Jello contest

On Memorial Day, as is the tradition, my sister-in-law Carol and her S.O. Marc (his woodwork featuring carved wooden bowls and sculpture make great gifts) hosted a lovely picnic at their place. They decided that we should all get back to our somewhat redneck roots and have a jello contest along with the other festivities.

You may want to try something like this at your July 4th celebration or other summer gathering.

I suggested someone try this garden salad or meat entombed in gelatinous horror from the Gallery of Regrettable Food. But the description scared everyone off.

While not jello, Bob and Ginny got us off to a good start with a Costal Ozark Sushi appetizer — basically pickles and cream chees wrapped in white bread. Not bad.
ozark sushi

Our artist friend Lori made this All Star entry from scratch.
all star

One of my favorites, my brother-in-law Charles’ dish had a key favorite ingredient: Spam. He definitely won the ‘Savory’ category.

My mother-in-law Eunice used to serve this to her kids. They called it glop then. They call it glop (endearingly) now. They don’t hold it against her. It’s jello powder, cottage cheese, canned fruit and CoolWhip. Mmmmm…mmmmm.

This is my Pond Scum. It’s a riff on my Mom’s standard lime jello/7-Up/canned fruit mix. The evil guy is my Mexican tequila cork.
pond scum

Marc was just coming off a sinus infection. You don’t want to know.
sinus infection

Carol’s entry was my favorite. It tasted like an orange creamsicle. Maybe she’ll link to the recipe in the comments.

Friend Helen brought a specially blessed dessert: If you look carefully, you can see the Virgin Mary in the nut topping.
virgin mary

I don’t remember much about this layered entry from Bob and Ginny, but it was all starting to blur together by then. But that’s what happens when you put six or seven gelatinous desserts on top of a big meal. We were all starting to get a little whoozy.
cherry top

And the winner was: Jello-Wello. A true oxymoron, this healthy jello concoction by Liz has fresh fruit, splenda, granola and all sorts of stuff you won’t find in most jello dishes.

Got any favorite jello or other redneck recipes? Share ’em.

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8 thoughts on “Jello contest”

  1. Don’t tell me you ate Helen’s Saintly Jello?! Man, you could’ve made some money off of that on Ebay!!! 😉

    By the way, does Mark’s jello REALLY have huge white horse pills in it? I know you said we don’t want to know… but I want to know!

  2. When we were growing up, one of our favorite desserts was Kool-Aid Pie. Although it contains no Jello, it is very red-neck.

    Mix one packet of your favorite flavor of unsweetened Kool-Aid with one tub of Cool Whip and one can of Sweetened Condensed Milk. Pour the whole thing into a Graham Craker Pie Crust (store bought of course). Put it into the freezer for a couple of hours, but not overnight, you do not want it to be a brick, just slightly icy. My favorite flavor was purple.

  3. Yes, Jean Ann. This was all tongue-in-cheek, and very fun.

    Les: Would love to see more ‘Cooking with Kool-Aid’ recipes.

  4. Your dish of Pond Scum made me laugh like a lunatic. Well-played! If I’m ever required to bring a dish to a potluck, that’s exactly what I want to bring!

  5. Hey weird! The guy in the food …the one that you called mexican, looks identical to the german guy I have! He was brought over from germany when I was a little girl, between 1962 and 1964. It is also a bottle cork and the mouth moves up and down , and the eyes open and shut. I like your site…especially your flowers.

  6. woah, geez. I was looking up info on sinus infections and stumbled on this blog…. anyway, I am a hardcore foody who refrains from jello and spam, but it just so happens that I do have a nasty recipe that I saw served at a party once. I dont know what’s its called, but I came up with my own name for it…

    “I Hate You Cream Cheese”

    put 1 block of cream cheese on a plate (retaining the rectangular shape)
    dump one bottle of commercially available bbq sauce over it (not Stubb’s though)
    serve with Ritz crackers.

    the sad thing is, it wasn’t intended to be a joke dish.

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