Holiday foods all the time.

@GardenGerty (100387)
United States
May 11, 2012 1:31pm CST
Some foods are considered to be holiday food, but they are really good all the time. When it is Thanksgiving, we can get turkeys quite cheaply. We usually buy a couple of extra. I wish we had bought more, as we just cooked our last one. We will have turkey based meals for about a week. I also like cranberry sauce year around. Last summer I made some and added jalapeno to it. Yum. Do you eat holiday food year around? We also eat quite a bit of ham.
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@AmbiePam (49502)
• United States
11 May 12
I tried getting cranberry sauce and pumpkin filling in the middle of summer once. I couldn't find any. Walmart said they only carried cans of pumpkin during the holidays. I was going to put it in a brownie mix because if you do that you don't have to add anything else like eggs, and it's healthier. But couldn't find any.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
You can use applesauce that way as well. A great substitute for pumpkin is to microwave a butternut squash and puree it. Yes, most places do not have those foods except at holidays. I better see if I can find any. I have a huge bag of fresh cranberries in the freezer from Sam's club this winter.
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
11 May 12
We use cranberry sauce year round. It's perfect to add to chicken, turkey or ham salads. I agree with you that I should have bought more turkeys. After the first meal we freeze the leftovers in meal-size portions, and use it in so many different ways. Meat has gotten so expensive, it only makes sense to take advantage of markdowns and sales.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
Lots of things to do with cranberry sauce. Oh, I like to buy sweet potatoes, but I like to microwave or roast them and not necessarily make "candied yams". I will grind most any meat with fruits or veggies and make sandwich spread. I know what is in it then.
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 May 12
I've never especially liked 'candied' sweet potatoes, either. They're sweet enough without all the added junk. Plus, saves room for dessert that way...lol. And, I agree with you on the sandwich spreads, too. I got a free can of a chicken salad mix (a major company, too.) and it was terrible. Nothing worse than pickled bits of celery to ruin it. I'm buying fewer and fewer packaged foods. If I can't pronounce the ingredients, how can I digest them?
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
I like my potatoes with their jackets still on. One restaurant serves them with butter and " add your own" brown sugar and cinnamon. I like the food to come to my house in a simple form.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
11 May 12
Oh yes, I remember a few turkeys over the summer from us buying extra. This year I have two extra bags of cranberries and I am thinking of making cranberry sauce, since when I made it last time, my son didn't get to see the berries pop. (I didn't know he wanted to..lol)
@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
I have one big batch of cranberries from Sam's in the freezer. I fully intend to make more with jalapeno. I water bath canned it in jelly jars and gave some as presents. It is also good with chopped apple in it. Such a healthy fruit.
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• United States
13 May 12
Oh, that recipe sound delicious and it is ironic that you brought up canning. I had started a post on canning 2 years ago and had canned blackberry and black raspberry jam. I did't last year because the harvest was bad and this year, my husband brought home many bags of strawberries and blackberries, so I want to can some jam this year. Yesterday I made blackberry jam and when I went to can, I think I did it all wrong. I don't have a canner, but I was told a large pan works and that is what I did two years ago. I also placed a towel on the bottom to keep the jars from hitting each other. It started off bad too, I spilled lost at least a good size jar of jam, , then I thought I was to place the jars in boiling water, bit after reading the instructions for the 5th time, I saw I was suppose to pour boiling water in the pan, but not on the jars themselves.[b] So do I start off with no water in the pan, and pour boiling water on top? [/b] Another problem I had, I have no idea what I used to get the jars out of the hot water, and the two items I picked, I almost lost the bigger jar. I ended up with only two jars to can, one pint, the other I guess a 2-pint jar and so I wonder if canning two different sizes is not a good idea? Lastly, I never heard a popping sound, but I let it boil for a good 10 minutes. So I took them out, and I guess will try and see if they sealed somehow and if not, I will have two jars in the fridge instead on the shelf.. Today I want to make and can strawberry jam, so I hope you see this and respond if you can, to my questions. I won't start until early this evening and I will check in to see you have any tips for me..
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
I responded on your other discussion, Carmela. You are also welcome to email directly. I start with my big pan full of water and heating up as I am putting the cooked jam into the jars. The major thing is that the water has to be higher than the top of the lid. I have one of those old blue speckled pans. If I cannot find my canning lifter tongs I grab a pair of tongs and lift the jar till the top is above the water and using a hot mitt on the other hand grasp it and move it to a towel on the counter. I am jealous of all those berries.
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@peavey (16813)
• United States
11 May 12
I always try to buy extra turkeys when they're on sale around the holidays, too. I can't eat ham, but I sure can eat turkey! There's one in the freezer right now that I have contemplated cooking before the weather gets too hot. We do eat "holiday foods" during the year, but not as much as other foods, because I think that would spoil the holidays when at least some of the anticipation and enjoyment is in the food eaten then. I found cranberry sauce a couple of years ago for 35 cents a can and bought up quite a bit. The label had been put on upside down and they couldn't sell it in the store. Celery stuffed with cream cheese is another food that we usually have during the holidays and I enjoy now and then.
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• United States
12 May 12
Your grocery store couldn't sell a can of cranberries because the label was upside down? OMG I understand that but it was a processor mistake and the supermarket took a very small loss to liquidate the cans. Wish I could find a deal like that-I only find dented cans and I have this thing about purchasing them-don't know why.
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@peavey (16813)
• United States
12 May 12
I know, isn't it silly? I figured they got paid from insurance or something rather than taking a loss. I buy dented cans and have never had a problem with them. You just have to pay attention and not buy the ones that are dented near the rim or have a really deep dent. Otherwise, they're fine. And cheap.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
I have not had stuffed celery in years, makes me want some.It would be a lovely summer food. The dented cans can be okay. I have a couple of damaged freight stores I go to. One is not as cheap as it could be, but it is in town. You look for swelling or seepage on the cans as well.
@allknowing (66597)
• India
16 Oct 12
We have special goodies that we make only during Christmas time and I cannot think of making them any other time. The only item in there that I make even during other times is my date and walnut cake. The aroma of other sweets suit only the Christmas season. In fact I prefer making them at home rather than buying them as, it is this aroma in the house that gives us that Christmas feeling besides ofcourse the music, the Christmas Tree, the star and the lights. I am looking forward to Christmas as I organise 'do's for orphans.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
21 Oct 12
There are some things that I only want to make during the holidays. I bet your date and walnut cake is delicious. I have memories of certain foods that were only for the holidays, but I also do appreciate the meats especially as they are economical and go a long way. I use sweet spices a lot more during the winter holidays.
@allknowing (66597)
• India
21 Oct 12
Date and Walnut cake - I make this cake quite often as it is my favourite
Have a bite!
• China
12 May 12
Each time when I read the discussions about your foods or cooking,I always feel rather out of it,because our daily food is quite different from yours and I simply can't get a word in them.To be frank with you,I have never eaten turkey,but cranberry isn't strange to me.It is a sort of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
I am sorry that you feel left out. Yes, cranberry is a good food that is good for you. Many of the herbs and spices that we use just for taste I understand have great medicinal properties. Do you eat roast chicken? I like that as well and some people eat that for holidays, or goose or duck, which I do not have. I have maybe had one time. Do you make holiday cakes or other kinds of fruit and vegetable dishes?
• China
15 May 12
We seldom eat roast chicken or something,We like eating pot-stewed duck and others instead.As for fruit dishes,we hardly make them .We take stir-frying vegetables as our main dish .
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 May 12
I think turkey & ham are good anytime. There aRE SO MANY THINGS U CAN DO W/BOTH OF THEM. i LOVE HOMEMADE TURKEY POT PIES & I HAVE FIXED THEM W/ham also. I haven't cooked a turkey in awhile but it sounds good. It's just alot for one but i have a freezer & they both freeze well.Have a good weekend.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
11 May 12
I know that's right. I also love turkey salad stuffed in a good ol' homegrown tomato.Happy weekend to u.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
Oooh, both of you are making me really hungry right now. I can hardly wait for tomato season.
@bunnybon7 (36901)
• Holiday, Florida
11 May 12
mylot is back. most of 24 hours i was getting a error page when i tried it. yes, we always did that all year round eat holiday foods that we had frozen when on sale when the kids were growing up. now im likely going to have to go back to it. got a house full of grown kids now.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
They had best be helping with the groceries, too. I love when I find real bargains on food.
@bunnybon7 (36901)
• Holiday, Florida
14 May 12
yes my son made sure of that. but i did have an issue for a while about my daughter only paying a fourth for the 2 of them. we devy up the grocery bill between us all and she was paying only a fourth. but since i added coco to my fourth i let it go
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@celticeagle (118587)
• Boise, Idaho
11 May 12
I think if i had turkey more often than I do I wouldn't enjoy it as much. Cranberry sauce and cream cheese make for a great turkey sandwich. I wish we could have more ham but my kids don't care for it. My daughter does most of the cooking so whatever she wants to fix is what we eat.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
Some days that probably seems pretty boring. It is good to have someone who will cook for you, though.
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@celticeagle (118587)
• Boise, Idaho
14 May 12
Especially when I am not interested in anything anymore.
@KrauseHome (35299)
• United States
20 Oct 12
I was just thinking the other day about Turkey and really cannot wait until it goes on Sale and I think this yr. we are going to buy a couple of them just for the times I want some Turkey. Also I miss the nice price on Ham at Easter and New Years and thinking about buying another one or two of those this yr. as well. But personally to sit down and have a nice Turkey dinner with all the fixings for Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times I always am looking forward too. Always will miss the Big family get togethers for sure.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
21 Oct 12
We are beginning to see some good prices on turkeys now. I am sure they will go lower, though. Yes, the get togethers make good memories, along with everyone fixing their own special dishes.
@MsTickle (24980)
• Australia
18 May 12
I like to keep traditional food for traditional times...otherwise, the tradition is ruined for me. The special/ness of the occasion just isn't there unless it is kept special. Mind you, I love roast turkey with the trimmings so I try to have it on my birthday as well as Christmas but that's it. It was also a favourite of my Dad's so to keep those happy memories alive I will always reserve roast turkey for those times. We eat ham all year round but at Christmas, in our family, it was traditional to have a leg so that tradition also stays alive and I don't have it at any other time. I heard a comment once when someone was buying traditional Christmas stuff another time of year...the woman said, "Christmas isn't so special any more cos we have this stuff all year round". To me, that's one of the saddest things I've ever heard.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
21 Oct 12
I cook the turkey differently for the holidays, or rather my brother does for Thanksgiving. I get the boneless hams during the year and we eat the whole bone in roasted ham at the holidays. I make the whole berry homemade cranberry jelly and switch it up for different occasions with apples or peppers. It is all the baking and candy making that really happens only for holidays at my house.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
18 May 12
I never thought of doing this before, but then once I move out I plan on getting a box freezer for myself. Whereas right now my parents wont allow it as it uses too much hydro. Its a way to get cheapier food such as turkey ( its about $60 - $90 now and during holidays its half that price. I tend to stock up on more junk food and freeze it.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
21 Oct 12
I am fortunate to live where the utilities are less expensive and so it makes good sense to use a freezer. I actually also have two refrigerators. The newer appliances are more energy efficient.
@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
14 May 12
Usually the holiday foods are good anytime but the really yummy stuff that's loaded with calories, I try to stay away from year round. A lot of special deserts I would like every day would just make me the fattest person in the world if I had them more often. I'd love to have peeps, jelly beans and candy canes around all of the time but as much sugar that's in them (or on them) it would just be bad for me and my waistline.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
17 May 12
You are right, if we did all the extra desserts we would not be very healthy at all.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
13 May 12
I like turkey and ham throughout the year too, but I usually don't start back to it until around April. I have usually had quite a bit of the holiday food during the holidays. Pumpkin pie is one of those holiday foods that I can eat anytime though.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
We had pumpkin pie at Easter. I like pumpkin and believe it is a really healthy food. I will eat almost any kind of pie, any time.
@jerzgirl (8013)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
13 May 12
I'll order roast turkey when I'm out for dinner about every other month. I eat ham as often as I find it on the menu, usually, too. Especially if it's baked ham to be sliced at a buffet. I love ham. Our holiday meat was always turkey. Ham we had pretty much any time of year, although I know people think of it more for Christmas and Easter. I'd rather have turkey at Christmas. Our local (regional) convenience store has "Gobbler" sandwiches that are very popular as well as dinner bowls that you can get with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. They're soooooo good!!
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
You are really making me hungry. My sister in law lives in New Hampshire and there is this family business/restaurant called Hart's Turkey Farm, and you can get all of your Thanksgiving foods, plus probably others year around. It is soooooo good. They have a huge collection of Turkey Platters for decor as well.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
12 May 12
Baked sweet potatoes, I like them year round. Sweet potatoes I like year round any way. Stuffed twice baked potatoes I like year round.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
You can do so much with both kinds of potatoes, and make them seem festive. Yummy stuffed potatoes. I think I need to go cook a potato right now.
• United States
12 May 12
Even though some foods are considered holiday foods we eat them year round at our house. I tend to buy extra turkey when they are on sale around Thanksgiving, too. We recently invested in a turkey cooker and it's great at our summer barbecues! besides, with grocery prices the way they are these days, doesn't it make sense to buy something that can feed the family for a week or so when they're on sale of course I bake Christmas cookies in the summer,too!
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@shaqziad (655)
• Malaysia
12 May 12
I don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but i get the idea of having festival foods all year round. Sometimes daily routine menu bored the family. That is when some changes need to be brought about, either by cooking holiday foods or other country's food. Just yesterday we cooked some ketupat and rendang, which usually cooked on Eid Al-Fitr. You said price of turkey got cheaper on thanksgiving, but for us, the price of chicken and beef multiplied during the celebration.
@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
13 May 12
I think that the Turkey is cheaper and more available because the growers raise more than can reasonably be sold at that time and they have to get them moved somehow. It seems like beef and chicken are expensive all of the time any more. I hope you are enjoying being a member of MyLot. I think we are a friendly group of people.
@xigh24 (14)
12 May 12
I really dont eat much of holiday foods.Thou I wish I can all the time, but i don't think it's practical and healthy too. Imagine everyday of your life, you get to eat all the "good" stuff and then you end up with tons of diseases..i don't think I can live a life like this. But then again, holidays are oh so yummy!!:)
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
The holiday foods I am thinking of are not the desserts and breads and cream sauces. I am thinking more of roasted meat and hearty vegetables and fruit side dishes. I would not want to eat the rich creamy fatty foods all the time. Hope you are enjoying being on MyLot.
• Philippines
12 May 12
Ham is the holiday food that we usually eat at home all year round. We just can't get enough of it. We are not really into Turkey here in our country because only few can afford that, but during holidays we have what we call Lechon or roasted pig, which can be eaten all year round too.
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@GardenGerty (100387)
• United States
14 May 12
A roasted pig would quite likely be very tasty. Turkey is cheap in the US at least around here, but I can understand that in other countries it may be a luxury food.