Lime Pineapple Salad

Here is another old recipe from my grandma's files. This one was difficult to date, but I am leaning toward 1940's or possibly 1950's. If it were up to me, which it kind of is, I would rename this Lime Pineapple Grapefruit Salad. Grapefruit turned out to be the dominant flavor here. Grapefruit was especially … Continue reading Lime Pineapple Salad

Strawberry Romanoff Jel-low

Between 1940 and 1962, Hollywood movie stars and celebrities frequented a popular Beverly Hills restaurant called Romanoff's. This is where Not-a-Real-Prince "Prince" Michael Romanoff popularized a dessert called Strawberries Americaine Style, originally created by the Carlton Hotel's Chef Auguste Escoffier in the 1920's, and boldly renamed it Strawberries Romanoff. A twist on the classic strawberries … Continue reading Strawberry Romanoff Jel-low

Orange Delight Dessert, 1968

I picked up a vintage cookbook the other day at the local antique store, as well as an unopened roll of 60's vinyl kitchen contact paper. Of the gelatin recipes this one was the most orange. A perfect visual companion to the vinyl. Orange Delight Dessert From Hello Neighbor: 1968 Cookbook by KOA Radio 85. … Continue reading Orange Delight Dessert, 1968

Early Jell-O recipes, 1905

Gelatin has been around for centuries, but not in the powder form we use today. Making gelatin was a lengthy and labor-intensive process that didn't appeal much to the average housewife. Not many home cooks wanted to boil bones, hooves and tendons for hours on end. Unflavored pre-granulated gelatine came about in 1894 when Charles … Continue reading Early Jell-O recipes, 1905

Hallowe’en Salad, a Retro Gelatin Treat

A Dollop of History

To celebrate Halloween, I thought I’d do something a bit more modern. This recipe is most likely from the 1930’s or 1940’s, though the image source (chronicallyvintage.com) suggests the possibility of it being even later. There are a few clues that indicate 1940’s or earlier: the font, ingredients, and the spelling of the word Hallowe’en.

halloweensaladFun fact: Spelling Halloween with the apostrophe is actually grammatically correct and was how children learned how to spell it in school. It is a shortened version of Hallows Eve. Over time, a grammatical error actually became the norm and now it is rare (and a little strange) to see it spelled with an apostrophe.

Before we get started with this molded monstrosity, let’s briefly talk history.

Gelatin and the Rise of Convenience Foods

Gelatin and jellied foods have existed for centuries, long before Jell-O patented its instant formula in 1897. Because of its convenience…

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