Dear Dr. Julie-Ann
Now that my parents have FINALLY downsized and moved to a retirement community, I FINALLY get to host the holiday dinners at my house. I am really looking forward to creating an old-fashioned holiday meal filled with family favorites.
My father often talks about a Jell-O salad—and we shall use that word loosely—that had cream cheese that his mother used to make in the 1950s and 60s. I would like to surprise him and make something similar.
Do you have any suggestions?
FINALLY Setting Up the Grown-Up Table
Hosting old-fashioned holiday dinners is one of my favorite things to do! And, I think I have just the recipe for you that will make your father happy: my grandmother’s vintage Christmas Jell-O salad with cream cheese. This salad is such a family favorite that I’m required to make it for every family gathering (I just change the flavors of the Jell-O I use when I make it at other times of the year).
I remember my grandmother making this Christmas Jell-O salad when I was growing up in the 1960’s. Unfortunately, she developed cancer and wasn’t able to do much cooking beginning in the early 1970’s. I thought the recipe was gone forever. You can imagine my delight when I discovered it was one of her submissions for a mimeographed cookbook created by her missionary circle in the mid-1960s.Continue Reading