(a special thanks to Stephanie Deimling for such a great photo, I really feel like I'm in a magazine)
It happened a year ago when Don Draper and the gang made a break for it and left to create their own firm. And a year later here we all are. It was bound to happen. We had too many friends who loved Mad Men, so when the premiere of Season 4 was upon us we had all of them come over and celebrate retro style.
There were Old Fashioneds and Martinis, retro dresses and red lipstick.
The menu was not to be outdone by mere decoration - so it was also retro:
Ambrosia Jello Mold
Ham with Maraschino cherries and Pineapple
But my absolute favorite thing about this meal was not the Ham the cocktails or the deviled eggs. It was the dish that was only for decoration. The item that no one ate at all - Its hard to believe that these used to be in favor. But at the end of the night my best friend and I broke down and tried a slice. It wasn't half bad if you like jello. The perfect marriage of ambrosia and orange jello. And the most fun to present.
Ambrosia Jello Mold (Kraft)
]1 can (8 oz.) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) JELL-O Orange Flavor Gelatin
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1-1/2 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1/2 cup BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut
DRAIN pineapple, reserving juice. Add enough cold water to juice to measure 1 cup. Add boiling water to gelatin mix in large bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in measured liquid. Refrigerate 1-1/4 hours or until slightly thickened.
WHISK in COOL WHIP until well blended. Refrigerate 10 min. or until mixture will mound. Stir in pineapple, oranges, marshmallows and coconut. Spoon into 6-cup mold sprayed with cooking spray.
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until firm. Unmold.