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Cherries Romanoff

My sister Kateri sent me this recipe book some time ago and I have been meaning to try a recipe from it. The New Joys of Jell-O, a 1973 follow-up to the original 1960’s Joys of Jell-O, takes jello from the suburbs to the city and features photographs of sophisticated, swinging, singles in a posh Manhattan penthouse feasting on a dizzying array of jello selections… […]

Under Sea Salad

Under-the-Sea Salad

For my friends’ housewarming/ engagement party I wanted to create one the of vintage recipes from the Joys of Jell-O recipe book.  I don’t know what it is about the Under-the-Sea Salad that screams domestic bliss (perhaps because its name is reminiscent of a 50’s prom theme), but I decided that this recipe was both housewarming party and summer time appropriate. […]

Cafe Freeze

Cafe Freeze

My mother gave me this fabulous cocktail recipe book circa 1979 featuring the house cocktails of nation’s most popular restaurants of the day. I’ve been wanting to make a cocktail inspired jello from this book for a while , and with a ton of rum on hand, I chose the Cafe Freeze. This cocktail hails from Chicago’s once great art deco eartey Arnie’s and is made with rum, […]

Marzipan Recipe

Jello Marzipan

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 […]

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The Gelatin Salad Selector

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 […]

Joys of Jello 5

Joys of Jell-O

My parents found this vintage gem of a recipe book for 50 cents at a library sale in Virginia. The Joys of Jell-o, circa 1960-something, proves that people in the 60s had some funny ideas about food (as well as a kitschy aesthetic for food photography).  The book contains the usual, some silly (re: Birthday […]