Grasshopper Pie

March 17, 2011 at 8:30 am | Posted in Chocolate, CrèmeDeMenthe, SourCream, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 4 Comments

This jello mold version of the creamy, minty pie is sure to induced the luck of the Irish… or the crème de menthe liquour will just induce intoxication.  In addition to crème de menthe, this rich jello is made with sweetened condensed milk, sour cream, and sits atop a chocolatey crust. The recipe for this appears in my new book. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Pimento Cheese, Please!

March 7, 2011 at 8:23 am | Posted in ChedderCheese, CreamCheese, Pimento, Recipe | 4 Comments

I don’t often make savory jello molds because they are usually not very well received. This one, made for a southern food themed dinner party, was the exception and was devoured in minutes by party guests for whom this reminded them of their southern upbringing, myself included. Pimento Cheese spread is a southern comfort food favorite with varying recipes. Normally it calls for mayo, but I made mine with cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, pimentos, cayenne pepper, and just enough gelatin to give it some shape but still be spreadable. I was inspired to create this mold by Nicole Lang’s Kickstarter film project Pimento Cheese, Please! The film production team hits the road this month for the Charleston, SC area in search of folks to interview on the topic. So if you have any pimento cheese related insights or experiences contact Nicole – pimentocheeseplease [at] gmail [dot] com. She’d love to hear from you!

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Red Bean Jello

February 14, 2011 at 8:30 am | Posted in IceCream, Red Bean, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 8 Comments
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Forget about those Red Roses and try Red Beans instead this Valentine’s Day. This heart shaped mold is made with red bean ice cream and trimmed with sweetened condensed milk.  Rather than go for the obvious red cherry flavor, I wanted to try something more exotic.  Red beans (also known as Azuki) are used in many Asian confections and when made into ice cream produce a sweet and unique favor.  This mold, with its quilted texture and ribboned edges, reminds me of one of those cutesy, lace-trimmed, plush hearts you’d get from your junior high sweetheart (or your parents) for Valentine’s. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Year of the Rabbit

February 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Posted in Anise, Vanilla | 4 Comments
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This year the Chinese New Year, a very important traditional Chinese holiday, begins on February 3th.  In New York’s Chinatown the festivities carry on for weeks with the neighborhood adorned in red lanterns, lions and dragons parading through the streets, and fire crackers exploding with confetti. According the the Chinese Zodiac, this beings the Year of the Rabbit. And so, to honor the occasion, I made this white rabbit with anise gelatin and vanilla ice cream, which will be served at new year/birthday party this weekend.

Million Dollar Jello Salad

January 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Posted in CoolWhip, Pecan, Pineapple, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 10 Comments
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Inspired by my friend Shane’s favorite childhood dessert, Million Dollar Pie, this recipe was adapted for the jello mold.  It is made with crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, sweetened condensed milk, and whipped cream. It has a sweet, tangy, foamy texture, akin to ambrosia salad, but better!  This recipe will be included in my book along side other gelatin salad recipes.

Vegan Vanilla Clementine Panna Cotta

January 3, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Posted in Agar Agar, Clementine, Recipe, Vanilla | 7 Comments
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I have had several inquires into vegan jello alternatives so I have been experimenting with Agar Agar, a flavorless, orderless, seaweed derived ‘gelatin’.  My mother gave me this tiny mold for Christmas and I thought it would be perfect for this recipe made with vanilla soy yogurt and clementine zest.  A creamy, delicate flavor that even an unrefined, carnivorous palate (my father’s) could appreciate as he devoured the whole thing. This recipe will be included in my new book, but I have included it here as well so you can try it now. Have a Happy New Year everyone!

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Gingerbread Jello

December 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Posted in Cinnamon, Molasses, Nutmeg, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 2 Comments
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For Christmas with the family this year, I made these little gingerbread flavored jello jigglers.  Flavored with molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a creamy base of sweetened condensed milk, these little gingerjello men and women are fun for all to decorate and eat. This recipe appears in my new book. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wassail Jello

December 14, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Allspice, Apple, Booze, Cinnamon, Clove, Cranberry, Orange, Rum | Leave a comment
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Inspired by my friend Sydney‘s yearly holiday party tradition of brewing up some yummy hot wassail punch, spiked with dark rum, comes this cold, gelatinous version of the delicious treat.  Its made with apple and cranberry juice, slow simmered with allspice, cloves and an orange. Of course rum is added before it goes in the fridge for cooling and solidifying. This jello mold will be served up at Syd’s holiday party this week and I look forward to seeing how it stands up to its liquid counterpart.  This holiday recipe is another that will appear in my forthcoming book.

Hot Chile Chocolate

December 6, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Posted in ChiliPepper, Chocolate, Cinnamon, CoolWhip | Leave a comment
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Its is officially winter hear in New York as the day time highs have dropped to 35° and snow flurries have begun to fall in the morning. This winter-time jello mold can help you warm up. Inspired by Mexican spicy hot chocolate this jello is made with real milk, cocoa, and hot chili powder.  The combination of sweet, rich chocolate and spicy chile creates a very exotic flavor, topped will cool whipped cream and garnished with coco powder. This is the first of many jello recipes to come that will appear in my new book I have recently begun work on.  Stay warm!

CranApple Cheese Mold

November 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Apple, Cranberry, CreamCheese, Recipe | 5 Comments
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Thanksgiving is just days away and its time to start preparing for the feast (as demonstrated by the insanity I just witnessed at the grocery store). One good thing about jello is you can prepare in advance and unmold it before serving… cutting down on at least some of the last minute meal-time stress.  This pretty mold is made from tart cranberry juice, sliced apples, and cream cheese. Forget about cranberry sauce and throw this out on the dinner table instead. It will stand out among the mashed potatoes and greenbean casserole.   This is the last in series of Thanksgiving-time jello creations for KitchenDaily. Click to read the full article and learn how to make your own. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Pumpkin Pie Jello

November 15, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Pumpkin, Recipe, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 5 Comments
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For many, pumpkin pie is synonymous with Thanksgiving and this jello recipe was inspired by my mother’s own recipe for pumpkin pie, served every year for turkey day without fail.  Its made with canned pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. A bottom “crust” is made from melted chocolate chips.  This is another in a series of Thanksgiving themed jello recipes created for  Click to read the full article and see step-by-step photos for how to create your own.

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Candy Corn Jello

October 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Jello Shots, Orange, Pineapple, Recipe, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 2 Comments
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For the last in a series of Halloween jellos made for Kitchen Daily, I made these tropical fruit flavored versions of everyone’s favorite Halloween treat, Candy Corns.  I used sweetened condensed milk, with orange and pineapple flavored gelatin.  A second, larger version of this jello mold was created for this weekend’s festivities, only with the added bonus of rum!  Click to read the full article and learn how to make your own at  Happy Halloween Everyone!

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Bleeding Brains Jello

October 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Peach, Recipe, Strawberry, SweetenedCondensedMilk | Leave a comment
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Halloween is drawing near and with it I created another Halloween jello idea for Kitchen Daily. This strawberry preserve filled brain is sure to scare little kids and gross out adults at your Halloween bash.  Not to fear, this creamy peach flavored jello mold tastes much better than it looks and is easy to create. Click to read the full article and learn how to make your own at

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Cappuccino Flan

September 21, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Posted in Cappuccino, Chocolate, Flan | Leave a comment
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I found a box of this D’Gari brand cappuccino flan desert at a grocery store in Clinton Hill and had to try it. I added my own flair by submerging a chocolate wafer in the flan while it was still liquid to create a cakey chocolate vein in the  center of the desert. I love flan and I love coffee, and this is a delicious marrage of the two.

Petite Watermelons

September 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Jello Shots, Lime, Recipe, Strawberry, 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.

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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!

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