Thursday, November 3, 2011

Tastes Like Feelings: Jello Pretzel Salad

I just found one of my favorite guilty pleasure, mid-western masterpiece dessert recipes of all time posted over on Hello Giggles (lame name, decent website). I'm really excited such a "hip" blog (it's Zoey D's) is giving this amazing Middle American dessert the attention it deserves. I discovered it through my Iowan step-mom. We made one change: frozen strawberries instead of pineapple. Way better. It's like a poor man's strawberry cheesecake, and it tastes exactly like a warm nap or a hug from your mom. In other words, comforting feelings. I think it's one of the first things I ever "cooked" by myself.

HOWEVER, Haylie Duff (yes, that one): When you say, "It should also be noted, this is my mother’s famous recipe. I would love to take the credit but it’s all Mama Duff’s,"you're wrong. I don't know the exact origins of this recipe as my step-mama's was written on an index card, but it was probably from a Jello box, or a Good Housekeeping cookbook. I'm pretty sure this was featured on Paula Deen. The Duffs did not invent this! 

I don't want to talk about the grammatical errors in the post either. We make some of our own over here, but we are poor and have full time jobs we should be attending to. So, maybe skip the intro part and just read the recipe, make me a batch, and bring it over for us to eat on the couch while watching Mean Girls. I'll give you wine and we'll wear sweatpants. It's going to be amaaaazing.

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