Orange Jello

Today's recipe was the result of picking a jello recipe from the pile based on the ingredients I had on hand. Years ago I never thought I'd have any retro jello ingredients on hand, but here we are. This one is just called "Orange Jello" to make it nice and easy to distinguish from the … Continue reading Orange Jello

Neapolitan Loaf, 1936

I've been working out of a booklet called What You Can Do With Jell-O and finally made it to this three-tiered beauty. The Neapolitan Loaf recipe caught my eye the very first day I flipped through the book, but I needed to work my way up to it by first learning how to make a … Continue reading Neapolitan Loaf, 1936

Strawberry Jello Whip, 1936

I recently acquired this great book - more of a pamphlet, really - called What You Can Do With Jell-O. It was published by General Foods Corporation in 1936. What's great about this little book is it goes through the step-by-step process of 6 types of jello creations, as well as how to garnish, make … Continue reading Strawberry Jello Whip, 1936

Date Bavarian Cream, 1929

Today's molded gelatin is a bit off the beaten path, but a perfect example of "the recipes that time forgot." Honestly, this is why I do what I do. I came across this little gem of a cookbook the other day while looking for something unusual and historic to do with dates. Dates are among … Continue reading Date Bavarian Cream, 1929

Tomato Aspic, 1943

Tomato aspic is one of those things I've wanted to try and also really not wanted to try, and I have approached both options with about the same level of enthusiasm. I don't really know what has been stopping me other than I guess I don't know how to eat tomato aspic. Is it a … Continue reading Tomato Aspic, 1943

Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad

The past couple months have been much busier than you'd think considering the stay-at-home order, but I'm back! I was beginning to miss my weird little hobbies. Today's recipe is a very simple one, with only four ingredients that you might already have on hand, so hopefully no unnecessary trips to the store! This hand-written … Continue reading Cherry Applesauce Jello Salad

Avocado Strawberry Ring (c. 1967)

This odd little recipe is from a book called the Joys of Jell-O. There are multiple editions of this book (all undated), but I think this particular one - the 9th edition- is from around 1967. There are a ton of recipes in this book that I want to try, but as I was scrolling … Continue reading Avocado Strawberry Ring (c. 1967)

Cranberry Ginger Ale Salad

There isn't much to say about this one but I chose it because I was intrigued by the use of ginger ale. This recipe once belonged to my great-aunt, which she got from Better Homes and Gardens. I perused a number of digitized books in the Hathitrust and Internet Archives but I could not for … Continue reading Cranberry Ginger Ale Salad

Lemon Jello Salad

This undated recipe comes from a very old photocopy of a type-written recipe card. The front and back of the card were Xeroxed separately and then stapled together. I have no idea how old the original card was, but after tasting the jello salad I suspect 1940's or 1950's. Lemon Jello Salad 1 large package … Continue reading Lemon Jello Salad

Cranberry Soufflé Salad

If you want to add some midcentury flair to your upcoming Thanksgiving or Holiday feast, Cranberry Soufflé is a classic. This is one of maybe two gelatin salads that I actually remember my grandmother making during my lifetime, and it was served almost exclusively for Thanksgiving. I wouldn't eat it back then, though, because I … Continue reading Cranberry Soufflé Salad