Welcome to Manderley: Williamsburg Waldorf Salad

Welcome to Manderley Cottage Kitchen! We have made it to the “Other Side” of our journey, though I still find myself in the pinch-me-phase of living full time at Manderley. You see it was purchased, and meant for our vacation home, so I still find myself in Holiday mode, even after a few weeks of living here. Slowly, I’m sure the ebb and flow of real life will settle in as lunch boxes have to be filled, loads of laundry finished, and children driven to their activities, however there is a noticeable difference in our lifestyle.  We frequently walk and cycle around Colonial Williamsburg, the Farmer’s Market, and restaurants; without TV we are having more conversations with our children; and in a smaller space we are spending more time together.  I keep saying to Himself, “we really live here now!”

Take a look at my pretty little town…


Now it makes complete sense that at this end of our journey, and to celebrate, I share a very Williamsburg-esque recipe with you. It is a twist and spin off the classic Waldorf Salad, with the difference of course, the addition of peanut butter and peanuts which here in the ‘Burg, we are surrounded. We have peanut farms galore, especially just across the James River in Surry, VA. Manderley always has a container of roasted peanuts or a bowl of shell peanuts for snacking, and the Peanut Shop does carry a few really great mixes- right now I love The Pub Mix made specifically for DoG Street Pub in Merchant Square. I came across this twisted little Waldorf recipe shared with me by a local restaurant owner who begged for it from a server at another restaurant, the Virginia Diner, who is famous for this version of the Waldorf. No worries, it’s not a guarded secret as I found it here.  It’s crunchy, savory, nutty, and sweet and goes with any type of main dish.


Here is a photo of Manderley Cottage Kitchen, which is tiny.  I twirl from stove to fridge to sink.  It has the capacity for two.  The floor is a bright and cheerful 1940 vintage blue vinyl.  I can clean the entire space in 30 minutes in place of Big Red Kitchen’s three plus hours.  It’s a happy little place. I love it.

Manderley Cottage Kitchen

I hope the photo gives you an idea of how tiny my new kitchen is in comparison to BRK. It’s such a big change, and while I do miss the BRK, this little space is sweet and cozy. I like cozy. It’s Gemütlichkeit.


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Williamsburg Waldorf Salad
Recipe type: Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: Classic Williamsburg
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4
  • one large crispy red apple, cored and cubed
  • 2 large stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 handfuls raisins
  • a large wedge of lime or lemon
  • 1 tblsp. mayonnaise
  • 1 tblsp. honey
  • 1 tblsp. peanut butter
  • 4 tblsp. chopped roasted and salted peanuts, for garnish
  1. In a large bowl toss apples with lime or lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Add in celery and raisins. Mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, stir until smooth, mayonnaise, honey, and peanut butter.
  4. Cover and chill salad and dressing until ready to serve.
  5. When ready to serve, fold dressing and salad together and serve over lettuce leaves if desired.
  6. Garnish each serving with chopped peanuts.
I like to make and serve this salad immediately or within a few hours. Storing the salad already mixed with the dressing will produce a very watery salad, so keep separate until ready to eat.


Thank you for the huge support many of you gave via emails, comments, texts, and FB. I felt the well wishes, prayers, and cheers as we went through this journey. Please continue to pray for us, we still have two storage units of boxes that have to be gone through and downsized, and BRK is still on the market looking for it’s next owner. This adventure has been a hard one,  but worth it as we already see the fruits of our labor.  

Life at Manderley Cottage really is relaxed, active, generous, and simple! God is Good.


  1. Sally
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    I’ll make this very soon. Sounds good to us and I think the grandchildren will love it. A real treat even before dessert. Thanks so much for sharing. I live in southern CA but can purchase peanuts from The Peanut Shop of Williamsburg in my local grocery store. They are a favorite. For others who may not be able to find The Peanut Shop peanuts – Costco sells a 2.5 lb can of Virginia variety peanuts that are also very good.
    Off to Oak Glen to buy some fresh apples.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted September 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM | Permalink

      Enjoy the recipe Sally! Good to know you can get VA peanuts in CA, they are so good!

  2. Posted September 19, 2014 at 9:04 AM | Permalink

    This Salad looks like the perfect indulgence to distract me from the fact that my sightseeing includes the industrial yard outside my cubicle…
    Heading over to Because I Like to make it soon 🙂

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