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Old 12-18-2007, 04:59 AM   #21
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Every year I make oodles of cookies too, Vera.

My favorites (and everyone else's in the family) are my Grandma's Monster cookies. I've mentioned them here before, but the recipe's one of those family things.

However, all look forward to the Martha Stewart Thumbprint cookies I make every holiday (what's a holiday without cookies?)
Every year someone suggests that I take it easy, make less, give myself a break. Yeah, right, hahahahaha...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:01 AM   #22
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My "thing" is different every year and that's what my friends look forward to. One year I may give a homemade hot chocolate gift basket, complete with chocolate mix, a parcel of mini marshmallows, chocolate-covered spoons, etc.

Another year it may be a basket full of homemade pasta, homemade canned pasta sauce, a baguette, etc.

Other years, it could be a mix of savory and sweet breads for breakfast or dinner.

I always "mix" things up and have a great time doing it. My only problem is remembering what I gave to whom.

I've even baked goodies to give to my friend's pets as part of their gift basket.

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Buck says I'm the best cook in the county. I don't know, I just know he always eats what I cook.
Katie, that sounds wonderful. I'd wager it's more time consuming than most people realize. You know, of course, the best way to remember who got what is to write it down...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:02 AM   #23
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I had a job once that had 2 "goodie days", one near Thanksgiving and one near Christmas.
By decree of the Boss, I was to bring egg rolls and my special dipping sauce, which she thought was something special.

Soy sauce, ginger powder, red pepper flakes and chicken bullion powder, LOL!
Never ever tell anyone how easy some things are...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:03 AM   #24
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Mine is crackerjack. It's my grandpa's recipe. I don't make it every year but someone in the family always makes it every holiday. We take turns. It makes quite alot (5 gallons) so there is always plenty to share from a single batch.
ohhhhhhh, you've brought back such wonderful memories. I haven't had that in years. Do you give little prizes in yours?
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:48 AM   #25
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Strufoli!!!! my grandmother only makes it for easter

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Oooohhh, yum Jersey!

Mom and I always make italian anise cookies - my great grandma made them, then grandma and now mom and me - everyone loves them - they are like gold. We only make them at Christmas.

I made peanut butter bon bons one time about 16 years ago and they were a huge hit - so now that has become tradition too.
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nothing fancy here, but my Sausage/bread stuffing balls that I do with Christmas dinner are a big hit. although Most of them get eaten Afterwards cold and sliced on a sammich, by my wife.
I have to Hide a couple in the fridge behind stuff so I get a chance too :)
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Oooohhh, yum Jersey!

Mom and I always make italian anise cookies - my great grandma made them, then grandma and now mom and me - everyone loves them - they are like gold. We only make them at Christmas.

I made peanut butter bon bons one time about 16 years ago and they were a huge hit - so now that has become tradition too.
that sounds great.... i love any kind of cookie/cake that has anise or rum in it... cant wait for the christmas!
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I almost forgot... I also make a batch of Old Yeller's Roadkill Jerky
and give that out to family members and friends.

OK, I DID forget, and it is good someone asked me if I were making
it this year.

Better go gas up and find me some roadkill!!!! ;)
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:08 AM   #30
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My family expects my focccia every Christmas and holidays,birthdays..They also wait expectantly for stuffed onions and zucchini...The sweet they love best is my cream puffs,big ones and little pop them in your mouth ones...It's all part of the ritual of the season and now, we are giving lessons and recipes are being printed so this will continue on.
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