Monday, July 13, 2009


My Mom found the cutest book in 1991 called "A Southern Belle Primer, or Why Princess Margaret will never be a Kappa Kappa Gamma." It is really hilarious! I have given copies many times as gifts. You can still buy it on Amazon for $9.37.
Anyway, one of my favorite excerpts from the book is "The Mayonnaise Girls vs. the Salad Dressing Girls."
Here it is:
Good Southern belles don't put dark meat in their chicken salad and they don't put Miracle Whip on their tomato aspic. In fact, they would never have Miracle Whip in their refrigerators. They use mayonnaise---real homemade mayonnaise. If this isn't available, Hellmann's "store bought" is a good substitute (although you might add a little lemon). Belles are not so pure in other areas: they use a lot of condensed soup mix, Cool Whip, and Marshmallow Fluff. But when it comes to mayonnaise, they are unbending.
"But I love Miracle Whip," a woman who has lived in Memphis for thirty-five years told her friends over bridge.
"My dear," one of the answered. "You were born in the Midwest, and it shows."
You got to love it!

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