Those of you who’ve read the Bucolic Plague know all about our neighbor Michelle’s famous “Pink Stuff.” We all gather at her house Christmas morning for her annual brunch. And while she puts on a pretty amazing spread, the hero is always “Pink Stuff.” It was a dish her mother made, and we’re glad Michelle decided to share it with everyone. (She did request that anyone who makes it only uses “hand packed ice cream.” Her mother always insisted that this is what made the difference.)
“Pink Stuff” is a Punch. We think. Or maybe a dessert? Beverage? Pet? No one is quite sure. Rumor has it that whatever is eaten Christmas morning actually regenerates itself over the course of the year until the punchbowl is full again.
Whatever it is, it’s delicious. And Christmas wouldn’t be the same to us without it.
2 QTS hand-packed strawberry ice cream
4 small packages of strawberry Jell-O
4 cups boiling water
1 cup chopped walnuts
2 sliced bananas
1 cup of halved red globe grapes
2 cups of mini marshmallows
Dissolve Jell-O into boiling water. Add ice cream and stir until melted. Place in a refrigerator for a half an hour. Stir in nuts, bananas, grapes, and marshmallows. Return to refrigerator. Stir every 15 minutes for 2 hours to keep marshmellows from floating to the top and everything else from sinking to the bottom. Once firm-ish, refrigerate for 24 hours.