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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  2:15:28 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Just to clarify...over here mince is what you folks call ground beef, I think, while mincemeat is a combination of vine and other dried fruits, suet, spices and sugar. A pie made with mincemeat is a mince pie, and a pie made with meat mince is a....well, it`s a Scots pie here, and it`s usually made with mutton mince, and I think the English call them mince rounds.....

Oh yes, and the dish we call mince is cooked beef mince with onions and gravy and possibly carrots....

....hmmmm...perhaps we`d better stick with cookies?

Val.

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mokey
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  2:24:47 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
Another great treat are Eccles Cakes. Are they still eaten within the UK?

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truly violet
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  2:41:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
boiled sweets= hard candy


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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kimkrafty
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  4:12:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit kimkrafty's Homepage Send kimkrafty a Private Message
Val, you asked why Americans bake so many cookies at Christmas.

For me, it's following a cherished tradition. My grandmother would bake cookies, cakes, pies, and bread until there was barely enough room to store it all. The smell of the items baking brings back fond, fond memories of her.

She also loved to cook other things but the cookies, cakes, pies, and bread take me back to a wonderful place.

If I don't bake at Christmas time, I'm always disappointed.

My father in-law was also very fond of my baked cookies. He became ill with cancer several years ago. The Christmas before he died, he ate some of my cookies after I had been told he had eaten almost nothing else. Baking cookies also reminds me of him.

Kimberly, knitting in VA
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  4:23:31 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by mokey

Another great treat are Eccles Cakes. Are they still eaten within the UK?




Yes, still very popular, despite being about 1,000 calories per cake!

Val.

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truly violet
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  4:32:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
baking cookies is fun....
it is festive....
it makes the house smell great
all warm and homey
and for some folks it is tradition...
i'm italian.... we do cookies...
we do hard break a tooth mostly cookies for coffee dunking....

and my husband would divorce me I am sure if he didn't get his tray of holiday cookies

vi~~then he would be on the market for a new wife...... who'd better bake too as he is pretty spoiled that way

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  5:14:56 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
Yes, I do see the point of baking for traditions sake, the smell, the nostalgia, even to eat the cookies...what gets me is the volume of baking.

But 900 cookies??????????????????I don`t bake that many a year....

Val.

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truly violet
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Posted - 11/30/2005 :  5:27:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
no we don't usually either.....except at the holidays
and then we give them to folks....trays go to jobs and to neighbors,
we have cookie swaps
and we eat them
like the little piggies we are...
( ok so that would refer to me....... oink)

vi

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KellyKnits
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  07:30:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit KellyKnits's Homepage Send KellyKnits a Private Message
900 cookies (did I mention my mom made 65 pounds of turkey for thanksgiving?) we always have a lot of people around and we give them to coworkers too...
I'd way 2000 pounds if I ate all the cookies I wanted : )

Kelly
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mokey
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  07:58:40 AM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
900 cookies is not what the average family makes LOL!

This thread forced me to make mince tarts last night. I bought the jarred stuff, added a healthy dose of Lamb's and yum, yum, yum.

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lemons
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  08:25:42 AM  Show Profile Send lemons a Private Message
Mokey:

Lamb's?

lemons of missouri
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  1:46:48 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
I prefer adding brandy to mincemeat, preferably a couple of weeks before I`m going to use it. But one year I ran out and used the dregs of all these liqueurs you can end up accumulating...Cointreau, Drambuie, that sort of thing. It was great!

Val.

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mokey
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:10:58 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by lemons

Mokey:

Lamb's?


Lamb's Navy Rum. It's a lovely dark rum that differs from most because it is blended and aged outside the Caribbean, either in the UK or Canada.

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WendyB
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:20:08 PM  Show Profile Send WendyB a Private Message
I always liked my mother's standard list of baked treats at this time of the year (in earlier years):

* Lekerli
* Viennese Crescents
* Rum Balls
* Stollen
* "Englische Kuchen" (English Cake)
* Scotch Toffee
* Santa Claus (face) cut-out cookies, which we made together

WendyB
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Lavender Stripes
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:29:24 PM  Show Profile Send Lavender Stripes a Private Message
This year I'm planning on making almond-honey banana muffins, gingerbread cookies, melting moments, snickerdoodles, turtles, and possibly lace cookies. Of course all of this is aside from my mother's baking- yum! She makes these meringues with mint and chocolate, fudge, haystacks, pecan bars, horns, and I'm sure some other things I'm forgetting, along with various other things that change each year. Now I remember why I love the holidays so much!!
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mokey
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  2:48:45 PM  Show Profile Send mokey a Private Message
More questions from the ever inquisitive! What are these "melting moments, snickerdoodles" and "horns?"

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  3:26:48 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
snickerdoodles are wonderful
butter cookies flavored with either vanilla or vanilla and something else
I use almond
and rolled in cinnamon sugar
they spread out in to crispy cinnamony cookies to DIE FOR
I make them all the time for bernie as they are his favorites
and also for the folks out at lilac corners as their daughter loves them
vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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truly violet
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  3:31:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
http://www.dianaskitchen.com/cgi-bin/MasterPFP.cgi?doc=self&top=self&bottom=http://www.dianaskitchen.com/
there you go mokey dear, enjoy

vi

ps: use REAL butter and make sure it is unsalted, and add a dash of vanilla and or almond....


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Valk_scot
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  4:06:36 PM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by WendyB
* Scotch Toffee



What`s that, then? We have toffee, sure, but there`s nothing particularly Scottish about it. When we want to make sugar sweets at home we make tablet, which is guaranteed to make your teeth rot in three bites.

http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usrecipes/scottishtablet/

Val.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/01/2005 :  4:26:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
hey val that actually looks really good
vi
~ who apparently already has rotten teeth


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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