Marian’s Cranberry Jell-O

My friend Marian used to make this for Thanksgiving. I still make it and think of her every time.

I love Jell-O (technically it needs the hyphen) because my mom never made it, so it’s a treat for me. This one is not hard to make, and the bitterness of the cranberries adds a whole new dimension to the Jell-O.

  • 1 6 oz package of dark red Jell-O (cherry, black cherry, whatever)
  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • About 1/2 cup walnut halves or pieces
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange

This takes a bit of prep. Dump the cranberries in a colander and rinse them. PIck out the bad ones and get rid of them. Put half of them in a 2 qt or larger saucepan. Cut the rest of the cranberries in half and add them to the saucepan too. Add the amount of water that the Jell-O package says to boil- usually 2 cups- and turn the burner on.

(The package also says to add cold water- put that water in the refrigerator while you cook the cranberries. )

Keep an eye on the cranberries, stirring once in a while. Let them boil til they start seriously popping. Take the pan off the stove and stir the Jell-O mix in per instructions, for THE FULL TWO MINUTES. Then add the cold water and stir.

Put it in a pretty serving bowl at this point, but make sure to leave a couple of inches of room.

Chill for an hour to an hour and a half. Just before then, core and chop the apple into 1/2 inch pieces, and peel, seed and chop the orange into 1/2 inch pieces.

Take out the Jell-O, mix in the fruit and walnuts, put back in the fridge for several hours til it gels hard.

Remember, Jell-O is NOT vegetarian. You can make this with the vegetarian carrageenan version, but it doesn’t gel hard, it stays kind of soft. Still tasty, just not the same.


Jenny’s Salad

This is so easy, and so delicious!

  • Greens (romaine, spring mix, spinach, whatever) about 3 cups, more if you like
  • 1/2 c pine nuts (more if you like)
  • 1 14 oz can mandarin orange slices, drained
  • 1/4 cup very thin sliced red onions (optional)
  • Dressing- balsamic, oil and vinegar, vinaigrette, whatever you like. I don’t use dressing on this, but some folks like it.

Mix it all in a big bowl and serve. Sweet, juicy, crunchy deliciousness.