Cooking It Up

North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 29, 2015 12:29pm CST
For me, getting into the Christmas Spirit means cooking holiday foods. Yesterday, I made Oreo Mini Cheesecakes. Today, I am making sausage balls. Both delicious. I will probably make the potato candy some time this week on a day off of work. Do you have certain foods that you associate with holidays? What are they?
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@Namelesss (1538)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I just did a tiny jump of joy. It's a bout time I heard of someone else making potato candy for the holidays. My son and daughter in law love it. I use a real potato but have been considering whether I should try the flakes. I love making fudge and fruitcake and cookies and eggnog and the list goes on. Of course it all depends on my budget each year.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
It is difficult finding someone who has even ever heard of it! I think I might try the real potato. I think the flavor would be better. Do you bake it or boil it?
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Dec 15
While I am not able to cook here I still remember m y moms filled cookies with a raisin filling they were so good we had them every year at c hristmas also her own recipe for fruit cakes that were so good not like the heav y soggy fruitcakes you get in the stores.
@Namelesss (1538)
• United States
1 Dec 15
@cindiowens I use a boiled potato, if you do that make sure you drain it really well before adding the sugar. I think I might try to bake or microwave one the next time.
@Tampa_girl7 (26237)
• United States
1 Dec 15
Yes, fudge , eggnog and sausage and cheese biscuits to name a few.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
Yummy.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Dec 15
oh yummy I love those biscuits with sausage a nd cheese also biscu its with sausage gravy for breakfast my favorite lol.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
@Hatley My whole family loves it when I make sausage gravy and biscuits.
@suzzy3 (8357)
29 Nov 15
Mince pies. are something that makes it more like Christmas but I must admit to not baking anymore as there is only the two of us. I cook all my meals from scratch though.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
Things made from scratch are always better. I wonder why we say "scratch"?
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Nov 15
wow mince pies brings back such wonderful memories I usd to bake both mince and pumpkin pies for Christmas b ut alas allinthe past I m in a retirement center I miss not cooking so much specially a holiday season
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
@Hatley I did not know you are in a retirement center. I wish I could come and get you, then we could cook and cook and cook!
@GardenGerty (102595)
• United States
29 Nov 15
Pumpkin flavored or cranberry added anything is holiday. When I was a kid I looked forward to date candies of various types. Have fun with your baking and cooking.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
I don't care for pumpkin, but cranberry sounds nice. What do you make with them?
• United States
29 Nov 15
I'm still trying to figure out what potato candy is? Explain!!
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
You take dehydrated potato flakes (Instant plain mashed potatoes) and mix it with powdered sugar and butter to make a confection. Then you roll it out and spread peanut butter on it. Roll up the confection and cut it into slices.
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• United States
29 Nov 15
@cindiowens OH, OK....Interesting.
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@marlina (78146)
• Canada
29 Nov 15
@cindiowens We used to make potato candy but with potatoes that we boiled first. They are so good, haven't eaten them for years. Maybe it's time again.
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@just4him (127251)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov 15
Fudge, baklava, cutout and decorated sugar cookies. I don't think there is anything other than sweets. My Christmas dinner is the same as my Thanksgiving dinner. Two things come to mind - my sweet potato pie and my no bake pumpkin pie.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
Baklava? I have never made this, but it is yummy. I must try it sometime. How do you make yours?
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Dec 15
my mother used to make raisin filled cookies that were so good for Christmas. I wish I had her recipe but now I have no way to cook being stuck in this tiresoome retirement center.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
@Hatley I remember raisins in cookies. My kids won't eat raisins.
@birjudanak (7293)
• India
1 Dec 15
we have some food which we make in holiday like its ghari while make in holiday 'chandi padvo"its really amazing sweet so i have attached it pics .
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
Is that eggs?
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• India
1 Dec 15
@cindiowens no its pure veg item andmost popular so if you found any gujarati indian then ask what is ghari.
Make this recipe for Chandi Padwa or even on regular day and satisfy your crave with fresh homemade Gharis.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
@birjudanak I doubt if I could even find most of the ingredients here, but sounds good.
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@moffittjc (45376)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Dec 15
Wow, those all sound delicious! Especially the sausage balls! I need to come spend some time at your house! I guess about the best I ever do during the holidays is make homemade Christmas sugar cookies with the kids. We sure make a mess, but we have so much fun doing it!
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
The sausage balls are super easy to make. I use Bisquick, sausage, and cheddar cheese. That's all! They are delicious, and I don't even care for sausage.
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Dec 15
@cindiowens that does sound easy and the cheese with the sausage must be really good too.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
@Hatley It is. I don't usually eat sausage. I have never liked the texture. This way, you don't get the texture, only the taste.
@vickyrose (2031)
• Canberra, Australia
29 Nov 15
Yummy! Christmas is a time to enjoy cooking and eating! I enjoy planning and cooking my Christmas spread too. Roast pork, glazed ham, pavlova, salads and prawns for a summer Christmas dinner.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
That sounds delicious, but what is a prawn?
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Nov 15
@cindiowens a prawn is another word for shrimp but I have never thought of shrimp as food for Christmas b ut why not I love sea food specially shrimp sca mpi so good.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
@Hatley Oh yes, I have heard that before, but forgot. I don't care for shrimp, but I love me some crab legs!
@paigea (22484)
• Canada
1 Dec 15
I have never heard of potato candy? I used to bake a lot but so many people want to avoid extra cookies etc. So I think I will make some shortbread and some gingerbread and then hide them on myself. I want to have few around.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
Sounds good. A lot of people have not heard of the potato candy, but it is really good, and really sweet.
• Preston, England
1 Dec 15
Turkey for Christmas has given way to duck for me in recent years
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
I have never had duck. At least not that I know of anyway. How does it compare to turkey or chicken? (Yeah, I guess you can't really compare. It probably tastes only like duck, lol.)
@slund2041 (3375)
• United States
30 Nov 15
We make Fudge every year. My MIL use to make this same fudge at Christmas time, so it is like a tradition.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Dec 15
Fudge is always a great hit here! I usually add peanut butter to mine.
@BelleStarr (39695)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I will be making somr snickdoodles soon for the cookie walk.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
Yummy!
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@Gabugs (1747)
• United States
29 Nov 15
Hi Cynthia! Your name sounds familiar. Nice meeting again. For me @cindiowens christmas music/lyrics is what sets me into a christmassy spirit. I love to listen to my old favorites and sharing some fond memories with my grandkids.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
Good to see you. That sounds wonderful.
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@sharon6345 (138772)
• United States
29 Nov 15
I never heard of anything your fixing right now.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
29 Nov 15
That's okay. We all have our own different things that we prepare for holidays.
@fishtiger58 (30319)
• Momence, Illinois
11 Dec 15
I have been baking cookies for 2 days now. I have one more batch tomorrow.