An unexpected debt ceiling compromise – straight from your grocer’s freezer!

(wicked big version uploaded to Flickr)
(wicked big version uploaded to Flickr)

On Monday, President Obama compared the painful decisions to be made in the debt nogiation process to “eating our peas.”

The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council took a somewhat literal reading of the president’s remark, agreeing with him and recommending eating more lentils as well

House Speaker Boehner returned the matter to the metaphorical with his accusation that dealing with the White House has been like dealing with Jell-O.

And all of this culminated yesterday with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney proposing a sort of compromise recipe:

I love Jell-O personally.  If you mix peas in it…

Despite the recorded reaction from an anonymous White House Press Corps member, “That’s nasty,” is peas ‘n’ Jell-O really such an outlandish idea? Not according to this item from the everything-old-is-weird file via a site called Dapperhouse:

The recipe transcribed after the jump…

Birds Eye Jellied Pea Salad

1 box Birds eye Green Peas
1 Package Lemon Jello-O
1 bouillon cube
3 tablespoons vinegar
½ tsp. salt
½ teaspoon scraped onion
Dash of cayenne
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced

Cook peas as directed on package. Drain, reserving liquor; add hot water to make 1 ¾ cups. Dissolve Jell-O and bouillon cube in hot liquid. Add vinegar, salt, and onion. Chill. When slightly thickened, fold in peas, seasoned with cayenne. Cover bottom of ring mold with layer of Jell-O mixture. Arrange slives of egg around sides of mold. Chill until firm. Fill mold with remaining Jell-O mixture. Chill until firm. Unmold on crisp lettuce. Makes 6 servings.

They had me up until the hard boiled eggs…

Makes 6 servings and averts global economic collapse!

See also: It’s National Use-Up-Your-Leftovers-in-a-Jell-O-Salad Week!

An unexpected debt ceiling compromise -- straight from your grocer's freezer!