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Jello Pineapple Salad

From: Donna
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:44 PM
Subject: recipe request

I am looking for a jello recipe my Mom used to make in the 1960's. It was a layered jello dessert with graham crackers, jello and pineapple. 
These were the main ingredients.


Hello Donna,

There are dozens of recipes with those three ingredients. I hope the below recipe is it. It fits your description. You should always give all of the ingredients that you know, especially the flavor of the Jello.


Graham  Cracker  Pineapple  Torte

1 pkg. orange jello
1 c. boiling water
1 1/2 c. crushed pineapple, drained
1 c. pineapple juice
1/2 pt. whipping cream, whipped
12-15 graham crackers

  Dissolve jello in water and add pineapple juice.  Beat until foamy; fold in pineapple and whipped cream.  Arrange in 9 x 13 pan 4 alternate 
layers of crackers and mixture.  Crush additional crackers and sprinkle on top.  Refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving. 

Peanut Squares

From: Kate 
Sent: Tuesday, April 09, 2013 4:47 PM
Subject: Lost Recipe Request

Hello -

I was excited to come across your website and jumped at the chance to have someone help me find this missing recipe.  Granted ... this may be a long-shot.

The missing recipe is for "Peanut Squares".  It is something that my mother used to make and that was what she called it ... not sure where it came from 
originally, but it was in her recipe box when I was a kid.

Note ... it is NOT peanut brittle. The way I would describe the difference is that peanut brittle has the brittle/toffee with a "few" nuts. This is 
almost all nuts ... covered with toffee-like stuff that holds it all together. I'm sure it has corn syrup/Karo syrup and the nuts are either dry roasted 
or Virginia peanuts.

It is very similar to a Munch bar candy bar.  And what brought back memories of this was a package of "peanut squares" purchased at a local Wal-Mart deli 
in Wisconsin around Thanksgiving this past year.  The ones purchased at Wal-Mart were flavored ... Apple Cinnamon and Pumpkin Spice (I believe) ... 
and other than the flavor/spice, these were spot on to the ones I remember.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you in advance for your help!


Hi Kathy,

I’m finding lots of recipes that are called “peanut squares”, but they all have some kind of cereal in them, or some kind of frosting or butterscotch pieces, or a bottom crust, or chocolate, or marshmallows or something else that doesn’t jibe with your description. The only thing that I found that sounded similar to your description or to a Munch Bar is the recipe below for”Peanut Crunch Bars.”


Peanut Crunch Bars

1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. clear corn syrup
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. soft butter
4 c. salted peanuts (heat in 250 degree oven for 15 min.)
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cool water

Combine sugar, syrup and water. Cook at a boil to 275 degrees on candy thermometer. Add soft butter and warm peanuts, stir to blend, mixture will be very thick. 
Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes or until temperature is 300 degrees on thermometer. Remove thermometer. Mix baking soda, vanilla and water. Add all at once to 
peanut mixture. Stir briskly for 30 seconds until mixture turns brown and begins to puff. Pour mixture into a foil lined and oiled jelly roll pan, 15" x 10 1/2". 
Using the back of an oiled spoon, spread the mixture evenly into the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes, then cut with an oiled knife into bars. Cool until hard, then 
break apart. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry place. Makes about 49 bars, each 1 1/4" x 2". 

Gulf Hills Dude Ranch Pie

Gulf Hills Country Club near Ocean Springs, Mississippi, was "Gulf Hills Dude Ranch" in the 1950s and 1960s. According to Wikipedia: "Stars like Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and honeymooning Mary Ann Mobley and Gary Collins adopted the resort as a retreat. Until the 1970s, Mafia bosses would annually gather for business and pleasure. They were so unobtrusive and looked like other golfing businessmen that few people realized they were there."

I found the below recipe in "The Ford Treasury of Favorite Recipes Volume 3."

Gulf Hills Pie

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1-1/2 tablespoons sweet cream
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup nuts, chopped
3 egg whites
1 nine-inch thin pie crust, baked 5 minutes

Cream sugar and butter. Add well-beaten egg yolks and cream. Beat well.
Mixture should be thick and creamy. Stir in vanilla, dates and nuts.
Fold in egg whites which have been beaten stiff. Pile into the pie crust 
which should still be warm. Bake 30 to 40 minutes in moderate oven. 
Serve either plain or with whipped cream or ice cream.

Log House Gumbo

The Log House was another notable Biloxi restaurant, owned by the same folks that originally owned The Friendship House. More Log House recipes at:

Log House Gumbo

1 1/2 cups chopped onions 
1 cup chopped celery 
1/2 cup chopped green pepper 
6 tablespoons oil 
1 1/2 tablespoons flour 
1 quart water 
2 bay leaves 
1 tablespoon ketchup 
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Pinch of red pepper
Pinch of black pepper 
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
Salt to taste 
1 No. 2 can okra 
2 cups canned tomatoes 
1 pound cleaned raw shrimp 
1/2 pound fresh crab meat 
1 1/2 teaspoons gumbo filé

Braise onions, celery and green pepper in 2 tablespoons of oil. In a separate pot mix 4 tablespoons of oil with flour. 
Brown well to make a French roux. Add water, bay leaves, ketchup, garlic, red and black pepper, Worcestershire sauce 
and Tabasco sauce to vegetable mixture. Salt to taste. Cook gently until vegetables are done and flavors well blended.
Then add okra, tomatoes, shrimp and crab. Thicken with roux and simmer briefly, adding water as needed, until the seafood 
is done. Add gumbo filé and serve over rice. Makes 6 portions. 
(From: "Ford Times Favorite Recipes, Vol. VII")

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