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The Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise Song

I just this minute turned on All Things Considered (Thursday, April 22, 2004) in time to hear Listener Letters About 50's cooking they ended the segment with the Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise Song
I finally found a site with the Lyrics
Bolcom: Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise - lyrics

Ladies, the minutes will soon be read today.
The garden club and weaving class
I'm sure have much to say...
But next week is our culture night,
Our biggest, best event,
And I've just made a dish for it
You'll all find heaven sent:

It's my lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise
With slices of pimento,
(you won't believe your eyes,)
All topped with a pineapple ring
And a dash of mayonaise,
My vanilla wafers 'round the edge
Will win your highest praise.
And Mrs Jones is making scones
That are filled with peanut mousse;
To be followed by a chicken mold
That's made in the shape of a goose.
For ladies who must watch those pounds
We've found a special dish:
Strawberry ice
Enshrined in rice
With bits of tuna fish.

And my lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise
(truly a creation that description defies)
Will go so well
With Mrs Bell's creation of the week:
Shrimp salad topped with chocolate sauce
And garnished with a leek.
And Mrs Perkins' walnut loaf
That's crowned with melted cheese
Was such a hit last culture night,
We ask: no seconds please!
Now you must try
Her hot dog pie
With candied mushroom slices...
Those ladies who resigned last year,
They just don't know what nice is!

But my lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise,
I did not steal that recipe,
It's lies,
I tell you, lies!
Our grand award:
A picture hat
And a salmon sequined gown
For any girl who tries each dish
And keeps her whole lunch down.
I'm sure you all are waiting
For the biggest news: desert!
We've thought of things
In molds and rings
Your diet to subvert.
You must try our chocolate layer cake
On a peanut brittle base
With slices of bananas
That make a funny face.
Around the edges peppermints
Just swimming in peach custard,
With lovely little curlicues
Of lovely yellow mustard!
If all this is too much for you,
Permit me to advise

More lime jello marshmallow cottage cheese surprise!
(I've made heaps!)


I heard that, too, and my first thought was, "Hmmm... I haven't made any jell-o in a while..."

I found two recipes that are close:

Lime Chiffon Salad -- which I swear I ate at a church potluck when I was a kid. Alas, cream cheese rather than cottage cheese!

Another Lime Chiffon Salad -- this one has cottage cheese, but no marshmallows!

Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise

Well, my recipe for Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise has all the title ingredients and a few surprises. The only thing my recipe doesn't have are the "slices of pimento" and the "vanilla wafers 'round the edge". Mine isn't "topped with a pineapple ring and a dash of mayonaise" either but it does include pineapple and mayonaise. I think I really caught the spirit of the song.

Re: Lime Jello Marshmallow Cottage Cheese Surprise

In that case, may I humbly as that you submit the recipe to my friend, julesong, so she can put it on her Favorite Recipes Jello Salad subpage?

Did you figure out which musical it is from? Was I right? (Bye Bye Birdie)