Everyone seems to be fixated on 'mid-century modern' these days, a style term encompassing 1950's architecture, furnishings and domestic simplicity. Blame it on Mad Men but retro-cool is all the rage.This Halloween why not serve the crowd some tempting treats from their favorite era? These recipes are a 'scream', as easy as opening up a packet of gelatin.
Snowy Chicken Confetti Salad contains gelatin, condensed chicken consomme, mayonnaise, diced chicken, green pepper, pimiento, celery, salt and whipped cream. How's that for perky and fabulous?Ham Loaf is touted as "how to make meat look like a party". Indeed, what man wouldn't be tempted by picnic ham, ham stock, horseradish and mustard gelled together into a loaf topped with chopped egg and the ever popular pimento? Mmm, pass the asparagus jello please!
Here's the basic recipe for all these meals: Soften gelatin in cold water; dissolve in boiling water. Add lemon juice; salt. Chill until partially set. Fold in other ingredients and pour into a loaf pan or mold. Chill until firm. Unmold. Serve with deviled eggs. Easy-peasy for the party hostess!For dessert, how about some 'pink pears' colored with food dye, stuffed with candied ginger suspended in a cream cheese filling?
These recipes and photos come from the Better Homes And Gardens Salad Book, circa 1958, that I recently unearthed at a thrift store. Gelatin and canned soup played a big part in cooking style during the 50's. I'm so glad we've evolved from there, aren't you? Let's go grab a slice of gluten free pizza with soy pepperoni...