Sunday, August 16, 2020

Jell-O In a Can #Recipe and #Giveaway by Guest Debra Goldstein

Leslie Karst here. Today, I'm tickled to present the hilarious Debra Goldstein, with a recipe that would have made Peg Bracken, author of the I Hate To Cook Book, proud. Not only that, but Debra is giving away a copy of her soon-to-be-released book, Three Treats Too Many, to one lucky commentor! Take it away, Debra:


Sarah Blair, the protagonist of the Sarah Blair series, is a woman who is more frightened of being in the kitchen than she is of murder. In One Taste Too Many, Two Bites Too Many, and the new Three Treats Too Many, Sarah, an amateur sleuth, manages to figure out who-dun-it, but she has to take a picture of what she wants to buy to the grocery store to make sure she gets the correct ingredients any recipe demands. She basically lives on take-out food, care packages her twin, a gourmet chef makes up for her, or recipes that only use pre-made ingredients. Jell-O in a Can is one of her favorite go-to recipes.



The tools of the trade necessary to make Jell-O in a Can are simple: a measuring cup and a can opener. Note: in the picture below, you can see a stove. Because I don’t use my stove any more than Sarah does, I thought it would make a nice backdrop for the picture.



Jell-O in a Can only has three ingredients: whatever flavor of Jell-O you like, a can of Dole pineapple slices, and water. (The water will have to be boiled, but Sarah uses the microwave for that)



The recipe, which was created in the 1950’s when Jell-O and Dole Pineapple joined forces, is simple – it has to be if Sarah makes it.


Jell-O in a Can

1 20 oz. can of sliced pineapple
1 3 oz. pkg. of Jell-O gelatin, any flavor choice
1 cup boiling water
Optional:  1 banana or other type of fruit

Open the can and pour off the pineapple juice but leave the pineapple in the can. Dissolve the Jell-O in boiling water and permit it to cool slightly before pouring the Jell-O and water mixture into the can, over the pineapple. If desired, place the banana or other fruit in the center of the rings of pineapple.

Chill until set.

To serve, run a knife around the inside of the can and tip it out. (Before rimmed flip top cans, one pushed the jelled mixture through and out using the bottom of the can.) Slice between the pineapple rings and serve.  (See photo above.)

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About the Sarah Blair series: Despite her limitations in the kitchen, Sarah has survived for three books and will star in at least two more.  Three Treats Too Many, which will be published on August 25,  is now available for pre-order:

When a romantic rival opens a competing restaurant in small-town Wheaton, Alabama, Sarah Blair discovers murder is the specialty of the house . . . 
 
For someone whose greatest culinary skill is ordering takeout, Sarah never expected to be co-owner of a restaurant. Even her Siamese cat, RahRah, seems to be looking at her differently. But while Sarah and her twin sister, Chef Emily, are tangled up in red tape waiting for the building inspector to get around to them, an attention-stealing new establishment—run by none other than Sarah's late ex-husband's mistress, Jane—is having its grand opening across the street. 
 
Jane's new sous chef, Riley Miller, is the talk of Wheaton with her delicious vegan specialties. When Riley is found dead outside the restaurant with Sarah's friend, Jacob, kneeling over her, the former line cook—whose infatuation with Riley was no secret—becomes the prime suspect. Now Sarah must turn up the heat on the real culprit, who has no reservations about committing cold-blooded murder . . .

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About Debra: Judge Debra H. Goldstein is the author of Kensington’s Sarah Blair mystery series. One Taste Too Many was named a January 2019 Woman’s World Book of the Week and Two Bites Too Many is a 2020 Silver Falchion finalist. Debra also wrote Should Have Played Poker and 2012 IPPY Award winning Maze in Blue. Her short stories have been named as Agatha, Anthony, and Derringer finalists. Contact or follow Debra at:

Twitter @DebraHGoldstein

For a chance to win a copy of Debra's new book, comment below with an answer to this question:  Do you have any other recipe suggestions Sarah (or Debra) might try?

83 comments:

  1. This is too good to pass up. I also miss the days when both ends of a can could be cut off and the contents could be pushed through. Now for a simple, simple recipe:

    Quick Jalapeno Cheddar Bites

    Round Tostito chips (or Triscuits)
    Cheddar cheese sliced 1/8” thick, sized to fit crackers or chips
    Pickled jalapeno rings (retain seeds for increased spiciness)

    Lay out crackers or chips in a single layer on baking sheet. Top with cheese slice and jalapeno ring. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes.

    Note: We started making this with tricuits, but one day we were out and used tostito chips and found we like that better. My husband puts the jalapenos on the chips and tops with cheese, but I put the cheese on first. It really doesn't matter.

    lroth@ocext.com

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    1. This sounds like a great recipe. I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Thanks for the contest. I loved the first book. The first thing I learned to make was 50+ years ago. A fried egg sandwich. Set a small non-stick skillet on the stove burner. Set the dial to 3. Crack an egg with a fork and drop the egg into the pan. Throw the shell in the garbage. Break the egg yolk with the fork. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper. Butter two slices of bread. Every so often check with a spatula to see if you can pick the egg up. When you can, flip it over. Do not leave the stove area! The second side will be done quickly. Maybe a minute or so. Flip it back over with your spatula. If it looks done and not still wet, set it on your bread. Tada! Yum!

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    1. Love the "throw the shell in the garbage" part of the recipe, lol.

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    2. Thanks for stopping by today. Appreciate that you enjoyed the first book. (the second will be on sale in e-form for $.99 from August 21-Aug 24). Now, to the recipe.... the shell in the garbage cracked me up, but I got serious when you talked about when to flip the egg over. I always flip it too soon and end up with scrambled eggs.

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  3. She could make Jello instant pudding. Just put pudding mix and milk in a bowl, whisk for two minutes, put in glasses and chill. No water to boil.

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    1. Sarah loves anything that has the word Jell-O in it. In the fourth book, she is going to make stained glass Jell-O, but this is even better. No water to boil. Of course, she'll have to buy a whisk or use her fork really hard! Thanks for the recipe.

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  4. 1 can nacho cheese, 1 can chili, chips or crackers, doesn't matter. Sour cream
    and / or jalepenos optional
    Microwave cheese and chili, in separate bowls, about 2 minutes each. Serve with chips or crackers, topped with optional sour cream and / or jalepenos.

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    1. Nice easy recipe... anything with the microwave is up Sarah and my alleys.... Of course, we might leave off the jalepenos. We once bit into one not realizing how hot they can be... scarred for life. Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. When we were young the desserts we had were jello and pudding. I loved the chocolate instant pudding which was so yummy. My mother would make it and put it into a cute, small glass dessert bowl. Miss those desserts and days. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I still make instant chocolate pudding for myself on occasion!

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    2. That was a favorite at our house, too. My mother had these cute dessert bowls on stands that the chocolate pudding looked adorable in. My sister and I really got into making chocolate pudding and I'm still partial to it today. Thanks for bringing back such a sweet memory.

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  6. My grandmother was a wonderful baker. Everything was delectable. I could never replicate anything at all. I use a lemon cake mix and put lemon pudding in it to make it even tastier and more dense. What a treat. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Yum--that does sound good! (Love how many folks are talking about pudding today!)

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    2. My sister, who is an excellent cook, does that when she uses a cake mix. Me, I'd leave things the way they were, but to her, even using prepared ingredients, she has to tinker with them. But, what comes out, is delicious.

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  7. We love anything pudding! Even homemade is the beat!

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    1. I'm with you. Pudding brings back warm memories. My sister and I were partial to chocolate and my mother had perfect dessert dishes on little stems that we thought we were so elegant using and then serving our dessert to our parents in.

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  8. my fave is to take a can of fruit cocktail (drained) , a can of mandarin oranges and some grapes and mix it all together, then sprinkle a large pack of dry vanilla pudding on top and mix it in. chill soo good aelinderman (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Amy, glad you told me to drain the fruit cocktail. I once tried to make a recipe like this and forgot to drain anything... then I added more liquid. Well, you can imagine the result... fruit soup. I served it anyway.

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  9. No-Bake cookies are quick and easy!
    Wendy
    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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    1. if you don't burn them.... thanks for the suggestion.

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  10. this sounds like a fun and simple recipe. every year at thanksgiving my sister makes a jello salad. jello any kind made like the box, cut into bite sized squares. Mandarin oranges, drain the juice out. Marshmellows. cherries. sliced bannanas. put all in a bowl and gently mix in home made whip cream. how much of each is totally up to you.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net
    I love the cover on this book. congrats. thanks for the give a way

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    1. My mother made something like this for Thanksgiving, but she used a cream cheese base, I think. I don't know, but it tasted good and this sounds like it would, too. Thanks for the recipe and the compliment on the book cover. Kensington does a great job with book covers.

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  11. Would a grilled cheese sandwich be too much cooking for Sarah?
    turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ha! Perhaps not, if you make it in the microwave, lol.

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    2. I have a confession. I only learned to make grilled cheese sandwiches this year. Leslie, can they be made in the microwave????? My friend who taught me had me used a frying pan.
      Jana, thanks for the suggestion.... especially if there is a way to make it in a microwave?????

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    3. Maybe if you toast the bread first, butter it, then put it in the microwave with the cheese for about 10 seconds. Though I haven't tried it...

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    4. I've made it in the microwave the way Leslie suggested. It's how we used to "cook" in the dorms. The pan version is so much better.

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    5. I just found the pan version.... using butter...thanks.

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  12. I can remember boiling cans of sweetened evaporated milk for four hours to make carmel. Great served with pineapple rings and whipped cream.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Did you empty the cans into a pot or simply heat the cans somehow?? What would keep them from exploding?

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    2. You put the unopened cans in the water to boil--it's a tried-and-true way to make dulce de leche! (Though I have heard tales of exploding cans...)

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  13. Fruit dip, 8 ounce pkg cream cheese, softened and a jar of marshmallow fluff - mix together with mixer and put in a couple drops of red or pink food coloring if desired. Great dip for strawberries.
    Bleakney750 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Drat, I gave away my mixer. But, the recipe sounds easy and perfect someone like Sarah or me. Thanks for sharing it.

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  14. Sounds like you two are of the, "What should I make for dinner?" "I suggest a reservation" club!
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. When I got married, they gave me a kitchen shower to see if I could recognize what was in the box. One of my friends gave me a recipe box with cards -- only one recipe: Make reservations.

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  15. A friend mixed a can of pumpkin pie mix with a container of Cool Whip (whipped topping) and arranged a plate of purchased sugar cookies around it. You were to dip the cookies into the pumpkin mix. I have many Jello salad and dessert recipes I still use. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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