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On Tuesday, Feb. 22, Veronica Landa, an adult education/English as a Second Language student at Jefferson Community and Technical College, demonstrated how to make three-dimensional Jell-O at the Carroll County Public Library.
Originally from Mexico, Landa has a talent for creating art with food. What makes her talent most amazing is that she does it with only one hand.
When Landa was a toddler, she lost her right forearm and hand in an accident. She learned to be very independent from that time forward. She can do everything anyone else could do, but just with one hand. Her admirable strength and perseverance in everything she does makes her food art even more valuable.
Landa showed the participants how to use several Jell-O colors and flavors to create 3-D Jell-O art. This process is not as easy as it looks. First, flavorless Jell-O has to be made; once it has set, a colorful design is created inside it using syringes filled with food coloring mixed with more Jell-O.
She uses her imagination to create the different designs, and does not rely on instructions or a template.
Once the design is completed, another coat of Jell-O is poured on top to make the colorful design created show up more. Landa said the complete process can take about an hour. For each creation, she already knows in her mind what she wants the design to look like.
More than 70 percent of the materials are sent to her by her mother from from Mexico because she can’t find everything she needs here in the United States.
Landa offers 3-D Jell-O classes. She also accepts orders of her Jell-O creations for birthdays, anniversaries and other events, or as she said, just because you want to eat them. Call (404) 561-6088 or send an e-mail to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.