WGN Morning News’ Robin Baumgarten is trying her hand at cooking once again — and whips up a retro recipe for Tomato-Ham Buffet Ring.


  • 2 envelopes plain gelatin
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 can (1 1/4 cups) Campbell’s Tomato Soup
  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese or 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 2 cups ground cooked ham


  1. Soften gelatin in 3/4 cup water, set aside.
  2. Combine soup and remaining 1 cup water; heat thoroughly.
  3. Remove soup from heat; add gelatin and cream cheese and stir or beat until smooth.
  4. Cool; add lemon juice, onion, mayonnaise, mustard and ham.
  5. Rinse an 8-inch ring mold with cold water.
  6. Pour in mixture and chill until firm.
  7. Unmold on lettuce or other salad greens.
  8. Garnish with deviled eggs and/or rip olives.
  9. Makes 6-8 servings.

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