Fireworks, BBQs, and Jello Shots!!! It’s time to celebrate American Independence and serving up vodka soaked sweet cream layered in cored out strawberries to all your closest friends and neighbors is the best way to do it. These boozy bites will be devoured at at rooftop party hosted by my neighbors and myself tomorrow as we get a prime view of the fireworks. Happy 4th of july!
Admittedly, I have been absent from the jello blogosphere for some time. My new job has been just the new start I needed and has also kept be super busy. But…. summer is here and with it comes more summer cocktail inspired jellos! Thus, I give you The French 75. An iconic drink of New Orleans made with gin (or cognac, depending on who you ask), lemon juice and topped with champagne. These jello shot versions (made with gin) were in celebration of a co-worker’s recent New Orleans destination wedding and again for a Memorial Day cookout to usher in the long awaited warm weather.
Who says jello shots can’t be romantic? Little strawberry cups hold gelatinous champagne topped with a little sprig of mint. This bite-size take on the classic aphrodisiac is sure to spark that Valentine’s Day romance… or, at the very least, get your date a little buzzed. This recipe was created for Food Network so click through to create your own Valentine’s Day treat.
This holiday season, get your party guests in the spirit with some spirited cheesecake bites. Bourbon livens up these individual sized cheesecakes made with cream cheese, sour cream, and a hint a vanilla. Have a happy holiday!
You might be surprised to learn that The Jello Mold Mistress has a day-job. As much as I wish I could make jello full time, it doesn’t fully support
my fancy lifestyle the high cost-of-living in Brooklyn. That said, I just landed a new day-job that I am very exciting about which means that jello has take a backseat for the past couple of weeks. But, with the holidays coming up, I wanted to take the time to post more stuff! This recipe can be found in my book Hello Jell-O!. It’s an autumn inspired jello that mixes carrots and cream cheese with the warm flavors of vanilla and cinnamon and would make a great addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Summer is NOT over yet! I don’t know about where you are, but here in Brooklyn its still 85 degrees (for an hour or two in the middle of the day). So cool off on a “hot” day with slices of pink lemonade. Made in a lemon rinds with cherry soda, pink lemonade, and couple of shots of vodka, these jello shots are sure to quench your thirst… or at least give you a little buzz. This recipe was created for The Food Network so click through for more info and enjoy!
I’m at that age. The age where its time to start saying goodbye to good friends and fun buddies as they take the next step into our delayed adulthood and flee the big city in search of backyards and better school districts… Yup, that’s right. The suburbs. While I plan on staying an urbanite and living in a tiny, overpriced apartment forever, I recently celebrated the departure of some very good friends as they said goodbye to the Big Apple and hello to a four-bedroom brick colonial in a land far, far away. West Orange, New Jersey. Served at a BBQ in their honor, Bye Bye Big Apple jello shots are shaped like tiny apples and made with bourbon, sour apple liqueur and cranberry juice.
Good luck in the ‘burbs, friends! I’ll be out to visit as soon as you get that hot tub set up.
Summer in the city can be brutal. August has brought with it a stifling heat wave that has lasted for weeks driving everyone, myself included, out of Brooklyn and onto the beach. Escape the heat with Blood Orange Margarita jello shots. Served in orange rinds, a mixture of silver tequila, triple sec, and refreshing blood orange San Pellergrino tastes just like summer and is the perfect way to enjoy booze on the beach…. just don’t drop them in the sand.
I could start this post with a joke about Rupert Holmes’ The Piña Colada Song, but I won’t. What I will say is that it’s summer and what better way to enjoy the warm weather than with a cold
cocktail jello shot! Puerto Rico’s national drink since 1978 has just gotten a gelatin make-over. These little pineapple-shaped and flavored shots are made with coconut milk and a generous amount of rum. They were served up at Art & Marty’s house warming party and were a smash! As part of a series of summer themed jello shots I created for The Food Network, click through for the recipe and enjoy!
A few years ago I featured fellow Brooklyn photographer and food artist Henry Hargreaves‘ gelatinized presidential portraits. Well, now he is out with a new set of saccharine recreations of notable historical men… the Beatles! John, Paul George and Ringo all get the jello treatment with their caricatures lifted straight from Yellow Submarine. See his full process and learn more about the project here.
Nothing says patriotism like jell-o shots! Kick off the Independence Day festivities this weekend with these red and blue gelatin cups sweetened with Blue Curacao and grenadine, spiked with vodka and topped with whipped cream. These are the first in a series of summer themed jello shots I created for The Food Network so click through for the recipe and have a happy 4th of July!
Memorial Day is this weekend and the three day weekend/start of summer couldn’t come soon enough. Get patriotic and celebrate with these red, white and blue gelatin parfaits. Impress your friends and family with your fancy jello-makin’ skills by showing up at the party with angled layers of strawberries, blueberries, and creamy vanilla ice cream. These cute little desserts are made is super portable Mason jars, will get your backyard barbecue or rooftop fireworks display off to a festive start!
I am a huge fan of Cuddly Rigor Mortis‘ paintings of anthropomorphic food and animals (sometimes cavorting together) and jump at the opportunity to feature her jello mold related work. This painting showcases the special bond between a green jello mold and his cherry-on-top… that bond being a dollop of whipped cream. Cute! “Jiggle” is from her upcoming solo show Happy Food at Gallery 1988 in LA that opens May 15th. If you’re in the area, check it out!
Tricolor cookies, Napoleon cookies, seven layer cookies, Italian flag cookies… regardless of what you call them, the almond flavored, chocolate covered, sponge cake squares I refer to as Rainbow Cookies are one of my very favorites (along with the Black & White Cookie and my mother’s chocolate chip). So, for a recent spring brunch party I decided to make my own jello shot versions. Pink, white and green layers of almond flavored sweetened condensed milk spiked with cake flavored vodka and topped with creamy, gelatinized chocolate liquor were as good as the real thing… and better if you consider that they were laden with booze!
I don’t know what’s happening where you are but here in Brooklyn its still cold despite it being almost April. I took a little jello-hiatus over the long, cold winter but rest assured warm weather and more jello both on their way! I have been working on some very special recipes for eHow and the Food Network for the summer season and will be unveiling them soon. In the meantime, enjoy this yummy looking strawberry jelly illustration that reminds me of one of my late and great jello creations, the Swedish Fish. Happy spring!
Two words: Cute and cute. (My favorite is the guy on the top right with the beady eyes and green star buttons!) Liven up Christmas this year with some jiggly, jello-y, gingerbread men, and women. Flavored with molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg with a creamy base of sweetened condensed milk, these little ginger-jello people are as fun to decorate as they are to eat. This recipe and many more can be found in my book, Hello Jell-O! So if you like it, buy my book… and have a Merry Christmas!
This holiday season, give the gift that keeps on giving… Jell-O! With 52 recipes in my book, there are enough to make one jello mold every week for a year! Who wouldn’t want to do that?? Get your year-round recipes here:
My sister gave me this Frozen Smiles ice cube tray a year or two ago and I’ve been meaning to give it a try. These jello dentures came out so well I almost didn’t post them because I thought they looked a little too real. But I decided their ghastly smile would make a fun and kinda ghoulish treat for a Halloween party that both kids and adults alike would find amusing. Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!
Summer is waning (a fact which I am in complete denial about) but it’s not too late to squeeze in some summer-time activities such as lounging poolside while enjoying a giant, gelatinized Peach Bellini. Its been a while since I’ve made a large jello mold so for this year’s annual pool party with co-workers on Long Island, I decided to make this 5 pound Bellini in lieu of tiny jello shots. Fresh peaches and lots of bubbles are suspended in most of a bottle of peach schnapps and champagne making this a light, refreshing, and intoxicating treat.