Well why not? Why not make my way through the Joy of Jello cookbooks and the like and blog about it? Similar things have been done before of course, but honestly what could be more interesting to read about than Jello? Jello has inspired countless recipe books, novels, Olympic pins, art, comics and even music: Why not a blog about Jello?
Ok, a little background here, I am the queen of Jello. It’s true. I live in what Wikepedia calls the Jello belt. I am a Mormon. I grew up eating Jello and still eat it on a regular basis and I am not talking about only for dessert. No, to be a true Jello conniosseur you must eat Jello as a salad with your dinner. And to all you who balk at this, I say why not? Just stop and think about the vegetables you eat at dinner; the high calorie salad dressing that you drown your salad greens in; the salt and high fat butter that you slop over your green beans.
Speaking of dinner, Sunday family dinner is a regular ritual in my family. We often have 30 people. Grandma, Grandpa, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins, friends and often friends of friends. Everyone contributes a dish to the meal and of course Jello must be present. When I was younger and my brother Dudley and his wife Nell were assigned Jello, he of course had to add a little mystic to the meal. They would mix two kinds of Jello and see if anyone could guess what it was. Weird, I know, but Dudley always liked to add a little humor to life. He was also know to hide an object such as a raisin or nut in the Jello.
Now that I am married, we rotate family dinner. My family one week and my husband’s family the next week. My assignment is almost always Jello. I told you, I am the Jello queen- I make one mean Jello. That being said, I must admit, I have not tried my hand at delights such as Spanish Tuna Salad featuring lemon Jello with diced tomato, cucumber and of course tuna or Molded Ham and Egg Jello which is also prepared with lemon Jello. We are fruit and Jello people. I feel compelled to confess, I have never tasted a vegetable or meat mingled with Jello. That is all about to change. Follow along for some Jello Joy!