Table of Contents: Salads

I usually double this recipe for my family.  We all like it and enjoy having some extra for later meals.  I use a large ring mold for the doubled recipe.  Instead of a ring mold, another vessel will work nicely, round, square, rectangular, or shaped.  If desired, the salad can be left in the vessel; then cut at serving time.

1 envelope unflavored gelatin
1 small (3-oz.) pkg. raspberry gelatin (Jell-O)
1 cup boiling water
1 (16-oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce
1 (8 ¾ oz.) can crushed pineapple, undrained
¾ cup pecans, chopped


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Beat both of the gelatins and the boiling water using a whisk or a fork.  Beat and stir vigorously until the gelatins are COMPLETELY dissolved.

Add the cranberries to the hot mixture and whisk to dissolve and blend with the gelatins.  Stir in the pineapple and pecans and mix well.

Pour the cranberry mixture into an ungreased small ring mold, and refrigerate until firmly set.  Serves 6 to 8.

When ready to unmold the ring, have the serving platter convenient; then fill a clean sink with enough hot water to make the ring mold “float”.  Carefully and gently press the ring mold downward just far enough to partially submerge the sides to loosen the ring mold contents.  Do NOT let water get into the food.  Just as soon as the sides appear to have loosened from the ring, place the serving platter over the top of the ring and invert the ring.  The contents of the ring should drop onto the platter. If not, briefly repeat dipping the ring mold in the hot water again and inverting again.  When the ring is unmolded, submerge the now empty ring mold into the hot water to clean easily!
Joe’s step-aunt, Eloise Harris Loeb, would always bring this marvelous salad to our Christmas Dinner.  She and her husband, Adolph, were Jewish, but that never held them back from being a huge part of our Christmas celebration.  They had no children, so being a part of the Harris/Sparks/Westbrook Clan seemed to be a treat to them.  There were always tons of gifts to be opened in all sizes and shapes.  Eloise would almost always give everyone a check, and she usually would put it in a Hanes hosiery box.  One Christmas she gave Joe and me a hosiery box together.  Instead of our checks, there was a paper cutout of a cruise ship taped inside the box!  We were completely surprised, overcome, and thrilled.  She took six family members on that cruise; and then, another six on another cruise.  She loved to be with people and to have fun. We loved her, we talk about her often, and we still miss her and “Dolphy”, very dearly.


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