocery store. I'm not a fan of pudding texture so I don't think this recipe is for me.

Joann Downie said...

I work in a deli at our local grocery store, and we sell this salad called Irish Fluff, this recipe reminded me of that!!


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