Throwback of the House: Orange Jell-O for the Diet-Conscious Dearly Departed
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This week, I looked at the May issue of Martha Stewart Living and had myself a little giggle fit over elegant gelatin recipes. This meant I'd be making something from my 1977 copy of Amazing Magical Jell-O Desserts for Throwback.
Before I could bust out my molds, I got the news that one of my favorite octogenarians had passed away. My mood for magical Jell-O faded, replaced by something more substantial.
Flo, my departed friend, was a devoted dieter -- specifically, Weight Watchers in the days before the points system and Richard Simmons. She and her husband, Rudy, followed diets created over 30 years ago. They would cheat a little during holiday gatherings with my family, where everything contains butter and cream cheese, but Flo always contributed a sensible dessert.
But today, I had to make it and share it. Take a box of sugar-free orange Jell-O. Make according to the instructions, substituting sugar-free Tang for the cold water. Chill in a mold for 90 minutes. Add a cup of shredded carrots. Continue chilling until it's time to delicately show the Wheeler family that maybe they should step away from the lard-based pie crusts.
If there's Deal-a-Meal in the afterlife, I hope Flo's hand is filled with the fried chicken, beer and lemon meringue pies she denied herself in life.