I see it as, "different strokes for different folks". My kids have had many great friends, visited awesome places and have a desire to try things. Especially food. We love Andrew Zimmern and his show about bizarre foods. We have eaten a variety of different foods but we have also gotten some of the BEST recipes from friends.
My friend Kara, who I met when we lived in Illinois, used to make this creamy salad with mandarin oranges. It was delicious! She graciously gave me her recipe and over the years I think I have added a few different things to it, but it all started with Kira. Just like so many of my recipes have started with a special friendship. I like this because when I make each recipe, I am reminded of the "good times". Just by writing this little bit of an intro I have 3 or 4 friends that I could easily write about that have given me some awesome recipes. Washington, Utah, Oregon, Colorado, Illinois and Texas (states, instead of names)......thanks friends for providing some yummy food during our times together!
Orange Fruit Salad
1 large container of Cool Whip
2 large cans of Mandarin Oranges, Drained
1 small can of crushed Pineapple, Drained
1 small box of Orange Jello
1 small container of Cottage Cheese
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl and let set in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The jello needs time to blend with the other flavors. I have also used Lime jello, added coconut and banana's. It's an easy recipe but it sure does bring a smile to my face.