Over A Cup: Valentine’s Day Gelatin Salad

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‘Valentine’s Day Gelatin Salad’

• 1 large package strawberry-banana gelatin (or strawberry)

• 2 cups boiling water

• 3 bananas, mashed

• 1 large package frozen strawberries, thawed

• 1 can crushed pineapple (and the juice)

• 1 pint sour cream

Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. Add the bananas, strawberries, and pineapple (including juice). Pour half of the mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole dish.

Place in the refrigerator to set up. Leave the rest of the gelatin mixture at room temperature. When the first half is set up, take it from the refrigerator and spread the sour cream on top.

Pour the remaining gelatin mixture on top of it. Return to the refrigerator and let set up, about half a day.

A couple of weeks ago this column featured a recipe for “Sausage Bean Soup”. The seasoning ingredients were a tablespoon each of dried onion and dried chopped green pepper.

A few days after the recipe appeared in the column, Chuck and Ginger Osborn of Craig called to tell me that they couldn’t find any dried green pepper in the Craig stores. They looked in Steamboat, too. No luck.

Just before I wrote the column, I made some of the soup and used the last tablespoon of dried pepper. I threw the pepper bottle away so I can’t check the brand name.

However, I’m sure that I bought the peppers in Craig—in the seasoning aisle. It’s been awhile, though.

I have been searching for the dried green peppers, too, hoping that a store can special order them. I’m waiting to hear from one store this week.

In the meantime, if you’d like to make the soup, you might try using a tablespoon of fresh chopped green bell peppers. Chuck and Ginger chopped up some pepper and dried it in the oven and used it for the soup.

Chuck reported that he couldn’t taste either the pepper or onion in the soup; Ginger said she thought the soup needed something. I always thought the seasonings added to the flavor, but maybe it was just my taste buds.

Anyway, if you would like to make the soup, you might try using a tablespoon of chopped fresh green bell peppers. Let me know how the soup turned out if you try it or if you know where to find dried green peppers.

Valentine’s Day is next week! Following is a gelatin salad that you might enjoy with your Valentine’s dinner. To make “Valentine’s Day Gelatin Salad” you will need: 1 large package of strawberry-banana gelatin (or strawberry gelatin); 2 cups boiling water; 3 bananas (mashed); 1 large package frozen strawberries (thawed); 1 can crushed pineapple (a small flat can will do); and 1 pint of sour cream.

Dissolve the gelatin in boiling water. Add the mashed bananas, pineapple (with the juice), and the strawberries. Pour half of the mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole. Place it in the refrigerator to set up. Leave the remaining gelatin at room temperature.

When the refrigerated gelatin is set, spread the sour cream over it. Pour the remaining gelatin mixture over the sour cream. Return to the refrigerator to set up—about half a day.

If you have a recipe that you would like to share or if you have information about dried green peppers, please call me at 824-8809 or write to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626.

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