Thursday, December 30, 2010

Something Old

So in honor of the year 2010 winding down to a close, I'd like to leave you with Something Old. Here is the recipe for my Mom's Jello Salad that I've carried with me for 20 years (note the date on the bottom.) My mother made it for years before that, for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any special occasion.

Growing up, while my mother was inside cooking elegant meals, I was (alas) usually spending the day avoiding the kitchen by roaming the hills on my horse. But all wild young cowgirls eventually grow up, pick up the telephone and call their moms for that favorite recipe.

Now before you go making redneck jokes about jello salad, let me assure you that this is an elegant salad, with a somewhat tart and tropical taste that cleanses your palate while ingesting that heavy turkey, ham, or whatever else your holiday meal calls for. And in a pretty bowl, it looks lovely on the table. See?

So in case you can't read the recipe from the picture (and my scribbly handwriting) above - here it is again.

Mom's Jello Salad


One large package orange jello

One large package strawberry (or strawberry-banana) jello in

Two cups boiling water.

Add one large can frozen orange juice - stir until completely dissolved.

Add one 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, with juice.

Add 2 small cans mandarin oranges, with juices.

Takes 4 hours to set-up.

Easy - peasy, huh? Enjoy this old recipe, and in a few days, we will celebrate the New Year of 2011 with something Bright. Shiny. and New on the blog! *jumps up and down in excitement*

Until then - Happy New Year, everyone!


Laura Marcella said...

Happy New Year, Linda!!! May 2011 be your best year yet!

Susan said...

Old recipes bring back memories don't they. My Mom has a recipe for Scotch Cake (shortbread) that she used to make every Christmas, written on a note card by my Grandmother. It's stained and you can barely read it, but it calls for butter the size of an egg.

Linda Benson said...

Thanks, Laura and Susan! Yes, old recipes are amazing, because they often talk in generalities and assumptions (like, place in a medium oven) or butter the size of an egg (love that one.)

What I actually left out of the instructions for the jello salad (I just assumed everyone would know, but never assume ;-))is that after you mix all the ingredients together, you REFRIGERATE it to let it set up.

Happy New Year, and don't forget to refrigerate your jello salads!

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Thanks for the recipe, Linda! And happy, happy new year to you!