Petite Watermelons

September 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cherry, Jello Shots, Lime, Recipe, Vodka | 15 Comments
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With the passing of the Labor Day weekend and summer drawing to an end, I made these mini watermelons to commemorate the occasion. Made with lime rinds, strawberries, and vodka with little black sesame seeds, these make fun little “jello shots”.  I have seen versions of this all over the web, most recently and notably on another jello blog called My Jello Americans. This is just one of an amazing array of tiny “jello shots” from the creators of that blog made with their own infused liquors in fun, creative shapes. The recipe for this can be found in a preview of my new book here.

Anise Jello

August 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Posted in Anise, Cookie, Nutella | 4 Comments
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Recently Art and Marty took a vacation to Mexico and brought back an assortment of Mexican jello for me. Included among usual tropical fruit flavors was the more unusual anise flavored gelatin. Anise is a seed that tastes similar to sweet liquorish. I topped off the gelatin with wafers sandwiched with Nutella hazelnut cocoa spread.  The result was delicious.  I brought the jello to work and served it to my co-workers for Laura‘s birthday.

Jello Marzipan

August 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Posted in Almond, Banana, Cherry, Clove, Coconut, Mint, Orange, Recipe, RecipeBook, Strawberry, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 5 Comments
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This recipe came from the classic Joys of Jell-O recipe book and boasts a new way to make the old fashioned confection. These strawberry, cherry, orange, and banana shaped candies are molded from ground coconut and almonds and are flavored with the corresponding fruit flavored gelatin. Whole cloves and mint leaves put the finishing touches on these tiny fruits. While the taste of the finished product bears little resemblance to actual Marzipan, they are sweet and yummy, especially if you like coconut, and were very fun to make.

The Gelatin Salad Selector

August 4, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Posted in RecipeBook | 3 Comments
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This nifty recipe book was sent to me by a reader who found it in the depths of his parent’s house in Nebraska. Each page features a different meat dish with a suggestion for a proper gelatin salad pairing. If the primary suggestion is not to your liking a wheel can be turned at the edge of the page to reveal alternate jello recipes that will compliment your main course. My favorite and the most ridiculousness:  Asparagus Castle made with lemon jello, pimentos, onions, and asparagus spears arranged around the outer edge like a little fortress. Genius! And it goes really well with steak. Thank you Lance for this gem!

Cookies & Cream Jello

July 26, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Posted in Cookie, IceCream, Recipe, SweetenedCondensedMilk, Vanilla | 15 Comments
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This jello is another in the series of ice cream flavored treats.  This one was made for Sarah‘s BBQ and housewarming party for her new Brooklyn abode with a much coveted yard. Its made with vanilla bean ice cream and sweetened condensed milk.  Its crowned with mini Oreo cookies and crust of crushed Oreos.  A cool and creamy compliment to a very hot summer.

Click here for the recipe…

Mango Melon Surprise

July 20, 2010 at 8:41 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Mango, Melon, Rum | 2 Comments
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(The surprise is rum!)

For Rebecca‘s birthday this year I made this fruity and festive summer mold with mango gelatin, mango rum, and cantaloupe.  I found these mini cookie cutters at a shop in Chinatown and they were perfect for cutting the cantaloupe into fun star and flower shapes for the mold.  The folks at The Redhead were kind enough to let me bring my jello in and serve it after our celebratory meal despite their list of gourmet desserts.  

The evening ended with a pile temporary tattoos being creatively altered and applied to the birthday girl. Included is this tribute to my boozy dessert, giving new meaning to the phrase “There’s always room for Jello!”.  I am truly honored.

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Mint Chocolate Chip Jello

July 11, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Posted in IceCream, Mint, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 2 Comments
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Recently I took the Jello Show on the road to my sister Kateri‘s in Minneapolis for my niece Sydney’s high school graduation party. My sister found this sunflower mold at a thrift store and had it waiting for me. Jello’s popularity in the mid-west has never wavered since the 60’s and that was evident by its enthusiastic reception at the party.  For the event I made this mint chocolate chip ice cream jello topped with sweetened condensed milk. Thank you Kateri and Congratulations Sydney!

Berry 4th of July Jello

July 5, 2010 at 11:39 am | Posted in Blueberry, Guanabana, Strawberry | 5 Comments
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For the holiday weekend I made this festive star-shaped mold with blueberries and strawberries set in a layer of clear gelatin.  The white base layer is Guanabana flavored gelatin brought back for me from Mexico by Art. (More exotic Mexican flavors to follow). The flavor was fruity and refreshing, perfect for the very hot weekend. Happy 4th of July!

Jello Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant

June 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Posted in JelloArtWork, Raspberry, Vanilla | 21 Comments
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Purple Digester Eggs For my entry in the year’s Gowanus Studio Space Jell-O Mold Competition I made this jello and plastic replica of the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant. A striking piece of engineering and architecture located a mere 500 yards from my apartment. The facility has been a point of interest for me since moving in to my neighborhood and a frequent photographic subject. I used 1 liter bottles to mold the gelatin “digester eggs” flavored with raspberry and french vanilla and used food die to mimic the color of the eggs lit at night. Super bright LED lights were used to illuminate the jello from behind. I competed against many wonderful and creative entries and sadly did not win. However, since being inspired by the architectural jellos of Liz Hickock and Bompas and Parr, this is a project I’ve wanted to take on for a while and am very happy with the finished product.  Congratulation to all the winners of the competition!

Photos of the event will be posted on the GSS website this week, but in the meantime Eater covered the event and Gothamist gave me some love. I wasn’t able to be at the actual competition since I was out-of-town so a very special thank you to Starr and Art for representing me! And thank you to Marie for helping me construct the catwalks for the model.

Jell-O Mold Design Competition

June 22, 2010 at 11:42 am | Posted in JelloArtWork | 3 Comments
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This weekend at the Gowanus Studio Space in Brooklyn is the 2nd Annual Jell-O Mold Competition! Competitors will battle it out for mold supremacy and my entry will be in the running. I am very exciting to see what I am up against as last year’s winners were very crafty. Come on out if you are in the area: Saturday, June 26th from 6 to 10pm, 166 7th Street, Brooklyn.  If not, stay tuned for photos of my unique design.

Jello Poke Cake

June 15, 2010 at 3:57 am | Posted in Cake, CoolWhip, Pistachio, Strawberry | 1 Comment
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My friend Kelly LOVES cake. So to commemorate her birthday this year I made this Jello Poke Cake.  It is a basic white cake with holes poked in it and liquid jello poured in and allowed to set. Typically it is made with fruit favors, as this cake’s top layer is strawberry, but I wanted to try something different for the bottom layer.  I used D’Gari pistachio gelatin dessert made with milk and it was creamy and delicious! The cake is frosted with whipped cream. (The recipe can be found on the Kraft Foods website.) Happy Birthday Kelly!

Rainbow Jello

June 7, 2010 at 4:29 am | Posted in Blueberry, Grape, Lemon, Melon, Recipe, Strawberry, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 22 Comments
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This year for John’s 5th annual Easy Breezy Birthday Brunch I made one of the more difficult and beautiful jello creations, the Rainbow Jello mold.  This classic favorite is compromised of 10 layers and 5 different flavors, each with a clear fruity layer and a creamy opaque layer of sweetened condensed milk.  As you can see, John loved it and so did everyone else. The recipe for this can be found in a preview of my new book. Happy Birthday John and congratulations on another successful Easy Breezy!

Click here for the Recipe…

Boxing Kitten Launch Party

May 27, 2010 at 4:05 am | Posted in Melon, Peach, Pineapple, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 5 Comments

For my first Jello catering gig I was commissioned to make mini jellos for a 50s style, Hawaiian themed, fashion party for the vintage inspired clothing designer Boxing Kitten. I made mini versions of the Peaches & Cream Jello, the Mandarin Melon Jello, and Pineapple Jello.

LOST Jello

May 24, 2010 at 4:30 am | Posted in Blueberry, Coconut, Pistachio | 5 Comments
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A fan since the first episode aired, I had to commemorate the series finale of LOST with jello. For a LOST themed BBQ and finale viewing party I made this representation of the island with pistachio (for the land), coconut (for the sandy beach), and blueberry (for the water).

Cranberry Pomegranate Salad (with Vodka)

May 18, 2010 at 2:40 am | Posted in Alcohol, Blackberry, Blueberry, Booze, Cranberry, Pomegranate, Raspberry, Recipe, Soda, Vodka | 15 Comments
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Triple berry salad is a classic Jello recipe, but mine has a few twists. This sparkling treat is made with cranberry gelatin and tart pomegranate juice, along with vodka and club soda and is filled with blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.  It was served at a birthday BBQ to a crowd who had never tired my jello before and was devoured by a frenzied swarm of eager party goers. (I’ve never seen jello sell-out quite like this.)  Thank you guys for your jello enthusiasm!

Click here for the recipe…

Mini Avocado Molds with Strawberries

May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Posted in Avocado, Strawberry | 3 Comments
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This is a new take on a very old-school recipe and I found it quite tasty. Made with fresh avocado and mayo, it’s a savory mold much like guacamole (minus the onions). Strawberries offer a contrasting flavor and an attractive garnish.

Rhubard Rosemary Jello

May 4, 2010 at 2:41 am | Posted in Cucumber, Rhubarb, Rosemary | 1 Comment
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My sister Kateri sent this recipe to me from Simply Recipes with a request to try it. This rhubarb flavored gelatin with hints of rosemary and chopped cucumbers borders on sweet and savory. Its not my typical jello mold but I really enjoyed it with a dollop of sour cream.

Jello Mold Mistress in The Kitchn

April 27, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Posted in Peach, Recipe, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 3 Comments
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Apartment Therapy’s the Kitchn cooking blog was kind enough to invite me to write a guest post for their Dessert Week and I was excited to do so!  I revisited the Peaches & Cream jello mold I made last fall for Labor Day.  Included in the post are some general tips and tricks and jello molding principles that many of you have asked for and can be applied to any jello molding endeavor. Click here to read the whole post, see more photos, and try the recipe for yourself!

Apricot Cream

April 20, 2010 at 1:12 am | Posted in Apricot, Peach, Pear, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 1 Comment
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This smooth and creamy jello mold is made of apricot gelatin and sweetened condensed milk with chopped pears and peaches.

Applejack Jello

April 13, 2010 at 1:22 am | Posted in Alcohol, Apple, Booze, Vodka | 3 Comments
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Another refreshing spring time jello, inspired by one of Shane’s favorite drinks, comprised of layers of apple cider, chopped green apples and vodka.  Sweet, tart, and tangy all at the same time!

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