The Family Stone – Ambrosia Fruit Salad

When Everett Stone brings Meredith home for Christmas, it’s obvious from the get-go that his family doesn’t approve. Unlike the Stones, Meredith is uptight, rigid and always seems to say the wrong thing. But Everett is planning on asking for his grandmother’s wedding ring, a family heirloom that his mother promised him years ago.

The Family Stone

Introductions start off rocky as Meredith awkwardly shakes hands with Everett’s parents and six siblings. It doesn’t help that Amy, Everett’s condescending sister, told the family how awful Meredith was before she even got there.

One humiliating affair after another, the Stone’s never warm up to Meredith’s presence so she books a room at the nearest inn. She even calls her sister, Julie, for support, who takes the next bus to New York.

The Stones take an immediate liking to Julie, maybe even too much of a liking by Everett. But the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Everett’s stoner brother, Ben, is convinced that Meredith and his brother aren’t in love, and a drunken night out leads to something more.

Ambrosia Fruit Salad Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Ambrosia Fruit Salad

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  • 1 Pineapple
  • 2 Fuji Apples
  • 2 Green Pears
  • 3 Oranges
  • 6 Strawberries
  • ½ C Light Sour Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice


  1. Peel the Pineapple by slicing the bottom and top off; shave off the skin as clean as you can. Cut around the core of the Pineapple until you have 4 long blocks of fruit. Square off the rest of the fruit by slicing the tops and bottoms of each. They should resemble a block shape. Slice off segments of each, about a ½ inch in thickness. Be sure to remove the seeds and any non-ripe areas just by cutting away those areas. Slice the remainder of the slices into strips, following the ½ inch thickness. Cut and cube the fruit till they are all pretty symmetrical.
  2. Place all the fruit except the strawberries into a bowl with the Sour Cream, Sugar and Lemon Juice. Toss until well coated. Cover and let sit in the fridge as you prepare the Strawberries.
  3. Cut the stems off the Strawberries, slice as you did the other fruit into sheets then into strips. Cube into small pieces.
  4. Dish out and enjoy the Ambrosia, being sure to sprinkle the strawberry bits on top for color and some extra sweetness! Add a mint leaf for love and share with your loved ones.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 4-6.Back to Top