Lately I've had enough of this going-along-to-get-along with the infidels stuff. It's time to get back to my roots. When the time comes for random, violent action, I will be ready. Time to delve into the ancient literature of my people and hone my jello-salad skills, so when I am called to assist in our struggle for world conquest, I am ready.
(The meatloaf is totally unrelated to this project and I will thank you to stop laughing at my food styling.)
I started out easy with a selection from the 1986 Trinity Lutheran Church (State Center) cookbook: Cherry Salad, submitted by Maxine Edwards. She was a friend of my grandmother and a very nice lady, who raised her developmentally-disabled son at home in the 1940s instead of putting him in the state "home" as advised, which was pretty extraordinary at the time. He worked on my grandparents' farm occasionally, cranked a mean ice cream freezer at the annual Ice Cream Social, and still lives in State Center mowing lawns and shoveling snow.
This is a simple side dish I will file under "sneaking celery into unsuspecting children." Recipe transcribed exactly:
1 (3 oz) pkg cherry jello
1 cup boiling water
1 can cherry pie filling
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 to 1 cup chopped nuts
Dissolve jello into boiling water and cool until partially set. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into 3-cup mold and chill until set.
Notes and Tips:
- I used sugar-free jello and reduced-sugar pie filling. And walnuts.
- "until partially set" is about 45 minutes in the fridge. Go have a glass of wine after this step.
- I don't have a mold, either; I used a regular glass mixing bowl covered in plastic wrap (because the cats go into the fridge at night and plant hairs on the food if I don't cover it)
- I don't know how long the second "set" is; I went to bed and it was fine in the morning :)
I won't lie: If you know the celery is there you can taste it, but the cherry flavor was stronger and this was a tasty treat at work today with leftover meatloaf. I will make again, although I will probably chop the nuts more finely next time. Would be good with almonds or miniature marshmallows. Just can't leave out the celery, or it ceases to be a salad and becomes a dessert....
I think I'm going to hit the fridge for a snack now.