Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Cooking




I’m a city girl, and this is my first Christmas in the country, not just in rural America but in Amish Country. The Troyers, an Amish family here in Appleseed Creek, have invited me to their home for Christmas. Becky, their daughter who left the Amish way, is my roommate and their son, Timothy is my…umm, well…I don’t know what he is to me yet. He’s very handsome, kind, and... Oh dear, now, I’m blushing.

Anyway, Becky is overjoyed about returning to her family’s farm for Christmas. She’s pouring all of her nervous energy into the kitchen. I’ve never seen so many cookies in my life, and I'm counting all the church bake sales I’ve been to. Becky wants to impress her family with her new English culinary skills, many of which she’s learned from watching hours of Food Network since she left the Amish way. She’s getting creative too. She mentioned something about ceviche, gumbo, and sorbet. I can guarantee none of these dishes have been served on Mrs. Troyer’s table before.

As the resident Englischer, Becky asked me to find her more English Christmas recipes that she can introduce to her family. That’s where you come in. I’m not a chef…okay, I’m not even a cook… and I can search the Internet and cookbooks for recipes, but I’m curious about what you love to eat at Christmas. It would be a great help to Becky and to me.

So tell me, what’s your favorite Christmas or Holiday dish? You never know, your suggestion might end up on an Amish table for Christmas dinner.

One person who comments with their favorite dish will be chosen to win a SIGNED copy of A Plain Death, Appleseed Creek Mystery #1.

 Have a Cozy Christmas!


 
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71 comments:

  1. I have to say my favorite holiday day is pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin flavored items and I enjoy making the pumpkin pie for both Thanksgiving and Christmas each year.

    Kimberlee
    http://girllostinabook.blogspot.com
    girllostinabook@hotmail.com

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  2. I too have pumpkin pie as my favorite dish.

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  3. I prefer a Dutch treat: "banketletter". I have tried, but I can't come up with the translations for the kind of dough used. It is dry, multy layered, and filled with almond paste. Sometimes decorated with dried and sweet stuff I really dislike, red and green fake half cherries.

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  4. Like you, I'm not a cook nor a baker..but I do love the home-made cookies.

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  5. I love the smell of cookies baking. Best fragrance in the world. But I love the slice and bake kind - if there is any dough left to bake .... that is!!!

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  6. I am of Czech origin. A favorite holiday dish is potato dumplings with gravy and sauerkraut.

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  7. I love my grandmother's cookies. Butter cookies. Simple, delish. Yum! Have a great time with your friend.

    Avery aka Daryl
    AveryAames.com

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  8. One of my favorite dishes is runzas - they are made by my family and I love them. They are bread dough filled with meat and cooked cabbage. They are a lot better then they sound. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  9. Oh my favorite dish for the holidays......would be the homemade noodles......the recipe I use has been in the family for many generations.. I have shared on facebook and twitter too ....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOtcom

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  10. Our favorite new tradition is making Pizzelle cookies in many flavors to give you for Christmas. This year we will be making about 300. They are made 2 cookies at a time in an iron

    Cathy Weber
    Cdweber20@hotmail.com

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  11. I love gingerbread cookies for Christmas. I don't even care if they are frosted/decorated. I can eat the entire jar, if I'm not careful. A new holiday treat tradition that I've started are peppermint fudge cake balls - they are like peppermint patties in cake form.

    Beverly aka Booklady
    bevarcher at me dot com

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  12. My favorite dish is stuffing, mixed with onions, celery, mushrooms and bacon. But I absolutely hate the stuffing with raisins! kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. My favorite would be my stuffing, with NO giblets!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  14. My favorite dish is my Grandma's sage and onion dressing, closely followed by my mom's apple pie.

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  15. Hmmm....so hard to choose but since my claim to fame is being a cookie monster my answer is Monster Cookies:) Happy Holidays!!

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  16. At Christmas time my favorite fold is frosted sugar cookies and Christmas ribbon jello salad donitacorman@ yahoo.com

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  17. My favorite dish....hmmm....so many food memories to choose from. I would have to say 'Staley baked beans'. Staley is actually the last name of my "step dad" (who is really my dad to me. His mom and sisters make these baked beans unlike any I have ever had. I dont know how they do it but I know they use white northern beans. I always looked forward to them at holidays once I was introduced to the family at age 14. And it wasnt just holidays but every family get together that involved a pot luck. I have not had them in years. I would lovesome right now!

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  18. hmm, well, I love to change up every year. So the most request I have is my stuff salami and provolone bread roll. Also, veggie pizza. Sweets is my turtles and rum balls.

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  19. Chocolate Fudge {recipe to be found on Marshmallow Cream jar} I make it every year!

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  20. my favorite holiday dish is always the pasta dish being served; since i don't cook, it's a surprise every year!!!

    thank you for the giveaway!!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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  21. My favorite Christmas treat is old fashioned sugar cookies with icing !!!

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  22. My favorite dish would be pumpkin cheese cake. So good. Thanks

    xzjh04(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. My favorite dish is a simple one. Cherry Fluff (fruit salad),
    lori (at) escapewithdollycas(dot) com

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  24. I always loved my moms ham she made at christmas when the whole family gathered there at her house.

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  25. I loved my Grandma's coffee cake, peach butter, and her homemade sausage. I miss that!
    Patti S.

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  26. Pumpkin Cheesecake are homemade chocolate fudge are definitely my two favorite holiday goodies!!!!

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  27. My favorite Christmas baking is Whipped Shortbread cookies! Mmm! :)

    Ashley G

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  28. My grandmother's 7 layer cookies.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  29. Ahi tuna roll appetizers followed by sweet potato pie. Now there is a mouth watering combination.

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  30. ARe the give aways here only for the USA?

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    1. Hi Shan, There are no geographic restrictions on my giveaway. It's up to each author to decide about that. Good luck!

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  31. My all time favorte holiday food is fruit salad. Yummy in my tummy.
    inspiremichelle@yahoo.com

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  32. My favorite holiday food is my grandmother's sugar cookies. She spent so much time decorating them and they were always delicious.

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  33. Dressing! Baked in a dish apart from the turkey!

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  34. Yum, so many good favorites here. Mine is apple pudding learned from my Mennonite mother-in-law. It's apples and a bit on pineapple mixed with cinnamon candies (red hots) and topped with flour/sugar/shortening crumbles and baked until the red juice starts to peek through the top. Not sure why it's called pudding, but the kids call it red stuff and the specialty has moved with them from Massachusetts to Florida. (If anyone wants to replicate this, mix a bit of pineapple juice and flour with the apples and pineapples.) My family can declare any day a holiday to serve this.

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  35. My favorite would be chocolate covered peanut butter and ritz crackers sandwich cookies.But also pumpkin pie and hashbrown casserole.Thanks...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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  36. I think one of my favorite memory foods - my Grandmother's beef and home made noodles....wonderful stuff.

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  37. My favorite holiday food is the fruit cake---I actually like a good fruit cake.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  38. I can't wait to read this one! My fave XMAS food is homemade mac n cheese! Yum!

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  39. My favorite is Chocolate Peppermint Cream cookies. Was my mother in laws and I have to make them every year for my children and granddaughter. They are so good!!

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  40. I'm another one who loves a good fruitcake and my order is in the mail! And then there are the cookies, homemade fudge....

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  41. My mom's dressing with lots of onions and gizzards!! ;) Candied sweet potatoes are good too. When I was a kid my Gma made this pork roast that I haven't had since. I once smelled a similar smell when I was walking & almost knocked on a door. But I was (& am) too shy & couldn't do it. The aunts I've asked don't have a recipe for it. Sigh. Green beans if they are done right. And three kinds of pie. That's a great holiday menu for me. :) yum!!!

    Pen

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    Pen

    pmettert @ yahoo dot com

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  43. My dad was born in Italy in 1885 and we still do some of his favorite dishes. we start by making a mad dash to Napa for Malfattis for Christmas Eve and the we have stuffed onions for Christmas dinner,Ruth Nixon

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  44. We have beef for Christmas. Usually we do beef tenderloins, but this year we're going to have prime rib! Well before dinner we munch on potato chips with homemade leek dip!

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  45. In case I win my contact is ruthenixon@sbcglobal.net

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  46. My favorite holiday dish/memory is jello with my mom's sour cream and cherry sauce.

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  47. My favorite Christmas meal was roasted almond-scented duck. My Dad used to make two - one for him and my Mother and one for me!

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  48. Wow! These are all great holiday treat. Becky's going to be thrilled when she sees the post. Keep 'em coming!

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  49. I always make scads and scads [not kidding] of Holly Spritz cookies because everyone loves them so much. Actually they are made with cream cheese and I sprinkle them with multi-colored little candies. I would get banned if I didn't make them for the family. Blessings! Darlene

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  50. My favorite is Coquito, a Puerto Rican drink that is like an eggnog made with coconut and rum. Yummy and very potent!

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  51. DEBBIEMOSLEY SAYS.........ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE.EASY TO MAKE AND OH SO GOOD.GREEN BEANS CREAM OF MUSHROOM,CHICKEN SOUPAND CANNED FRIED ONIONS AND CHHESE. MIX ALL THINGS TOGETHER IN BAKING DISH PUT ONIONS AND HEESE ON TOP BAKE IN OVEN UNTIL CHEESE IS MELTED.

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  52. Each year, comes Thanksgiving, I begin making cookies - most traditional are biscotti and pizelle!

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  53. cat8851@hotmail.comDecember 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Not just at Holidays but any time is a good time for whoopie pie(Gobs if your from southwestern PA). Homemade noodles are also a favorite with my family.

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  54. My favorite goodie for Christmas was Rice Krispie treats. They are so much better than those you buy at the store. Once, we put green food coloring in them and made wreaths. There were holly berries made out of red hots.

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  55. Our Christmas tradition is making Oyster stew on Christmas eve, then for Christmas we invite everyone who does not have family or place to go to join us for dinner. Love Christmas.

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  56. I love my daughter-in-laws pumpkin roll!

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  57. Pashka bread. My grandmother used to make it. She died in 1972 when I was 16. My Aunt taught me to make it. I am 56 years old and the only grandchild who makes it. I hope my two children will learn how to make it. :)

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  58. Nothing original for me. Mashed potatoes (homemade not instant - and pref. with egg in them) and the family rolls top my list.

    jump_up_thrice [at] hotmail [dot] com

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  59. I always enjoy my Mother's Port Wine Trifle. It's such a delicious dessert that speaks of good times & celebrations..

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  60. I like turkey.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  61. my mom's scalloped corn

    MinDaf @ Aol.com

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  62. So many to choose from... sugar cakes, warm shoo fly pie, baked corn. For New Year's Day, we always have pork and sauerkraut and my great grandmothers recipe for hog maw. Obviously, I come from a very Pennsylvania Dutch family. :) Two other very easy holiday favorites are Chocolate Scotcheroos ( a Chocolate-topped butterscotch rice krispie dessert bar) and strawberry pretzel dessert. Both are super easy for the "culinary challenged", Chloe and Becky would be able to whip them up without any trouble. :)

    Congrats on the series & Happy Holidays!

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  63. My aunt makes an amazing cranberry trifle. All layered with cranberries, blueberries, a whipped cream and sour cream combo as well as a graham cracker layer in between everything. Oh am I hungry!

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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  64. Every year we bake a cinnamon-streusel coffee cake first thing Christmas morning. Once it's done, filling the house with a homey, wonderful aroma, my husband brews coffee while the cake cools down to "just warm". That is our signal to serve coffee cake, coffee, orange juice or sparkling cider, and open our gifts while the turkey cooks.

    Yum.

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  65. Eggnog. Your book sounds amazing. Blessings.Susan Fryman susanngarrylee@yahoo.com

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  66. My favorite Christmas food is my Mom's chocolate candy. Mom's 86 and has made this candy every year since she was married in 1942. We all love it---it starts out "Take 8 cups of chopped pecans" and gets better and better. It's a bite of chocolate bliss the likes of which I've never tasted anywhere else including Godiva, Leonides, Russell Stover, Pangburn, etc. I'm sure it would find a happy home in the Amish kitchen too. In fact when we visited Lancaster County years ago our Mennonite guide, Mom and I engaged in a great conversation about the foods we liked and our guide asked for this recipe--so a Mennonite family is enjoying my Mom's recipe. I'm new to this series so I'm definitely looking forward to reading the mysteries!

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  67. My favorite dishes (that we only get at Christmas) is my grandmother's Apple Walnut Cake and Sweet Potato Custard with Brown Sugar Topping

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  68. my daughters love my pineapple casserole (it's topped with crushed Ritz and cheddar cheese) and cranberry-apple bake (fresh cranberries, chopped fresh apples w/peeling on, and a brown sugar, cinnamon, butter topping & bake!)...yummy!!

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  69. My favorite dish is Sweet Potatoe Casserole that mom makes.

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