He couldn’t even do it. I think they’re becoming more of the same. JELL-O WITH TUNA!! It’s so weird. Twinkies are a great example. Today, foodies typically look back on this era with an upturned nose, preferring to mock its foods rather than eat them. The Thanksgiving table is set, and before your growling stomach lies a cornucopia of show-stopping dishes: tomato aspic, jellied turkey vegetable salad… I plan to share this site with friends! He did the “J-E-L-L-O” thing, which became famous because everybody listened to Jack Benny. As far as the techniques, some things are a little bit difficult to re-create, especially if you’re doing it from a manufacturer’s cookbook or an appliance cookbook. Lost the recipe, and can’t remember exactly what was in it!! Clark: Like days. Stir together the tomato juice and next 8 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high. was unable to find gelatin molds in any of the three stores I looked in — perhaps a consequence of the waning popularity of recipes like this — so I used some plastic containers instead. Clark: It really varies; we’ve had both extremes. Sometimes he’ll whine about it; he especially hates American cheese. "Modern American palates have changed to dislike savory gelatin, but that was not always the case. Later on, fruit aspics became staples at potlucks and luncheons. It was really a tradition in our family. People considered ketchup spicy. Lauren: I bet if it were warm though it would go well over a meatloaf. The flavor of the gelatinous crushed pineapple and carrot combination really did not sit well with me. And aspic was classy-fancy. You’d think they would float mini marshmallows in it but no; it was lightly filled with shredded lettuce (it was a salad, after all). So when Ruth Clark took the obvious, and daring, step of actually making these retro recipes for her fascinating website The Mid-Century Menu, it’s not surprising she received a bit of hate mail. My husband, Tom, tries all this. thanks for the memories. When I went to Emory University in 1978, the student cafeteria used to serve Congealed Coke Salad; basically it was flat Coke mixed with unflavored gelatin. Gelatin’s current disfavor is the exception rather than the historical rule. The spice is a lot. Probably until the 1960s, savory gelatinous dishes were a thing. This is really stupid.” I’m surprised by how much hate mail I get over recipes! ", I think this is a dish where the balance of texture is really what makes it," said Hannah. Tomato Aspic. I found this site when I searched for a lime jello mousse made with mayonnaise. I was talking to my dad about this the other day, and he said it became this crazy thing in his family where every holiday, all my aunts would try to outdo each other with these fantastic, multi-layered gelatin molds. Throwback! "I think it's a perfect appetizer. pinch of dill weed or tarragon Jello. The rumaki would serve as an appetizer, the tomato aspic would be the main course, and we would end with the Golden Glow Jell-O salad. "Vintage food has a tendency to take really delicious foreign cuisine and Americanize the heck out of them until they're practically unrecognizable and bland.". I really think at the time, their idea of food artistry was very different than ours, which is evident in all of the pictures from that era. Well, let’s try this. My grandmother gave me a box of cookbooks when she was cleaning out her apartment in Chicago. For a savory Jell-O, Johnson recommended making a tomato aspic. But that’s my theory. These people will be really excited by my posts, while others will be like, “How can you do this? Probably until the 1960s, savory gelatinous dishes were a thing.". The idea of having this big, edible centerpiece was really popular back then, which I notice in a lot of cookbooks. I would definitely do this for a dinner party.". Canned shrimp, well drained, can be used. Top with whipped cream. Not a cake dessert. (All images courtesy Ruth Clark’s Mid-Century Menu.). Most of the time, the icing is all chocolate butter cream, and not even fudge icing. I even cooked a tongue. I’m completely enthralled with this stuff. Add the ... horseradish Dash of Worcestershire sauce 1 c. chopped celery 1 c. grated carrots Place in mold or 9x9 pan. I too love to collect old cook books. To me, tomato aspic is a very throw-back, southern dish. I was just looking at Thankgiving food in Google images and found the shrimp Jello monstrosity. Drain can fruit cocktail and add after An hour. I think that dessert recipes tend to be better because people were better bakers back then, to be honest. The recipe she gave me was liver and canned green beans folded into a mold, and then it had this light sauce made from gelatin, pepper, and no-fat buttermilk that you were supposed to pour over the top. "You have the crunchier water chestnut that adds a bit of a tactile experience to the bacon, which is chewy and a little bit salty, whereas the water chestnut is basically water and allows it to soak in some of that flavor while maintaining a crunch.". The Top 10 Most Dangerous Ads, https://www.wilton.com/sweet-chocolate-lamb-cake/WLPROJ-9391.html#q=lamb&start=4. It became this spongy, weird—it was really bad. I was talking to my husband and I said, “I have all these cookbooks, but I don’t just want to scan pictures and show people the recipes. It was so horrible. Just my 2cents…, My favorite Retro savory ‘gelatin’ mold: Happy Easter 2020! It maintained its loaf-like shape when we moved it to a plate, with bits of crushed pineapple and carrot floating evenly throughout. I started trying to re-create it, and my mom said that she used a boxed cake mix, but I kept trying pound cake mixes and none of them would quite come out right because, of course, cake mixes have changed over time. When my guests arrived, I had them help assemble the rumaki. Isabella has left the chat. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation. Presentation was a major feature of many mid-century recipes for entertaining, as showcased with these cracker kabobs a la grapefruit. Collectors Weekly: Do you have a personal connection to the food of this era? Depending on the mold you've used, use the cucumber, celery, tomato and dill frond, if desired, to embellish the fish design. "I think it was the combination that was not quite as cohesive as I was expecting. Of course, this was the same cafeteria that made enchiladas with American cheese, and cloves…. Clark: The main thing I’ve learned from retro cooking is to be adventurous, because sometimes things don’t end up like you think they will. I think there was such a proliferation of advertising that it created this mindset that, hey, I can use Jell-O as an easy dessert or an easy lunch. Clark: That was bizarre. The rumaki would serve as an appetizer, the tomato aspic would be the main course, and we would end with the Golden Glow Jell-O salad. The one that was closest to my grandmother’s was like a spring cake, so it wasn’t really super moist or dense. I think he really does. The Golden Glow Jell-O, however, did not go over well. Then last year, I was mentioned in an article in “The Wall Street Journal,” and I got so many recipes and tips sent to me. Other than that, I stayed true to the recipes. The recipes are for these huge layer cakes that people made from scratch and perfected for this contest, and they were just regular people cooking in their home kitchen. Clark: Because they love pork cake! "There's nothing objectionable about lemon Jell-O, there's nothing objectionable about crushed pineapple, and there's certainly nothing wrong with carrots, I love carrots," she said. Originally, you’d bring in a basket of food and have the priest bless it and inside you’d have the lamb. Grandma's Tomato Aspic is a recipe you probably either love or hate. Right, early Jell-O ads positioned the product as a suitable ingredient for all parts of a meal. Your email (will not be published) (required). Have been searching for years for a recipe I made in Home Ec class, called Strawberry Velvet. unflavored gelatin melted in 3 tbsp. A surprisingly delicious recipe for Black Magic Chocolate Cake includes a can of condensed tomato soup. 2/3 cup mayonnaise You could buy one in a five-and-dime. It was freaky. HUNT'S 5-MINUTE TOMATO ASPIC 1 (3.4 oz) package lemon or orange Jell-O 1 1/4 cups hot water 1 (8 oz) can Hunt's Tomato Sauce 1 1/2 Tablespoons vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt dash pepper crisp greens for serving mayonnaise for garnish Dissolve Jell-O in hot water. I’d much rather start with unflavored gelatin or savory-flavored gelatin than sweet. Left, Clark’s vintage lamb cake pan in action. But often there will be spice mixes or bottles of salad dressing that longer exist. The year is 1950. I know that a lot of Polish Catholic churches and a lot of German Lutheran churches had them on Easter. Lala, Been looking for a recipe with cubed jello all different colors with a mayo dressing anybody ever had this. Above: Decked out in mid-century modern garb, Clark poses with a sour cream recipe book. We’ve done a lot of different Jell-O stuff and noticed that freshness is basically extended when you encase things in Jell-O. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Lauren also appreciated the texture and said that she didn't really notice the difference between the "facon" and regular bacon. Top: Shrimpy, gelatinous, mid-century bliss. I’m the south, bacon drippings were often used. Really? The seasoning was good. since, “No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention”. Subscriber I would just sit up at night to read them; they were just fascinating to me. Clark: Well, it was blander, because people used spices a lot less than they do now. There was definitely a change in palate in terms of spices, which I think is why people consider it to be a bland type of cooking. So it's not really that bad for me since I'm used to it and like tomatoes. I collect vintage Better Homes and Gardens cookbooks from the 1960s and 70s. FROM THE CLICK AMERICANA EDITOR, 2018: For years, I’ve wondered about a recipe from It's overpowering. The idea of the cocktail hour with appetizer dips came into being, which I think is still with us. All 117 pages of the Cakes & Cookies chapter in JOY have been scanned in, cleaned up (lots of spills) and converted to PDF if anyone wants it (36.2 Mb). I haven’t seen them in years, so I don’t know which company made them, but they were from the 1930’s I believe. Keep reading to see what we thought. So thank God for that. Meat jello or Aspic, as it is formally called, is rich in amino acids and nutrients. My theory is that they became really popular during the mid-century because of the new aluminum molds. Another food blogger sent the recipe to me. Make a cake faster, make a soup faster, or use frozen foods for shortcut cooking. Tomato aspic with asparagus and shaved hard-boiled egg “[People from the 1950s] had a different palate and would find a lot of things we like to be bizarre, gross, or inedibly spicy,” said Foss. We made a Black Magic Chocolate Cake, which is basically chocolate cake with a can of condensed tomato soup inside. 1 cup of minced lobster, crab or shrimp, or a mix of all 3. Clark: Well, I think all areas of cooking have changed quite a bit, but I don’t think that there’s as much variation in baking today as there used to be. In the early 1950s, New Orleans was a major import hub for bananas and the story goes that … Clark: I think there are a couple different reasons for that, kind of like when you ask someone, “Why did the Civil War start?” There are lots and lots of reasons. Want a Truly Old Fashioned Aspic? 7 Layer Taco Mold Collectors Weekly: Whoa, how long are you talking about, like weeks? ... half lengthwise. I thought it was going to be disastrous. Clark: They were everything. It was very well structured. While aspics have been around for centuries, tomato aspic got its rise in America in the 1950s as a ruby-red centerpiece of tomato juice and gelatin. Garnish with a few shrimps or chopped parsley. back in the 1950's and 60's. Cook time is refrigeration time. When it began to thicken, I added two cups of shredded carrots and put it in the fridge to solidify. This article was originally published on November 22, 2019. Unmold on a bed of lettuce. warm water cream cheese, softened "I feel like you need to find a tomato aspic recipe and make it to confront the fears of savory Jell-O, to see if they're justified," she said. And it’s not really true that we hate it! Clark: No. I thought I might like to try an old fashioned tomato aspic this summer, but after looking at the recipes and pictures on your site (your site is fascinating and well constructed by the way), I am now completely turned off any gelatin based recipe. The resulting dish was then colored with saffronto give it a "radiant red" color. But then for the same contest, we made a pineapple olive salad with lemon Jell-O, which is basically what it sounds like, and it was horrible. Every recipe in there is one I wouldn’t give my dog. It’s disgusting. People were testing out these new things discovered in World War II, like foods from different cultures, and also changes in technology, like frozen foods, that made more food available to more people. Clark: Some people email me saying things like, “Thank you so much for posting this recipe! The video on this page shows a two-part mold. They're colorful, it's super easy, you don't have to bake. Many 1950s recipe books were sponsored by major processed food businesses, like the Campbell Soup Company’s “Cooking with Condensed Soups.”. You have to peel it! I tried making three vintage dishes from "The Joy of Cooking" and invited some friends over to try them. But it was the form: It was ice cream. Sometimes these congealed salads were studded with green olives or chunks of celery, while other times they were molded into rings and finished with a scoop of chicken or shrimp salad in the center. Wilton’s has an Easter Lamb Cake pan: https://www.wilton.com/sweet-chocolate-lamb-cake/WLPROJ-9391.html#q=lamb&start=4. Those guys would give up everybody in a day! We made jellied eggs one time where it was hard-boiled eggs encased in gelatin, and Tom gagged. He also put out a Jell-O cookbook. Think of things like the lamb cake or the gelatin mold. I have to look them up online and guesstimate what was in there, and then try to re-create them. Eventually I began digging around in my cookbooks and marking recipes to test for Easter. Some readers may not be familiar with aspic, which is a molded (as in the shape of a mold, not the green gross stuff), gelatinous dish that is savory. I don’t know if you’ve seen Charles Phoenix’s weenie tree? For example, Perfection Salad is basically coleslaw inside of lemon or lime Jell-O, so it’s got cabbage and carrots and all kinds of stuff. You promised.”. As part of Insider's taste test series, I've tried frozen French fries, chocolate chip cookie recipes, and non-dairy ice cream. They’d say, “Oh, my grandfather used to make this pork cake, and it’s really common.” I’m like, okay, well, I’m sorry I spat on your pork cake. 1 tbsp. Hannah was the most partial to the salad out of the group, and even went for a second helping to prove it. Right, one of her many recipe tests in its final form. Hannah: I think this is a little vodka short of a Bloody Mary Jell-O shot. You just dump everything in the bowl and stir it up. You could pour boiling water in it, add cold water, and then you have dessert. This liver pâté en masque was possibly the most offensive recipe Clark has ever tasted. In a large bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the tomato juice with the gelatin; let stand for 5 minutes. Have not found one exactly like it yet…my aunt made it when I was a kid and I loved it. "Post-war, Polynesian food was really kind of a thing, which was basically ham or Spam with pineapple on it," she said. Some info on this lamb cake, as my mother made it every single Easter & some other times too. I don't eat pork, so I used an off-brand Jell-O called Jell that did not contain. Clark: They don’t make them anymore, unfortunately. Summer. 7 unusual vintage Thanksgiving dishes that no one makes anymore, Vintage photos show how much your favorite fast food restaurants have changed since they first opened, These 13 vintage photos show how much better plane food was in the fifties, A woman found an old cookbook with vintage recipes like 'Coca-Cola salad' and 'Congealed potato salad,' and Twitter is losing it. One of the funniest is Better Homes and Gardens Jiffy Cooking cookbook published in 1967. World War II spurred an industrial food boom, introducing many technologies to keep foods fresh longer, from freezing to dehydrating. Since I've written about popular foods throughout history and unusual vintage recipes before, I thought it would be fun to try making some of them myself to see if Jell-O salads should make a comeback or if there's a reason they went out of style. But the cabbage will stay fresh for over a week. Looking for the name of dessert my mom made. We put on a '50s and '60s Spotify playlist to set the mood. He couldn’t even do it. Serve chilled. Peanut butter sosp, and various ways to cook possum. Cooking with a broiler was really popular, so a lot of that stuff has stuck around, this idea of the broiler dinner. It was amazing. The other side is that many of the crazier recipes came from brand-specific cookbooks produced by companies trying to put their products into every single part of your meal. They’ll say things like, “Take your ‘number five super iron’ and do this with it.” I’m like, well, I’m just going to put this in my frying pan and hope that it turns out. Maybe she got the recipe from one of the Betty Crocker cookbooks. And that was interesting. For example, you take two boxes of lemon jello and add one drained can of sauerkraut and a drained can of pimentos. Add remaining 2 cups cold juice, the lemon juice, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and pepper sauce; mix well. Tomato aspic served on a 1950’s salad plate. She said, “Here, I’m not going to use these ever again.” I was like 14, and I started reading them like they were novels. Thanks for sharing. We may say we dislike jello desserts and salads but we’re still eating plenty of gelatin in many processed foods- sweet and savory. "Vintage food has a tendency to take really delicious foreign cuisine and Americanize the heck out of them until they're practically unrecognizable and bland.". As a result, during the late 1940s and early ’50s, a new crop of ideas about eating were thrust upon the public as the industry tried to “persuade millions of Americans to develop a lasting taste for meals that were a lot like field rations,” writes Shapiro. Maybe she made it from scratch sometimes. Before they had been cast-iron, which was very expensive to buy, but the aluminum ones were cheap. PS: We were not Polish, but almost 100% of British (English/Scottish) background. You'll Need Time and Patience. You bake it in a cast iron skillet. A sampling from Clark’s cookbook collection, which started with a stack of hand-me-downs from her grandmother. I have one from the 1920s that has cooking with a wood stove but the new gas ones are better! Gag-worthy, but fascinating. Was there an appetizer section?” And she said no. It's not that bad, it just tastes like baby food.". We grew up in the 50’s, so many, many of these recipes make me smile! I had my grandmother’s aluminum lamb pan which made the lamb-shaped cake, but I didn’t have any instructions with it, so I was fumbling my way through it. He’s like, “These are really good and the bread isn’t soggy.” I’m like, “Are you kidding me?” Two days later, they were still edible. And the Lipton onion soup mixed with sour cream, the California dip, that started during that time period, too. I don’t have to mess around with it a lot. Because Jell-O is a dessert dish, I'm so curious to see how it's going to taste with actual savory spices and things like that," Lauren said. But if you look into a mid-century cookbook, you could pick from 15 cakes with 15 different icings. From left to right: Ingredient assembling, Tom cleans his plate, and the final product. I don’t know if being frugal and using up leftovers was part of the Jell-O trend, putting them in gelatin and then trying to force them down that way. We’ll eat anything. We agreed that the colors were pleasant and that the presentation made this look somewhat appealing. I consulted food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson to ask about which cookbook to use and how to plan my menu. That’s easy to do with some stuff, like salt, but when you’re talking about things like cans of condensed tomato soup or ketchup, it’s a little more difficult to put those into a dessert. A shelf full of mid-century cookbooks from Clark’s personal collection. Easily doubled. Account active It's naturally a great source of collagen and helps support bone, teeth and joint health. The following is a transcript of the moments after our first bites of tomato aspic. Clark has rediscovered the preservative effect of Jell-O on encased foods. Sometimes, of course, you’ll fail, because everybody fails, but most of the time you’ll succeed and it’ll be amazing. A great example is the Pillsbury “Tunnel of Fudge” cake, since one of the main ingredients is a frosting mix that’s not made anymore. 1 cup minced celery Jiffy brand still makes a fudge frosting mix which I substituted, and it turned out pretty well. The whole water chestnuts had been marinating in soy sauce, ginger, and brown sugar all morning before we wrapped "facon" strips around them, secured with toothpicks. Once the tomato mixture was ready, I followed the cookbook's instructions to strain out the vegetables, add two packets of my unflavored Jell-O substitute, sprinkle in some diced bell peppers, and let it chill in the fridge until my guests arrived. I ate that stuff.”. Clark: Experimental. You need to make a sour cream pound cake for the lamb to hold up. If you take a bite of it, it’s still crunchy. It’s quite true that aspic is a time-honored ingredient in cooking, but it’s also quite true that in the 1950s/1960s chefs came up with some more modern interpretations using Jello that alternately inspire fond memories, and nightmares. But the baking section was decent with cakes and pies. What a treat to find this site and remember all the things we had years ago!! Pour into individual gelatin molds. I love green Jello with pineapple and cottage cheese.I also like orange Jello with carrots and pineapple. Powdered gelatin was quick, pre-flavored and easier to work with than gelatin sheets which were expensive and delicate. Hence the debut of frozen airline foods and canned meat products like Spam. 4 scallions, minced Still looking for a Star Wars cookbook. I would be so excited every Easter: We’d go to her house and cut the lamb’s head off, and everyone would stare at it on the plate and pretend to be afraid. LOL!! Combine vegetable juice, worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, and cloves in a saucepan; bring to … You put it in the oven for four hours, cook it down, and then eat it. Lamb cakes are very popular in Buffalo, NY thanks to our sizeable Polish population. My grandma used to make that red and green jello dessert with cottage cheese and pineapple. "It kind of melts in your mouth, and as Hannah said, with the crunch it's really tasty," Isabella said. Sponge cake. For example, my husband has this tuna casserole that he loves with crushed potato chips on top, and I don’t know how many times I’ve seen that recipe in vintage cookbooks. When I expressed apprehension about recipes like tomato aspic, she advised me to keep an open mind. The recipe she gave me was liver and canned green beans folded into a mold, and then it had this light sauce made from gelatin, pepper, and no-fat buttermilk that you were supposed to pour over the top. 1/2 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsp salt (unless you are using canned seafood). The cooked fish heads and seasonings were then removed from the cooking liquid before the tongues and th… So my grandmother made a lamb cake, and I was always obsessed with it. For instance a maple and bacon cake would be good. The cover of the “Festive Foods” edition from 1965, one of the cookbooks in Clark’s collection. They were trying to get housewives to try these new products and use all these new techniques to make your life easier. "You have the crunchier water chestnut that adds a bit of a tactile experience to the bacon, which is chewy and a little bit salty, whereas the water chestnut is basically water and allows it to soak in some of that flavor while maintaining a crunch.". Delicious. Dollie served it on butter lettuce with a little mayonnaise on top. !” But seriously, it was amazing. This dish was made by boiling several large fish heads with vinegar, parsley, cassia, whole onions, rue, black pepper, ginger, spikenard, galangal, clove, coriander seeds, and long pepper. Johnson recommended that I make recipes from ", Post-war, Polynesian food was really kind of a thing, which was basically ham or Spam with pineapple on it," she said. Add jello. It’s the only chocolate cake I make anymore because Tom won’t eat any other chocolate cake. Clark: The liver pâté en masque. As the cookbook instructed, I drained the juice from a can of crushed pineapple and brought it to a boil, then added a packet of lemon Jell-O. This recipe was very popular during the 1950s along with meat aspics, in which cooks aimed to show off their culinary creativity by placing various foods, mainly savory, in a gelatin casing. Casseroles and dips were both burgeoning food trends during the mid-20th century. I want to make these.” And he thought it was an excellent idea, so Tom’s been on board the whole time. And it was the worst thing ever. I barely made it out of the 60s having to eat this inedible crud. This unfortunate-sounding lime Jell-O concoction with avocado, grapefruit, and mayonnaise actually turned out quite tasty. The recipe called for lemon-flavored gelatin, a can of crushed pineapple... and shredded carrots. By Clotho98 It's not that bad, it just tastes like baby food.". Tom normally chokes down at least his serving, but he only had one bite. Lemon jello murkily mixed with a bit of mustard and mayo was the base and encased in that were sliced hard cooked eggs, minced celery, a little onion, “bacon” bits, pimento for color and strips of dill pickle. Before I started this project, I didn’t know how to make a white sauce and now I whip them out like crazy. My mom used to make it, and I’ve been looking for it forever.” And it’ll be a terrible recipe, but as a child we eat things no matter how gross they are. And I think the second or third one that I tested tasted exactly like my grandmother’s recipe, so maybe she didn’t make it from a box all the time. Not everyone hated it, though. "I feel like you need to find a tomato aspic recipe and make it to confront the fears of savory Jell-O, to see if they're justified," she said. We were most apprehensive about this savory aspic — but also curious about how the texture would match the taste. tomato aspic Mix the Jello and water well. Hannah: This is the kind of thing they'd serve on an airplane. On Jello: Aspic = jello. Clark: Casseroles were a big trend, and continue to be popular. Tunnel of fudge cake was late ’60’s, believe you would need the specific frosting mix to make it now…it was soooo good! Isabella: It tastes like ketchup. It’s really hard to say why the savory Jell-O salad became something. Personally, I had to spit this one out. But I'm definitely flipping past the gelatin fruit salad section next time. I think that at the time, this fancy centerpiece was considered the epitome of class. It was nuts; you have to try it. And it had gelatin in it, so when it thawed, it didn’t melt. Or a recipe for chili might only have a quarter teaspoon of chili powder in it. Then my parents started bringing them to me, and then after I got out of college, I started buying them on my own, and all of a sudden I was finding them everywhere. So with anything that has American cheese, he’s like, “Do I have to eat it?” I’m like, “Do it. And it was the worst thing ever. But nothing prepared me for this. While the recipe did call for chicken livers, Rombauer writes that "You can also make these using whole water chestnuts in place of the liver," which I opted to do. Often the strangeness of this era’s food stemmed from innovations being tested on our nation’s taste buds. Isabella has left the chat. "In the 1950s, there were a lot of people cooking who didn't really like cooking," she said. It was very smooth, with strawberries and gelatin and other stuff. Pour … Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. I'm looking forward to seeing what else it has to offer. Surprisingly, back in the ’40s, people used a lot of curry powder, but they would only use an eighth of a teaspoon of curry powder. Johnson recommended that I make recipes from "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rambauer Becker, and Ethan Becker. Oil mold and put a layer of ... enough of the aspic over it to hold in ... to any buffet supper. Youth. J E L L – Pho, Oh my gosh, found this while trying to for vintage Jell-O recipes. Dyed green coconut for grass around the lamb. 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