I recently had to compile some of my favorite recipes for a cookbook being put together at work. It was a challenge to select only the recipes that I really loved and I truly had to stop myself from going overboard. However - there were a few that were absolutely, without question, some of my favorites...especially the pale pink, fluffy concoction above.
This, my friends, is what my family lovingly refers to as 'The JELL-O THING.' It's a classic in my family and we have it every Thanksgiving. Back in the 1950's, my Great-Grandma used to make it for my Dad, and for whatever reason, it stuck. Despite the fact that we endlessly make fun of this recipe, we all know the truth: never has JELL-O tasted so good!
1 large package of JELL-O (Your favorite flavor - I like strawberry)
1 package of Cool Whip or 2 cups prepared whipped cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or another nut of your choice
2 bananas, mashed
Vanilla and Almond extract to taste
1) Prepare JELL-O using only half of the required water. Let chill until set.
2) Add the chopped nuts, mashed bananas and cool whip to the JELL-O and mix with an electric mixer until well blended and the JELL-O has integrated with the cool whip. Do not over mix.
3) Chill until set - usually about an hour. Enjoy.