Tuesday, May 4, 2010

When Potluck Isn't Such Hot Luck

I'll say your luck isn't so hot. Not if this is what's for dinner!

There is no winner
When strange potluck is for dinner
Such bizarre jellery
Involving mayonnaise and celery
Will without question
Lead to grief and indigestion
So if you must say hello
To a box of lime Jell-O
Just put it right back in the shelf:
In the morning you will thank yourself,
And by avoiding such appalling gels
So will everybody else.

[From a lovely Jell-O ad in Life, June 4, 1945.]


Eric said...

I'm confused, are they thinking the jell-o will emulate the fat deposits sometimes found at the tops of soup cans? For those that miss the grossness? Yikes.

James MacAdam said...

That looks like something that should be dropped out of a plane over enemy territory, the "hot luck bomb".

Our foes we won't negotiate
With knife, fork or spoon
One look at their dinner plate
Will be a rendezvous with doom

vanilla said...

Oooh. The picture alone makes my stomach do somersaults.

Love the verse.

Dori said...

Ewww...LOL. As I looked at the photo I kept saying, "what's in that?" :)

Tori Lennox said...

Eeeeww. Even the anthropomorphic squirrel is looking askance at it.

Sassy Lassies Vintage Life said...

I've gotta say it looks pretty tasty to me. I must be weird.

Barbara said...

I'm bringing that to my next potluck just to see if anyone would be brave enough to hack into it.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

LOL!! Love the pic and the post! I LOVE Lime jello - just not when it's made into "other" stuff??!! This pic reminds me of what the jello must have looked like inside the old Auntie's wrapped up Xmas package - where she accidentally wrapped the jello mold for dinner - in "Christmas Vacation" with Chevy Chase etc!! :)

Amy said...

oh no that looks incredibly unappealing. My ex mother in law use to make something similar every Christmas - it was ever so popular...no idea why.

Janiss said...

I've always wondered if anyone has ever asked their mother/ grandmother what the appeal was with these weird gelatin dishes? It's utterly mystifying to me. And both my mother and grandmother are gone, so I can't ask them.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Rice, oh man. Thats the only thing that would have made that texturally more disgusting. I didnt know it till I read the recipe but yeah! LOL

JD at I Do Things said...

That is some grody-looking gellery. At first I thought it was kiwi fruit.

Anything other than mini-marshmallows in Jello is an abomination.

Still On The Verge said...

All I can say is EWWWWW. Did they really eat that stuff?


Lidian said...

Eric - Goodness, I hope not.

James - Brilliant verse! Love it.

vanilla - Yes, it does look awful. And thank you :)

Dori - And so did all the guests ;)

Tori - He is too smart to go near it.

Sassy Lassies - I am sure you're not alone either - I used to quite like a fruit version that you could get in the store in the 60s (a sort of fruit/gel/Cool Whip melange)...

Barbara - An interesting socio-culinary experiment!

Ollie - I've never seen that movie but you're making me want to, just for the Jell-O.

Amy - We used to go out for Sunday dinner to an inn on Long Island that served jellied salad on lettuce leaves - into the 1980s!

Janiss - I don't even understand my fascination with them (just to look at in old ads though)!

Tracy - I thought including the recipe would be part of the overall experience ;)

JD - One can never go wrong with mini marshmallows.

Lydia - Somebody must have, but I am not sure who ;)

Bill said...

Wow. That looks profoundly horrific.
The recipe doesn't read well, either. Leftover green beans & peas, jelled & molded, and flavored with lime.
I do like the retro appeal of some of these recipes, and haul out my Tupperware ring mold once or twice a year, but I wouldn't try this recipe except as a joke.

Kath Lockett said...

We three have all got bad colds at the moment and that looks like something I'd throw away in a damp kleenex!

Shay said...

This is probably not the most disgusting food I've ever seen but it's easily in the top ten.

belaglik said...

Oh, sure, you criticize, but this country DID NOT have an obesity crisis when this is what people had to face at mealtimes!

Marcheline said...

In medieval times they used to gelatinize meat dishes for fancy parties... but I'll bet the gelatin wasn't LIME FLAVORED!

That's what screwed the deal for me. I mean, onions and vinegar and mayonnaise and celery in a dish made with LIME JELLO?

Gagification reigns supreme!