Dead fridge!

On Wednesday as I walked past the fridge it made a weird, loud clicking sound. “That’s new,” I said, but not with surprise–our old fridge in Boston made a range of crazy sounds. I sat down at my sewing machine and within a minute was nearly shouting “Ack! That smell! What is that??” Something in the fridge had evidently let go/burned out and was now filling the kitchen with fumes. We closed off the room and opened a window. Within twelve hours it stopped working completely, and I ran what perishables were in the fridge (we were on the verge of shopping day) up to the faculty fridge at work. Since then we haven’t really cooked as our fridge has only a temporary fix (it was supposed to be permanently fixed last night, but you know how it goes…) and we don’t want to fill it with stuff that could potentially go bad. So no cooking, no recipe-sharing. Unless we hit up the vintage cookbooks!

I’m making Christmas dinner this year for about half the family. I’m generally looking for ideas, so why not prowl the vintage books? And I found this….

Christmas Cranberry Salad
1 small pkg lemon jello
1 1/2 c hot water
1 c sweetened cranberries
1 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped nuts

Dissolve jello in hot water. When slightly thickened, fold in the rest of the stuff. Place in mold and refrigerate until firm.

This actually doesn’t sound that gross, though the celery throws me; and really, who doesn’t miss the old days of stuff suspended in gelatin, shaped into a wreath?

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