Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mad Men Potluck Premiere

(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
Deviled Eggs
Ham with Maraschino cherries and Pineapple
Bundt Cake

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
Cold water
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.


  1. I haven't watched any of the Mad Men episodes and I am beginning to feel like I'm missing out. I love the whole retro theme and the menu! My mother made ham with pineapple slices and cherries until the day she died. When we were kids we fought over the cherries!

  2. I loooooove theme parties, and silly retro dishes, and Mad Men. So obviously, I really really really love this post. :)
    (I don't love it enough to make Jell-O salad, though.... I'm still scarred by my grandmother's concoction which involved a mix of shredded carrot, canned mandarin segments, canned corn and crushed pineapple suspended in orange Jell-O. *shudder*)

  3. Omg, that's sooo cute!!! Did you make foods and have drinks from Mad Men times? I love that show... I haven't watched the premier yet though. My husband and I are going to let a few of the episodes pile up and watch them all the way through. I love how Betty Draper dresses.

  4. How fun to throw a theme party, great pictures and I love the menu, especially the pink bundt cake!

  5. Bumped in to your blog via Foodgazing! What a great theme party. It takes me back to my Southern roots! I miss Mad Men already...it is the only tv show I watch.


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