Episode 08: Disgusting Salads, Depressing Times

Episode 08: Disgusting Salads, Depressing Times

In Episode 08: Disgusting Salads, Depressing Times, Melissa tells us how to mix up a delightfully sweet and adorably named prohibition era cocktail, the Bee’s Knees, and manages to spill hers all over her laptop. Kate asks an intriguing food question and no one is surprised by Aimee’s response. And lastly, Aimee tells us all about the horrors that are congealed salads (aka Jell-O Salads, aka Jelly Salads, aka the stuff of nightmares), and how they were born out of necessity during the Great Depression. Listen below, or on your preferred podcasting platform!

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Recipe: Bee’s Knees Cocktail
Recipe: Olive Relish
Recipe: Wartime Ration Brown Betty
Recipe: Wine Jelly


Below are some of the amazing images we came across in our research. Look through the slideshow to enjoy!

Special Thanks

We also wanted to give a special thanks and shout-out to the following who helped make this episode possible!

Lizzie O’Leary who’s tweet served as a catalyst for our research into the gross history of congealed salads.

Tamworth Distilling’s gin made this week’s cocktail recipe possible. The aromatic flavors added something extra special to our Bee’s Knees cocktail (linked above!)

Ben’s Sugar Shack in Temple, NH also added some sweetness to this week’s cocktail. Delicious local ingredients = delicious food and drinks.


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Recipe: Olive Relish

Recipe: Olive Relish

This vintage recipe was mentioned on Episode 08: Disgusting Salads, Depressing Times. This recipe originally appeared in Bright Spots For Wartime Meals – 66 Ration-Wise Recipes 1944


1 pkg Lime Jell-O
1 pint hot water
3 tbsp. vinegar
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup sliced stuffed olives
1/2 cup sliced sweet pickles
1/4 cup diced celery, if desired


Dissolve Jell-O in hot water. Add vinegar and salt. Chill. When slightly thickened, add remaining ingredients. Turn into small individual molds. Chill until firm. Unmold. Serve with fish or meat. Makes 12 molds. Hospitality needn’t cost you much … either money or pints. Try some of these color-and-savor combinations, all made with food easy to get nowadays. They’ll prove to you and your friends that you can still do luscious entertaining in spite of shortages and rations. Say welcome in wartime!