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

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

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

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

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