Okay, maybe they’re more like guidelines. But this is how I’m going to proceed with the Project.
- Brand Fealty. As with the earlier incarnation of the Project, I will be using Jell-O brand gelatin for all recipes from The New Joys of Jell-O. However, while the book sometimes specifies other brand-name ingredients (many of which are still available 40 years on), I reserve the right to use ingredients of the quality that I prefer.
- Other Ingredients. Last time around I decided that our mostly vegetarian diet would trump adherence to the recipes except in the case of Brand Fealty to Jell-O. However, the results of initial attempts to use meat substitutes were less than satisfactory, and I am now open to compromise for the sake of the Project. We’ve never claimed to be strict, or even wholly consistent, in our diet, so the appearance of, say, Spam in this blog is not justification for a pile-on of readers accusing us of being closet carnivores.
- Frequency. I’m shooting for one Jell-O recipe (virgin, repost, reboot, or memory lane) per week, on average. My overarching goal is to keep the content fresh without overwhelming either readers or my Facebook feed. There is no longer a time limit for getting through the book. I’m just not that good.
- Accountability. Again, the Table of Contents page is where I will keep track of completing recipes from the book. As I complete/post each one, I’ll note the posting date by each item and make each item into a link to its respective post.
- I Value My Friends’ Privacy! Except for the odd historical or public figure, Bryan and I will be the only people referred to by name in the Project. If/when guest tasters are involved, I will be referring to them by the old convention of first initial followed by an em dash, like so: A–. Individuals who see themselves called out like that, or who participate in a tasting and anticipate being referenced in the Project, are free to let me know if they’re comfortable being called by their first names, nicknames or pseudonyms, and I’ll be happy to make the change.
The Orange Boycott
In November 2016, in response to the U.S. presidential election, I declared that I would be conducting a boycott of Things Orange as a protest against and resistance to the Trump presidency. The rules are:
- Virgin Recipes and Recipe Reboots calling for orange Jell-O will henceforth be made with other flavors.
- In the case of Memory Lane posts and Recipe Reposts in which orange Jell-O has already been used and is therefore unavoidable, “penalties” will be paid to Planned Parenthood and to the International Rescue Committee to help alleviate any damage to those causes that might be done by this presidential administration.