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Sallie Fannie Rowland Smith’s Ambrosia Dessert
(First star is lowest, fourth star is highest)
Southern Recipe Restoration Project
Ambrosia is a staple of many a Southern holiday table -- often embellished with marshmallows, whipped topping, nuts, maraschino cherries and more. This version, tested by chef Virginia Willis, proves that simple is often best.
The contributor: Lore Tarrance and her husband are formerly from Alpharetta, where they were among the first residents of the Windward subdivision.
The story: Tarrance's husband’s grandmother, Sallie Fannie Rowland, ran a boardinghouse in her home from 1920 to the 1940s, to support her children, including Dorothy Lucia, known as Dot, Tarrance's husband's mother.
"At holiday gatherings, while Dot was alive, she spoke of her mother and her wonderful cooking. Some of these recipes were passed to me. The ambrosia, simple as it is in ingredients, is definitely a refreshing favorite. It was always served as a dessert after a huge [holiday] meal, when it was peak season for citrus."
-- As told to Susan Puckett
Hands on time: 10 minutes Total time: 10 minutes Serves: 4
6 oranges, preferably Temple
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Granulated sugar, to taste