07 September 2008

. . . j•e•l•l•o . . .

. . . sometimes i like to tell myself that
i

could have a food/cooking blog . . .
. . . lots of people do. . .
. . . many are pros . . .
. . . but some cute people i know
have one, too . . .
. . . it seems like all you need to do is:
  • choose a recipe
  • tell people how to make it
  • take appetizing photos along the way
. . . i decided to give it a try . . .
. . . it started like this: ring, ring . . .
. . . "hi, stephanie?
it's our ward's turn to
serve dinner
at the homeless shelter
this sunday.
can you make a
strawberry pretzel jello?"
"sure. not a problem.
happy to help" . . .
. . . honestly, though,
who makes only
one jello salad
at a time? . . .
. . . this is a personality trait i inherited from my mother
who whipped up a quadruple batch of baked beans
{a mere twenty pounds}
for our family dinner recently
which was attended by eleven adults,
nine children, and two babies ~
we now know that one batch
would have been more than enough
. . .
. . . i, therefore, determined that
i would make
four batches of this dessert:
  • one for said homeless shelter dinner
  • two for family dinner
  • one {with no crust} for cute niece with celiac disease
. . . anyhow . . .
. . . strawberry pretzel jello is really yummy . . .
. . . but i hardly ever make it . . .
. . . you all have the recipe
{or just google it} . . .
. . . i'll quickly go over the basics . . .
. . . start with a crust of:
  • crushed pretzels
  • sugar, and
  • melted butter
. . . bake and let cool . . .

. . . if surprisingly
nice-looking fresh strawberries
are available,
i suggest using them . . .
. . . if not, frozen berries will do . . .
. . . fresh berries need to be
washed and hulled . . .
. . . then sliced . . .
. . . mix jello with boiling water . . .
. . . stir to dissolve completely . . .
. . . add ice cubes . . .
. . . stir until melted . . .
. . . carefully add jello
to sliced strawberries . . .

. . . beat room temperature cream cheese
with sugar . . .

. . . fold in whipped topping . . .
. . . spread over cooled pretzel crust . . .
. . . the entire crust . . .
. . . please make sure
the cream filling
goes all the way
to the edges of the pan . . .

. . . what you are trying to do
is form a seal
between the crust and the jello . . .

. . . imagine cream cheese caulking,
if you will {or don't} . . .

. . . carefully pour
jello/strawberry mixture
over the creamy filling . . .

. . . and, voila! . . .
. . . strawberry pretzel jello times four . . .
. . . but, alas . . .
. . . do you see what i see? . . .
. . . look at jello number two
{count from the bottom of the picture} . . .
. . . does this help? . . .
. . . upon closer inspection of the recipe,
i discovered that i left out
a VERY important step which is:
you need to refrigerate
the jello/strawberry mixture
until partially set
before it becomes
the top layer of this salad . . .

. . . so, my helpful tip of the day is this:
read the fine print and
don't skip any steps
when following a recipe . . .

. . . by the way,
this photo represents
only the beginning of
what turned into a
full-scaled gelatin disaster . . .

. . . within minutes, ALL of the jello
had seeped underneath
the cream cheese filling . . .

. . . this makes for a soggy pretzel crust . . .
. . . and that, my friends,
is why i will not be
hosting a food/cooking blog . . .

{that, and the fact that
i would certainly need a better camera . . .
my pictures=not good}



11 comments:

shellene said...

Yes...I found out the hard way there is no way to rush this recipe. I found that you should probably do the jello/strawberry portion first and let it be cooling before you even start on the crust. You have to be patient and make sure it is pretty well set before you pour over the top. It can turn out pretty ugly (oxymoron) when the white chunks float up to the top. But it still tastes good.

This recipe is a family tradition at Thanksgiving. When Brian was on his mission in Alaska I even had a woman who had invited him over for Thanksgiving call our house to get the recipe because he told her it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without the Strawberry Pretzel jello. :)

chris+amber said...

I kid you not...I was making jello on Tuesday night & I thought about this particular jello salad & wondered why we haven't had it in FOREVER! In the words of Rachael Ray, "YUM-O!" And for the record, you SHOULD start a food blog. Fo' shizzle.

Peg and Parker said...

Made this recipe last night for today. Made two of them, One for the Homeless and one for us which I made fat free and sugar free(I might add that sugar free/fat free is also flavor free, but that's another story) this is the trick.... Use a metal pan and Layer the filling and freeze it for 10 minutes. worked great. I might also add that I have made that recipe at least once where the filling and jell-o ran together....so, the mother of invention and all that! You are one of the best cooks I know. I still say it today even after reading this little bliggety-blog.

manders said...

"sugar free/fat free = flavor free"

hilarious.

mom - get over it. the jello was delightful and i don't even like strawberries. so there.

MeL said...

Honestly, though you weren't impressed with it, I am ridiculously inspired by the fact that you would even attempt to make four batches of anything! And it is maybe a TINY bit of a relief that someone as perfect as you could have a bit of a cooking mishap!

Sassy said...

Isn't that the way it happens...you times it by four or five and those are the ones that do not turn out...I ♥ this recipe and have made it quite often...I'm sorry that it was a bust...but it is the fact that you tried that matters...and you are a great cook...and what a cute host you would be on a cooking blog...of course now if you had been making just one batch...it would have been the bomb but NOOOOO...INSTEAD IT BOMBED because you needed to have it somewhere...at least that is what happens to me EVERYTIME!!!

becky said...

i'm sure the homeless loved it anyway! (:

angieinpink said...

my comment = mel's comment. i've never done four of anything! looks so yummy to me. i'd totally eat it. (:

start a cooking blog. i'd appreciate that.

the cummard family said...

that is my most favorite jello in the world. we make it with rasberries sometimes too....delish!

Candice said...

I could've and would've eaten a whole pan- it looked wonderful. I remember Amanda bringing lunch for us once... a chicken and rice salad that was divine! I believe it came from your kitchen. I second the motion for "Steph's Stuffin", or something.

Nikki said...

really random how I found your blog... but I read a little bit, then saw that your son was out in Mexico - So I looked at his blog for a sec just to see... and sure enough - he is serving in the very same mission that my bro-in-law (husband's little brother) just returned from. The world is really big... but yet really small. I really love the church for making it that way! Nicole
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