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This Real Recipe From Rush Limbaugh Has Jello, Stuffed Olives, And Miracle Whip In It

I just threw up a little in your mouth

OK, sure, we made fun of Rush Limbaugh for putting saccharine in his hot cocoa recipe and frying a chicken in Crisco. But were we being fair? Not really. We finally saw The Help last night, and according to Minnie, not only will Crisco soften your elbows but it is the Platonic Ideal for frying chicken. That thing was like a 2 hour and 30 minute Crisco commercial, with racism! We will buy a jar immediately! BUT. Did you happen to notice that thing above? It is a recipe from Rush’s mom, as also discovered by the Crap Archivist, in “Recipes from Old Cape Girardieu.”

That, Wonkados, is what a young Rush Limbaugh ate for a treat: jello with pineapple and stuffed olives. AND MIRACLE WHIP ON TOP. Not Cool Whip — that lovely fake whipped cream in a tub — but Miracle Whip, the mayonnaise blended with salad dressing.

And now we know who is to blame for Rush Limbaugh turning out that way.


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    1. Boojum

      It really does sound like an agglomeration of whatever a martini and Valium soaked 1950's misery wife could find in the house, without having to stumble and drool to the grocery store.

  1. BaldarTFlagass

    You want me to put that in my mouth? I don't think I'd even want to touch it with my hands.

  2. LettucePrey

    But things were different back in 1980! People used Atari consoles and listened to Quiet Riot!

    1. coolhandnuke

      Ted Nugent intentionally gorged himself on nothing but "Under the Sea" for two weeks prior to his enlistment physical where he shat himself for hours.
      I hear Rush and Ted are combining their vast military experience into creating a new dish–Chickenhawk Salad.

  3. ChernobylSoup

    Good lord, was her refrigerator mad at her? Just throwing shit at her left and right?

  4. OzoneTom

    So that is what is covering the sea-floor and smothering all life in the gulf for hundred's of miles around the BP well?

  5. emmelemm

    And how in the hell is this "Under the Sea"? Because the jello is lime green?

    Needs moar anchovies.

    {uugggggrrhhhhhhhh grossed myself out}

  6. mavenmaven

    I'm going to guess someone was downing many martinis along with those stuffed jello olives. Which is the only way that recipe makes any sense at all.

  7. JackDempsey1

    You cannot appreciate this taste treat until you see it sweating, melting, and separating into six distinct layers on a hot summer day.

    Dibs on the congealed fat.

  8. Allmighty_Manos

    Let me take a guess: looks like puke, smells like puke, tastes like puke. It's a hat-trick of vile Midwest cuisine.

    1. PsycWench

      I was in Minnesota for a few days for a friend's wedding. While visiting, I snuck a look at her mom's church cookbooks. Pages after pages of variants on Jello, a canned fruit and something white and squishy. Explains Michele Bachmann!

  9. coolhandnuke

    This swell dessert goes great with Rush's Ugly American Sammich–Winger Bread, Miracle Grip and SCAM.

    1. GhostBuggy

      Once, in my youth, riding in a car from drinking at a bar to drinking at a party, I quickly downed a bottle of Tahitian Treat. After the party drinking was done, the puke came, and it was bright red. Had to choke out the truth to others present so they wouldn't call the ambulance.


  10. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    I once dared a roommate to eat something very similar to this. Except we were both super high at the time.

    1. BigSkullF*ckingDog

      Canned pineapple. I'm guessing it has been cooked and the enzyme broken down.

  11. BloviateMe

    Thusly, a young Rush developed a taste for yeast infection residue in his lovemaking.

    1. LagunaB

      He doen't speak. He repeats. The same thing ten times and then a slight variation 10x and back to the original words. But never actually making a point. His audience has no short term memory. Or brains.

  12. glamourdammerung

    These are clearly fake since Oxycontin is not listed as an ingredient anywhere.

  13. bauserdotcom

    Of course, when Rush makes this recipe these days, the olives are stuffed with Vicodin.

  14. friendlyskies

    Rush-type right wingers will never understand that one reason why liberal whites embrace multiculturalism is because traditional WASP cuisine is so… so…. seriously, lime jello and olives? Really? Oh hell no, bring on the immigrants – Mexico, Iran, communist China, I don't care, just please let them open restaurants and publish cookbooks!

  15. Baconzgood

    I have to call a friend of mine who's an executive chef. I have a feeling that The Harvard-Yale-Princeton Club is going to have a new dessert.

  16. Jus_Wonderin

    Ya know, I wish my Mom had cared as much as Mrs. Limbaugh had. Mom used to pour up a couple shots of Schnapp's, slide them in our general direction, light up a Benson & Hedges and shout out…"Eat, you whiners! Eat!! There are people starving in Africa for God's sake!!!"

    1. actor212

      I like your mom. Mine used to pour four shots, and down them while holding a belt in her hand as she slopped what could loosely be called "curry" onto our plates. If kids were starving in India, she reasoned, there must be a good reason.

      If they'd have eaten her curry, they'd stop complaining about food.

  17. TootsStansbury

    Didn't a photo of this "dish" accompany a Wonket post of yore? Blueggghhh. It's as gross as Rushbo himself.

      1. TootsStansbury

        Well, there it is, thank you! I remember thinking "those can't possibly be olives" but they are and it is an actual food…thing.

  18. Estproph

    Nothing says nausea gourmet like pineapple and green olives in jello with Miracle Whip on top

    1. MissTaken

      What will it take to convince church potluck cooks that salad does not include jello??

          1. LagunaB

            Great. You can have my Aunt Mary And Aunt Catherine to throw in the pot. My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you and I thank you.

          2. Butch_Wagstaff

            I was lucky. My grandmother hated Jello. If any of her daughters showed up for a family gathering with anything made with it the clouds would have gathered and the earth would have quaked.

      1. actor212

        Once they give lefsa an actual flavor. Until then, you can have my Jello salad when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

        (For the uninitiated, lefsa…well, imagine matzoh made with potatoes)

        Also, try making it with vodka instead of water. Now do you see?

  19. Goonemeritus

    I refuse to make fun of Mrs. Limbaugh as I have never met her and I can’t believe this recipe adequately represents a person’s total worth. However if you believe even a little in nurture in the ongoing nurture vs. nature debate you can fairly comment on her lack of parenting skills.

    Edit-Oh and for the record unless you were lucky enough to be born Italian you were eating crap in the 50’s if you lived in America.

    1. SoBeach

      …for the record unless you were lucky enough to be born Italian you were eating crap in the 50’s if you lived in America.

      Don't know about the 50s, but growing up non-Italian in the 70s was no, um, picnic, food-wise. At least in my family.

      1. Goonemeritus

        You are right it was several decades of getting rid of what was a limited selection of real food and replacing it with processed crap. Thanks to Goya and a few other immigrant focused brands and the occasional care package from the old country only recent immigrants ate well.

        1. DemmeFatale

          I read once that a newly arrived Italian immigrant child was embarrassed at school because he wanted a bologna sandwich instead of the Nutella one (on fresh Italian bread) his mother made.

          Nutella, people!!

          1. Goonemeritus

            My mother was born in Italy and came over with her parents when she was young. Her mother was a hard core Northern Italian cook, everything from scratch. Every Saints day had a special menu and there were tons of Saints even the Pope never heard of. My Mother loves to tell the story of when she learned to make mac & cheese in home economics class in the 40’s. She went home after school and made it for her mother who looked at it with repulsion and loathing. My mother eventually learned to run a proper Italian kitchen but she will still make herself mac & cheese when no one is around to see.

    2. ASHLEIGH_Joe

      Oh and for the record unless you were lucky enough to be born Italian you were eating crap in the 50’s if you lived in America.

      Honestly, let's just expand that to include all Ethnics. I could go through my entire family tree, branch by branch, and the grossest stuff they've ever made has been pasteles.

      My white friends of midwestern extraction, whose parents learned to cook in the 50's, though? Wow, white people eat some weird, weird stuff.

  20. kissawookiee

    I grew up in southern Illinois and am sad to report that this is indeed a horrifying accurate account of what passed as "salad" in the Midwest back in the day. Still does, depending on how old your grandparents are.

    1. GhostBuggy

      Oh yes. I've never encountered one this shockingly vile, but it's rare I'm at a wake or family gathering that doesn't involve a "salad" that included a Jell-O mold in its preparation.

      The word "pudding" has also been abused quite a bit in the Midwest, but usually with tastier results.

      1. viennawoods13

        I never quite fitted in with the in-laws because I didn't do Jello salads. Or cook asparagus into mush.

  21. Extemporanus

    BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh's mother just cold copied this recipe from a vintage "cook"-book called Joys of Jell-O.

    [Your intrepid reporter will now dig through his closet, find his copy of said "cook"-book, take some photos, and return with an update. STAY TUNED!]

      1. Extemporanus


        Though if I were to list all the old, unappetizing things I have laying around, a 1962 Jell-O cookbook wouldn't even rank in the top 50.

        San Francisco Wonkette Drinky-Time Meet-Up at my place, anyone?

      1. Extemporanus

        Verily, if the Book of Mormon had a recipe section, it would undoubtedly be this.

    1. 12X34X

      The Joys of Jello is probably one of the reasons that a movie like "A Woman Under the Influence" was written.

      1. Extemporanus

        And Husbands was probably one of the reasons that Joy of Jell-O was written…

    2. JustPixelz

      While you're in there, see if they published the recipe for ObamaCare too. Pretty sure the Repubicans stole it for Massachusetts. Or maybe it was the other way around.

      1. Extemporanus

        I looked everywhere, but all I found in the closet were some dead crabs and Barney Franks' old gym sock.

        Also, 72 Republican politicians.

    3. Extemporanus


      "Where is the long form original recipe certificate?!", you demand, like a shapeless Jell-O®-head?

      Well, BEHOLD…if you dare!*

      Exhibit 1: Joys of Jell-O® cover

      Exhibit 2: "Salads" chapter spread

      Exhibit 3: "UNDER-THE-SEA SALAD"**

      *[Your photographic journalist apologies for the delay in providing this evidence, but it took him longer than expected to find the document and a period-appropriate dinette set upon which to photograph it. Also, Our Wonkette is sucking at the Internet today.]

      **[Though named the same, upon closer review it appears that Mama Rush's recipe differs slightly from the one documented here. However, that in no way changes the fact that she was a Jell-O® slinging beard who birthed a big fat idiot.]

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        Exhibit 3: pics or it never happened. Guess this thing was a thing that did happen.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        You truly can't appreciate "cook"books like this unless they have pictures.

  22. MissTaken

    If I was raised on Under The Sea Salad I would've grown up to be a fat fuck of a man who spews hatred into a golden microphone out of my anal cysts, too.

    1. JustPixelz

      Lucky for us you were not exposed as a child. And so remain as cute and pleasant as Judy Jetson. Sayeth she:

      Elroy, why are you playing with your junk in the dining room?

  23. SoBeach

    That is easily the WORST recipe I've ever read.

    I have a cast iron stomach and I'm a truly adventurous eater. I'll try just about anything. But I'd eat all the dead plane crash victims long before I'd eat that.

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      Surprisingly, it's not the worst I've ever read. But I would put it in the top 20, though.

    2. sezme

      I agree with you, in the sense that it takes relatively harmless ingredients and creates something terrifying (though I am pretty disgusted by Miracle Whip in any form). Though this might give me pause if it came to a Fear Factor scenario.

  24. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Seriously people. These comments are about to make my lunch come back up.

    Which would still be more appetizing than this "salad".

    1. actor212

      Just think: this salad could have prevented that fist fight on Jordanian television.

      "I have a gun!"

      "Big deal! I have Limbaugh's Jello Salad!"

      "You win"

  25. BaldarTFlagass

    They ought to move Cape Girardeau. With a name like that, it should be on the Louisiana coast, not the middle of the fucking continent.

    1. viennawoods13

      You're right. It turns up in some historical research I've done, and I keep forgetting where it is.

  26. chascates

    I'm guessing Mrs. Rush Limbaugh, Jr., never offered anything tempting to her husband?

  27. Joshua Norton

    Most of those old Kraft recipes would gag a goat. I remember one particularly barf-able one for Eggs Benedict. You used Spam for the Canadian bacon and Miracle Whip instead of hollandaise sauce. You deserved a medal if you could even get it past your nose.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      I remembering ordering eggs benny somewhere and getting hollandaise made with Miracle Whip. I had to spit it out. It had never occurred to me that anyone would use anything other than eggs, lemon juice, and butter.

    1. Maman

      You will want to avoid kiwi and papaya (fresh, I am assuming). Why you would want to ruin them with jello is beyond me.

      1. HoytClagwell

        Uhh, because "there's always room for Jello"? I'm guessing here; I haven't had Jello in decades.

  28. SayItWithWookies

    That's some passive-aggressive traditional housewife action right there — now I know who John Waters modeled Kathleen Turner's character after in Serial Mom.

  29. MissTaken

    I'm glad to read that this salad includes all the major food groups for a well-balanced diet:

    Jello, Miracle Whip, Cocktail Garnish, and Philadelphia.

    1. elviouslyqueer

      That image is very disturbing. I wish you’d have chosen something else. I realize that it’s a shameful part of American history that we should never forget, but it’s too much.

    1. actor212

      Same shit happens when you barbecue chicken with a salsa that contains pineapple.

      The chicken turns into…well, calling them "flakes" would be kind. Until the cook gets the bright idea, "Hm! Me not have to spend time cut fresh pineapple! Me open can!"

      It came out better the second time around.

        1. Nostrildamus

          "Mommy, Barfy ate some of the Under The Sea Salad, and pooped, and now I can't tell which is which!"

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      It's Duke's Mayonnaise for me or nothin'. Fuck all that krappy Kraft stuff.

  30. OneYieldRegular

    If it's just to have something for the land-bound to put in an aquarium to look at, fine. But no one is actually supposed to eat that, right?

  31. 12X34X

    Jello, olives, Miracle Whip, cream cheese, pineapples – where's the pound of lard and the cigar?

  32. Callyson

    Next fad diet: collection of Rush's recipes. Finally, an effective way to lose weight…once and for all…

  33. anniegetyerfun

    I was willing to consider the possibility that green olives in lime jello was some sort of interesting treat, the way French fries pair well with ice cream. But I draw the line at Miracle Whip, which is the most foul of human inventions, and destroys everything that it comes near.

    1. GhostBuggy

      French fries and ice cream? I'll overlook your slanderous comments about Miracle Whip, since you are obviously mentally ill.

      1. emmelemm

        Have you ever tried pretzels and chocolate ice cream? IT SOUNDS CRAZY, but if you try it, you will be converted.

          1. GhostBuggy

            There's a pirate-themed ice cream place near where I live, and there's a sundae called The Salty Dog. It has pretzels and crumbled peanut butter cups in it. It is amazing.

      2. anniegetyerfun

        No, really, go on and enjoy your creamy vinegar with sugar mixed in. I'm sure it's awesome and doesn't cause infertility.

        1. GhostBuggy

          Well, I mostly just think it's better than mayo. If it causes infertility, then it looks like I've found a "Get Out of Jail Free" card, eh?

          "I'll be right there, let me just finish this turkey sandwich…"

        1. anniegetyerfun

          The first time I saw my little sister dipping a French fry into a Peanut Buster Parfait at Dairy Queen, I was like, "Oh, HELLS NO." And then I took a bite and understood.

  34. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    The Kraft website shows this recipe with pears and cinnamon and no olives or miracle whip. Apparently tastes have changed since Rush's childhood. Or else his mom is an evil bitch with a great sense of humor.

  35. edgydrifter

    As a name, "Under the Sea Salad" does sound better than "Bilge Slurry Surprise."

  36. SorosBot

    Also, what's with women, primarily older ones, who go by "Mrs. Their-husband's-full-name"? It makes it look like they're just eliminating their own identity, and goes along with the bad old tradition of married women being their husband's property. It's really kind of creepy.

    1. viennawoods13

      Back in my teens, in the 70's, I said to some girl my age that when I got married I wouldn't take my husband's name. Her response was "yeah, what if he's got a dumb name like Fred or Marvin?" It never had occurred to her that a woman could keep her own last name. As my husband says, we didn't change our names. I'm amazed that almost every young woman I know who has gotten married in the last few years has gone ahead with the name change. I thought that things were changing… not so much.

      1. emmelemm

        Agreed… when I was a teen/twenties (80s-90s), most of the women I knew who got married did *not* change their names. In the last few years, I've noticed several women, upon marriage, changing their names. It's very surprising to me.

      2. valthemus

        I knew a guy who took his wife's last name when they got married. He kept it when he came out years later and they got divorced. (It simplified things for their kids.)

  37. Limeylizzie

    True story, I was visiting a beau's grandmother for the first time, she lived in Cedarburg, Wi, and she served one dish called "Aloha Eggs", from whenever Hawaii became a state. It was , per person, 2 hard-boiled eggs, covered in Velveeta, add pineapple and bake for about an hour. It was the single most repulsive thing I have ever eaten, and I'm fucking English!

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      I think when presented with that I might have prayed for anything my Mom cooked. She invented "blackened" before it was in fashion.

      1. Limeylizzie

        She also had another gem that she served at lunch called “Pat Nixon's Hot Chicken Salad”. The woman was about 85 and I think these were”Family Favourites “from the sixties.

        1. Generation[redacted]

          It's not so bad if you wash it down with "Betty Ford's Breakfast Cocktail"

  38. MumbletyRadio


    Let's stick a cute round olive slice on the end of that and make it Wonkadoo's, can we? Or better: Wonkadoodles. No wait — is it supposed to rhyme like with 'avacados'… then we would go with wonkauno, wonkados, wonkatresse — noowwwwwww I see where this is going!

  39. fawkedifiknow

    Once upon a war (Viet Nam), me and two of my best friends were getting all fucked up on the serious weed freely available over there. As per usual, we ended up starving to death and we hit the fridge. Unfortunately, it was deplorably understocked and all there was to eat was a jar of green olives (the kind you usually put in a martini) and some cheap beef jerky that no one wanted when they were not loaded. So, we proceeded to combine the two into a delicious (it seemed at the time) hors dervey: jerky wrapped olives al fresco. (Not sure that is appropos, but we weren't the models of clear thinkers at that point) We were so goofy with the wacky tabacky that we spent about two hours just talking about the franchise restaurants we were going to open up back in the States, specializing in our recently invented confection – or whatever you would call it.

    That was the war Rush was too chicken shit to fight, I think.

  40. lochnessmonster

    Maybe his brother David didn't eat it because he appears to be normal sized. And are they Mormon because I understand the green jello is their favorite!

  41. pinkocommi

    Can Wonkette please offer a prize to the first person who makes this monstrosity and sends in a photo of them eating it?

    1. anniegetyerfun

      I'm seriously tempted, minus the Miracle Whip, to see what possessed people. Also because I am vaguely fascinated by gelatin-based foods.

      1. LePiston

        I might have my mom whip one up, and I will bring it to the SF meetup so that Wonketeers can actually try it! (My mom seriously makes something very similar to this.)

  42. pawnyourhalo

    My darlings, two things: first, "Under the Sea Salad" has been around forever, and there are myriad disgusting variations involving inappropriate vegetables and condiments. Like PCP, it keeps returning in school lunchrooms until someone (temporarily) breaks the chain of evil once more. Search for Weight Watchers Recipe Cards and postwar Ladies' Home Journal recipes — but only on an empty stomach.

  43. Generation[redacted]

    Hey Rush, after you finish your jello and mayonnaise salad, have yourself a nice big slice of Minny's Special Chocolate Pie.

    1. anniegetyerfun

      NOT mayo. Miracle Whip. There's several grams worth of sugared difference between the two.

  44. gurukalehuru

    I don't know. In view of how different Jane Pitt is from son Bradley, perhaps Rush Limbaugh's mom was actually a sweet woman who got along well with her neighbors and wasn't a bigot at all. Probably not, but you never know.

  45. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    You know what the best part of Jello is? Telling horse lovers where it comes from.

  46. Grokenstein

    "Not Cool Whip — that lovely fake whipped cream in a tub — but Miracle Whip, the mayonnaise blended with salad dressing."

    Thank Flying Spaghetti Monster you added that. My mind refused to process the difference until it was forced to do so.

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have some spew to mop up.

  47. Dashboard Buddha

    I call bullshit photoshoppe. This thing is as fake as Barry's birth certificate. How do I know? Simple…the measurements given will no way make enough to fill a wading pool for Rush Jr. to wallow around in.

  48. missannthropethefirst

    That is so the kind of WASP potluck/family picnic type Jell-O mold I had to deal with as a child when my parents' friends would have big gatherings. Fruit salad suspended in Jell-O? Not a big problem, we got that in school every week. But when you start adding Miracle Whip, blah. Sour cream in Jell-O was a biggie too. I think that kind of crap has a lot to do with my aversion to Jell-O as an adult.

    1. viennawoods13

      Jello for me is inextricably linked with being a child and being sick. That and apple juice. As a result I will not touch either. And jello shots are an abomination.

  49. CogitoErgoSumo

    This recipe, and the famous dead rat eaten by G. Gordon Liddy confirms that conservatives will swallow anything.

  50. valthemus

    Leave out the olives, substitute Cool for Miracle, and this sounds very much like a recipe some of us tried to make one day in chemistry class when I was in high school. Best not to ask questions, just appreciate that I'm sharing.

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