1970’s Recipes – Look Back – Move Forward

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Watergate Salad



Watergate Salad

Background on this popular 70’s recipe:

About the Recipe:  Most sites say something like this: “Kraft introduced a recipe in 1975 with its new pistachio-flavor pudding mix and someone called it Watergate salad and then people called Kraft for the Watergate salad recipe and that’s how it happened.”

Thus its name, Watergate Salad — a direct link back to the 1972 bungled burglary and wiretap at the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate office complex in Washington DC. Two investigative journalists traced the cover-up right to the President of the United States, Richard Milhous Nixon.

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AND SO THE STORY GOES… Don’t we all love a real life mystery?  The Watergate Scandal was a cover-up for an illegal act; traced to the President of the United States, he resigned.  Now think about this:  A salad called the Watergate Salad is really a dessert in disguise, pineapple and nuts are hidden under a cloak of fluffy green pudding and whipped cream. It assumes many names Pistachio Pineapple Delight, Shut the Gate Salad, Green Goop, Green Fluff, Green Stuff, Watergate Salad.

Where did it really come from?  Who named it?  Who invented it?

Witnesses’ information:  A Chicago food editor renamed it to renew attention to the recipe. Another says that a Watergate Hotel chef made it for brunches. Still another says that pistachio was one of Nixon’s favorite flavors.


1970’s    Look Back – Move Forward
“I Want It Quick and Easy”

What’s Happening?

Take a big bowl, add some past with splash of future, and you will have a sense of what it was like to be alive in the 70’s. The “I want it quick and easy” continued to charge ahead while a yearning for Grandma’s old-fashioned goodies tugged at their hearts. They wanted to grind sausage, bake bread, stir-up yogurt or cheese, encouraged by a growing drift towards natural foods.

A happy yearning for jet age speed cooking brought the Microwave Oven into the kitchen, serving up a warm dinner in only minutes. Double Decker door refrigerators and futuristic plastic furniture with bright angular shaped colors stretched across the kitchen.

The trend towards individuals having a better life continued with the U.S. government creating the Environmental Protection Agency, signing into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and a ban on advertising cigarettes on TV and radio.  Normalizing relations with other nations like China, ending involvement in the Vietnam War, and voting to turn over the Panama Canal to Panama extended the hand of international cooperation.  However, new problems surfaced from the Watergate Scandal, which caused President Nixon to resign, and the Iran hostage crisis began.  The American people found themselves also facing an Arab Oil Embargo that eventually caused long lines at gas stations and higher prices for oil.  It was truly a wake-up call for Americans.

Amidst these events was born the driving force of the future: Microsoft appeared; the first home personal computer moved into the market, and Atari, a home video game system popularizes microprocessor based hardware and cartridges. Americans cheered as Apollo Missions flew back to the moon.

Did you know these foods were popular?  Homemade Yogurt, Cranberry Cordial, Bagels, Fruited Granola, Nut Butters, Easy Chicken Bake, Crepes, Quiche, Fettuccini Alfredo, Beef Wellington, Steak Dip Sandwiches, Baked Alaska, Flaming Greek Cheese Butterscotch Crunch, Shrimp Cocktail, Smoky Cheese Ball, Black Forest Cake