from Cool Whip & JELL-O
Jell-o is one of those foods from my childhood that was a staple at every potluck, buffet, or family dinner. After all, I am a Midwesterner. It certainly isn’t as popular as it was in the 1960s and 1970s but every now and then there will be a recipe that includes Jell-o. This is that cookbook. As I was looking through this book, I realized I have probably tasted (or avoided) each one of these recipes at some point. Our family’s favorite was plain old Cool Whip on Jell-o. Pretty exciting, eh?
P.S. The confetti pie is a no go for me. It just looks wrong.
Joys of Jell-o
I’ll admit it. I have a certain fondness for the old cookbooks, especially the ones with molded food. We have featured quite a few over the years, but I think this one might be a favorite. Nearly every page has a recipe or two that takes creative to a whole new level. You can see the yellow frozen jello loaf below. Looks okay so far. Then we move to the next picture, which has a melon filled with jello. Unfortunately we can’t tell from the black and white picture what flavor of jello was inflicted upon the poor melon, but the recipe suggests lime or red. I shudder to think what flavor is “red,” rather than cherry or strawberry.
But wait, there is more! Now we jump to some savory jello recipes featuring tuna, tomatoes, and cabbage. As a child of the Midwest in the 1960s, of course I love jello. But please, let jello just be jello.
The Low-Cost Cookbook
Straight from a library shelf to your kitchen! You will love recipes like chicken cacciatore with prunes or a molded apple blue cheese salad. I am sure your mouth is watering from all of these wonderful foods. As a child of the 1960s, I can say that no fancy meal would be complete without a jello mold with fruit cocktail.
I know that future generations might need to stroll down a gastronomic memory lane, but does it have to be this cookbook? It’s a bit embarrassing. For those that love the truly awful in cooking, may I direct your attention to Retro Recipe or James Lilek’s Gallery of Regrettable Food. You won’t be disappointed, but you will feel a bit nauseated.