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April 11, 2012

Glistening And Jiggly – A Mid-Century Menu Gelatin Contest *UPDATED*

By RetroRuth

I think it’s about time for another Mid-Century Menu contest, don’t you???

Yeah. I think it’s about that time.

And the theme of this contest???

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Gelatin!

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Jell-O. Knox. The jiggly stuff. The good stuff.  The stuff that glued our childhoods together. The stuff that held bits of fruit and even (ulp!) veggies in suspended animation.  The thing that no holiday table is complete without.

“It’s made from hooves, you know.” – Mr. Burns, The Simpsons

Tom and I want to see  what is out there, faithful readers! We want to see what recipes you have hidden in drawers and stashed away in your heads. Send us the goods, and you could win some of these goods:

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A fabulous “Galactique” brooch from our fab friends at The CRAVEyard!

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Four lovely mid-mod print placemats from our friend and sponsor Renee from Crash Pad Designs!

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A set of four gorgeous flared mugs from the Mikasa Duplex line, designed by Ben Seibel!

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A vintage Taylor Smith Taylor carafe.  (A really underappreciated design, I think!)

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And, of course, scads of vintage cookbooks, which will be given out willy-nilly!

*UPDATE* More prizes added!

Christy from OrWa Designs has added a set of their handmade coasters, which I am seriously jealous over!

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*Disclaimer – Overly curious black cat not included in prizes!

*UPDATED* Prizes will be awarded to the winners in the following categories:

Worst Gelatin Dish

– A Grand Prize Winner and *THREE runner-ups!

Best Gelatin Dish

– A Grand Prize Winner and *THREE runner-ups!

Tom’s Favorite

– One winner who gets a super-secret prize chosen by Tom!

* RetroRuth’s Favorite

– One winner who gets a super-secret prize chosen by Ruth!

I know, I know. The excitement is almost too much for you! I totally understand. But wait before you dash off to send us an email, cause you have to read the rules!

Ye Olde Rules:

1. Entries for the contest can be sent to ruth@midcenturymenu.com or ruth@nopatternrequired.com. If you leave an entry in the comments somewhere or on Facebook, please be warned that they may be forgotten or accidently passed over. Hey, I’m only human.

2. Entries MUST contain gelatin in some form. It doesn’t necessarily have to be molded in a shape, but the gelatin needs to be there. So send us everything you have, because creative uses of gelatin are awesome!

3. Only pre-1980’s recipes will be accepted. Modern gelatin dishes are wonderful, but not for this contest!

4. Please only send in recipes from your personal collection or your family’s collection. The recipes can come from your memory, from cookbooks, from vintage advertising, scraps of paper or from your mother or grandmother, but please don’t submit recipes you find on Flickr or Pinterest or image searches that don’t belong to you.

5. Multiple entries from the same person will be accepted, but all of the entries may not be tested. If you submit multiple recipes, please be sure to indicate which you feel is your preferred one for testing. It will make it easier for me and Tom that way. We can’t test EVERYTHING! (Even though we want to.)

6. Entries will be accepted from April 11th to April 25th at midnight EST.

So, that’s it! Let the gelatin-madness commence! Tom and I are excited to see what you’ve got!

*Real Disclaimer – The Galactique brooches were provided at no cost to me by The CRAVEyard, the placemats were provided with no cost to me by Crash Pad Designs, and the coasters were provided with no cost to me by OrWa Designs!

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12 Responses to Glistening And Jiggly – A Mid-Century Menu Gelatin Contest *UPDATED*

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    April 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Whoooooooooohoooo!!! I love gelatin recipes! Let’s get it on!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      April 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!! 🙂

  2. Sara In AZ Reply

    April 11, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    This is going to be SOOOOOO exciting to see all the crazy recipes everyone comes up with, and those prizes – they are SO totally awesome!!!! Good luck everyone!

  3. Andrea Reply

    April 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    You and Tom are brave, brave souls! I can’t wait to see the entries!

  4. Pat in PA Reply

    April 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    The brooches are sooooo cool–these look like they are fashioned after the pattern on Salem China’s North Star collection,of which I own a few pieces of the turquoise/tan/black. I have one cup with the pink/gray/black. Hmmm….gotta get out the recipes!!!!!!!! 🙂

  5. Brenda Reply

    April 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Oh wow, what a great contest. I recent acquired my Grandmother’s collection of Better Homes & Gardens magazines from 1958 – 1963. Every ad showing the latest and greatest pastel refrigerator was full of gelatin molds, a ham and pyrex. One of the most shocking things in the magazines were the Jello recipes. Full page color spreads with pictures of the most hideous foods that could ever be put in Jello! Blue Cheese gelatin and mustard gelatin come to mind. I imagined mothers across the US making these recipes and children wrinkling up their faces at dinner as they were served.

    • Nina Reply

      April 18, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I have 5 recipes for you! These “salads” were always served for “company”. Though more than once after the dinner was eaten Mom would exclaim “I forgot the Jello Mold!” It was still sitting in the frig!

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