White Chocolate Strawberry Shots

February 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Jello Shots, Milk, Recipe, Strawberry, Vodka, WhiteChocolate | 12 Comments
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White Chocolate Strawberry Shots

Nothing says loving like some jiggly jello. Impress your date this Valentine’s day with this tasty, boozy treat.  Alternating layers of white chocolate and strawberry spiked with whipped cream flavored vodka is sure to put your sweetie in the mood. Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Year of the Snake

February 4, 2013 at 11:14 am | Posted in Almond, Cherry, Orange | Leave a comment
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Year of the Snake

A couple of years ago for the Chinese New Year I made a Year of the Rabbit jello. According the the Chinese Zodiac, this year begins the Year of the Snake. I don’t have a snake mold so I used this goldfish mold to symbolize surplus in the new year. I made a traditional Chinese dessert recipe of almond gelatin and mandarin oranges with a red cherry eyeball. The red symbolizes good luck. The Year of the Snake begins on February 10th and if you are like me and you were born in 1965, 1977, 1989, or 2001 this is your year!

Bourbon Banana Pudding

January 9, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Banana, Booze, Bourbon, Cinnamon, Cookie, Jello Shots, Recipe, SoyMilk, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 11 Comments
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Bourbon Banana Pudding

Sadly the holidays are over and now all we have to look forward to is a long, cold winter… and jello! An adult version of the classic childhood favorite, this pudding from scratch is made with ripe banana, sweetened condensed milk, and a splash of bourbon. Spiced with cinnamon and garnished with mini vanilla wafers, the flavor is sweet and warm. This dessert is perfect for keeping warm during those longer winter months.

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Sparkling Champagne & Strawberries

December 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Champagne, GingerAle, Jello Shots, Recipe, Strawberry | 1 Comment
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Ring in the New Year with sparking champagne, fizzy ginger ale, and sweet strawberries. A favorite from my book Hello Jell-O! this unconventional celeabratory treat is sure to please. Check out The Recipe Club for the recipe and have a Happy New Year!

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Coquito

December 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Allspice, Booze, Cinnamon, CoconutMilk, Nutmeg, Recipe, Rum, SweetenedCondensedMilk, Vanilla | 3 Comments
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Coquito

Inspired by Margarita, my Puerto Rican con-worker (at my non-jello day job), and her annual holiday offering of Coquito, Puerto Rico’s version of eggnog, I made a Coquito Jello for this year’s office holiday party. Loaded to the gills with rum (at least the way Margarita makes it) it has a creamy base of coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk and is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Intoxicatingly delicious!  See the recipe below and have a Merry Christmas!

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Grasshopper Pie

December 3, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Chocolate, Cookie, CrèmeDeMenthe, Milk, Recipe, SourCream, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 4 Comments
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I made this jello a last year for St. Patty’s day and it was such a hit it deserves revisiting. Green and minty with a little liqueur to warm the heart, this jello mold just feels like Christmas to me. Crème de menthe and sweetened condensed milk top off a chocolaty cookie crust. This recipe appears in my book Hello Jell-O! but I’m sharing it here as my holiday gift to you. Check out my book for many more recipes like this one (52 to be exact) and have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Bloody Mary Aspic

November 18, 2012 at 11:51 am | Posted in Alcohol, Beer, Booze, Garlic, HotSauce, Olive, Pickle, Pimento, Recipe, TomatoJuice, Vodka, WorcestershireSauce | 7 Comments
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This year for my Thanksgiving jello I wanted to do something retro. A take on the very vintage Tomato Aspic that your Grandmother may have brought to the Thanksgiving dinner table but with the added twist of booze. Its made with all the classic Bloody Mary components: tomato juice, vodka, beer, garlic, Worcestershire, and hot sauce, plus green olives suspended throughout. Initially I wanted make this recipe just for fun, but it turned out to be pretty good. I thought about adding some shrimp cocktail into the mix but figured I should just quit while I was ahead. If you’re not into this recipe try some of my other Thanksgiving favorites here and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Jell-O Presidents

November 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Posted in JelloArtWork | Leave a comment
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Tomorrow is election day and for the occasion New York based artist and photographer Henry Hargreaves has created a series of presidential portraits composed of carefully molded Jell-O. Information about each president is encoded in the portraits including the use of color, red and blue, to indicate political lean. Read more about the project here and check out some process photos on Henry’s facebook page. Also, regardless of your preference for cherry or blueberry flavored presidential candidates, don’t forget to get out there and vote!

Spiked Jello Poke Cupcakes

October 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Butter, Cake, Cream, Nutella, Recipe, Rum, Strawberry, Vanilla | 1 Comment
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With homemade Nutella buttercream frosting! 

This year for Victor‘s birthday I wanted to make something extra special. I have made Jello Poke Cake in the past but wanted to trying something that would be easier to serve to a dozen friends out for a birthday brunch in the neighborhood. These vanilla cupcakes are special because they have stripes of strawberry rum jello inside. They are topped with an icing made with a blend of butter, sugar, and everyone’s favorite Nutella (an entire jar!). These were a sell-out hit at Victor’s brunch, everyone had two. Happy Birthday Victor!

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Strawberry Cheesecake

September 25, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Posted in Chocolate, CreamCheese, Recipe, SourCream, Strawberry, Vanilla | 11 Comments
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I love cheesecake! But with the heatwave we experienced this summer who wants to slave away over a hot oven. The beauty of this cheesecake, made with cream cheese and sour cream, is no baking! It is rounded out with a strawberry gelatin topping and a cookie crust.

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Peaches & Cream

September 8, 2012 at 9:55 am | Posted in Peach, Recipe, SweetenedCondensedMilk | 6 Comments
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As seen on CBS Sunday Morning (air date 9-9-12), this retro treat is made with a layer of sweetened condensed milk topped with peach gelatin and sliced peaches arranged like a bright sunflower. This is one of many recipes included in my new book Hello, Jell-O!: 50+ Inventive Recipes for Gelatin Treats and Jiggly Sweets.  The recipe is below so you can try this is for yourself (with an option to add a little schnapps to the top layer if you like). More jello making tips and step-by-step photos for this very recipe can be found on The Kitchn if you are more of a visual person like me. Enjoy!

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Blackberry Mint Julep

September 4, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Blackberry, Booze, Bourbon, Jello Shots, Mint, Recipe | 1 Comment
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Though I consider myself a New Yorker, I was born and raised in the South and this twist on the classic southern cocktail takes me back to my southern roots. Like the traditional cocktail often served at the Kentucky Derby, this jello mold is made with sweet mint and bourbon. Tart blackberries balance out the sweetness and create a surprisingly cool and refreshing treat perfect for relaxing all day on the front porch of your southern farmhouse. Or if you’re like me, on the roof of your apartment building. I wrote this recipe especially for the Cooking Channel where you can find the recipe complete with process photos.

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Watermelon Basil Agar

August 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Posted in Agar Agar, Basil, Recipe, Watermelon | Leave a comment
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Not all “jello molds” have to be made from gelatin and not all have to be super, sugary, sweet (although those are good too!). This uncommonly refreshing treat is made with watermelon, basil, and gelled with agar-agar, a vegan gelatin alternative. I don’t work with agar very often but I did devote an entire chapter it in my book, Hello Jell-O!This recipe appears in my book but I have included it hear so you can try it before summer slips away. Even if you yourself are not vegan you can still enjoy this healthy and delicious treat… or you can make it for your vegan friend. We all have at least one.

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Pretzel Peach Pie

August 2, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Posted in BrownSugar, Cinnamon, CreamCheese, Honey, Peach, Pretzel, Recipe | 6 Comments
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Sweet and salty deserts are all the rage, and while you may not think to combine such flavors the outcome is really quite amazing. A little saltiness from the crunchy pretzel crust of this pie really brings out the sweet flavor of the peaches with a cool layer of creamy cheese in the middle. The peach layer, made with peach nectar rather than preflavored peach gelatin, is velvety and delicious with a dash of cinnamon and honey to give it a little spice. I wrote this recipe especially for the Cooking Channel where you can find the recipe complete with process photos.

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Watermelon Limeade

July 26, 2012 at 10:58 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Lime, Recipe, Vodka, Watermelon | Leave a comment
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Watermelon is the perfect compliment to summer and this sweet and tangy jello mold delivers on refreshing summer flavor. Reminiscent of the watermelon Italian ices you remember from the ice cream truck or the pool snack bar as a kid but with an adult twist. It is made with fresh watermelon and tart lime juice with a little splash of vodka for an extra kick. I wrote this recipe especially for the Cooking Channel where you can find the recipe complete with process photos.

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Sparkling Summer Berries

June 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Blueberry, Booze, BrownSugar, GingerAle, Recipe, Rum, Strawberry | Leave a comment
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With the 4th of July BBQs right around the corner, this festive and fruity jello mold is the perfect compliment to your backyard get-together. Sweet strawberries and blueberries are suspended in refreshing and bubbly ginger ale. A little rum makes it a party favorite for the adults with an option make it non-alcoholic if you decide you want to share with the kiddies. I wrote this recipe especially for the Cooking Channel where you can find the recipe complete with process photos.  Happy July 4th!

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Nut ‘n’ Honey

June 18, 2012 at 10:37 am | Posted in Almond, BrownSugar, Honey, Oat, Pecan | Leave a comment
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A departure from the usual fruited jello molds I create, this earthy, hearty, jello mold is made with almonds, pecans, and rolled oats all held together with sweet honey and brown sugar. The recipe for this can be found in my new book, Hello Jell-O!.

Tequila Sunrise

May 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cherry, Grenadine, Orange, Tequila | 8 Comments
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The summer sun has officially risen over Brooklyn and this Memorial Day weekend was a scorcher (which meant I got in some much needed beach and biking time). To celebrate the holiday weekend and the love of the sun I made this Tequila Sunrise jello which was served at a backyard BBQ. Its gradient layers are made with real orange juice, silver tequila, and grenadine with cherries. It was delicious. Happy summer everyone!

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Bourbon Fog

May 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Bourbon, Coffee, IceCream, Recipe | 1 Comment
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Typically served as a punch, Bourbon Fog is made with equal parts coffee, vanilla ice cream, and Bourbon. The jello version has less bourbon so as not to overpower the main attraction- ice cream- but still manages to pack a little buzz. As a birthday request from Shane, he wanted something with ice cream and coffee. Because its not a party without a little booze, I factored in the bourbon and it was served at his birthday BBQ (and unofficial Spring/Summer kickoff party) last weekend. Happy Birthday Shane!

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Jalapeño Margarita

May 2, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Jalapeño, Lime, Recipe, Tequila, TripleSec | 4 Comments
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For Cinco de Mayo this year I wanted to make something sweet but also a little spicy. This cocktail inspired jello is made with homemade jalapeño infused tequila, lime juice, and triple sec. The tangy flavor packs a hot punch. It will be served this weekend at Sarah’s housewarming “Sarah de Mayo” rooftop party. Have a safe and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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