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I just got done making a cheddar cheeselog for T-Day, so figured I'd ask what little somethings or somethings others out there might make they think is special, and how to make it in case we want to give it a try. Here's how I just made the cheese log (cheeses were on sale so...):
probably 2 cups of grated sharp cheddar cheese
3 oz's bacon
4 oz cream cheese
3 T butter
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 ts Worcestershire sauce
a bit of sesame seeds
a bit of poppy seeds.

I took the bacon and fried it crisp then tossed it into a food processor until chopped semi fine, added the butter and pulse mixed it well. added the cheddar cheese, the worcestershire sauce, and pulsed until it started to form into a ball, added the cream cheese and processed until fairly smooth and semi pasty. sliced the garlic cloves thin cross wise and put them into the grease from the bacon and cooked on med until golden brown, removed from the pan to a dish. removed grease to save, and cleaned the pan out and dried it, put back on the heat and toasted the sesame seeds lightly. mixed the sesame seeds and the poppy seeds onto a plate, took a piece of tin foil and laid it onto the table and added the cheese paste, folded over the edge and used the side of my bench scraper to squeeze into a roll form then rolled it up and then unrolled it to form the roll. pressed the garlic into the sides and sprinkled the surfaces of the roll with the poppy and sesame seeds and rewrapped it. there you have it, a cheddar cheese log. It cost me maybe $2 to make and is about 2 lbs. and only takes a few mins to actually make.

another roll I like making is taking a block of cream cheese, adding 2 cans of good smoked oysters in oil(drain the oil into a separate container) adding a bit of anchovy paste (I actually like the paste for this rather than canned or jarred anchovies.) mix together well, adding back in some of the juice oil to thin it out as needed, and make the roll the same way as above and serve with crackers. saltines is my fav really,but some like hi hoes/etc.
if I am making these for horderves, I will only mix one can of the oysters intot he cream cheese, then I'll puut the spread on the crackers with a divet in the middle and put a oyster in the divet.
if I am making these for just myself as a snack, I'll do the same, but ill drizzle some of the oil.juice onto it right before eating.....ya...its good... even better if you can your own oysters in cottonseed oil after smoking. way better actually, but even i dont do that often.

oh, as a side note you can also make the first recipe with horseradish and its real good too.
 

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I am looking for different recipes for Christmas as I seem to always make the same things. Mind you people get quite upset if the traditional things we all make are not available. My husband is going to love the cheese log. I wonder if a good canned salmon could be used instead of oysters?
 

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Picked up ingredients for Hanky Pankys. Hamburger, sausage, Velveeta, garlic powder. Spread on little rye bread squares and broil a bit. They freeze well, too.
I usually make spiced pecans, sugar cut out cookies, Chex mix.
 

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I am looking for different recipes for Christmas as I seem to always make the same things. Mind you people get quite upset if the traditional things we all make are not available. My husband is going to love the cheese log. I wonder if a good canned salmon could be used instead of oysters?

you can make a smoked salmon spread like this, I would leave out the anchovy paste, instead maybe add a bit of hellmans mayo, capers, dill , green onion and a squeeze or two of lemon with a little bit of the zest.
 

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I want to have a lot of smoked salmon.....awww....

btw, with the salmon you may want to make it a little chunky, if you make it smooth/whipped it would become a smoked salmon mousse. both equally good surely, just slightly different.you could also surely make the mousse with crackers and a divet on top, with finely diced salmon in the divet with a squid cut chive tip on top and be all fancy and stuff. or use salmon roe.
 

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My only "holiday meal prep" is chocolate covered pretzels (which I love dearly and will make myself sick on). Occasionally, the family will ask me to smoke a turkey with my "secret recipe (and no I ain't sharing... father to son secret;)), but my old smoker finally gave up the ghost and I haven't quite gotten around to building or buying another one, so it's a no go this year...:(
 

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My husband loves peanut butter filled pretzels. I think I will try dipping them in chocolate!What could not be good about that?
My dad LOVED peanut butter.... seriously.... I think the man would eat it on anything. When he was living, I used to use a confectionery peanut butter we could buy at the local Baker and drizzle the top of the pretzels...

Man, my mouth is watering....:eek:
 

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For Christmas dinner, I am going with grandma's tradition of deep dish lasagna with Watergate salad for dessert.

Beyond this, peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, apple dumplings, chocolate covered coconut balls, sugar cookies, and maybe a few other things.
 

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Let's see...

For Christmas dinner, I am going with grandma's tradition of deep dish lasagna with Watergate salad for dessert.

Beyond this, peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses, chocolate covered peanut butter balls, apple dumplings, chocolate covered coconut balls, sugar cookies, and maybe a few other things.
Yep, it's official.

Parenthood has gotten the best of you!! ;)
 

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We will be doing our yearly tradition of prime rib on Christmas Eve. I also plan to make some kid friendly snacks like muddy buddy, peppermint bark, chocolate covered pretzels, dipped rice Krispy treats and fudge
That is the same with me, every year I make a full standing rib roast and my sister always makes rice krispy balls, which I love and eat way too many.
 

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We have been following a healthy food regime (whole foods, cooking from scratch) for a long time now but loosen the reins at Christmas. Can't stand to see a grown man cry if his Mom's best dishes are not on the menu. Of course now a lot of the crying is because he is dicing onions - he has learned a lot more about cooking since I became ill in a very smart effort at self-preservation - and he helps a lot.

Rice Krispy balls or squares are absolutely not allowed or they are made the morning of and locked away in the big tool chest (along with the Swiss chocolate my cousin sends every year) as I just cannot resist them. To break me you would not have to use torture - just hold a rice krispy square out of reach.

We do make a lot of salads and vegetable dishes as I am not the only vegetarian.

One of the most successful has been Carrot, Apple and Curry salad. At the last work potluck the omnivores (who at first treated the salad like it could be from an alien planet) practically licked the bowl and I had tripled the recipe.

Very easy and not expensive to make. Goes very well with ham.

4 cups of grated carrot
1 largish Granny Smith apple, peeled and grated
1/2 cup dark raisins, soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes to soften and then dried on paper towel
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons curry powder - depends how spicey you like it
2 teaspoons maple syrup
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all together.
 

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Let's see, I made steamed Boston Brown Bread, banana bread, ginger cookies, chocolate no bakes, Monster cookies, peanut butter Hershy kiss cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. And for the Christmas pot luck, I made a cheesy sausage noodle dish in the crockpot.
 

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Bean soup!
 

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Rum, no I use Captain Morgan’s private stock spiced rum. I make 10 every year. Rum soaked fruit cake.
I know what you are thinking, fruit cake yuck. But let me tell you my fruit cake is moist and melts in your mouth. I make one that is not soaked in rum just for myself. I end up eating 2 every year.
 
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