FOOD Mavens! I cannot believe my luck. The Not So Mellow Jell-o recipes I published last week made for my all-time most popular blog post. Hundreds and hundreds of cyber foodies have found there way to that post each and every day since it’s been published. Featuring Strawberry-Basil Margaritas and Blueberry, Chambord & Champagne Jell-o Shots, these jigglers are causing a true sensation all across the web. They’ve been picked up and reported on by TasteSpotting, Foodgawker, DessertStalking, Design Crush and The Kitchn. I’ve had all sorts of feedback ranging from the glowing, “WOW. Those are the most beautiful and classy jello shots I’ve EVER seen!”, to the growling, “Does anyone else think the jello shots in the photo look more like something left over from a surgery than dessert?” Love ‘em or hate ‘em, these gourmet jigglers are creating buzz for Belle beyond my modest hopes for a Jell-o recipe, and that just goes to show the power of seasonal produce to transform our palettes and our perspectives! When you take a childhood favorite and transform it into a grownup, comfort-chic, sweet treat, what you’re really doing is tapping into the joy of youth by celebrating memories, real foods, and in this case, summer. Berries are still abounding at farmers’ markets across the city this time of year; now is the time to take full advantage of their sweet and tangy taste. Labor Day and autumn winds will be rolling in before we know it, so soak up the last of the sunshine months with a Jell-o Shot toast that will take you back home come tomato time.