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Turkey Creek Lane · A dinner date & cucumber mousse

A dinner date & cucumber mousse

hottie_33.jpg My “look” was a combination of Cher, Cleopatra and Morticia from the Adam’s Family. It took hours to get it right.

I was fifteen. It was my birthday and I was going on a “real” dinner date. 

It was also the first time I ate at a restaurant where  the person behind the counter didn’t ask if I wanted fries along with with the main course.

I’d spent hours getting ready.

My eyes were sexily ringed like Cleopatra’s. My lips were heavily coated in peppermint pink for maximum kissability. My dress was maroon with an empire waist and mini skirt. My shoes were clogs with big silver buckles. I’d poured “My Sin” by Lanvin over my pulse points every time I couldn’t smell myself.  And my long ironed hair hung down past my shoulders, like Morticia’s from the Adam’s family. Except, in my mind,  it was swinging from side to side like Cher’s did when she strutted onstage.

hottie1.jpg My, fried from being ironed, dark hair was my pride and joy. In humid weather curls still managed to sneak out.

Only “he” was 15 minutes late. Which cause me to overcomb and  flatten the top part of the hair I’d teased to perfection. My stomach was in knots.

But, I had only to smell his English Leather cologne that filled my parents front room and see his sporty, Madras plaid jacket to forget his breach. It was a wonderful start to an evening I expected to get better.

I wasn’t disappointed.

“He” took me to the M&M, a restaurant with early American maple tables, waitresses with red checked aprons and paper napkins. I’d never before had shrimp and saw the listing of breaded popcorn shrimp on the menu as proof I was in a top-rated place. Molded jello desserts on the buffet table were further evidence of sophistication.

“He” gave me a necklace with a single pearl for my birthday and his class ring. 

me_young21.jpg The pearl necklace is featured prominantly in this picture.

I had a boyfriend. 

With a ring to wear on a chain conspiciously around my neck or to cover with mohair and brush with a toothbrush in study hall, I was no longer an “unwanted”. I had a name to write over and over across my notebooks. And a “him” with wonderfully cute bad habits to complain about to those nearest and dearest.

 I will never forget that birthday. The M&M has been long gone. But, I do have a recipe that accurately replicates the cucumber mousse served on The M&M’s buffet.

It was and is still a favorite side dish.

We have cucumbers and tomatoes in abundance. Using them up in different ways is a challenge.


  • 1 package lime-flavored gelatin
  • 3/4 c hot water
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1 T grated onion
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 1 cup cucumber, pared, seeded, lightly salted and chopped
  • Dissolve gelatin in water. Add lemon juice and onion. Chill until almost set. Stir in sour cream and cucumbers. Fill a wet mold with mixture and chill thoroughly. When set, invert onto a platter and garnish.

    Cucumber mousse topped with a little mayonaise and served over lettuce makes a refreshing and different side salad.

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    1. Melany aka Supermom’s avatar

      This was so beautifully written and what a special memory for everytime you make this


    2. jayedee’s avatar

      ahhhhhh madras jackets and english leather! (my favorite was jade east, remember that one?)
      thank you for the stroll down memory lane and the lovely recipe!


    3. imagineannie’s avatar

      That was lovely and evocative. I had Farrah hair and Love’s Baby Soft, but I still remember. What I want to know, is whether you still have the necklace?


    4. h’s avatar

      Mom, this is a great story to read. I have never heard any stories about you and my father dating. I actually have the pearl pendant, although I don’t have the chain. My dad had the pendant in a box in his dresser drawer. He gave it to me when I was in my early 20’s. He had kept it for all those years. I am glad to have it.


    5. jolynna’s avatar

      Thanks h,

      I found a picture of me wearing the necklace I will add to my story. After imagineannie’s question I was wondering where the necklace was and wishing I had taken better care of it and saved it for you. I couldn’t be happier than to know you DID end up with it.

      Love, MOM


    6. jolynna’s avatar

      Hi Melany,

      Actually anytime I see any molded salad, I think of the M & M. It was “our” restaurant.


      “He” wore Jade East sometimes too. But, I preferred English Leather. Maybe it was the picture of the saddle on the box.


      Hi, I was wondering what ever happened to that necklace when my daughter called and said she had it and would explain what had happened to it on my blog. It ended up where it should be.

      P.S. I forgot about Love’s Baby Soft…


    7. Merri’s avatar

      Oh that is SUCH a sweet story! Pretty pic too!
      I remember my sis ironing her hair(she wanted to look like Cher too…lol
      Well we all did !)
      EEK! I LOVED Love’s Baby soft..


    8. barngoddess’s avatar

      what a great memory.

      ‘Loves Babysoft’ I still love it too…


    9. jayedee’s avatar

      i admit to occasionally still indulging in loves babysoft although for the most part, that baton was passed to my daughters. wonder if it will be around long enough to pass on the THEIR little girls? it was my signature scent way back when.


    10. paintingartist’s avatar

      Looks delicious, I’ve got to start trying some of your recipes. Thanks for the ingredients.


    11. rockyroadoflove’s avatar

      Just looking at that mousse makes me cool—a perfect August recipe. Thanks.



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