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My Daughter’s Earliest Memory is of Virgin of Guadalupe-shaped Jello

Annalena and I went back-to-school shopping at the Holyoke Mall. High school these days is all about skinny jeans. We popped into Borders where I picked up the September issue of Saveur that has a wonderful cover story about watermelon traditions from around the world.

It got me thinking, again, about Jello (which I know is technically spelled Jell-O, but I can’t bring myself to be that corporate here) and I told her that I want to write a story about Mexican Jello.

She said that she remembers Mexican Jello from nursery school in Pátzcuaro when she was two years old. Everyday at lunch they’d eat gelatina shaped liked the Virgin of Guadalupe. She remembers guessing each day what color it would be.

The video below doesn’t show any Virgin of Guadalupe Jello, but it does illustrate a bit of the wonder that is Mexican gelatina artistica.

 

My Daughter's Earliest Memory is of Virgin of Guadalupe-shaped Jello

Annalena and I went back-to-school shopping at the Holyoke Mall. High school these days is all about skinny jeans. We popped into Borders where I picked up the September issue of Saveur that has a wonderful cover story about watermelon traditions from around the world.

It got me thinking, again, about Jello (which I know is technically spelled Jell-O, but I can’t bring myself to be that corporate here) and I told her that I want to write a story about Mexican Jello.

She said that she remembers Mexican Jello from nursery school in Pátzcuaro when she was two years old. Everyday at lunch they’d eat gelatina shaped liked the Virgin of Guadalupe. She remembers guessing each day what color it would be.

The video below doesn’t show any Virgin of Guadalupe Jello, but it does illustrate a bit of the wonder that is Mexican gelatina artistica.

San Francisco in Jello

I’m a little homesick today. Living in the Berkshires, “the city” now means Manhattan, but my city will always be San Francisco. In homage, I offer you artist Liz Hickok’s inspired Jello renderings of the city by the bay.

Speaking of Jello

…and apparently many people are, as lots of you typed variations of “Easter Jello” (“easter lemon jello,” “easter jello salad recipes,” “lemon lime jello salad,” etc.) into Google and found your way to my blog today. Welcome. The Sea Breeze Salad I made looks positively radioactive. You might try making the more glamorous Jello concoction pictured on the cover of Lost Desserts: Delicious Indulgences of the Past by Gail Monaghan.

Winning Easter Jello Salad Recipe

Turns out Easter Jello Salad is an actual tradition. Thanks to the Internet, I have pondered an array of Miracle Whip-infused wonders, but have settled upon the the following recipe from RecipeZaar.

Sea Breeze Salad Recipe

“I love the lemon-lime flavor combination of this Jello salad..so refreshing! I like to serve this with our ham dinner on Easter Sunday.”

by Hazeleyes

45 min | 45 min prep | SERVES 10 -12

2 (3 ounce) packages lemon Jello gelatin
1 (3 ounce) package lime Jello gelatin
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water
1 cup drained crushed pineapple
1 (15 ounce) can lemon pie filling
2 cups whipped cream
  1. Dissolve the Jello mixes into the boiling water. Stir well.
  2. Add the cold water.
  3. Chill until thickened, then stir in the lemon pie filling and whip until well blended.
  4. Reserve 1 cup of this mixture.
  5. Add pineapple to the remaining Jello mixture.
  6. Pour into a 9×13 glass dish, or a decorative glass bowl and refrigerate until set.
  7. Fold the 2 cups whipped cream into the reserved Jello mixture.
  8. Spread on top on the salad.
  9. Chill until set.

Also on the menu: green beans with lemon, cheddar scalloped potatoes, brown sugar-glazed carrots, and biscuits (courtesy of Guido’s, thank you very much).

Easter Jello?

We’re spending Easter in Connecticut. My mother-in-law is making ham and dessert and I’m charged with bringing everything else. I usually cook (or procure) gourmet-ish delicacies that she hates. After nearly 20 years, perhaps it’s time to make her happy? I’m thinking: Jello. Readerville friend Miriam suggests a salad of cherry Jello, canned cherries, cubed cream cheese, and walnuts. Any other favorite recipes out there?

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