Thinking back to my childhood days, I remember my
mother making this dressing when we had cabbage slaw or fresh
lettuce. We usually had it at the evening meal. Back
Mama would mix a little of this and a little of that and would
come up with this delicious dressing.
Everybody loved her dressing, but few
wanted the trouble of making it at the last minute before
the meal. The way my mother did it was to heat the dressing
up and serve it hot over garden lettuce. She would
allow it to cool to be served on slaw. I thought it
would be easy to duplicate my mother's dressing but it took
me 23 years of trial and error. Finally, in 1957, I
came up with the perfect amount of each ingredient. Using
measurements I was able to create a product consistent in
taste each time. My husband sure was glad I finally figured
it out. I think he was tired of trying all of the failed
Grandma in her kitchen at
I started serving the dressing to family and
friends. They would come back and ask me to make the dressing
for them to take home.
the mid 60's I wanted to market the dressing, so I visited grocery
stores providing samples and asking questions. No one knew
what steps to take but they all knew it would cost thousands of
dollars and we just did not have it. But I kept the
dream alive in the back of my mind.
In August of 1999, while celebrating my 84th
birthday with my family, my son-in-law suggested that someone
market my dressing. The next day my grandson began making
phone calls. The missing ingredient to my dream was found - it
was my grandson.
On January 9th, 2000, we had the first bottle
of my dressing ready for the store shelves. It was so
exciting. My dream was coming true!
- Just try it one time and you will always
want to keep it on hand. It's so handy to use on
slaws or salads of any kind. Also, visit our
"Recipes" page and see how other people are
using my dressing.
- I look to each day with anticipation of what
will happen next. Please join us in celebrating my
dream come true.
*Grandma Dorothy passed away in June 2008. Please click here to see her obituary