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Thursday, 12 May 2011 15:28

By Nola Straub

Fresh salads are always special in the spring. My sister, Norma, had saved these versatile salad dressings to make ahead and have ready for spring days ahead. She always loved to cut up bowls of veggies so everyone could pick their additions to salad.


Nora’s Creamy

Thousand Island

Norma Bodeman

1/2 c. chili sauce

1/2 c. salad dressing

Dash of Tabasco sauce

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. paprika

2 tbsp. pickle relish

2 tbsp. chopped celery

2 tbsp. chopped stuffed olives or black

1 tsp. minced onion

1 hard cooked egg, chopped

1/2 c. sour cream (the secret ingredient)

Combine salad dressing, chilli sauce, Worcestershire, Tabasco, salt, pepper, paprika in 1 qt. bowl. Stir in celery, olives, onion and egg; mix well. Fold in sour cream. Chill in pint jar in refrigerator.


Sour but Sweet Honey

Orange Dressing

Norma Bodeman

1/4 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. celery salt

1/2 c. honey

3 tbsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. cider vinegar

3 tbsp. orange concentrate

1 c. salad oil

Combine dry ingredients in 1 quart mixing bowl. Add honey, lemon juice, cider vinegar and concentrated orange juice; blend well. Beating constantly, slowly add oil; beat five min. longer at medium speed. Place in jar. Chill. Shake before serving. Makes l pint.


Bacon Sweet-Sour


Norma Bodeman

4 slices of bacon, fried crisp and crumbled. Set aside drippings in skillet.

2 tbsp. chopped onion

3 tbsp. sugar

3 tbsp. white vinegar

1/2 c. water

1 1/3 c. salad dressing

 Sauté onion in bacon drippings until tender. Add sugar, vinegar and water; bring to boiling point. Cool. Combine mixture with salad dressing; beat until smooth. Stir in set aside bacon chips. Chill in 1 pint jar in frig. Shake before serving.


It is amazing how many recipes you can find on the internet. My mother would be astonished at the speed of looking them up on the internet. Our grandmothers cherished their books and hand written “recipes” from special friends. Often brides moving West were given favorite recipes from friends or a cherished cookbook.

Norma enjoyed exchanging recipes during the winters they spent in Arizona with all the other “snow birds” where they camped. When she came home she would get out the recipes to fix for our dinner and tell me which dear friend she had gotten this one or that one from. It reminded her of the dinners they had shared and maybe some interesting facts of the time they spent together.


Send recipes/memories to: Sharing with Wauneta, P.O. Box 303, Wauneta, NE 69045.