Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Retro Recipe Challenge #4 - Fall Favorites

Laura Rebecca's Kitchen is hosting her 4th Retro Recipe Challenge. La Vida Dulce's contribution is this recipe from one of Granny's cooking booklets. It's a charming little 16-page collection called "Happy Holiday," published by the Southern California Gas Company back in the late 1960's or early 70's, but the exact date cannot be verified.

Here is the introduction from the title page:
A Recipe for a Happy Holiday
High Spirits Genuine Kindness Large Amount of Love
Generous Portions of Cheer Complete Contentment
Tender Sentiments Pleasant Company Milk of Human Kindness
Mix all ingredients well and heat in the warmth of true friendship.
Partake of freely during the holidays.
Any leftovers may be used throughout the coming year.
Result: A very HAPPY HOLIDAY from the Gas Company Home Economists

Granny loved making jello mold salads, her favorite was one that included lime jello, pimentos, and cottage cheese. Yuck! Apparently, these salads were very popular back then, and recipes for them can be found in many fund-raiser cookbooks. This one reminds me of her Thanksgiving cranberry mold, which included canned mandarin orange slices. I wonder where her mint green Tupperware jello mold went?

CRANBERRY WINE MOLD - adapted from the Southern California Gas Company
1 can size 1lb, 2 oz. crushed pineapple in juice, drained
and 3/4 cup liquid reserved
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1 package size 3 oz. raspberry jello
3/4 cup rose or white zinfandel wine
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 can size 1 lb. whole cranberry sauce (not jelled), drained
1 tablespoon grated orange rind

Combine reserved pineapple juice and orange juice in a small saucepan. Heat over medium flame until liquid comes to a boil. Dissolve jello in hot juice. Stir in wine and lemon juice. Refrigerate until mixture becomes the consistency of of unbeaten egg white. Fold in crushed pineapple, cranberries and orange rind. Pour into oiled 1-quart mold. Refergerate until firm. To serve, unmold onto greens. Makes 6-8 servings.

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