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

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

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

Orange Pineapple Cheddar Salad

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

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

Emerald Salad Ring

This 1950's-era Emerald Salad recipe has been on my list for a while now, mostly because I have THREE of them. One of the recipe cards is handwritten by my grandmother and another was typed on a typewriter, probably by my great aunt Nell. My grandma's name is written at the top, meaning she was … Continue reading Emerald Salad Ring

Molded Chef’s Salad

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

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