What is the weirdest thing you've personally ever put in your mouth?
...Don't answer that.
If you've had some seriously weird side dishes on Thanksgiving, you know that the limit of the weird food in the world simply does not exist.
@mekosoff shared the story of her family's weird as hell "seafoam salad," which has the internet gagging.
No, literally gagging.
i cannot wait to hear about the recipes you’re all excited to make for thanksgiving but i am also here to hear abou… https://t.co/6GetC05DMZ— maya kosoff (@maya kosoff) 1574519952.0
ours is a wild creation called seafoam salad. i thought this was a normal thing every family made and served for th… https://t.co/Jhz03Vxx6R— maya kosoff (@maya kosoff) 1574520090.0
people are now making the seafoam salad based on janet kosoff’s decades-old recipe. it brings me no pleasure to rep… https://t.co/Y5zBN6N09z— maya kosoff (@maya kosoff) 1574827049.0
The recipe for this thing in and of itself is WILD.
Can you say gag?
Lime jello, pears, and cream cheese. What is the appeal?
Not everyone quite got the recipe right when they read the handwritten card though.
@mekosoff @70s_party Jello and peas? https://t.co/okEgXRwd0e— Calaway & Calaway (@Calaway & Calaway) 1574525979.0
That's PEARS, not PEAS.
But then, people shared even weirder family recipes that have been passed down from their parental units.
@mekosoff This reminds me of the Pear “salad” my mom used to make growing up. We never had a cherry on top but it w… https://t.co/Gq0tF9QCTS— I’m Betty Blackwell (@I’m Betty Blackwell) 1574521911.0
@mekosoff In our house it’s am unholy creation called “Cinnamon Salad”, and it’s only has three ingredients: red ho… https://t.co/s7lebu8UVJ— Kay McGuire, sentient void (@Kay McGuire, sentient void) 1574523823.0
@mekosoff Umm. Suet Pudding. It’s worse than it sounds. https://t.co/nZerkF2Gn1— Echimo Pie (@Echimo Pie) 1574531036.0
@mekosoff Oh my god it’s almost the “coca-cola salad” which I made and was a disaster. How is jello and cream chees… https://t.co/fMYf3oGggO— Michel (@Michel) 1574520297.0
@mekosoff @70s_party Ours was "barf salad:" lemon lime jello, crushed pineapple, cottage cheese, & mayo or sour cre… https://t.co/S9vGrB2AFN— Velvet Hydrangea (@Velvet Hydrangea) 1574525836.0
And despite what you've read in these ingredients, believe it or not, it actually gets worse.
@mekosoff Boyfriend made this for my family's Thanksgiving last year. It's a bologna cake with ranch cream cheese… https://t.co/YPy6DtQsde— HOMODEMON🏳️🌈💀 (@HOMODEMON🏳️🌈💀) 1574532694.0
@mekosoff I personally cannot put this near my mouth but I once witnessed a distant relation by marriage make “meat… https://t.co/wmGYdQuvoe— Alissa Wilkinson (@Alissa Wilkinson) 1574522593.0
@mekosoff Block of cream cheese on a plate. Top with a jar of cocktail sauce and a healthy portion of bay shrimp. D… https://t.co/IsCUy2hEKO— bliccy (@bliccy) 1574525199.0
@mekosoff My family does "Dragon Barf" also called Watergate salad which is pistachio pudding, cool whip, cherries,… https://t.co/A304bGrsGT— 𝔧𝔢𝔫𝔫𝔞 ⚯͛ (@𝔧𝔢𝔫𝔫𝔞 ⚯͛) 1574537622.0
@mekosoff Tradition- canned asparagus,cream cheese, and ham slices. You spread the cream cheese on a ham slice then… https://t.co/ZSyPKzUzOr— Wolf in the snow (@Wolf in the snow) 1574532853.0
Somebody must be eating these, right?
If they're being taken to party after party, year after year?
Or else we are just futilely upholding traditions simply because we must.
@mekosoff Another midwestern "salad". This was (and still is, by my request) a staple at all family holiday meals.… https://t.co/Kn6UZlD212— Naydeen (@Naydeen) 1574539253.0
@mekosoff You sent me down memory lane so I grabbed my grandmother’s recipe box which has its own congealed salad s… https://t.co/0tWloT6dc4— Vicki Ringer (@Vicki Ringer) 1574535748.0
@mekosoff I’ve got this little booklet in my cookbook collection. Nothing as creative as Seafoam Salad! https://t.co/68VJNf4BjK— Patricia (@Patricia) 1574539433.0
@mekosoff My mother always made a mock apple pie with no apples but Ritz crackers.... https://t.co/7es7c9Ar6Y— Amy 🌸📚💗 (@Amy 🌸📚💗) 1574536555.0
@mekosoff I was looking for this recipe in the family cookbook, considered the VEGETABLE side dish and still served… https://t.co/mgS9LD4zmn— Pam (@Pam) 1574533118.0
The 20th century and the changes it made to the way people cooked was great, but it also caused Jell-O to be in everything.
Personally, I would like my money (and my taste buds) back.
The book Retro Recipes from the '50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love'50s and '60s: 103 Vintage Appetizers, Dinners, and Drinks Everyone Will Love is available here.