It brings to mind cars with tail fins, ladies who lunch, and poodle skirts. It is the comfort food of my childhood. It was served to sooth during hot weather, times of sickness, and even as a fancy dinner dessert.
The following recipe is straight off of the handwritten card from my mother. I always enjoy finding it in her fridge when I visit and since it was almost 70 degrees today, (that subject is another post entirely), I thought we needed some cool refreshment around the farmette.
Cherry Orange Delight
2 1/2 cups boiling water
3 packages (4 serving size each) of cherry flavored gelatin
2 3/4 cup cold water
1 - 11 oz. can of mandarin oranges, drained
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
2 tsp sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) of dairy whipped topping
Stir boiling water into gelatin until completely dissolved. Next, stir in cold water. Refrigerate approximately 1 1/4 hours until the consistency of egg whites. Gently stir in the oranges and reserve a few for garnish, if desired. Set aside.
Beat cream cheese and sugar in separate bowl, until well blended. Add whipped topping and then spoon into a serving bowl. Cover this with the gelatin mixture.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours and garnish as desired.