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2004/03/27 11:53:01 (permalink)

Holiday Treats -- Maybe

With Easter almost upon us, I am glad that my son is grown and I will not be offered a bite of a "peep" -- one of those sickly, sugar-sweet birdy confections. I may be alone in this, but I would rather eat bees. Next Sunday is also Russian Easter and on the same hand, but only farther down, there is the weighty cake, pashka. The recipe is not handed down by bakers, but by stone masons.

On the other hand, there is matzoh from the Metropolitan Bakery in Philly is a treat beyond belief. What are your holiday faves and foes?
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    JaneDough
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 13:02:05 (permalink)
    Passover faves: hot fried matzah w/ strawberry preserves, plain (not egg) matzoh w/ sweet butter, salt & strawberry preserves (I could eat a whole box at one sitting w/o even thinking about it!), coconut macaroons, toasted coconut-covered marshmallows and those little sesame candies that pull out your fillings.

    Sorry, Grampy, but I LOVE Peeps, made right here in PA, and now available in specialty shapes for Halloween and Christmas too. They're such a simple confection, and fat-free too. I'll have yours if you don't want 'em.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 13:30:12 (permalink)
    I too hate peeps, in any holiday configuration.. I'm not a big fan of marshmallow to begin with, and I don't like sugar coated confections..
    My holiday fave is a nice Honeybaked Ham, after trying the store brands and a "Texas Honey Ham", I prefer the real thing.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 13:37:43 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by JaneDough

    Passover faves: hot fried matzah w/ strawberry preserves, plain (not egg) matzoh w/ sweet butter, salt & strawberry preserves (I could eat a whole box at one sitting w/o even thinking about it!), coconut macaroons, toasted coconut-covered marshmallows and those little sesame candies that pull out your fillings.

    Sorry, Grampy, but I LOVE Peeps, made right here in PA, and now available in specialty shapes for Halloween and Christmas too. They're such a simple confection, and fat-free too. I'll have yours if you don't want 'em.


    Would you like my candy corn, too. As far as I can tell, about the only thing they are good for is to simulate vampires' teeth om Haloween.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 14:24:06 (permalink)
    My hubby loves Peeps.Me,I can't stand the darn things,too sugary for me.Just give me my M & M's especially the chocolate egg ones that are out for Easter.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 15:10:55 (permalink)

    Easter tradition for Catholics in the Western Pennsylvania area include easter egg bread and homemade nutrolls.

    My Slovak mother makes the best nutrolls each holiday season. I will help pound the dough, and grind the walnuts. We send it all over the country to my hungry siblings. Boy is it good!
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 15:12:37 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Grampy

    quote:
    Originally posted by JaneDough

    Passover faves: hot fried matzah w/ strawberry preserves, plain (not egg) matzoh w/ sweet butter, salt & strawberry preserves (I could eat a whole box at one sitting w/o even thinking about it!), coconut macaroons, toasted coconut-covered marshmallows and those little sesame candies that pull out your fillings.

    Sorry, Grampy, but I LOVE Peeps, made right here in PA, and now available in specialty shapes for Halloween and Christmas too. They're such a simple confection, and fat-free too. I'll have yours if you don't want 'em.


    Would you like my candy corn, too. As far as I can tell, about the only thing they are good for is to simulate vampires' teeth om Haloween.
    Yes, I'll take the little waxy triangles too, but only in very small doses. Then I'll still have room for my Peeps ghosts and pumpkins. C'mon... where are all my sweet-toothed holiday treat-lovers???
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/27 16:07:03 (permalink)
    NO peeps for me! NO chocolate either!

    Roasted leg of lamb, asparagus, sweet bread, nut roll and Easter cake are traditions at my parents' house.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/03/31 22:56:33 (permalink)
    PEEPS! I love peeps! I liked it better when there were only the little chickies. Somehow it doesn't seem right to have ghosts etc. Not to say I don't eat those too. Nothing like a fresh peep. Now that I have seriously cut sugar from my diet--not easy--I have maybe 1 pack a year. Needless to say,I'm really looking forward to Easter.
    Maybe a good subject would be our national sugar jones.It's everywhere and in everything it seems.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 08:21:13 (permalink)
    Cadbury's mini eggs and those little candy coated malt ball eggs. Thank you Easter Bunny - Bok, Bok
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 09:17:07 (permalink)
    Ugh--don't care for peeps. But I do love peanut butter marshmallow eggs, and hollow chocolate bunnies. I like little jelly beans as opposed to the big jelly eggs. And I just love the egg salad made with all those Easter eggs!!! Mmmm....

    For all you peep lovers, you have gotta check out The Lord of the Peeps!!
    http://www.lordofthepeeps.com/lotp/fotp.html
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 10:43:13 (permalink)
    My daughter is 26 years old and still has to have her package of Peeps each Easter. She only likes the yellow chicks though. What I like are the Chicks and Bunnies ( I think ) made by Brachs that taste like the Circus peanuts. My husband has to have his jelly beans.
    We like to make a trip to Old Salem on Good Friday and buy the Moravian Sugar cake and Hot Cross Buns and some of the Moravian Tea Cookies cut into Easter shapes. Old Salem is in Winston Salem, NC and is a Moravian Village.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 12:45:15 (permalink)
    Matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, haroset, fried matzoh. I've also been known to eat the occasional Passover macaroon and Godiva or Dove Easter egg too. No peeps, that's for sure.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 12:46:28 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Cadbury's mini eggs and those little candy coated malt ball eggs. Thank you Easter Bunny - Bok, Bok


    I've been known to eat those too, dunno about that Bunny though....
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 12:51:29 (permalink)
    For all of you Easter Bunny lovers: http://www.dobhran.com/humor/GRhumor349.htm
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 13:33:11 (permalink)
    Cadbury's Mini Eggs are my absolute favorite. I like Peeps in small doses at this time of year. Growing up my best friend was Jewish and I have fond memories of the Passover haroset, but not the gefilte fish. I love Jelly Belly beans anytime of year, too!
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 16:20:17 (permalink)
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    PEEPS! I love peeps! I liked it better when there were only the little chickies. Somehow it doesn't seem right to have ghosts etc. Not to say I don't eat those too. Nothing like a fresh peep. Now that I have seriously cut sugar from my diet--not easy--I have maybe 1 pack a year. Needless to say,I'm really looking forward to Easter.
    Maybe a good subject would be our national sugar jones.It's everywhere and in everything it seems.


    I love my peeps too! I like them when they start to go stale (something really hard to come by) You might be surprised to find that the carb count on peeps isn't really that bad, only 8 grams per peep (granted you can't eat a whole box in one sitting, well, you could, but you shouldn't) I had banished them forever from my life when diabetes entered it, but one day I checked out the carbs just to reinforce why I couldn't have them & was overjoyed to find a low count on them. Now I slowly enjoy my box of peeps.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 17:43:18 (permalink)
    Has anyone else seen the individual packaged peep bunnies? They stand about 4 inches tall. I don't eat them myself, but I do give them to friends who do. Just give me good dark chocolate, maybe from Beligium.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 18:00:48 (permalink)
    Some like their Peeps stale, huh? My mother, who also liked Peeps (us children woulnd't touch 'em), felt that stale marshmallows toasted the best over that campfire. She'd buy Campfire marshmallows in the box of boxes. Were these boxes subdivided to give each child his or her own small box? She'd wait until September to buy the marshmallows for the next year. Folks, you tell me if that's for real. All I know is I have no interest in any marshmallows except when they go into my mother's Choccolate Cake Plus, a Duncan Hines recipe from the 1950s.

    I bought some Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs recently, and it seems to me they have a greater proportion of peanut butter to that grainy chocoloate, like I prefer. I bought some of their Valentine's hearts--too much chocolate and not enough peanut butter.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/01 18:36:52 (permalink)
    Another stale peep lover. I punch a little hole in each box as soon as I buy them and then let the air toughen them up for a few days. When I first moved to this valley, one of the first things I did was take a factory tour of JustBorn candies, the largest peep manufacturer in the U.S.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/04 23:32:08 (permalink)
    Isn't JustBorn the ONLY manufacturer of Peeps? I like them fresh, but CheeseWit (when he's not counting carbs) eats my stale leftovers (yeah -- like THAT ever happens -- HA!).
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 01:00:10 (permalink)
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    Isn't JustBorn the ONLY manufacturer of Peeps? I like them fresh, but CheeseWit (when he's not counting carbs) eats my stale leftovers (yeah -- like THAT ever happens -- HA!).
    "Age cannot stale nor nor custom wither [thy] infinite [leftovers]." Make him say that before you let him back into your good graces!
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 01:02:36 (permalink)
    Ham, country or simply sugar-cured, but not "honey-baked."
    Potato salad.
    Egg salad on Monday.
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 08:51:16 (permalink)
    Uh, exactly why are Peeps (nevermind stale Peeps) being discussed on a food site? Doesn't Dow Chemical have a "What is your favorite styrofoam flavor?" web page??


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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 11:03:44 (permalink)
    I'm with 1-95 on this one.....peeps just don't make me chirp. My favorites of the Easter season are Sarris Nut and Maplenut Eggs,nut kolaches, pistachio baklava, knafi,fresh strawberries in myriad forms, steamed asparagus, fried fiddleheads, bourbon ham, kasha vareshnikes, fresh matzoh balls, creamed new potatoes and peas, and our ubiquitous feasts of the ramson
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 12:10:19 (permalink)
    Forget about the stale peeps! I'm going to redtressed's house if she's making all that stuff! Sounds delicious!!!!
    What is knafi???
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 14:04:29 (permalink)
    Did anybody notice on the Food Holidays calendar that Egg Salad Week is conveniently scheduled the week after Easter?
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 14:40:56 (permalink)
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    What is knafi???
    "Menu highlights are the hummus and tabouli salad for starters, the vegetarian grape leaves for an entree, and the knafi (shredded dough filled with sweet cheese) for dessert."

    ------------from a review of The Jerusalem Inn, Flint, MI
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 15:38:13 (permalink)
    I can't do the peeps either ... but I do love the Cadbury Eggs !!!
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    RE: Holiday Treats -- Maybe 2004/04/05 15:51:10 (permalink)
    Do they still make very good see-through eggs with the tableaux inside? It could just be my memory, but they seemed to be far more elaborate and intricate when I was a wee lad.
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