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Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 2:24 PM


Merry Christmas from me!!! Here's how to do it:

1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the Christmas spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls.

2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare. You can't find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog-alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. It's later than you think. It's Christmas!

3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat step

4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission.

5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. The whole point of going to a Christmas party is to eat other people's food for free. Lots of it. Hello?

6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog.

7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa, position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention They're like a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again.

8. Same for pies. Apple. Pumpkin. Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labor Day?

9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all costs. I mean, have some standards.

10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. Re-read tips; start over, but hurry, January is just around the corner.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 2:27 PM

Just to clarify; would "feel terrible" mean physically or emotionally?

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 2:31 PM

Perfect, Bev! I plan to print this out and post it on my refrigerator door. These are definitely words to live by this month.

In January, will you be posting some diet plans?


Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 2:48 PM

Good plan but, I actually like fruitcake ( my grandma's recipe ) & plum pudding. That's why I have a big butt. Some say calories don't count but they're pretty good at addition

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 3:16 PM

I guess I would add my name to the list of fruitcake fans. There are probably a lot of closet fruitcake lovers out there. Carrots are acceptable at a party only if they are shredded and cooked in a carrot cake. I have a recipe for a carrot cake taken from the Detroit Free Press by restaurant critic "The Anonymous Gourmet" (from years ago) that is a hit whenever it is served. Served with eggnog it's a caloric explosion. Another holiday treat that is easy to make is oyster stew. It is a love or hate dish but always seems to disappear.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 3:19 PM

Oyster Stew, my mom used to make that & I don't have the recipe. If you've got a moment & don't mind sharing please post here or PM me, Don. Thanks

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 3:54 PM

The recipe that we use, I believe, is from a early '60's edition of Joy of Cooking and is:
1 1/2 tsp grated onion sauteed in 4 tbs butter.
Put onion and butter in top of double boiler and add:

1 1/2 pints oysters w/liquor

1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1/2 cup cream

1/2 tsp salt

About 1/8 tsp white pepper

Place pan over but not in boiling water. When the milk is hot and oysters begin to float add;

2tbs chopped parsley.

Add 1/4 cup dry white wine or dry sherry before serving (optional)

Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 4:03 PM

I forgot to mention this makes about 4 cups.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 5:56 PM

Thanks Don, that sounds just like hers. Just didn't know the proportions

4getful1  (Level: 173.8 - Posts: 2877)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 6:23 PM

FRUITCAKE LOVERS: Has anyone tasted the COSTCO Kirkland Fruitcake? In my opinion, the best I've ever eaten.

Er, is it ok to endorse products on this forum? Hope I haven't broken any rule(s) here.

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 7:45 PM

I guess that if I follow my own endorsements of "What to eat at Christmas" then my (rum'n'eggnog) toast will be:~

"Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we"



Bigbird  (Level: 236.2 - Posts: 3300)
Tue, 18th Dec '07 9:25 PM

I have a really good fruitcake recipe which is mostly dates, walnuts and maraschino cherries. I know it is not proper to like them, but they make the cake great.

Love your food rules - they are certainly words to live by. I may not gain tons of weight this Christmas as I will have my 2-yr old grandson for 3 days. That's part of my gift to my daughter. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. He sure is cute, but he sure is fast.


Geophile  (Level: 157.1 - Posts: 1508)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 1:48 PM

I will try the Costco fruitcake...I didn't know they made one. Another caveat, Bev, whatever you eat standing up has no calories.I mean, how much can you eat standing up....minimal, besides, you're exercising just by standing.

As Martin Luther said, "When you sin, sin greatly". I always liked that.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Wed, 19th Dec '07 1:51 PM

Oooo, that's a great quote. I mean really, if you're going to do it, make sure you do it well enough that every time you look back, you catch yourself grinning like a fool.

Grinning like a fool,

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Thu, 20th Dec '07 8:50 AM

Hmmm....all this talk of recipes reminded me----what ever happened to the Sploofus Cookbook? Any progress on that front?

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 21st Dec '07 3:10 AM

What did happen to the cookbook? Maybe it's still in the works and we can all have somthing to look forward to soon.

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