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XploreOrganics

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12-08-2008 12:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recipes food harvest

This year I am making a few of DH’s favorites:

Snowballs
Date crumbles
Butter Pecan Squares

For an o’horderve plate:

Deviled eggs
Crackers, feta, dills

For xmas dinner:

Since it’s just the 2 of us I do stuffed chicken breasts, with these I will have:

Creamed potatoes
Baked Winter squash
Steamed vegetable medely (peas, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, corn)
Sauted cabbage
Peas pudding
Cran-partridgeberry jelly
and gravy

And I have a festive dessert in mind and will post the recipes after the holidays.

Don’t forget to share you photographs and recipes too :)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/



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Greenthumb

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12-08-2008 12:34 PM

I always try and make time (a few days) to bake and every year the clock ticks and time runs out.

I’m thinking KFC

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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GrandmaT

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12-08-2008 12:48 PM

We will be heading to Arizona to spend Christmas with our kids/grandkids … and I will be “assisting” (a switch for me!!!) with our traditional Christmas dinner. As our daughter will be “Head Chef” in charge this year.

Large, Whole Ham, baked in a home-made brown sugar, butter, Vernors and touch of cinnamon glaze
Potatoes mashed with butter and milk
Green Bean Casserole (french cut green beans, cream of mushroom soup, touch of milk, pepper and “crunchy onions” mixed throughout and sprinkled on top)
Sweet Corn with a touch of butter
Candied Yams (for “Papa T”)
Great Grandma’s Cole Slaw … which I am STILL trying to perfect. She never measured a thing (which I don’t either, so who am I to complain – LOL!!!) so getting the perfect combo of ingredients has been a challenge.
Rolls
Gallons of Cold Milk, Pepsi for “Papa T”
Coffee, French Vanilla Creamer and our daughters’ home-made Cheese Cake for dessert.

Ohhhh … and topped with lots of wonderful conversation, laughter, memories and love. Nothing better!!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Greenthumb

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12-08-2008 12:53 PM

Shortbread…....................I happen to think that my mothers recipe is the best, bar none
Kiffles
Jam Jams
Chocolate chip butterballs
Hello Dolly Squares
roasted honey glazed pecans

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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XploreOrganics

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12-08-2008 01:18 PM

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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dini

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12-08-2008 01:41 PM

Best pack the Vernor’s Deb, It’s hard to come by out of Michigan!

Ham (pineapple glaze)
baked squash
cole slaw
potato salad
macaroni salad
Fresh homemade bread

cookies:
iced sugar cookies (of course)
chocolate no-bakes
shortbread
marbles

Cutting way down this year, tired of dealing with leftovers!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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jroot

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12-08-2008 03:17 PM

So, Roman, are you going to share your mom’s shortbread recipe? I love good shortbread.

What are Hello Dolly Squares? Recipe would be appreciated. Remember to add Recipe to the tag.

Maybe X would share her Butter Pecan Squares recipe, also.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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GrandmaT

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12-08-2008 03:25 PM

Thanks for the reminder Dini … that thought had crossed my mind (after I wrote down what we were having). :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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12-09-2008 08:06 AM

not sure what we’re doing for Christmas but standards will be “my dad’s punch” (cranberry juice and gingerale), homemade bread, baked beans, turkey, stuffing, “my mom’s mac & cheese” (which EVERYONE loves) and cherry cheesecake for my son who doesn’t get to eat any because he’s across the country.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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XploreOrganics

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12-09-2008 08:47 AM

I’m like GrandmaT…I don’t take measurements. When I make my butter pecan squares I’ll write it down as I go and post them to my recipe blog :)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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Bon

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12-09-2008 10:15 AM

It’s gotta be turkey in my house.I got one ordered from a local shop.
Sausage stuffing
Turnip mashed with lots of butter and a little cream and some brown sugar
Carrots cooked with a bit of sugar in the water
Mashed potatoes I like lots of turkey gravy on them
Cranberries.We all love the canned ones.
Mom’s coleslaw
And best of all the plum pudding for desert with homemade carmel sauce
And for entertaining
My homemade liverwurst pate this is really good everyone loves it.
Lots of different cheeses and crackers
Homemade Bits and Bites
Homemade Carmel Popcorn
Haven’t decided what little baked goodies yet.
Wow I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.(lol)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 10:49 AM

Bon, very cool to hear that you put a “pinch” of sugar in your vegetable water … I thought my MIL (and now I) was the only one who does that.

Boy sure is gonna be some good eating on Christmas Day for GTers!!!

What are home-made “Bits and Bites”?

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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XploreOrganics

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12-09-2008 11:12 AM

that liverwurst pate sounds great…I would love to hear the recipe….I’m starving reading about all of the food. I also love creamed turnips with lots of butter and pepper but sadly my turnips didn’t store well, so we are out of turnip for this xmas :(

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 12:23 PM

XO … Deviled Eggs … haven’t had those in quite a while. LOVE THEM!!!!! Do you do anything interesting to your “yolks”. Mine are very simple … yolks, mayo, touch of mustard and mix. I do sprinkle Paprika on top when done … I have heard people add minced Onions to their “yolk combo” as well.

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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Bon

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12-09-2008 12:25 PM

GramT we make the bits and bites with different kinds of cereal and pretzels and other stuff tossed with sauce over it and bake in oven for awhile.I can send the recipe if you are interested.They are really good.We always give containers of it to people who drop by at Christmas and they always want the recipe.

X..here is the recipe for the Pate.

1 pkg. cream cheese (250g)
1 roll Schneider’s Braunschweiger Sausage (gold roll)
5 green onions
1/2 sweet red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1 good squeeze—lemon juice
3 good shakes worchestershire sauce
chopped walnuts
parsley

Mix ingredients together well in bowl.Pour out onto a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper and shape into a ball and store in fridge for about 8 hours.This brings out the flavour.
Mix chopped walnuts with parsley and roll ball in mixture before serving.
Put out on nice dish with your favourite crackers.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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MIKE CRIPPS

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12-09-2008 01:47 PM

THIS YEAR WE HAVE DECIDED TO OPT OUT FROM THE RAZ-A MA- TAZ NORMAL CHRISTMAS MUCH TO MY SON AND DAUGHTERS BEWILDEREMENT. GERALDINE AND I ARE GOING TO HAVE A NICE QUIET HOLIDAY INSTEAD. WE HAVE OF COURSE GOT PRESENTS FOR THE FAMILIES AND WILL POP IN ON CHRISTMAS MORNING TO SEE THEM. I HAVE NEVER LIKED THE COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION OF CHRISTMAS. I ALWAYS EAT TOO MUCH DRINK TOO MUCH AND DONT ENJOY CROWDED ROOMS FOR LONG PERIODS. SO ITS NO TURKEY AND TINSEL JUST FOR ONE YEAR. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A COUPLE OF NICE TROUT WITH TOASTED ALMONDS AND STIR FRY VEGETABLES. SOME OF THE MONEY WE SAVE WILL BE SENT AS A DONATION TO THE SAVE THE CHILDREN FUND.
NEXT YEAR WE HAVE PROMISED TO RETURN TO THE USUAL FORMAT. WE ARE GOING TO MALTA FOR A WEEK EARLY IN JANUARY WHICH I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO. REGARDS MIKE

-- MIKE MILTON COMMON U.K.

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 02:00 PM

Would love the recipe Bon … I’ll PM you … thanks!! I’m always looking for something new to try … :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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dini

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12-09-2008 02:56 PM

Mike, sounds like a lovely quiet way to remember the real meaning of the season. And Malta in January! Enjoy! And we will, of course, expect pics!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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XploreOrganics

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12-09-2008 03:50 PM

MMMM pate! Thanks!!!

GranT I cream my yolks with homemade mayo, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, mustard and ketchup.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 04:30 PM

Ketchup eh??? Have heard of the other ingredients, but never ketchup. Hmmmmm, now you have sparked my curiousity. ;-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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XploreOrganics

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12-09-2008 05:15 PM

Just a tiny bit…My guesstimate is:

6 egg yolks
2 heaping tbs Mayo
onion/garlic & cayenne equal ammounts to make about 1/4 tsp total
1 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp (one squirt) ketchup

Blend until very creamy in a small processor

Scoop filling into a pastry bag with a large star tip and pipe into the egg whites. Sprinkle with a little extra cayenne.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 05:39 PM

Yah, I figured probably a pinch of this and that … how I put mine together. Although giggled at the food processor and pastry bag … I just mix it all together with a fork till smooth and then fill mine with the end of a spoon and my finger … bet yours are sure purdy though! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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XploreOrganics

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12-09-2008 05:44 PM

Yea, if they are just for me I do that but I have a Martha Stewart thing happening ;)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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jroot

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12-09-2008 06:23 PM

Thanks, X, I would appreciate that recipe for the butter pecan squares. Sweet tooth here. :)

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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GrandmaT

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12-09-2008 06:40 PM

Hahahaha … so Martha Stewart is “calling your name” eh!!! Well, there is not a thing wrong with that. Cuz the dishes you posted pics of are not only delicious (I am sure), but pretty as well. Good for you! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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XploreOrganics

1393 posts in 3755 days
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12-09-2008 06:48 PM

Hmmm I fear mine is mostly made with honey:

Rough recipe as follows:

In a food processor grind 1 1/2 cup of chocolate graham cookies ( I use the organic teadybears from Shoppers) also grind about 1/2 cup of toasted hazelnuts or pecans. to this add 1/2 cup or so of melted butter and press into the bottom of a shallow baking pan (it should be about 1/4” thick)

Bake for about 10 minutes on 350.

In a pot melt 1/2 cup honey, 2 TBS or so of brown sugar and 1/4 cup of butter, simmer until bubbly then swiftly beat in with a fork about 1 1/2 cups of milk (or soy milk)

Take 2 beatten egg yolks mixed with 1 tbs of cornstartch and just enogh water to mix all together.

Quickly add this to the honey mixture and stir until glossy and thick.

Pour on top of cooled crust (about 2/3” thick) cool until thick.

Cut into squares with a wet knife and top each square with a mamoth pecan or pecan pieces.

Now I can’t be sure if this is exact until I do them again so judge accordingly. :)

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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jroot

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12-09-2008 09:04 PM

Sounds good to me, XploreOrganics. I think I’ll try it tomorrow morning.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Gooseneck

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12-09-2008 11:18 PM

I make buckeye balls, buttery shortbread and chocolate coconut balls.

-- Toronto, Ontario

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XploreOrganics

1393 posts in 3755 days
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12-10-2008 05:12 AM

buckeye balls???? Sounds interesting :) What are they?

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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springwood

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12-10-2008 09:17 AM

Made me hungry just reading through this. We have Turkey, roast and mashed potatoes, sage & onion stuffing, carrots, brussels,peas, cranberry sauce. bread sauce and for afters Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or hot mince pies with cream.
Would love someone else to do it all this year, but I love having all

-- Derbyshire------- English Countryside

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XploreOrganics

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12-10-2008 10:17 AM

Oh my…The christmas pudding with brandy sauce reminds me of my granny (she was from england and passed away a few year back at the age of 106) every christmas up until her 102nd bithday she had the whole family over for “the lighting of the pudding”...Do you do this? She would pour the brandy over the christmas pudding and light it, the blue flames were amazing and it formed a nice crust. She then seved the pudding with a creamy brandy sauce something like a warm runny caramel.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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jroot

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12-10-2008 11:07 AM

Sounds good. I should try to set my daughter-in-law’s cake on fire this Xmas. I wonder what she would do. LOL LOL It would probably scare the bejezuz out of the cats. Double LOL LOL

XploreOrganics, I made the butter pecan squares this morning. They smell wonderful, but I haven’t yet tasted them as they are cooling in the walk-in fridge ( garage ) as I type. How long will they keep? Will they be okay until Sunday night if today is Wednesday afternoon? ... or do I have to eat them all now. :) Will they freeze okay?

Gooseneck, I would lilke to echo EploreOrganics question, what are “buckeye balls”? Sounds interesting.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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XploreOrganics

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12-10-2008 01:15 PM

Hey JRoot, Post any alterations to the recipe here just in case I was off on my guessing ;)

I refridgerate mine but they never last very long here. With milk eggs and butter I would think 3-4 days max in the fridge. I never froze them before. I fear you may just have to eat them all and make a fresh batch for Sunday…hehe.

You can varry the recipe by using vanilla cookies instaed of chocolate and then boiled rasins mixed directly in the butter mixture for a rasin square too.

-- Xploreorganics, 5b Canada, LFD 06-20 http://colorfulcanary.blogspot.com/

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bbqking

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12-10-2008 03:19 PM

Christmas dinner in Lawrenceville-

14lb prime rib
Homemade mashed potatoes
Scalloped oysters
Corn casserole
Tennessee baked beans (my favorite)
Brussell sprout/cauliflower mix
Pumpkin pie
Pecan pie

I’m already full and need a nap.
bbqKing.

-- As always, bbqKing. Lawrenceville, Ga.

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GrandmaT

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12-10-2008 05:16 PM

Tennessee baked beans … do tell …

Mine … I drain off any extra sauce and then add a spicy BBQ sauce, brown sugar and slab bacon then cover and bake at 275 for 4 hours. YUM!!!

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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bbqking

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12-11-2008 09:53 AM

Mine are much like yours, T, but I add 2 shots of Jack Daniels. You should try it. It really makes the beans.
bbqKing.

-- As always, bbqKing. Lawrenceville, Ga.

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