Thursday, December 11, 2008

Food Glorious Food!

(Trader Joe's Peppermint Jo-Joes)

WOW! Several more Christmas surveys have arrived -- THANKS! This has really been fun for all of us.

One of the best responses we received regarding food was actually by someone who listed this as the worst gift ever received -- dried squid snacks! You see, when Sarah first arrived in the US we took her to a small Chinese food store in town and she picked out a bag of dried shredded squid snack. Yes, it smells just like you'd think and tastes even worse -- to me. But she LOVES it. She loves it so much that the first food item she cooked and wanted to share with Kevin and me was a dried squid omelet! We happily ate it and then relived the whole experience repeatedly throughout the day! Even so, still one of those memories we'll never forgot and would never want to change.

So many good foods were listed by everyone that I'm just drooling as I type this! Note that 4 people listed HAM as a favorite (not one vote for turkey!)(although there is a vote for Tofurky which has a special place in my heart as I worked for a long time on a Tofurky recipe contest years ago trying to win a trip to Alaska for Kevin.)

And, erhum, please see that not one person listed FRUIT CAKE anywhere so I rest my case that the bricks known as "fruit cake" can quietly be placed outside to hold your shed up or placed behind the wheels of your RV without fear that anyone will care.

I didn't know what Trader Joe's Peppermint Jo-Jos were but I Googled them and they look so good I need to see if it's possible to order some! If it's chocolate and peppermint, I'm there baby!

What's so great about what people like to eat is that it's so varied and traditional all at the same time. We have some Italian, Mexican, English and German heritage foods listed! If you're planning to cook for guests, here's a list of things that will probably go over very well!


Thumb print cookies filled with chocolate
Cream cheese mints
Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin cheesecake
Pineapple casserole
Special K Bars
Peanut butter fudge
Candy popcorn
Gingerbread cookies
Trader Joe's Peppermint Jo-Jos
Homemade fudge

Other Snacks:

Chex Mix

Main Dishes:

Fillet tenderloin roast
Pizza & Calamari
Prime Rib & Yorkshire pudding
Ham (4 people listed this)

(Yorkshire Pudding .... looks so good, but I've never tried it)

Side Dishes:
Green bean casserole
Sweet potatoes
Cheesy potato casserole


sherrie said...

Wow, I've never heard of the peppermint Jo-Jo's but they look wonderful. What's not to love with chocolate and peppermint! I've been asking others about their Christmas dinner and was surprised to hear mexican food mentioned several times -- and I thought I really knew these families! Thanks for the post.

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Kimberly said...

Okay, now I'm hungry! That Christmas survey has really been A LOT of fun, I'm so glad you did it!!

Kelly said...

I'll stop by Traders Joe's this weekend and see if they have some. If so I'll send you some Jo-Jos - as per my email I also sent I'll need your mailing address. :)

Kelly O'Rourke