What’s For Dinner?
Frozen Fruit Salad - from Swan Coach House
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
From the menu of . . . Swan Coach House
3130 Slaton Drive, N.W., Atlanta
Q: My daughters and I have been going to the Swan House in Buckhead for years. We always enjoyed the fruit salad and chicken salad and cheese straws every time we went. Do you think you could get one or all those recipes?
- Lee Griswell, Cornelia
A: Many of the delightful ladies' lunch items served at the Swan Coach House have been published in a cookbook. "The Swan's Palette" (Forward Arts Foundation of Atlanta, $21.95) was compiled by some of the women who raised the funds that helped transform the carriage house of the landmark estate in Buckhead into a tearoom more than 30 years ago. The recipes you requested are among a number of Atlanta classics in the book.
Hands on time: 20 minutes Total time: 20 minutes Serves: 8
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup maple syrup
8 ounces whipping cream
1 1/2 cups (20-ounce can) crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup chopped pecans
In another bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add to the cream cheese mixture and mix well. Stir in pineapple, dates and pecans. Spoon the mixture into an 8-inch square dish. Cover and freeze at least 8 hours or until firm.