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Anchored in Tradition: David Kelly's Jello Layers

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Welcome back for another year of our Anchored in Tradition.

In the past, I've brought you into our kitchen at Casa Kelly to serve you some of our delicious holiday family eats, from Barbecue Pork (2019) to Beef Brisket (2020) to Pizzelles (2021) and this year I've got another fabulous dessert for you.

Alex and Andrea's Jello Layers is a dessert originally made by my late mother-in-law Alexandra Kuchta and has now been passed down to my wife Cathleen and I's niece Andrea.

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Make sure you cut yourself a nice slice of Jello Layer

It's really easy to make. Here's what you need:


  • 3-Cups water
  • 1-6 oz. package of Jello (Strawberry, Cherry or Lime)
  • 2-8 oz. tubs of Frozen Cool Whip
  • 1-mix bowl
  • 1-serving dish

And here's how you make the Jello Layers. 

  • Boil the water
  • Stir water into Jello mix
  • Add 1 full container of Cool Whip plus a third of second container
  • After mixing water, Jello and Cool Whip, place in refrigerator for 2 hours or until mixture becomes firm
  • Remove serving bowl from refrigerator and top off Jello Layer with remaining Cool Whip
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Alex and Andrea's Jello Layers is a product of David Kelly's mother-in-law Alexandra Kuchta (right) and her granddaughter Andrea

And of course, you can always add to the topping, perhaps a holiday inscription or even some additional toppings such as Graham Crackers or cookies or heck maybe even a Pizzelle like last year.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays.

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