Forty years ago this month, Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States, the only President to do so. His resignation also resulted in the first unelected President – Gerald Ford. Ford was appointed Vice President when then VP Spiro Agnew resigned from office. When Nixon resigned, Gerald Ford became President. And so it was that a man who never ran for President became President. One of President Ford’s first acts as President was to pardon Richard Nixon. It was political suicide as there would be no pardon for the pardon.
What’s that you say? What does the green stuff have to do with Watergate? Absolutely nothing! Kraft introduced Pistachio Pudding in 1975. On the box was the recipe for Pistachio Pineapple Delight. In 1976, a food editor published the same recipe under the name “Watergate Salad” as part of an article featuring brunch recipes from the Watergate Hotel. Or so the story goes, although neither the article nor the food editor’s identity has been verified. So there you have it.
This recipe is most popular in the upper Midwest as a potluck favorite. I had it for the first time this past year at – you guessed it – a family potluck! It is sweet and yummy – a nice alternative to the ever-popular “Pink Stuff”.
8 oz Cool Whip (low-fat)
1 Box Pistachio Pudding Mix (low-fat)
16 oz Crushed Pineapple with juice
1 Cup Mini-Marshmallows
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans, optional
Fold pudding mix into cool whip until well incorporated.
Add remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least an hour.
Note: To add a little more color, try using colored mini-marshmallows or garnish with maraschino cherries or both!