The Family Stone- Ambrosia Fruit Salad

Romantic comedy about a woman meets her future in-laws and discovers they don’t much care for her. Perma-bun-wearing Meredith Morton accompanies her boyfriend to see his large, close-knit family over the holidays. With alliances and love affairs in motion, Meredith’s control-freak demeanor provokes many a culture clash as the eccentric family Stone plays out its own family dramas.

Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney) is a successful young businessman who is dating Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker), and has asked her to spend Christmas with his family, with plans to ask his mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton), for the titular family wedding band and propose to Meredith on Christmas Day. Meredith is more than a bit nervous about meeting Everett’s folks, and things only get worse when they arrive — Meredith is by her nature straight-laced and a bit uptight around strangers, while Sybil and family patriarch Kelly (Craig T. Nelson) are free-thinkers who, except for Everett, have raised a family of cheerfully rebellious children, most notably younger daughter Amy (Rachel McAdams), older brother Ben (Luke Wilson), and adopted sibling Thad (Tyrone Giordano), who is both deaf and gay. Meredith and the Stone family do not get along well at first, especially Sybil, who is appalled at the prospect of Everett giving Meredith the family’s heirloom wedding ring; in dire need of moral support, Meredith asks her younger sister, Julie (Claire Danes), to join her for Christmas with the Stones. However, the plan runs into a snag when Everett’s head is turned by pretty Julie, and Meredith finds herself on the receiving end of attention from slobby Ben.

Food Scene:

Uptight businesswoman Meredith Morton (Sarah Jessica Parker) just can’t do anything right when she visits the free-spirited family of her boyfriend, Everett Stone (Dermot Mulroney), for the holidays. In an effort to win over the family and contribute something to their Christmas morning brunch, Meredith prepares her prized “Morton Family Strata.” But her plans go awry when the uncooked casserole winds up all over her face and the floor. At least her egg-covered antics provoke belly laughs from Everett’s icy sister, Amy (Rachel McAdams), and judgmental mother, Sybil (Diane Keaton).

Start off Christmas morning in a very special way with this refreshing and elegant Ambrosia Fruit Salad.


  • 1 small (2 1/2-pound) golden sweet pineapple, crown and rind removed, “eyes” cut out
  • 6 seedless clementine oranges, peeled, separated into segments
  • 1 pint(s) strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into slices
  • 3/4 cup(s) dried unsweetened coconut chips or shavings
  • Vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish (optional)


  1. Quarter pineapple lengthwise; remove core. Cut crosswise into small chunks. Place in large serving bowl. Add clementine segments, strawberries, kiwifruit, and coconut; gently toss.
  2. Spoon into dessert glasses. Top with a dollop of vanilla yogurt or sweetened sour cream. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

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