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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 6:21 PM
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I will bring you a salt-cured kentucky ham, and a cloth-stuffed smoked breakfast sausage.  I assume you can provide bagels and fresh eggs?!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 6:27 PM
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....and Sable at a mere $12 per lb. by the time I'm done talkin'

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 7:27 PM
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ann peeples


Yes, Jim, remember, the date cookies!



Thanks, Ann! 
 
You jogged another detail - Grandmother called them "date pin wheels".
 
Any recipes out there?

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 8:45 PM
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Here is a  Bûche de Noël avec des champignons de meringue by Jacques Torres NYC...
 
                          

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 8:48 PM
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CCinNJ
So we usually have Bûche de Noël in bakeries. Many times with meringue mushrooms as decorations.

Meringue mushrooms would indeed look great on a Yule log!
 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 8:51 PM
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Little snowmen work when people don't want the mushrooms.
 
I like the mushrooms. It's supposed to be in the forest. 

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/8/12 9:59 PM
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My paternal grandmother used to make a moist, soft, rolled-up date cookie that was truly wonderful.

("Rolled-up" in the sense that she would spread the date stuffing over the cookie dough, roll it up, refrigerate, then slice for baking).

Anybody remember these, or better yet, have a recipe? 

Mrs. Metro has become quite the little baker and she gets the world's best dates air-freighted by her family from their ranch in Diriyah.

DATE ROLLED PINWHEEL COOKIES

Printed from COOKS.COM

2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp. soda dissolved in 1 tbsp. water
1 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix in order given and roll like jelly roll. Makes 2.
FILLING:
1 1/2 lbs. dates
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. nuts
Cook filling until thick, cool and spread on rolls. Put in refrigerator until cool. Slice and bake at 350 degrees about 12 minutes or until brown.




 

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/9/12 12:23 AM
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3. Handcrafted chocolate by Al Richard's. Especially nonpareils.

There were some dark (in a bad way) chocolate days when the Brothers decided it was time to go. It was our Roadfood chocolate holiday destination.

People come from far and wide for Al Richard's and we are thankful to have happy chocolate holidays...once again.

http://hudsonreporter.com...te-so-sweet-Al-Richard’s-chocolates-delves-into-new-ventures-
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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/9/12 11:23 AM
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Fudge! Mincemeat pie!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/9/12 11:31 AM
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Don't forget the cheese curds for Santa!

You hear a squeak...and you got presents!!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/9/12 12:49 PM
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The chocolate strawberries are usually student of the month. Not for Christmas...
 

 
In this class photo of Al Richard's chocolate the pretty little nonpareil stands out...seated in row 3 (or 4 maybe) seat 1...
 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/10/12 1:35 PM
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ann peeples
Mincemeat pie!

 
Mmmmmm! I love mincemeat pies and tarts!
 

 
They're generally widely available in Canada, but my brother-in-law in London journeys the twenty miles or so to Spicer's Bakery in Aylmer for oatmeal cookies (the way his mother made them) and his mincemeat tarts:

Spicer's Bakery
 

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 10:39 AM
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4. Smelling the chestnuts from the vendors...on the streets of NYC.
Especially on the way to Santaland.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 10:58 AM
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For me it will always be Russian Tea Cakes. My mom made these every holiday season and they're just linked to the season for me. Also, chocolate fudge, even though I can't eat it anymore. Mmm...walnuts and chocolate fudge. What a combo!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 11:05 AM
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Ms OC is cooking Panettone french toast as I type!!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 3:14 PM
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Hepcat


ann peeples
Mincemeat pie!


Mmmmmm! I love mincemeat pies and tarts!



They're generally widely available in Canada, but my brother-in-law in London journeys the twenty miles or so to Spicer's Bakery in Aylmer for oatmeal cookies (the way his mother made them) and his mincemeat tarts:

Spicer's Bakery



Those look delicious!!!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 6:12 PM
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I bake pecanless pecan pies because many of my family does not care for nuts.  I brown the crust and add oatmeal to the mix of syrup, eggs, vanilla and it comes out super with a crust of oatmeal.  Very good.
 
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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 8:10 PM
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So I picked up this massive 21" X 14" kringle at Hansen's Danish Bakery yesterday:
 

 

 
It's the same kringle in both shots. Amazing how altering the camera angle made the kringle look so different.
 

 

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sun, 12/16/12 9:21 PM
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Looks like a great Kringle both ways.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/17/12 12:08 AM
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Excellent looking Kringle. It may sound odd to some but my Mother always makes multiple sweets for the Holidays one of which is peanut patties. They are the best in the world and something I always look forward to.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/17/12 12:30 PM
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Are peanut patties similar to peanut brittle?

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/17/12 1:20 PM
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Bourbon-infused marschino cherries with stems. 
Drain the liquid out of a jar of stemmed marschino's.
Replace with bourbon whiskey.
Recap and place in refrigerator for a month or more.
Great on their own or excellent in cocktails....  the juice makes a heck of an addition to a drink as well, just make sure to label the cherries or your kiddie cocktails will be a little "strong" for the youngsters.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/17/12 2:49 PM
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The Holiday Spirit.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/17/12 5:08 PM
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*Peanut Butter Blossoms
*Rosettes (Linda's Bakery in West Salem, WI)
Also my wife's version of what she calls "Munchy Crunchy" a take off of Chex Mix.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 12/19/12 7:57 PM
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I love Poppycock but this is basically the only time of year that I buy it:
 

 
Since I'm so cheap I usually wait until it's on sale after Xmas to buy a tin or two!
 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 12/19/12 9:05 PM
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I forget what number but...
 
                    
 
More for good luck & fortune for a New Year than Christmas.
 
Cassata is cannoli filling...surrounded by highly intoxicating spirited sponge...draped with marzipan...adorned with glace "jewels"
 
A little goes for miles. Cassatina is an individual version to satisfy the good luck exercise of the holiday.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Sat, 12/22/12 2:41 PM
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Pot of Gold chocolates are another treat that I typically buy only at Xmas although they're available all year round:
 

 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/24/12 4:13 PM
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My lovely Sister just got back from Chicago and brought me back a ROADFOOD Christmas treat...
 
http://www.roadfood.com/R.../garretts-popcorn-shop
 
     
 
 
She made me take pictures before I even tasted it. Such  a good Roadfood Sister.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/24/12 5:27 PM
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I love that stuff--especially the Chicago mix!!  Whoa, you're lucky.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/24/12 6:09 PM
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I've never been a big fan of regular popcorn...but this really is wonderful.

Make me stop!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Mon, 12/24/12 6:43 PM
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I love Xmas tamales, a wondrous tradition that celebrates my son's heritage as well.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Tue, 12/25/12 9:47 PM
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CCinNJ I'm sorry I just read your question. Peanut patties are much softer than brittle and they are pink instead of brown. I will have to look at recipes for exact differences as she makes both for holidays.   

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Tue, 12/25/12 9:50 PM
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I a peanut pattie sitting right new to me.  My favorite brand... it's Vickies.
 
I can now buy them locally at Hobby Lobby.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Tue, 12/25/12 9:53 PM
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I just remembered a treat that I like...
 
Chestnut Puree with whipped cream

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Thu, 12/27/12 6:41 PM
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'Tis now the season to pick up Vachon Festive Logs on sale!
 

 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Thu, 12/27/12 6:47 PM
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How many Buche des fetes are you buying?

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Fri, 12/28/12 11:10 AM
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So far just one, but I average about two of the Vachon ones per Xmas season. I'm still mourning the closing six years ago of Klein's Bakery with their artistic and exquisite Yule logs and other cakes though.
 


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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 01/9/13 11:55 AM
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My wife, like her mother and granny before her, bakes dozens of simple brown sugar/walnut icebox cookies which she then sends to her far-flung family as a delicious memory of Christmases past.  She made the mistake of taking them to work one year and now her coworkers start asking around Thanksgiving when she will be bringing them, lest they miss out.  Because the dough is made into loaves and frozen before being sliced and baked, they are perfect for "found time" during the busy holiday schedule.  Wouldn't be Christmas in our family without them.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 01/9/13 2:23 PM
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I make reindeer balls every year which consist of cream cheese (softened), 1 pkg of oreo's crushed up and mix the two together and roll into balls, then put in the freezer for about 1 hr to harden up a little. Melt white almond bark in a pot being sure not to scorch it and drop the balls into the bark and pick back out quickly and place on parchment paper. They are a hit every where I take them!

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 01/9/13 11:00 PM
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Treetop Tom


My wife, like her mother and granny before her, bakes dozens of simple brown sugar/walnut icebox cookies which she then sends to her far-flung family as a delicious memory of Christmases past.  She made the mistake of taking them to work one year and now her coworkers start asking around Thanksgiving when she will be bringing them, lest they miss out.  Because the dough is made into loaves and frozen before being sliced and baked, they are perfect for "found time" during the busy holiday schedule.  Wouldn't be Christmas in our family without them.

Any Chance of the recipe?

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 01/9/13 11:01 PM
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Lindalou21


I make reindeer balls every year which consist of cream cheese (softened), 1 pkg of oreo's crushed up and mix the two together and roll into balls, then put in the freezer for about 1 hr to harden up a little. Melt white almond bark in a pot being sure not to scorch it and drop the balls into the bark and pick back out quickly and place on parchment paper. They are a hit every where I take them!


oh.............YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 01/9/13 11:05 PM
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There goes the reindeer games.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Thu, 01/10/13 9:07 AM
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FriedClamFanatic


Treetop Tom


My wife, like her mother and granny before her, bakes dozens of simple brown sugar/walnut icebox cookies which she then sends to her far-flung family as a delicious memory of Christmases past.  She made the mistake of taking them to work one year and now her coworkers start asking around Thanksgiving when she will be bringing them, lest they miss out.  Because the dough is made into loaves and frozen before being sliced and baked, they are perfect for "found time" during the busy holiday schedule.  Wouldn't be Christmas in our family without them.

Any Chance of the recipe?

  Maurie's Mother's Cookies
Ingredients
    1 C. butter (or 1/2 C. shortening and 1/2 C. butter)
    1 C. brown sugar
    1 C. white sugar
    2 eggs
    3 C. flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. cream of tarter
    3/4 tsp. salt
    1 C. chopped walnuts

Directions

Cream butter with sugars and beat in the eggs. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cream of tater and salt. Add flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend well. Fold in walnuts. Chill dough at least one hour, and then place on lightly floured board or wax paper.
Divide in half and form into 2 long rolls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper and chill until firm. Slice thin and bake in a 325 degree oven for about 8 minutes (this is the temp/time for our oven, yours may vary).  Keep an eye on them, they will darken very quickly if left unwatched.
Makes about 10 dozen cookies.
 
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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Thu, 01/10/13 3:26 PM
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I make reindeer balls every year which consist of cream cheese (softened), 1 pkg of oreo's crushed up and mix the two together and roll into balls, then put in the freezer for about 1 hr to harden up a little. Melt white almond bark in a pot being sure not to scorch it and drop the balls into the bark and pick back out quickly and place on parchment paper. They are a hit every where I take them!

I grew up in a heavily Norwegian neighborhood, so when you were talking about "reindeer balls", I was hoping that you were talking about reindeer meatballs, a food that was available in many local delicatessens. I was afraid you were talking about a delicacy that only male reindeer have...
 
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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Thu, 01/10/13 11:25 PM
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I hope that's about red noses.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Fri, 01/11/13 11:25 AM
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I grew up in a heavily Norwegian neighborhood, so when you were talking about "reindeer balls", I was hoping that you were talking about reindeer meatballs, a food that was available in many local delicatessens. I was afraid you were talking about a delicacy that only male reindeer have... 
  
Bart 
 
 
After I had posted this I kinda was wondering if anyone was going to take it that way before they read what was in them! Are the real reindeer balls good? Are they something that they only have in the Norwegian areas? I'm a very adventurous eater and like to try new food, but always like to hear what others have to say about whatever it is that I'm wanting to try.  
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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Fri, 01/11/13 7:34 PM
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During the holidays The Meatball Shop had special "Jingle Balls"

They were venison meatballs...not reindeer goodie bags.

http://www.themeatballsho...?mobile_redirect=false

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Fri, 01/11/13 10:00 PM
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Homemade Fudge.  Nothing beats that.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/12/13 3:36 PM
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Paging Hepcat! Paging Hepcat!

Put the AC on for chrissakes because the 2013 Xmas treats will be in the store any day now.

I'm watching out for them.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/12/13 4:03 PM
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CCinNJ


During the holidays The Meatball Shop had special "Jingle Balls"

They were venison meatballs...not reindeer goodie bags.

http://www.themeatballsho...?mobile_redirect=false

I take it you're not aware of the fact that reindeer/caribou meat is venison.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/12/13 4:05 PM
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I meant meatballs...not oysters.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/12/13 4:17 PM
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I assumed that.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/12/13 4:18 PM
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Keep Rudolph...Rudolph.

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Re:Favourite Xmas treats! - Wed, 06/26/13 4:33 PM
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CCinNJ


Paging Hepcat! Paging Hepcat!

Put the AC on for chrissakes because the 2013 Xmas treats will be in the store any day now.

Turn on the air conditioner I did!
 


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