Holiday Food Thoughts…

2008 November 10
by Carissa

My MIL learned to make hand dipped chocolates the old fashioned way–
from her MIL.

I was always supposed to learn how to make those fancy cherry chocolates, and chocolate covered fondants from her.

It never happened. I lived too far away for too many years.


I learned to make Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Rolls, and from scratch Gingerbread Men that create heaven on earth while they bake and taste even better(!) and a family recipe for Danish Pastry (it uses more butter than one cow can make in a month!) and my personal favorite: English Toffee. Yummmm.

Danish pastry 3

What is the food you cannot live without during the holidays? The perfect Turkey? Grandma’s secret recipe for walnut stuffing? How about the desserts? Ooooh…pumpkin pie of course! But what about the weird things, the experiments gone awry, the goodies only your family loves?

I’d love to share my recipes with you. Will you share yours with me?
I have an over the top Hot Chocolate recipe, one your kids WILL NOT like, it’s that good.
It will be your reward for sharing with me.

Join us for GNO Tuesday night over at Our Guest Tweet is Nicole from Bring all your foodiest thoughts and questions, I can’t wait to ask her about those dipped cherry chocolates!


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  1. Jenni Jiggety permalink
    November 10, 2008

    Mmmmm….hot chocolate!

  2. Kristina P. permalink
    November 11, 2008

    This sounds like a fun GNO! I won’t be able to participate tonight, unfortunately. Maybe next time!

  3. Kaye Butler permalink
    November 11, 2008

    We are professional hot chocolate makers over here!!! We even have a special SERVING pot!!!!!Can’t wait.I’m posting my recipes now!

  4. angie permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Your recipes sound divine!

  5. kwr221 permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Do you have a recipe for that awesome, mouth-watering oic you have posted?

  6. jill jill bo bill permalink
    November 11, 2008

    I want the recipe for the cream cheese filled pumpkin roll. I am salivating as I write that…I have a great potato recipe in exchange…

  7. Kelli @ Gohn Crazy permalink
    November 11, 2008

    the cranberry gelatin that I stumbled upon maybe 2? years ago from the food network that I must make every Thanksgiving and Christmas. Soooooo good. Check it out HERE. It became a family favorite instantly.

  8. Joy permalink
    November 11, 2008

    I want the hot chocolate!!I make the turkey for Thanksgiving and it is always sooo good, my secret is not so secret I just soak in a brine for several hours before cooking it.I make homemade cranberry sauce none of that jelly out of a can here, it was my grandmothers recipe but it isn’t anything special just good and homemade.I also make the pumpkin pie. My MIL makes some crazy sweet potato casserole that I do not think anyone will ever attempt to make, it is SOOO good and soooo bad for you.

  9. November 11, 2008

    I’m not a twitterer (gotta draw the line somewhere) but I’ve got to know these recipes!!!

  10. Jaime permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Mmmmmm…those sound so, so good! My favorite has always been the pumpkin roll (with cream cheese filling) DeLiCioUs!! My aunt brings it every year and we have always looked forward to that! Unfortunately, said aunt divorced uncle and the pumpkin roll is no more. Is that the saddest story you’ve ever heard?!

  11. Jacki permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Hot chocolate is a big hit in our house, too! Along with cookies and cakes and pies.

  12. BeautySecrets permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Oh my—that looks like it belongs in “Martha Stewart” I’d love to try that out for a holiday brunch! 🙂

  13. Melissa Ann Browning permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Ahhh – bummer! can you assign one of your twitter underlings the job of copy & pasting some of the best recipes to post on this site afterwards?Untwitterred but hungry, melissa

  14. Melissa Ann Browning permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Ahhh – bummer! can you assign one of your twitter underlings the job of copy & pasting some of the best recipes to post on this site afterwards?Untwitterred but hungry, melissa

  15. Tenakim permalink
    November 11, 2008

    well, damn- you should have left a picture at cheryl’s! I’m such a dummy- had no idea your name was Carrissa, but then again I ‘m taking a LOT of NyQuil!

  16. Marvin D. Wilson permalink
    November 11, 2008

    cream cheese filled pumpkin rolls? good lord you’re killing me. I wasn’t hungry until I read this post. thanks a lot! (smile)

  17. Jillene permalink
    November 11, 2008

    I jsut found you on Blog Stalkers Unite and the lure of anything food has led me here.I have NO idea what Twitter even is?! I am NOT computer literate. Our holiday food traditions include for Thanksgiving: My Grandpa Parkin’s homemade Dressing with Sausage and Sage….YUMMY!! And Turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole, and frog eye salad and pumpkin pie.For Christmas: Smoked turkey–it’s THE BEST!! My mom and I make Fudge that is TO DIE FOR!!Great blog–I am glad that you lured me here with all of the food talk!!

  18. Ann permalink
    November 11, 2008

    Oh boy, pastries are my down fall. This sounds too good!

  19. Wendyburd1 permalink
    November 12, 2008

    The cream cheese HAD me until pumpkin was included…eyuck

  20. I am Arizona; a person, not a place. permalink
    November 12, 2008

    Why is everyone showing yummy food on their blogs? Its making me hungry!

  21. Cecily R permalink
    November 12, 2008

    First of all, thanks a lot. Now I’m starving. And my must-have holiday food? My MIL’s fudge. I don’t know what makes it so good, but I could eat my weight in it. Baaaad.

  22. Paul and Megan Hawkes permalink
    November 12, 2008

    That looks yummy. I make a breakfast casserole and oven french toast for Christmas morning. You make both the night before and then pop them in the oven Christmas morning. Easy and no big mess on Christmas!

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