Getting Real With Shadra Bruce

Holiday traditions can involve a lot of things, but in our family, many of them center around special food dishes. I can count on being asked to make enchilada casserole any time Kira comes to visit, and Derek is a sucker for our special pigs in a blanket recipe. One of our favorite recipes that we serve at Thanksgiving is fruit salad, but when our older kids couldn’t make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday this year, we realized we’d need to make sure it hit the table at Christmas when they’d both be home.

Kira hadn’t even been off the plane for 24 hours when she asked if we’d be making her fruit salad since she missed it at Thanksgiving.

Since we all love it so much, here’s the recipe (eating fruit around the holidays will help you feel less guilty about all of your other indulgences, right?)

Bruce Family Fruit Salad

3 apples
2 bananas
seedless red grapes
one can of chunk pineapple – save the juice for the dressing
small can mandarin oranges, drained
bag of mini marshmallows
for dressing:
1 tbsp. flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 c butter or margarine, softened
2 egg yolks, beaten
juice from the pineapple

Heat pineapple juice in a double boiler. Blend flour and sugar and add to juice. Add margarine and egg yolks. Cool in fridge. While the dressing is cooling in the fridge, cut apples into bite-size chunks, slice bananas, and cut grapes in half. Mix the fruit in a large bowl, adding the well-drained oranges and pineapples. When the dressing is thoroughly cooled, gently stir into the fruit. Add two cups of mini marshmallows, mixing them in gently.


What’s your favorite holiday recipe?