She was born in 1910 and was feisty as the day is long. Her small stature didn’t stop her from making a giant impact on everyone she came in contact. She was brave, college educated and an entrepreneur. And I was blessed to spend many days playing at her house listening to her stories of the old days.
She never met a stranger and never backed down from speaking her mind. Much to her son-in-law’s chagrin when she spotted his spittoon (aka an old coke bottle).
Her pretty white hair was always coiffed perfectly, with a shift dress and a string of pearls to match. Her home was a large sprawling southern home with a wonderful back lawn perfect for blowing bubbles, enjoying the kiddie pool or playing football with the cousins. It was adorned with a sturdy clothes line that almost always had laundry basking in the sun. There’s nothing like the smell of laundry fresh off the clothes line. Am I right?
Her kitchen always had saltine crackers and a block of cheddar cheese for a quick snack. Her pretty white kitchen had a wall of built-in cabinets with glass doors. She was ahead of the trend. 🙂
And she put Durkee’s Famous Sauce on her sandwiches … and in her chicken salad.
I had never heard of the tangy mayo-mustardy spread until my mom gave me the recipe for my great-grandmother’s chicken salad several years ago. I was a Durkee’s newbie and since I prefer mustard to mayonnaise, I loved it right away!
Some of my favorite recipes come from my Grandmother Virginia’s kitchen and I always feel like I’m bringing back a little of the past when I whip up one of her favorites. This tangy southern chicken salad is one of them.
- 3 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup red grapes, chopped
- ½ cup chopped sweet pickles or sweet pickle relish (I use Bread & Butter pickles.)
- ½ cup mayonnaise (or enough to make it moist)
- 2 Tbsp. Durkee's Famous Sauce
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix together, or blend together in a food processor, all of the ingredients. My food processor has a "stir" setting, and it chops everything perfectly without pureeing it. 😉 Serve on bread with lettuce, tomato and a slice of cheddar cheese, or on whole grain crackers. If you're feeling extra southern, add bacon. Yum!
I hope you enjoy it!
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