Martha Len Nelson / Food

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Gelatin salad good dish for luncheon

Have you walked the downtown area on the evenings of First Friday Denton, when many of the stores, especially art galleries and arts and crafts shops, are open to welcome you?

I was there last Friday night when UNT on the Square held an open house (west side of the square) for a photography exhibit of structures built between 1945 and 1965 that is showing until Sept. 26.

The exhibit is jointly sponsored by the University of North Texas and the city of Denton. Several volunteers researched deeds to identify structures, then UNT photography students were given the task to photograph them. A few are in color, but several are in black and white. Very interesting to an old-timer like me.

The UNT football team played an exciting home season opener against Idaho; on the west side of the stadium there was a nice breeze from south to north so the heat was never excessive. On Saturday they play their second home game against Ball State at the unusual start time of 3 p.m. to accommodate a telecast.

Incidentally, Alvin Owsley, a notable in Denton County history, married Lucy Ball, the daughter of one of the five Ball brothers who managed the family glass jar company and gave the money to establish Ball State. After serving as ambassador to several European countries under President Franklin Roosevelt, he was president of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, then, missing his Texas roots, he became an attorney in Dallas.

The recipe for today is one that Lucy Ball might have served her luncheon guests, a wonderful gelatin salad from the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church Cookbook that Rose Harpool brought to a salad luncheon.

Tomato Soup Salad

1 can tomato soup

3 ounces cream cheese

2/3 cup celery, finely chopped

1/3 cup green pepper, finely chopped

3-ounce package lemon gelatin

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/3 cup onion, finely chopped

Heat soup; whisk in gelatin until smooth and gelatin is dissolved. Add cream cheese and mix well. Add remaining ingredients.

Put in an 8-by-8-inch dish or in individual molds. Makes 9 nice squares.

Note: Rose enhanced her dish with a few thinly sliced cucumbers across the top.

MARTHA LEN NELSON was co-owner of M&M Catering in Denton until 1996. She can be reached at 940-382-9597 or mlnelson29@verizon.net.


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