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Food of the Gods

So who is bringing the fruit salad to Thanksgiving? We call this ambrosia in Texas when we want to sound fancy. Do not laugh! This recipe is actually a terrific side dish. Be sure to add the pecans and the marshmallows right before serving so it's all fresh and crunchy.

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This is no ordinary fruit salad. The combination of delectable fresh fruits and the creamy, sweet tang of the dressing makes this salad unique and fit for any table, especially for a holiday meal. One taste, and you'll understand why people who raise unicorns feed them ambrosia.

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel (orange zest)
  • 3 large oranges, peeled, sectioned and cut into chunks
  • 3 cups pineapple chunks
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 large apple, cored, unpeeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows (optional)
  1. Stir together the sour cream, brown sugar and orange peel. Chill.
  2. Mix all fruits in a large salad bowl. Drain excess fruit juice from bowl. Sprinkle with the lemon juice and toss. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. At serving time, pour the chilled sour cream mixture over fruit and toss to coat. Stir in the coconut and pecans and miniature marshmallows, if desired, and serve.

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  5. Houston Chronicls: Whole Hog Barbecue Is Making Its Way to Texas.
  6. Homesick Texan - well ooo la la! Carrot soufflé, Texas style
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  10. Saveur: An Italian Thanksgiving - with recipes.

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