It's been a while since I've been able to show this gelatin blog the love it deserves, but my attention has been elsewhere. Today's recipe is waaay off the kitschy Americana beaten path, but I'll allow it because still fits the theme of molded gelatin dishes! I've been recently exploring historic Chinese food for a … Continue reading Chinese Almond Jelly
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 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
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
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)
This nameless recipe was written on the back of an old piece of While You Were Out stationery from a local printing company. The company appears to have vanished but I'd guess from the font and format that it is from the 70's. The logo letters look a lot like the font used in the … Continue reading Orange Pineapple Cheddar Salad
When I discovered this cucumber jelly recipe I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I didn’t also try the cheese sandwich. The sandwich falls outside the parameters of my gelatin blog, but I’ve tossed around the idea of posting it there anyway. After giving it some thought I decided its first home should be here.
These recipes come from a book called When You Entertain by Eleanor Lee Wright, published in 1932 by Wilson & Company. The entire digitized book is available on Archive.org. In addition to recipes, the book includes menus, table settings and tips for entertaining.
Some Historical Context
I am far from an expert on American food in the 1930’s, but generally speaking a housewife at that time would gravitate toward inexpensive yet attractive dishes. Table setting and food presentation were very important components of every meal. It was about this time…
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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
This molded rice custard from 1967 is surprisingly delicious.
Not too long ago I acquired yet another pile of family recipes to add to my ever growing collection. As I flipped through the index cards and magazine clippings, I came across this one and my heart skipped a beat. An absolutely horrifying retro recipe was calling my name: Molded Chef's Salad. My husband and … Continue reading Molded Chef’s Salad