Not ashamed to be old-fashioned

This post is a bit about your humble writer.  Since I’m trying to have this blog sound like we’re just two people chatting over the fence, you should get to know me a bit better!  I’m an old-fashioned gal.  I like to bake from scratch,  listen to old-time radio, (my favorite is Jack Benny!), I always have an open door, hot food and a sympathetic ear for anyone who needs a friend.  I’ll admit, when younger, I always admired the Mother of the Bride’s dress rather than the actual bride and now that my girls are entering a marriageable age, I pin matronly, yet glittering dresses that I will lovingly shop for someday!  In general, I think I was born an old woman!

I’ve never been afraid to get older.  Of course, no one likes the aches and pains that come with age, but somehow, I just always connect better to older ideas.  Maybe because I was raised by my auntie after my mother died, maybe because I was never a pretty young woman, but for whatever reason, in my head, I always see myself as the mothers from the old movies, like Andy Hardy and Public Enemy. 

I do wear an apron in my kitchen, vintage ones I pick up when I can find them.  I am a bit plump.  However, I have hair the color of ripe plums and I swear like a sailor, so I guess there, the resemblance stops!

Today, it is a cloudy, humid day.  Blueberries were 1 dollar a pint so I picked some up for a nice, comforting cobbler.   With the Those Were The Days show playing on the radio, I’m perfectly at ease.

I hope you will come over.  The coffee pot is always on and the timer just went off, so the cobbler is hot.

Let me feed you.

 

Apparently I’m “cool”.

My teenaged son just called me cool.  If any of you have teenagers, you understand what high praise that is.  You are probably wondering what I did to deserve it.  Did I buy him booze?  Nope.  Let a girl stay in his room?  Nope.

I made jello.

Actually, I made one of the recipes from an old 1930’s era pamphlet from Royal Jello.

Back when the kids were very young, I made jello more frequently, because it’s inexpensive and “there’s always room for jello!”, but honestly, it’s empty calories that could be used for something better. (like wine.)

However, when thinking over what sort of things I could make from my old booklets, I kept coming back to a gelatin dish of some sort.  Nothing too strange, though I’ve had the experience of diving into a delicious looking dessert, only to find myself munching on raw, shredded carrots.  That was NOT an experience I wanted my family to share.

It was a pretty big deal when gelatin powders came out.  Up until then, it was a tough thing to make.  Long hours over a hot stove, boiling animal bones meant that mainly the wealthy, with servants, had the ability to serve it.  It was quite elegant to be able to present your guests with a pretty aspic or jelled treat.

In the years following the commercial success of Jell-O, these, once rare dishes were everywhere.  Even when I was growing up in the 70’s, it was not a party unless you had a jello dessert and I still make a 7-layer jello for special occasions!

So here’s my lovely Royal Cherry Monticello.

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Not as pretty as pictured, through only my own fault,  I was rushed for time and incorporated the whipped cream before the gelatin was sufficiently thickened.  I actually had to make a thrift store run this morning to get the mold.  What modern woman has a bunch of random molds?  Well, actually, I do now…

So, long story short, how do you get a teenaged boy to call you “cool”?

Make jello, or come on over here.  I have LOTS.

Let me feed you!

 

 

 

Foods for the Fourth

fac221cd242cba33646eb653a12b7a09 My daughter has decided to have few college friends over before they head off to fireworks and festivities, so I wanted to make a few small things to tide them over before they go eat carnival food. (which is what summer is all about, right?).

I slapped together this quick fruit salad, with cherries, (because they are my favorite summer fruit and I always have them on hand), pineapple, (69 cents each!!!!!) and mint, (growing in the yard.)  I added a dash of lime juice and will let it sit for a bit before serving.  36591781_10212643309063759_4854018694721830912_n

The sales on fruit now are incredible!  I found raspberry pints 2 for a dollar!  I KNOW, RIGHT?  They made their way into my cart, despite having no clear plan for them.  I had a vague idea of making a fool or something, so some whipping cream was added to my list.  Upon arriving home, I thought, “Why not make a semi-freddo?”  My hubby loves them, so I invented the following recipe for the day.

Rose-Raspberry Semi-Freddo

  • 2 pints raspberries
  • 2 t. rose syrup (simple syrup made with rose water)
  • 2 c. whipping cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 T. powdered sugar + 1 T. powdered sugar
  • splash of wine

Prepare a loaf pan by covering it with foil and letting ends overlap.

Add raspberries to a blender and process until smooth.  Press through a sieve to remove seeds.

In a large mixing bowl, mix cream cheese with 2 T. sugar, until smooth.  Add raspberries, rose syrup and wine.

In another mixing bowl, that’s been chilled, beat cream until stiff, add 1 T. sugar.  Then gently fold in the cream cheese/raspberry mix.  Don’t mix it together until it’s uniformly one color.  You want a bit of that contrast!

Pour into prepared pan and freeze at least 6 hours.  Eat within the next day or so, but if you are like we are, that should not be a problem!

Here’s the finished product.  I like to drizzle a bit of chocolate sauce on top of each serving! 36598099_10212643309263764_7782789750364045312_n

Hope you enjoy it!   Happy Holidays!<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/19518133/?claim=hhwzqyrks7v”>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>