STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Three American housewives will share this year’s Nobel Prize in Home Economics in recognition of innovations they contributed to traditional recipes.
Pamela Hageboom of St. Clair, Idaho, was honored for her Khristmas Krispie Squares, a variation on the traditional rice krispie and melted marshmallow recipe that features ground olive and pimento loaf, lending a “festive holiday air to a recipe that had become emblematic of formulaic thinking,” according to the official announcement by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Cindy Lauderbeck of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was recognized for her Lime Jello Salad Supreme, the recipe for which uses small curd cottage cheese, mayonnaise, horseradish and gypsum to add texture to wobbly gelatin salads so that they can withstand the tornadoes that frequently sweep through her community.
Moira Maloney of Fall River, Massachusetts, was honored for her Cheez Whiz Surprise Meat Loaf, a mound of ground beef built around a can of the aerosol-propelled food product that explodes into a cheesy meat surprise when baked at 350 degrees for two hours.
The three winners will share a prize which, at current exchange rates, is worth approximately $1.2 million dollars. “I don’t begrudge the other winners their money,” said Lauderbeck, “I just wish we had it last week when the credit union foreclosed on our jet ski.”
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