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Old 05-19-2006, 09:22 AM   #51
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we bring baked dishes often. casseroles......

i believe that life would not be complete sans comfy 'ol tee-shirts, the Golden Girls, and the color pink
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:53 PM   #52
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Here in Kansas City I either send/take steak or BBQ rub/sauce or both. They always seem to be big hits whenever I send them out.


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Old 05-21-2006, 06:52 PM   #53
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I am in the Missouri Ozarks, and if I wanted to send a local gift basket to someone, I would probably pick up a country cured ham (Burgers Smokehouse makes good ones, and sells them on line), and some good Missouri rice. Peaches and apples in season are good, too.

I have to travel about 3 hours to the bootheel of Missouri to get it, but Martin Rice mill sells the most delicious jasmine and basmati rice. They have a website http://martinrice.com.

Looked at the site just now, and they also have sushi rice. And the shipping is not too bad--I might just order a couple of 25 pound sacks of jasmine and basmati and share with friends and family.

Edited to add: I can't believe I forgot gooey butter cake--more of a candy than cake, it has cream cheese and butter and lots of confectioners sugar. Google a recipe--easy to make.
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since that house fell on my sister.
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Old 05-21-2006, 08:37 PM   #54
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Moreton Bay bugs and prawns (that's them in the picture, ready to go), blue swimmer crabs, oysters, wine, cheese, wine, pickles and sauces, wine, some smoked trout pate, oh, did I mention wine?

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Old 05-22-2006, 11:48 AM   #55
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As many of you know, I've lived a lot of places (my personal theme song, although I'm not a C&W fan, is "I've Been Everwhere, Man" by Johnny cash. In Utah, you need to get out, right now. The produce is some of the best in the country, and in a few weeks you need to look for cherries. Yummm. There used to be a lot of "pick your own" orchards (I think these have all gone away because of insurance policies), but the local farmers used to threaten to weigh my baby sister (a year or so old) on her way in and out. A big family "do" was towards the end of the summer when a local farmer would call us to "clear the field" -- all the veggies we wanted if we would just show up. We got lots of corn and tomatoes, and that was supper that night. A stick of margarine, sliced tomatoes, and a big shaker full of a S&P mix. I'm surprised about the coffee syrup since caffein is a nono in Mormon land (or at least used to be). Utah is the beehive state, so I'd think that honey products might be popular.
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Old 05-22-2006, 11:53 AM   #56
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Oh, Iron Chef, not just Macs these days. I'm not sure if there are even pineapples on Oahu any more, or sugar cane. The days when the smell of pineapple from the canning factory (it actually smelled like pineapple upside down cake) perfuming Honolulu are gone. Oh ... let's not forget coffee! I get a care package every year from Hawaii. Unfortunately I don't drink much coffee these days.
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Old 05-22-2006, 12:39 PM   #57
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:01 PM   #58
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Most of our friends are neither German nor American, so we try to find something imported that has a significance in their country (Belgian Ale, French wine, Turkish Raki (Greek Ouzo), Danish cheeses... etc. Otherwise, it's usually flowers, not food. That's an interesting question. I enjoyed reading others' replies.
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:37 AM   #59
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i was born in the south Italy, Puglia, contry of oil extra virgin of olive, fresh cheese like ricotta and mozzarella, good vegetables like zucchini, capsicum, eggplants.....the south kitchen is called "mediterranean kitchen"!
In the city where i was born,Lecce, the traditional cake is called "torta pasticciotto" : pie with double crust and with filling of "cream pasticcera" very ver good!
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Old 05-25-2006, 08:47 AM   #60
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Well I'm from Indiana, and we've got corn. I've got to say sometimes it feels as if that's all we've got...

Around my hometown specifically, there's a town called East Chicago with an enormous Hispanic population, and you can find great mexican food there.

Around Bloomington, we have a winery, Oliver Winery, and I think they're pretty good.

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