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In a free association word game, nothing comes to mind faster in response to "gourmet" than "Mormon Ward Potluck". Totally the best food ever. I know my first introduction to bacon-wrapped, fillet mignon cooked over an apple wood barbecue was at an YM/YW Super Saturday. And, who could forget those hand-dipped Belgian chocolate covered strawberries drizzled with raspberry coulis made by every visiting teacher? Certainly not me. Love them. And don't even get me started on that fresh Washington Salmon stuffed with King crab and Maine lobster cooked on a cedar plank they serve every year at the Ward Holiday Party. Drooluscious.

And, fairly so, Lady Justice has finally intervened and had Saveur Magazine focus it's Epicurian spotlight on the One True Dessert which heralds the educated LDS palette: Green Jell-O Salad. Its about fetchin time.





Click the images above for full size scans suitable for printing and inserting into your cook book. Like you don't already have a Jell-O salad recipe, but, hey, you could always use another one!


Scanned from pages 97-98 of issue 99 of Saveur Magazine, which is probably copyrighted. This particular issue is a special edition, so it has no date on it. It lists the 100 favorite foods, restaurants, drinks, people, places and things of the magazine staff. No, the Green Jell-O Salad is not one of the 100. The whole thing is terribly ironic as the magazine is horribly snooty and pretentious, featuring preposterously haute cuisine, and somehow Jell-O salad and funeral potatoes got in there.

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Bookslinger said... @ January 21, 2007 at 8:41 PM

My mom, who's not LDS, made a green jello in the 1960's and early 1970's that I liked. It was regular green Jello-brand gelatin, and had canned pear halves in it, with a marischino cherry in the center of the pear half. Yumm!

And the pear halves had to be lined up.

Anonymous said... @ January 26, 2007 at 10:55 PM

I have always disliked green jello. Most Jello actually, but green is my least favorite. And all the Mo's in the world aren't going to change my mind.....
Is anyone else terrified that THIS is what people identify with us? Anyone? Just me then?

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