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Key Lime Pie

Here’s a delicious summer dessert.  Is it as good as the pies you can find in Key West? No. But it was a hit at Jellopalooza 2, scoring 3.7 on a scale of 1-5. The jello gives the pie a smooth consistency, and the condensed milk cuts the tartness with some sweetness.  It didn’t turn out too pretty because I had covered it with foil while it chilled, and some of the pie ended up sticking to the foil.

Here’s the recipe.

1 package (3 oz.) lime jello
1 cup boiling water
1-2 teaspoons grated lime rind
1/2 cup lime juice
1 egg yolk, well beaten
1 1/3 cups (14 oz. can) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon aromatic bitters
1 egg white
few drops green food coloring (optional)
1 baked 9-inch pie shell, cooled

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add lime rind and juice. Pour slowly into beaten egg yolk, stirring constantly. Add condensed milk and bitters. Chill until slightly thickened.

Beat egg white until stiff peaks form. Fold into gelatin mixture. Add food coloring. Pour into pie shell. Chill until firm – about 3 hours. Garnish with lime slices or Cool Whip, if desired.

Some comments from my guests, who had mixed opinions…

“Awesome! It’s the best one! Yum! Perfect balance of ingredients.” – Sara

“Good crust. Okay filling” – Ivanna

“Creamy and dense” – Larisa

“Generically sweet, too one-dimensional” – Christopher

“Good, but then an odd taste – is it the bitters?” – Shelby

This was the favorite dish of the party for 1-year-old Blake. Check out his cute lil’ puckered face as he enjoys the Key Lime Pie.

This was my first time using bitters in a jello recipe, but it seems that bitters are a common ingredient of Caribbean recipes like Key Lime Pie.   I had previously only associated bitters with cocktails. Hmm, maybe I should mix some bitters into my next batch of jello shots.

Here’s Jimmy Buffett’s recipe for Key Lime Pie (sans bitters).

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April 11, 2011 at 12:11 am 2 comments

Richelieu Mold

Here’s another winner from the “Centerpiece Desserts” chapter – a jello mold fit for a Cardinal! And this one actually required some investigative reporting.  There’s a whole lot of flavor and richness in this jello mold, plus it was simple to make.

Here’s the recipe:

1 can (16 oz.) pitted dark sweet cherries
1 package (3 oz.) Jell-O, any red flavor
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons orange juice
3/4 cup diced orange sections, well-drained
1 cup Cool Whip, or prepared Dream Whip
1/4 cup chopped toasted almonds

Drain cherries and reserve 3/4 cup of the syrup. Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Add reserved syrup and orange juice. Chill until thickened. Fold in cherries and oranges. Pour into a 4 cup mold or individual molds. Child until firm – 4 hours or overnight. Combine whipped topping and toasted almonds. Unmold gelatin. Serve with topping. Makes 3 1/2 cups or 6 servings.

My jello-fan-friend Christopher thought this one was especially good, and Dave enjoyed it too. I liked it too. I used strawberry jello. I think raspberry would have maybe added even more kick. Cherry jello would seem redundant.  The Cool Whip and almonds made a tasty garnish and cut some of the richness of the dark cherries.

I wasn’t really sure what the name meant. I googled for other recipes involving the name Richelieu, and there’s a wide variety, but I couldn’t find anything in common with this jello mold.  I guessed it was named for Cardinal Richelieu, a French nobleman of the 17th Century, thought of as a the first prime minister (and also a character in The Three Musketeers).  Richelieu was a lover of the arts, culture, and fine cuisine and is credited with introducing the eggplant to French cuisine. Thank goodness there is no eggplant in this jello mold. The Cardinal seems to have lived very large. On drinking, he said, “If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?”  So I figured maybe the cookbook writer thought this decadent jello mold suited the Cardinal, plus it’s red like his robes.

Call me Columbo.  I don’t give up easily, and the Cardinal Richelieu connection to jello seemed tenuous at best. Everyone knows jello is more associated with Mormons than Catholics. Further investigation revealed a very simple answer. There’s a company named Richelieu Foods. One of their products is canned cherries. You can even buy the Richelieu brand cherries on Amazon.  Sigh…oh well, at least I learned some stuff about Cardinal Richelieu.

 

April 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm 1 comment

Banana Nut Ring with Ginger Topping

Here’s another hit from the “Centerpiece Desserts” chapter of the book: Banana Nut Ring with Ginger Topping. While the recipe name doesn’t really roll off the tongue, the dessert itself is delightful.  This was the highest-scoring dish at Jellopalooza 2, netting a 4.3 on a scale of 1-5. So, here’s the recipe.

2 packages (3 oz each) orange or orange-pineapple jello (note: I don’t think they still make orange-pineapple jello, so I used orange)
2 cups boiling water
1 can (13 1/2 oz.) pineapple tidbits or crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 bananas, sliced
1 envelope Dream Whip
2 tablespoons slivered crystallized ginger

Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Drain pineapple, measuring syrup. Add water to syrup to make 1 3/4 cups; add to gelatin. Chill until thickened. Fold in pecans and bananas. Spoon into a 6-cup mold. Chill until firm – about 4 hours. Meanwhile, prepare whipped topping mix as directed on package; fold in drained pineapple and ginger. Chill. Unmold gelatin and spoon whipped topping mixture into center of ring mold. Garnish with pecan halves and additional ginger, if desired. Makes 10 servings.

Some guest comments…

“Topping is best, but it’s good overall” – Dave
“Good, although a little ‘busy'” – Brian
“The pecans are soggy. Other than that, it’s good” – Ivanna
“Yummy – a crowd pleaser!” – Larisa
“Great multitude of flavors and textures” – Christopher
“Yum!” – Shelby

I’m not a big fan of ginger, but it made a nice accent to this dish and went well with the orange jello and the pineapple. I was worried the bananas would seem soggy, but they didn’t.  The dish combines some of my favorite fruit flavors, and the Dream Whip topping makes it extra fun. Use a bundt pan as a mold and present it on a cake stand for a standout “Centerpiece Dessert” at your next soiree.

March 6, 2011 at 6:38 am Leave a comment

Ported Cherry Dessert

In search of more theme recipes for the Oscars, I made Ported Cherry Dessert in honor of The King’s Speech.  I don’t know if they actually drink port in the movie, but it seems like they would.  With enough port, one goes from stuttering to slurring, right?

This one turned out very tasty. My friend Christopher described it as “a party in a cup.”  So here’s the recipe.

1 package of frozen cherries, thawed (10 oz)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup port wine
1 package (3 oz.) cherry Jell-O
1 1/2 cups crushed ice
1/2 cup sour cream

Drain cherries, measuring syrup. Reserve 6 cherries for garnish. Add lemon juice to syrup and wine to make 1 cup and bring to a boil. Combine gelatin and boiling liquid in a blender. Cover and blend at low speed for 30 seconds or until gelatin is dissolved. Add crushed ice and blend at high speed until ice is melted – about 30 seconds.  Pour into individual dishes or wine glasses. Add cherries. Garnish with sour cream and reserved cherries. Chill. Makes about 4 cups or 6-8 servings.

This was super-quick to prepare, since the ice makes the jello set immediately. I guess blending it gave the jello a fizzy appearance.  I didn’t garnish it with sour cream, and I poured it into plastic wine cups since I didn’t have enough martini glasses. It certainly looks much classier in the martini glasses, as depicted in the exciting illustration from the cookbook. It seems to be exploding with flavor!

Not having really paid attention to the recipe when shopping, I didn’t realize the recipe was only going to make 7 servings. I thought I might need a little more for the Oscars gathering, but the only red jello I had in the kitchen cabinet was sugarfree raspberry.  Interestingly, the sugarfree jello did not work at all. It turned into a massive gelled blob in the blender.  I had to toss it.  Maybe a reader with a science degree can explain the reasons for that mishap.

I used a very tasty port wine from Kalyra, my favorite central coast winery. The dessert was light and frothy, and the cherry and port flavors complemented each other well. I’d make this one again, perhaps even for royalty.

March 6, 2011 at 5:10 am Leave a comment

Green Bay Packers Jello Shots for the Super Bowl

I was rooting for the Packers in the Super Bowl. I’m not particularly a Packers fan (I like the Rams and the Cardinals), but I have some friends who are big Packers fans. Plus I have always disliked the Steelers. One of my reasons for disliking the Steelers is pretty irrational. I don’t like that they only have their logo on one side of the helmet. This unbalance has upset me since childhood. I looked up the reason for it and discovered that it’s due to ambivalence on the part of the team that the logo would be well-received, so they tried it just on one side. After all these years, can’t they commit and put it on the other side?  Another reason also stems from childhood. I was a big fan of Roger Staubach when he was a Cowboy. I disliked Terry Bradshaw. The Cowboys and Steelers were rivals, so I had to go with the Cowboys.  The final reason is current. Ben Roethlisberger seems like a thug.

So, since I was having a few friends over to watch the game, I decided to make Green Bay Packers jello shots.  This was my first attempt at layering a jello shot.  Here’s the recipe…

Green Bay Packers Jello Shot

First layer

3 oz pkg Tropical Fusion Jell-O
1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup melon liqueur

Mix gelatin with hot water until dissolved (approx. 2 mins). Add cold water, stir.  Let sit until steam dissipates. Add alcohol, stir thoroughly (1-2 mins).  Pour into jello shot containers. Refrigerate until it begins to set – a skin will form on top.

2nd layer

3 oz pkg Lemon Jello
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup cold water
1/2 cup vodka

Mix gelatin with hot water until dissolved (approx. 2 mins). Add cold water, stir.  Let sit until steam dissipates. Add alcohol, stir thoroughly (1-2 mins).  Let cool. Pour into jello shot containers on top of 1st layer. Refrigerate until set. Yields 20 shots.

I rushed these shots a bit and there was a little mixing of the yellow and green jello, but they still turned out good. Midori melon liqueur made them very tasty, especially mixed with the Tropical Fusion Jell-O (green in color). I bought that Jell-O last summer but haven’t seen it since. Maybe it was a limited edition.

I guess if it was truly a Packers shot, it should have involved cheese. But I just kept the cheese in my fondue pot this time.  It turned out to be a good game, and between the 5 of us we polished off all 20 jello shots which even helped make the Black Eyed Peas halftime show entertaining.

Go Pack Go!

 

February 13, 2011 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

Under the Sea Pear Salad

I had high hopes for this one, but it was disappointing.  I love pears, and I love jello and cream cheese combinations. But somehow, this one didn’t quite deliver. I don’t think the ginger really went well with the pears, and the ginger flavor was too dominant even though I only used the requested 1/8 teaspoon.

The recipe called for canned pear halves, lime jello, salt, lemon juice, cream cheese, and ginger.  There’s a layer with cream cheese in the mix, and a layer without, so the dish has a pretty appearance.  For some reason the recipe recommends serving with mayonnaise. Mayonnaise? I didn’t do this. I have to draw the line somewhere. Maybe that is why the dish didn’t do well? Would mayo have actually improved it? Mayo, ginger, and pears? Blech.

I’m guessing they added the mayo because this recipe is in the “Salads that Make the Meal” chapter. Every other recipe in that chapter involves veggies, meat or fish (or all of the above).  So I’m not really sure why this fruit dish is thrown in there. Maybe the mayonnaise addendum was a last minute thought to help the recipe fit into this chapter.

Guests scored this a 2.6 on a scale of 1-5. Perhaps it would have been more appealing if I hadn’t made it in the brain mold?

Some guest comments…

“No…just no” – Sara

“Odd flavor” – Brian

“Baby food?” – Ivanna

“Pretty presentation” – Larisa

“Pear is a nice presence but the ginger is overwhelming.” – Christopher

January 9, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Strawberries Romanoff

I’ve still got a bunch of recipes from my November Jellopalooza 2 event that I haven’t written up, so it’s time to catch up.

Strawberries Romanoff was the 2nd most successful dish of the day, scoring 3.9 on a scale of 1 – 5.  Clearly the writer of The New Joys of Jell-O was impressed with this dish, since he or she chose to put a photo of it as a chapter heading. It’s probably my favorite photo in the book. A couple are about to walk into a house. Clearly they are guests at a dinner party, although we cannot see the hostess. The gal carries Strawberries Romanoff in a large glass bowl, and she has coordinated her outfit to match the jello.  The couple smiles and seems to be saying, “Hello hostess, we’ve brought jello! But not just any jello – Strawberries Romanoff!”  And thus begins the chapter entitled “Bring on the Super Desserts.”  Super Desserts? Oh, they’ve already been broughten.

The recipes involves strawberries, sugar, strawberry jello, brandy, Cointreau, and cool whip.  You make a layer with the cool whip and a layer without, so the dish has a pretty layered appearance.  You serve it from the bowl without unmolding it, according to the instructions. Because of the high volume of jello dishes I made for the party, I was running out of large bowls, so I made it in my flag mold and did unmold it, so mine didn’t turn out so pretty.  I thought the berry and booze combination worked, but some guests felt it was too boozy.

Some guest comments…

“Tastes like alcohol and berries” – Dave

“The foam is nice and sweet.” – Ivanna

“Straightfoward, but satisfying” – Christopher

“Tasty” – Larisa

I would make Strawberries Romanoff again. And if I brought it to a dinner party, I would be sure to wear red.

If you want a more traditional non-jello version of Strawberries Romanoff, here’s Emeril’s recipe.

January 9, 2011 at 7:40 am Leave a comment

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