A favorite Nana made

March 05, 2003|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Mary M. Young of Los Banos, Calif., requested a "side-dish recipe made with Jell-O that has ... been cut into small cubes and mixed with Cool Whip and other ingredients."

Dana J. Shinholt of Columbia said: "I'm glad to respond with a favorite dish my grandmother served at our family gatherings. Nana would make a large Jell-O mold for the adults to share and individual cups for each of the grandchildren. She has been gone now for almost 15 years, and it took a little bit of searching to track down her recipe book. She called the recipe Marie's Jell-O Salad. Marie was one of Nana's dearest friends."

Marie's Jell-O Salad

one 3-ounce package orange Jell-O

one 3-ounce package cherry Jell-O

one 3-ounce package lime Jell-O

1 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup sugar

one 3-ounce package lemon Jell-O

2 cups Cool Whip

Make orange, cherry and lime Jell-O packets separately, using only 1 1/2 cups of water per package. Pour each flavor into a 10-inch-by-13-inch pan and refrigerate until completely set.

Combine pineapple juice and sugar and heat until sugar has dissolved. Add lemon Jell-O packet and 1/2 cup of water. Refrigerate until it begins to thicken.

In the meantime, cut the other Jell-O into 1/2 -inch cubes. In a large bowl, mix together the slightly thickened lemon Jell-O mixture and the Cool Whip. Add all Jell-O cubes and fold gently until thoroughly combined. Turn into a lightly oiled bowl or mold. Refrigerate overnight and turn out onto a plate just before serving.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "The overall effect of this Jell-O mold is not unlike a stained-glass window, with all the shimmering, colorful cubes held together with a pale yellow cream.

"Don't be rough with the Jell-O cubes, as they will break apart and mess up the overall look of the mold. Use a soft rubber spatula to incorporate the cubes into the Cool Whip mixture. This can be garnished with additional whipped cream or pineapple cubes."

Recipe requests

Bill Speight of Hope Mills, N.C., wrote: "Some years ago I found the recipe for Bo Jangle's Biscuits. Somehow, somewhere I lost it. I would appreciate it if you would please help me."

Nancy Gagon of Bend, Ore., is seeking a bacon recipe like the one she had at the Whale's Tail restaurant in Newport Beach, Ore. "When we asked about the recipe," Gagon wrote, "we were told it was the chef's creation ... of brown sugar, cumin and cayenne pepper on the bacon before cooking. It was divine."

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