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Title: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oceanus on December 21, 2012, 03:20:49 PM
I used to love stuffing/dressing.  But in recent years I can’t stand it.  I say “No, thanks, I’ll just have potatoes (or whatever)”.

btw, I'm sure fruitcake is on most people's list.   :)
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: MorgnsGrl on December 21, 2012, 03:22:18 PM
Creamed onions. I like cream, I like onions, but together they are horrifying to me.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: happygrrl on December 21, 2012, 03:29:54 PM
I actually like a good fruitcake. :) (Yes, there is such a thing! lol)

I detest uber rare roast beef. Medium rare, I can take.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: alice on December 21, 2012, 03:31:16 PM
When I was a kid, we used to go to my sister's MIL's house for the holidays.  She would serve duck or goose.  I HATED that.  Ham is what we serve.  I won't touch either of those meats.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Luci on December 21, 2012, 03:33:16 PM
Fruitcake. (As above)

Mince pie.

Ribbon candy - I could never figure out how to eat it and it's just sugar, anyway. One batch lasts for years as decoration!

Divinity - again just suger. What a lot of work for nothing but air and sticky teeth.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oceanus on December 21, 2012, 03:47:06 PM
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Mince pie.

Ugh.  Add this to my list.  Hated it, even as a kid.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: rose red on December 21, 2012, 03:48:36 PM
I don't like pumpkin pie or egg nog.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: yokozbornak on December 21, 2012, 03:59:28 PM
Sweet potato casserole and pecan pie.  I am also not fond of turkey.  Or cranberry sauce.  Blech!  People want to revoke my Southerner card when they find out I don't like pecan pie.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: merryns on December 21, 2012, 04:06:44 PM
I hate gravy. When someone takes my plate of delicious food and drowns it in the vile stuff it makes me want to cry. Most will ask and take no for an answer. But some people just go ahead and ruin my food without warning.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: diesel_darlin on December 21, 2012, 04:19:42 PM
I hate gravy. When someone takes my plate of delicious food and drowns it in the vile stuff it makes me want to cry. Most will ask and take no for an answer. But some people just go ahead and ruin my food without warning.

I dont hate gravy, but I intensely dislike someone covering my food with it. The only thing I want covered in gravy is home made buttermilk biscuits.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Hollanda on December 21, 2012, 04:29:50 PM
Brussels sprouts. Green, bitter and foul. Seriously grim.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Octavia on December 21, 2012, 04:30:47 PM
Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows  :P
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: RubyCat on December 21, 2012, 04:38:48 PM
Egg nog.  It's way too heavy and I don't like the texture.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Specky on December 21, 2012, 04:51:01 PM
Green bean casserole
Fatty meat, especially rare, bloody, fatty meat (the sight of prime rib sends me scurrying)  I can't bear to watch people eat it.
Oyster stuffing.
Jello salad with meat in it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: rose red on December 21, 2012, 04:55:10 PM
Jello salad with meat in it.

Ew.  I've heard of fruits and veggies, but meat?  Yes, I know what gelatin is made from, but still... :P
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 21, 2012, 04:57:31 PM
Never did like eggnog too much, though I've never had it with any kind of alcohol added so that may be the reason! LOL!  I may try some with some whiskey added just to see if that improves it. :)

Haven't yet met a fruitcake I liked but part of it is that I haven't been a huge fan of the candied jellied fruit in it.

One year my mother made rabbit stew for Christmas Eve dinner.  I'd never had it before, tried to avoid having it at all but didn't know how to refuse without being rude so I tried it and will not be having it again. :P 

I'm going to make sweet potato casserole with whiskey added, a recipe a friend gave me years ago and I tried making it once and it turned out rather good, though my MIL (whom I usually get along with) kept saying I was trying to get them drunk.  She's not against alcohol but doesn't drink it much, never cooked with it, so I don't think she knew that when you cook with spirits the alcohol burns off and you're left with just the flavor. 
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Amara on December 21, 2012, 05:25:09 PM
Ham of any kind but especially Honey Baked. The sight of it makes me sick and I can guarantee you the smell of it will send me running to the bathroom, hand over mouth.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Editeer on December 21, 2012, 05:40:10 PM
Pfeffernusse  :P
Egg nog
Mince pie
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Luci on December 21, 2012, 05:46:08 PM
Jello salad with meat in it.

Ew.  I've heard of fruits and veggies, but meat?  Yes, I know what gelatin is made from, but still... :P

You have got to be kidding! I was raised in the '50s and have never seen that.

Fruits are OK. Vegies questionable. But meat?

Blech!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: BabylonSister on December 21, 2012, 05:49:17 PM
Ham of any kind but especially Honey Baked. The sight of it makes me sick and I can guarantee you the smell of it will send me running to the bathroom, hand over mouth.


I was wondering if I was the only one to dislike ham. I don't downright hate it but it's not something I'd choose to eat. It's way too salty for my taste.


I'm also not a fan of candy cane flavoring in anything.  I'll eat any pie you put in front of me (and also the one you're trying to hide) but hold the Cool Whip. I can't stand that.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: cabbagegirl28 on December 21, 2012, 05:53:13 PM
Green bean casserole. Mushrooms and green beans do not belong together in my mouth.

Pumpkin pie. I like pecan pie for the holidays much more.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Shakira on December 21, 2012, 06:02:53 PM
Egg nog
Green bean casserole
Gravy

Ew to all of them!!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Thipu1 on December 21, 2012, 06:35:03 PM
Mince pie.

Any spice flavored candy.  Cinnamon ribbon candy is especially vile and getting a wintergreen gum drop when you expect spearmint is just cruel. 

Marshmallows in anything except hot chocolate.

My Grandpa's favorite stuffing -- mashed potatoes, sautéed onions, caraways seeds and raisins.  :P

Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Nikko-chan on December 21, 2012, 07:21:15 PM
cranberry sauce
smelts
calamari possibly (have never tried will have to report back)
creamed veggies in bread cups
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 21, 2012, 08:34:53 PM
Ham of any kind but especially Honey Baked. The sight of it makes me sick and I can guarantee you the smell of it will send me running to the bathroom, hand over mouth.


I was wondering if I was the only one to dislike ham. I don't downright hate it but it's not something I'd choose to eat. It's way too salty for my taste.


I'm also not a fan of candy cane flavoring in anything.  I'll eat any pie you put in front of me (and also the one you're trying to hide) but hold the Cool Whip. I can't stand that.

Nope, you aren't the only one!  i also can't stand any kind of sweet potato; just don't like the taste, creamed onions, green bean casserole or mince pie. My mother LOVES mince pie, so she always makes one but to me it smells awful.  one year she even made her OWN mincemeat, but it was such a PITA she never did it again.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 21, 2012, 08:36:06 PM
Cranberry sauce. I like cranberry juice but I guess I just have never been too fond of anything that's jellied.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Shoo on December 21, 2012, 08:40:26 PM
I like most holiday foods, even fruit cake!  But I do not like green bean casserole.  Blech.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: finecabernet on December 21, 2012, 08:50:48 PM
Turkey. I hate it and have for a long time. I usually fill up on sides on Thanksgiving.

Also thanks to the person who also hates meat gravy. Have always hated it and thought I was the only one.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Luci on December 21, 2012, 09:00:23 PM
Oh, dear! I forgot about cranberries, gooseberries, and rhubarb! I can not see them as foods, ever!
Just a reason to eat sugar - blech!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: SCAJAfamily on December 21, 2012, 09:04:43 PM
pumpkin pie
yams
eggnog
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: JenJay on December 21, 2012, 09:12:10 PM
Egg nog.  It's way too heavy and I don't like the texture.

Same here but I do like the taste so I do 2/3 eggnog and 1/3 milk.

I don't care for green bean casserole or stuffing.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: JoW on December 21, 2012, 09:46:15 PM
Peppermint

That green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and Durkee fried onions.  Its a waste of good beans and onions. 
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 21, 2012, 09:47:08 PM
Cranberry anything
black eyed peas for new years
"sweet" sweet potatoes with brown sugar, cinnamon, and marshmallows.  I prefer butter, salt and pepper only.
Wintermint or spearmint.  I only like peppermint candy
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Girlie on December 21, 2012, 09:58:47 PM
Sweet potatoes. In anything.

Pecans. In anything and/or by themselves.

And I used to like ham, but in recent  years I've found it harder to digest and wind up not feeling well. I've pretty much given up on that front.

Egg nog is okay, but as a flavoring? I can't take it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: JennJenn68 on December 21, 2012, 10:04:07 PM
Ah, I knew there was something.  Thank you, Girlie.

Egg nog.  BLEAH!  Can't abide the stuff.  (My mother used to make it from scratch and make me drink it whenever I was ill at home.  With raw egg included, and I was made to watch her mixing it up.  Now just looking at it is almost an emetic for me.  Even thinking about it is causing my stomach to roil.)

I can't manage any meat except fish, either.  That, however, is not just surrounding holiday foods--my digestion just can't tolerate them, ever.  Fortunately, nobody seems to take it amiss if I fail to eat turkey (which is our family's usual Christmas fare).  They're used to my foibles by now.  It helps that my mother-in-law shares my food preferences; she makes smoked salmon just for the two of us when it's her turn to host.  Lovely woman!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: siamesecat2965 on December 21, 2012, 10:11:00 PM
I also don't care much for cranberry sauce, although this changed at Thanksgiving. My friend made the yummiest homemade cranberry sauce; with cranberries, port wine, and sugar. I could have eaten it right from the container!  its more of a compote than a sauce, and I need to make some for me!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Ereine on December 22, 2012, 12:26:34 AM
I dislike ham too. I'm not sure why as ours isn't too salty so I think that it has to do with the texture and color though the taste isn't too good either (but I manage to eat other pork, even though I don't particulaly like it). My sister loves ham with passion so that's the meat we usually have on Christmas. I don't mind too much because there's lots of lovely fish for me, some salted and some smoked.

I also dislike another of my sister's favourites, a sweetened potato casserole. It's made from regular potatoes that are mashed and mixed with a little flour, then left in a warm place for hours which apparently makes it sweet (do it for too long and it starts fermenting). Then you bake it and the end-result is sort of slimy and runny (or delicious, depending on who you ask). I much prefer rutabaga casserole instead.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: darling on December 22, 2012, 12:34:33 AM
Oyster stew.  :P Christmas Eve tradition in my family. Luckily, there are usually enough dishes that I can avoid it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: snowdragon on December 22, 2012, 12:58:17 AM
Brussels sprouts. Green, bitter and foul. Seriously grim.
My Brother calls those Aborted Cabbages.


My list includes those things ( whatever you wanna call them)

Green bean Casserole

Sweet Potatoes

Mince anything

Oysters Anything

I am sure this is missing a few things, but off the top of my head these are the biggies.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: atirial on December 22, 2012, 02:36:56 AM
Brussels sprouts. Green, bitter and foul. Seriously grim.
My Brother calls those Aborted Cabbages.
As far as I'm concerned, he's right. I think that term might come into use in our house. (Can you tell I can't stand them?)
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oz diva on December 22, 2012, 03:48:57 AM
Almost none of the foods listed are 'holiday' dishes for me. For my family Christmas dinner consists of turkey, ham and a series of salads. We finish it off with Christmas pudding or berries.

I do love a good Christmas cake, often homemade.

I detest marzipan, but I love the rest of it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: sunnygirl on December 22, 2012, 05:50:11 AM
I don't really dislike any of the foods that are traditional here, but just to say, I will more than happily take anyone's brussels sprouts.  ;D
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oz diva on December 22, 2012, 06:00:21 AM
They're yours.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: AmethystAnne on December 22, 2012, 07:40:44 AM
My DSIL's recipe for Hawaiian Salad. She puts a lot(!) of maraschino cherries in it.

She made it for Thanksgiving and very little of it was taken out of the bowl. When DSIL asked later, my MIL was the only one who took some home with her. All my kids said no thank you when DBIL asked them if they wanted to take some home with them.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: hermanne on December 22, 2012, 08:55:06 AM
Egg nog
Sweet potatoes
Peppermint candy canes. DS doesn't like them either, so I bought a box of cherry flavored ones for us.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: kckgirl on December 22, 2012, 08:57:59 AM
Fruitcake, creamed onions, rare/medium rare/medium any kind of meat, mince pie, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, oysters or any other seafood, egg nog, cranberry anything. I'm sure there is more, but I just can't think of any more for now.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: readingchick on December 22, 2012, 09:07:52 AM
All those who dislike green bean casserole and all those who dislike eggnog can send them my way!


edited because I completely misread the title of the thread....*headsmack*
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 22, 2012, 10:46:59 AM
I don't really dislike any of the foods that are traditional here, but just to say, I will more than happily take anyone's brussels sprouts.  ;D

I'll take any leftovers
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Bijou on December 22, 2012, 11:11:28 AM
I'll take anything except for the green bean casserole and meat that is underdone.   
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: jaxsue on December 22, 2012, 11:14:52 AM
Fruitcake.  :P My parents loved it. They even had fruitcake as their wedding cake (a Canadian thing, at least for their families).
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Firecat on December 22, 2012, 11:19:36 AM
Fruitcake (actually anything with candied fruit in it). Add me to the list of those who don't like gravy, too. I don't care for egg nog, either, and as far as I'm concerned, candy canes flavored with anything other than peppermint are just wrong  ;)
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on December 22, 2012, 11:36:07 AM
I'm not really a pie person. I like lemon meringue pie, and chocolate/pudding pies, but that's it. No other fruit pies, no nut pies, no pumpkin pies. I can't help it - I'm just not fond of the texture of cooked fruit.

Add me to the list of people who does not like green bean casserole.

However, it's nice that the traditional meals are exactly what I decide they will be, because I do all the cooking  ;D I will make a few dishes I'm not crazy about if requested, but if no one asks, then why would I make something I don't like and won't eat? I'm not a mind-reader.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: ica171 on December 22, 2012, 04:57:31 PM
Eggnog. I've never had homemade, so maybe that would change my mind. I didn't try it for the longest time but was convinced I didn't like it. This year I baked some stuff with eggnog, so I tried a bit of what I had left over. I don't know if it was the brand or what, but...I didn't like it.

Cranberry sauce, especially from the can.

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows. I like sweet potatoes, but not from the can and not with marshmallows.

Green bean casserole, at least not the canned soup kind. I've had homemade green bean casseroles with fresh green beans, bechamel or roux and real fried onions and that's good. But the other kind is just gloppy and mushy to me.

Turkey. It stinks and I'm just not a fan of the taste. If I'm going to eat it, I'd much rather it be on a cold sandwich.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oz diva on December 22, 2012, 05:00:36 PM
Fruitcake.  :P My parents loved it. They even had fruitcake as their wedding cake (a Canadian thing, at least for their families).
Wedding cake must be fruitcake, anything else is wrong.  >:D
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: JennJenn68 on December 22, 2012, 07:13:39 PM
Fruitcake.  :P My parents loved it. They even had fruitcake as their wedding cake (a Canadian thing, at least for their families).
Wedding cake must be fruitcake, anything else is wrong.  >:D

Oh, is that specifically a Canadian custom?  I thought that it had to be German in origin, since my mother's family seem to be the purveyor of fruitcake for wedding cake, and they originate from a small German farming community that didn't have many outsiders at the time.  (Yes, it's in Ontario, but still...) My mother made it for us, and wrapped all of the bits individually-- a real labour of love on her and my dad's part.  I've never forgotten it.

My mother's fruitcake?  I loved it and miss it dearly, since she passed away.  I've never found another fruitcake recipe that I can choke down, so I guess that does go under the "dislike intensely" umbrella.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Minmom3 on December 22, 2012, 07:19:55 PM
Green jello 3 layer 'salad'.
Green bean casserole.
Candied yams.
Stove Top stuffing, followed by, to a lesser degree, DH's stuffing.
Any pureed squash with 'things' added for style and flavor.
Dried out turkey breast.

I will do my best to be discrete about not piling them on my plate and digging in, as I'm quite happy to pile other things on my plate and dig into them, but if somebody tries to coerce me into eating Their Favorite, it isn't going to end well.  I have been known to announce to the table (or my MIL) that "I'm XX years old, and I know what I like to eat and what I do not like to eat, and I'm NOT going to eat THAT!  I am a grown woman, not a 2 year old, and I will NOT be told what I must eat."  Since in no case have I EVER been the one making a stink about what is and is not on my plate until pushed repeatedly to eat XX, I have no shame any longer about refusing at volume.   >:D 
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 22, 2012, 08:08:26 PM
Most of the things listed here are required for it to be the holidays for me.

However, I dislike the following:

Mint jelly or sauce
Lamb
Mincemeat
Gum Drops and jelly beans
Soft peppermint candies

I have never seen meat in a gelatin "salad" or dessert, and my family eats gelatin at every possible opportunity.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: agentsmith on December 22, 2012, 08:13:18 PM
Cool Whip
Mincemeat
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: ladyknight1 on December 22, 2012, 08:35:06 PM
I will take everyone's pies, sweet potatoes, ham and turkey. I love them.

I grew up with the Texas style fruitcake, which is mainly pecans and some fruit. I don't care for any other kind.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Julia Mercer on December 22, 2012, 08:41:31 PM
I DESPISE Cool Whip as well, especially in cream puffs when you go to bite into one, expecting delicious whipped cream and taste the fakeness, YUKKKKKKKKK! I also dislike egg nog, as well as Turtles chocolates, they are too sweet for my taste.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: 2doglady on December 22, 2012, 08:44:01 PM
Chocolate covered cherries (cordials).  My Grandfather used to give me a double layer box every year for Christmas.  Hate them!  I used to cut off the top, scrape the cherry and accompanied goo out and then just eat the chocolate.  My Mom sometimes, as a joke, gives me a small box (4) just to bug me.  It was her Father, my Grandfather.   :D
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 22, 2012, 09:37:48 PM
I will take everyones egg nog.  I love the stuff and hate that you can only get it at the holidays.  I also use it in my french toast.  I'm doing baked french toast this year and will be adding a bit of nog into the egg batter.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Acadianna on December 22, 2012, 09:54:37 PM
I also use it in my french toast.  I'm doing baked french toast this year and will be adding a bit of nog into the egg batter.

That sounds marvelous!!!  Must try it, must try it.

Low on my list of holiday foods:  mince pie, pecan pie, divinity, fruitcake, peppermint candy canes.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oceanus on December 22, 2012, 10:03:45 PM
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Chocolate covered cherries (cordials). 

I once ate too many of those when I was a kid, got really sick, and haven't liked them since. :(
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: SamiHami on December 22, 2012, 10:18:23 PM
Chocolate covered cherries (cordials).  My Grandfather used to give me a double layer box every year for Christmas.  Hate them!  I used to cut off the top, scrape the cherry and accompanied goo out and then just eat the chocolate.  My Mom sometimes, as a joke, gives me a small box (4) just to bug me.  It was her Father, my Grandfather.   :D

 :-X It makes me sad to learn that you defiled the magnificent deliciousness that is the chocolate covered cherry...
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: BabylonSister on December 22, 2012, 10:30:39 PM
I will take everyones egg nog.  I love the stuff and hate that you can only get it at the holidays.  I also use it in my french toast.  I'm doing baked french toast this year and will be adding a bit of nog into the egg batter.


You can always make your own any time of year. I Google "eggnog recipe" and this is the first that came. It has Alton Brown's name on it so I'm guessing it should be good: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggnog-recipe2/index.html (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/eggnog-recipe2/index.html)


I'm not a big fan of the green bean casserole but one year I made my own with homemade white sauce, fresh mushrooms and frozen green beans. It was a little better than the "all out of a can" version.


Oh and despite being French, I'm not too fond of the bûche de Noël. It has just too much buttercream for me. The ice cream version is nicer.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: PastryGoddess on December 22, 2012, 11:00:30 PM
I also use it in my french toast.  I'm doing baked french toast this year and will be adding a bit of nog into the egg batter.

That sounds marvelous!!!  Must try it, must try it.

Low on my list of holiday foods:  mince pie, pecan pie, divinity, fruitcake, peppermint candy canes.

I will try to write everything down and post a recipe :)
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: FauxFoodist on December 22, 2012, 11:30:28 PM
Eggnog -- I hate it, I hate it, I HATE IT.  The first time I tried it was over 30 years ago when I was a Brownie and thought it the most awful thing on the planet (I was seriously disappointed as I'd been so looking forward to trying it up to that point).  I've tasted it here and there over the years and continue to dislike it tremendously.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Jones on December 22, 2012, 11:49:40 PM
I tried mince meat pie once, never again. I can't say my pie-loving extended family has it on the holiday table very often; every few years it debuts, one or two people have a nibble, and whoever made it takes home most of a pie.

Also, if I want my mouth to feel minty, I will brush my teeth. Spearmint, peppermint, anything tingly, I do not consider "pleasure food". I blame toothpaste for that, as I hated brushing as a child.

Anything with nuts is low on my list too. I'll eat it; on occasion I will like it (peanut brittle is an occasional fav), but anything that makes the nuts seem an afterthought is ruined by their presence.

RE: brussels sprouts, I have never seen them at a holiday dinner and did not try them until I was an adult. I can and will eat them if they have been frozen at some point; this lessens the bitterness, and I find them halfway tastey. However, it is all I can do to not lose the rest of my dinner when I bite into a picked-and-served-fresh bussel sprout. I can't recall succeeding in swallowing one yet...fortunately this trial has not happened in public.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: starry diadem on December 23, 2012, 02:22:01 AM
I used to love stuffing/dressing.  But in recent years I can’t stand it.  I say “No, thanks, I’ll just have potatoes (or whatever)”.

btw, I'm sure fruitcake is on most people's list.   :)

I've never understood the US aversion to fruitcake, which appears to crop up a lot on this board.  Real English fruitcake is wonderful stuff, the staple for wedding and Christmas cakes.  My Christmas cake has been 'fed' with marsala for the last six weeks and would knock your socks off.

If you really want something to dislike, try mince pies.  Sweet mincemeat really is disgusting stuff.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oz diva on December 23, 2012, 03:51:24 AM
I'll take your unwanted mince pies too. Love a good mince pie.
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Post by: CrochetFanatic on December 23, 2012, 05:09:02 AM
I have to chime in with mince pie.  I tried to like it, but I just can't eat it.  It's not just the taste; I can't abide the smell.  My dad occasionally makes his own mincemeat in the crock pot, and it (in my opinion, at least) stinks up the house.  I don't swear up and down that I hate it, or make a big stink when it's served...I just don't eat it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: cicero on December 23, 2012, 05:20:15 AM
can i trade brussel sprouts and overly sweet meat dishes for everyone's unwanted cranberry sauce (canned, jellied)?

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Post by: Marisol on December 23, 2012, 08:56:55 AM
I'm probably the opposite of most everyone:

I love eggnog, fruitcake, brusselsprouts, and the sweetmeats of a bird.

I hate that french onion green bean casserole that everyone seems to make. I think it is one of the grossest dishes of all.  I like fresh green beans but the french onion goop ruins them and canned green beans taste off to me.   I also hate regular stuffing.  I do like oyster and liver stuffings. 
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Post by: Venus193 on December 23, 2012, 09:20:01 AM
Egg nog and anything else heavily dairy.  Sweet potatoes, especially if any more sweet anything is added to them.  Mince pie and fruitcake; no further comment required.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 23, 2012, 10:16:35 AM
I used to love stuffing/dressing.  But in recent years I can’t stand it.  I say “No, thanks, I’ll just have potatoes (or whatever)”.

btw, I'm sure fruitcake is on most people's list.   :)

I've never understood the US aversion to fruitcake, which appears to crop up a lot on this board.  Real English fruitcake is wonderful stuff, the staple for wedding and Christmas cakes.  My Christmas cake has been 'fed' with marsala for the last six weeks and would knock your socks off.

If you really want something to dislike, try mince pies.  Sweet mincemeat really is disgusting stuff.

American fruitcake can be very different from the traditional version.  When not made correctly, American fruitcake is literally 'thick as a brick'. 

In parts of the US, fruitcake tossing and fruitcake catapulting are holiday events loved by young and
old. There are lots of jokes about fruitcakes being used as doorstops.

However, a home-made fruitcake that has been properly 'marinated' or a good bakery version can be delicious. 

I agree with dessert mince pies.  They're vile.  The only sort of 'mince' pie I enjoy is the savory Australian version with cheese.   ;)   
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Marisol on December 23, 2012, 10:33:51 AM
There are good American fruitcakes out there that you can buy from the store. Some are very moist. Not soft, but not hard either.  I think a lot of people just don't try a variety of them so the first bad one they get sours the image.
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Post by: Firecat on December 23, 2012, 10:38:07 AM
I don't like fruitcake because I can't stand candied fruit. To me, the citron in particular just makes it bitter and nasty-tasting.
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Post by: DollyPond on December 23, 2012, 11:43:52 AM
I agree with many of the items posted previously and will add:

Pitzelle cookies with anise - but fortunately I have a friend who makes them without

I detest anise flavor probably because my grandmother made us drink anisette as kids to calm an upset stomach (or so she claimed).  So not only do I not like licorice flavor I associate it with being nauseous to this day.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: White Dragon on December 23, 2012, 05:19:35 PM
I have tried many times over the years to try and appreciate sweet potatoes.
I've tried many recipes and textures.
Not going to happen.

Pumpkin pie. My mom has a theory that I dislike the spice combination, but I enjoy those spices in other dishes.
She doesn't seem to have figured out that my dislike of pumpkin may be related to my ledendary dislike of all things squash.

Egg nog. No. Just...no.

Jellied salads. My grandma used to make these and just the memory of the texture makes me go ick.

On the up side, add me to the 'loves mince' club. :)
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Post by: violinp on December 23, 2012, 05:26:17 PM
I used to love stuffing/dressing.  But in recent years I can’t stand it.  I say “No, thanks, I’ll just have potatoes (or whatever)”.

btw, I'm sure fruitcake is on most people's list.   :)

I've never understood the US aversion to fruitcake, which appears to crop up a lot on this board.  Real English fruitcake is wonderful stuff, the staple for wedding and Christmas cakes.  My Christmas cake has been 'fed' with marsala for the last six weeks and would knock your socks off.

If you really want something to dislike, try mince pies.  Sweet mincemeat really is disgusting stuff.

American fruitcake can be very different from the traditional version.  When not made correctly, American fruitcake is literally 'thick as a brick'. 

In parts of the US, fruitcake tossing and fruitcake catapulting are holiday events loved by young and
old. There are lots of jokes about fruitcakes being used as doorstops.

However, a home-made fruitcake that has been properly 'marinated' or a good bakery version can be delicious. 

I agree with dessert mince pies.  They're vile.  The only sort of 'mince' pie I enjoy is the savory Australian version with cheese.   ;)

One of my dad's uncles was famous in the family for his fruitcake. He would spend 2 weeks adding rum to the thing, and that thing would knock your socks off. However, the director of a choir I was in gave my family some of her homemade fruitcake. You could break your teeth on it. So, it really depends on the person who makes it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: oz diva on December 23, 2012, 05:35:37 PM
I wonder what is being done to these fruitcakes? Mine is loads of fruit and a little bit of cake mix to bind it, slowly cooked for 4 hours. It's so moist and delicious. Lasts for months if necessary, though I'm never organized enough. And please stop maligning my beloved mince pies. I adore them, the crumbly pastry mixes so beautifully with the filling. Yum, sadly I don't think we have any left, I better go shopping.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: magicdomino on December 23, 2012, 05:54:58 PM
I don't like fruitcake because I can't stand candied fruit. To me, the citron in particular just makes it bitter and nasty-tasting.

Same here.  The problem with fruitcake is that it has fruit in it.  Candied fruit is completely inedible in my opinion, but I'm not big on cakes with a lot of dried fruit either.  One notable exception:  I have a recipe for a chocolate cherry fruitcake.  Dried cherries soaked in kirsch, walnuts and chocolate chips in a chocolate batter.  There's plenty of batter to soak up more kirsch, and keep it from having the texture of an alcohol-soaked granola bar.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Cyradis on December 23, 2012, 05:57:15 PM
I used to love stuffing/dressing.  But in recent years I can’t stand it.  I say “No, thanks, I’ll just have potatoes (or whatever)”.

btw, I'm sure fruitcake is on most people's list.   :)

I've never understood the US aversion to fruitcake, which appears to crop up a lot on this board.  Real English fruitcake is wonderful stuff, the staple for wedding and Christmas cakes.  My Christmas cake has been 'fed' with marsala for the last six weeks and would knock your socks off.

If you really want something to dislike, try mince pies.  Sweet mincemeat really is disgusting stuff.

Caribbean fruit cake is similar. It's made with fruit that has been luxuriating in rum and brandy for months. Then you pour more alcohol on the finished cake. We also have a Christmas liquer made with condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs and rum that's similar to eggnog.

I'm not a fan of ginger beer which is a Christmas tradition here. It's also tradtional to import things like Danish Butter cookies and those cherry cordial filled chocolates at this time of year. I don't like either those much.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Piratelvr1121 on December 23, 2012, 06:01:07 PM

My mother's fruitcake?  I loved it and miss it dearly, since she passed away.  I've never found another fruitcake recipe that I can choke down, so I guess that does go under the "dislike intensely" umbrella.

My best friend told me that the only fruitcake she really liked was her mothers, as her mom would soak it in brandy for a week prior to Christmas day. After her mom passed away, both she and her sister tried to make it but it didn't turn out as well as her mother's so it's one of those things that just died with her mom.  Having never met her mother since she passed several years before I met friend, I never got to taste it, but it sounds good.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: sempronialou on December 23, 2012, 08:06:49 PM
Gravy- It should never go on mashed potatoes especially.  It's just wrong to put gravy on them.  I don't like it on anything else either.
Egg nog- I used to like it as a kid, but now I've lost the taste for it.
Ham
Sweet potatoes
Squash
Stuffing
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: blue2000 on December 23, 2012, 11:54:50 PM
I wonder what is being done to these fruitcakes? Mine is loads of fruit and a little bit of cake mix to bind it, slowly cooked for 4 hours. It's so moist and delicious. Lasts for months if necessary, though I'm never organized enough. And please stop maligning my beloved mince pies. I adore them, the crumbly pastry mixes so beautifully with the filling. Yum, sadly I don't think we have any left, I better go shopping.

I'm with you! I love mincemeat pies and properly made fruitcake. Sadly, most fruitcakes here really are the taste and texture of a brick. Way too much cake, way too little fruit, and both are dry and hard as heck. Yuck!

I love holiday food, but some things have been mentioned that I could do without. I don't like jello salad or cranberry sauce. And I've never had green bean casserole made with canned beans (only fresh or frozen) but it sounds icky. Canned beans are mushy!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: sunnygirl on December 24, 2012, 06:59:26 AM
You really have to roast or stir fry or sauté sprouts, they are admittedly pretty vile when cooked the 'traditional' British way (i.e. boiled to death).
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Post by: wx4caster on December 24, 2012, 07:55:49 AM
You really have to roast or stir fry or sauté sprouts, they are admittedly pretty vile when cooked the 'traditional' British way (i.e. boiled to death).

Definitely try roasting them.  We had them that way recently at a restaurant (came on the plate with other roasted vegetables) and discovered I actually liked them.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 24, 2012, 08:04:38 AM
I make a gourmet version of green bean casserole with fresh beans, a mushroom veloute and a mixture of fresh toasted breadcrumbs and either packaged french-fried onions or lightly pan-fried shallots dredged in a bit of flour.

I now feel I have to make a jello salad for Christmas dinner.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 24, 2012, 08:15:06 AM
Back in the 1950s, my uncle had a recipe for a no-bake fruit cake that featured orange juice and was delicious.

THAT'S a recipe I'd love to find again. 

There was also a mail-order house that offered a Hawaiian fruitcake.  It was a light-colored batter with macadamia nuts and pineapple--- luscious.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on December 24, 2012, 08:21:44 AM
Swiss colony has the Hawaiian fruitcake. I am thinking of making a non-alcoholic fruitcake.
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Post by: BabylonSister on December 24, 2012, 08:48:04 AM
You really have to roast or stir fry or sauté sprouts, they are admittedly pretty vile when cooked the 'traditional' British way (i.e. boiled to death).

Definitely try roasting them.  We had them that way recently at a restaurant (came on the plate with other roasted vegetables) and discovered I actually liked them.


I roast mine until they're caramelized, crisp on the outside and soft inside, and I drizzle them with honey and Sriracha chili sauce. I'm having them tonight, actually.


And I'm hoping the general feeling of disgust towards eggnog means it will get discounted right after Christmas. Preferrably the boozy variety kthxbye.


And I second the Jell-O. It's a cultural thing for me, I guess. I just don't "get" Jell-O.
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Post by: Thipu1 on December 24, 2012, 08:52:46 AM
For the Holidays, we always had a gelatin salad and it was well received.  It was a mixture of orange and lemon jello with pineapple and shredded carrots.   

The salad was served as an appetizer and was great for snacking.
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Post by: Otterpop on December 24, 2012, 08:58:54 AM
I think my lifelong hatred of fruitcake came from one Christmas 40 years ago when a prankster uncle brought a cake that was 100 proof.  Just standing near it made our eyes water.  Us kids were daring each other to eat a slice.  (Think sea sponge, soaked in fire, scraping down your throat...) Gag!!!

Oh and spice drops.  Biting into a green one thinking it lime (divine), but it's wintergreen and tingles.  Maybe we all dislike being "tricked" by food?
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Post by: The TARDIS on January 03, 2013, 12:52:55 AM
I detest cranberries, and I have ever since I was a tiny little box.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Margo on January 03, 2013, 04:54:00 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only lover of proper (fruit) Christmas/wedding cake
(Fruitcake for weddings is an British tradition - I suspect we may have exported it to Canada and Australia) Properly done it is glorious - loads of dried fruit, soaked in some brandy before you start cooking (I put very little candied peel into mine as it can be overpowering) cooked slowly so it stays moist, then wrapped and 'fed' with more brandy in the weeks running up to Christmas.

If you're *proper* organised you make it about 3 months in advance so it has time to mature, and when it is a wedding cake, it used to be traditional to keep one tier and have it as the Christening Cake for your first child.

I personally don't care for the marzipan and royal icing which go on the christmas cake. When I was growing up, I always used to share a slice of cake with my sister - she had the marzipan and icing, I had the cake.

Mince pies are wonderful, too - especially with a chunk of Wensleydale cheese (although they are good with clotted cream, too...)

Holiday foods I dislike - the only one I can think of is baked ham. I really can't bear ham if it is hot. Cold (if it is a good quality ham to start with) is OK, but not hot. And i really can't bear the smell you get when you are boiling a ham. Fortunately my papretns know this, and make sure to have done that before I arrive, so I get to eat the nice cold ham and don't have to live with the awful smell of boiling ham!

Brussell Sprouts re OK in moderation, but they are much nicer if they are shredded and lightly steamed, or if they are roasted, than if they are boiled.

Do all the cake-haters dislike Christmas Pudding, too, or don't you have that in the US?
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: iridaceae on January 03, 2013, 05:14:32 AM
Christmas pudding undoubtably pops up here and there but I've never had it. A lot of us do not have any English/Scots/Welsh/Irish ancestry so do not have UK food traditions.

Green bean casserole is terrible.

Ham is too salty-I have a low salt tolerance- and gravy is forbidden on my plate.
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Post by: Shalamar on January 03, 2013, 02:59:19 PM
For some reason I loathe Christmas pudding but love Christmas cake.  No idea why - they're not that dissimilar.

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Mince pies are wonderful, too - especially with a chunk of Wensleydale cheese (although they are good with clotted cream, too...)

Now I'm getting all hungry, and I'm on a diet!  I ADORE mince pies (my mother's are divine - her pastry is light and flaky and completely addictive).  I always follow tradition and don't talk while I'm eating one so that I'll get a month of good luck in the New Year.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: doodlemor on January 03, 2013, 05:51:43 PM
Lutefisk.  [This is a Scandinavian dish made with dried whitefish and lye.]

My DH once ate this to be a polite guest when he was a teenager.  I hear about it every Christmas.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Ereine on January 04, 2013, 02:39:42 AM
I like the look of packaged lutefisk, it's so white and squishy and a bit like jelly but I've never been tempted to taste it, fortunately it isn't part of my family's celebration. I actually don't know anyone who eats it, though it's always available in grocery stores during Christmas.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: bopper on January 04, 2013, 08:18:18 AM
Creamed onions. I like cream, I like onions, but together they are horrifying to me.

I don't even understand why they would make this! bleck!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Kendo_Bunny on January 04, 2013, 11:41:48 AM
I like the look of packaged lutefisk, it's so white and squishy and a bit like jelly but I've never been tempted to taste it, fortunately it isn't part of my family's celebration. I actually don't know anyone who eats it, though it's always available in grocery stores during Christmas.

My theory as a person of Norwegian descent (also my Dad's theory) is that lutefisk is eaten at holidays to celebrate the fact that we no longer have to eat it.
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Post by: Thipu1 on January 04, 2013, 11:54:04 AM
Creamed onions. I like cream, I like onions, but together they are horrifying to me.

I don't even understand why they would make this! bleck!

Oh, the cream gravy from the onions is delicious on mashed potatoes. 
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Post by: Luci on January 04, 2013, 12:24:31 PM
Creamed onions. I like cream, I like onions, but together they are horrifying to me.

I don't even understand why they would make this! bleck!

Oh, the cream gravy from the onions is delicious on mashed potatoes.

Well, if I add about 4 times the volume of cooked diced potates and 4 times the volume of peas, I get Creamed Peas and Potatoes in Onion Sauce, whitch I love!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Venus193 on January 04, 2013, 02:55:21 PM
Brunhilde has a recipe of cippolini or crimini onions in cheese sauce that I have to get from her.  It would make a good filling for baked potatoes.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: lady_disdain on January 04, 2013, 03:49:40 PM
French toast. While it may be everyday food in the US, it is strongly associated with Christmas here. I love anything with cinnamon and sugar, so I should love French toast, right? Wrong. I hate the texture and there isn't enough cinnamon on Earth to compensate for it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: bansidhe on January 04, 2013, 05:36:20 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only lover of proper (fruit) Christmas/wedding cake
(Fruitcake for weddings is an British tradition - I suspect we may have exported it to Canada and Australia) Properly done it is glorious - loads of dried fruit, soaked in some brandy before you start cooking (I put very little candied peel into mine as it can be overpowering) cooked slowly so it stays moist, then wrapped and 'fed' with more brandy in the weeks running up to Christmas.

Until last year I thought I hated fruitcake. I'd only ever had the nasty dry kind with the horrid candied fruit. Then someone at work convinced me to try her homemade fruitcake made as described above and it was awesome! I made my own this year, with dark rum rather than brandy.

I loathe sweet potatoes with marshmallows/brown sugar/anything else sticky and sweet, have never tried green bean casserole and refuse to do so because it sounds nasty, and won't touch eggnog.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: MissRose on January 04, 2013, 05:42:40 PM
I am not a fan of green bean cassarolle but like picking the fried onions off the top of it instead.

I don't like sweet potato cassarolle but the smell doesn't bother me but my nephew eats my portion & for a few others as he loves how my aunt makes it.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: whiterose on January 04, 2013, 05:49:55 PM
Roast pork

Tamales

But then, both have meat (though the tamales can be made vegetarian).

I like pecan pie, but am terrified of breaking a tooth- I started avoiding it in 2011 when I had braces.

Green bean casserole- too salty.
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Post by: kckgirl on January 05, 2013, 09:20:30 AM
For those of you who make green bean casserole using regular white sauce, does it taste ok without the mushrooms? I like green bean casserole, but just push the mushrooms aside (it's a texture thing with me). Do they really need to be there for the flavor? I want to try making the casserole with fresh ingredients, but don't know what to do about the mushrooms.
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Post by: ladyknight1 on January 05, 2013, 12:26:01 PM
I sauté the mushrooms first, then add the flour to them to make the roux. You could use onions or shallots as the base first, or just go with a roux. I would recommend some bold seasoning to keep it from being bland, however.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: mbbored on January 05, 2013, 01:07:51 PM
My family also loves fruitcake: ours features just citron, coconut and slivered almonds soaked in lots of brandy. We never understood why people thought fruitcake was evil until my SIL brought a Claxton "dry" fruitcake this year as a joke. Those colors look unnatural and that thing is as hard as a rock: I accidentally knocked it off the counter and it bruised my foot. If that was all I had experienced, I'd hate it too!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: MizA on January 05, 2013, 04:44:07 PM
For those of you who make green bean casserole using regular white sauce, does it taste ok without the mushrooms? I like green bean casserole, but just push the mushrooms aside (it's a texture thing with me). Do they really need to be there for the flavor? I want to try making the casserole with fresh ingredients, but don't know what to do about the mushrooms.

You can also get dried mushrooms, grind them, and use them as a seasoning.  Instant umami!
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Sharnita on January 05, 2013, 09:13:25 PM
Not a fan of fruit cake and along the same lines I don't like raisin bread either. I do love mincemeat pie.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: LilacRosey on January 07, 2013, 04:32:58 PM
I cant stand cranberry sauce all kinds and we always have it at my parents Christmas and thanksgiving dinners and they like me to try everything. Yuck!, LilacRosey
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: Margo on January 15, 2013, 05:08:08 AM
For those of you who make green bean casserole using regular white sauce, does it taste ok without the mushrooms? I like green bean casserole, but just push the mushrooms aside (it's a texture thing with me). Do they really need to be there for the flavor? I want to try making the casserole with fresh ingredients, but don't know what to do about the mushrooms.

You can also get dried mushrooms, grind them, and use them as a seasoning.  Instant umami!
You could also use dried mushrooms to make mushroom stock - soak them for about 20 minutes in boiling water, then use the liquid when you make the white sauce. Should give you the mushroom flavour without having any actual mushrooms in the dish.
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Post by: Cami on January 15, 2013, 09:09:57 AM
I don't like meat stuffings or dressings. I'm sorry, but they look like they've been regurgitated.
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Post by: whatsanenigma on January 15, 2013, 03:50:06 PM
I really dislike green bean cassarole made the traditional way, but with cream of chicken soup instead of cream of mushroom, I actually think it's really good.
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Post by: Hmmmmm on January 15, 2013, 04:14:21 PM
Question on mincemeat pies for those in the UK or Australia.  Does your mincemenat still contain any meat in them?  My mom would make mincemeat pies using a pre-made mix of mincemeat.  It was just fruit and seasonings, no meat.  (I just went and looked up the ingredients to confirm)

I'm not sure I ever had a mincemeat pie with actual meat in it, though I have run across recipes that still list meat as an ingredient.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: MOM21SON on January 15, 2013, 06:30:21 PM
Sadly, I have never even tried Mincemeat pie.  My mother made it once, but told me it was made of something very different than what everyone here is saying, so I never tried it.

I would love to have a UK tried and true recipe for fruit cake.
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Post by: oz diva on January 16, 2013, 03:55:44 AM
Question on mincemeat pies for those in the UK or Australia.  Does your mincemenat still contain any meat in them?  My mom would make mincemeat pies using a pre-made mix of mincemeat.  It was just fruit and seasonings, no meat.  (I just went and looked up the ingredients to confirm)

I'm not sure I ever had a mincemeat pie with actual meat in it, though I have run across recipes that still list meat as an ingredient.
Mince pie has no meat, just an assortment of dried fruit and and booze, we only eat them at Christmas, the pastry is usually short crust .  Meat pie is served hot and is made of beef or lamb. They can be served all year long, the pastry is flakey. You just don't confuse them.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: *new*mommyagain36 on January 16, 2013, 11:38:09 AM
Egg Nog - although it's more the texture than the taste.
Green Bean Casserole - can eat if steaming hot and no french fried onions
Oyster Stuffing - Oyster-less if great though
Gravy - again a texture issue
Cranberry sauce - a texture thing once again, although Mom makes a really nice, chunky cranberry chutney type dish that is yummy and refreshing.
Strong/Fake Mint flavors - mint added to coffee or cocoa, yuck.
REAL Mincemeat  - is meatless now and a Mincemeat(less) pie is tasty.  My Granny used to make they Mincemeat-with-meat pies and - uhm - no thanks.
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Post by: Margo on January 21, 2013, 02:50:27 PM
Question on mincemeat pies for those in the UK or Australia.  Does your mincemenat still contain any meat in them?  My mom would make mincemeat pies using a pre-made mix of mincemeat.  It was just fruit and seasonings, no meat.  (I just went and looked up the ingredients to confirm)

I'm not sure I ever had a mincemeat pie with actual meat in it, though I have run across recipes that still list meat as an ingredient.
There's  no actual meat, but traditional recipies do include a little suet (beef fat) in the fruit filling. I think a lot of commercial suppliers both of mince pies and 'mincemeat' use a vegetarian-friendly alternative, these days. My Good Housekeeping recipie book calls for 8oz suet to 5lbs of fruit and 1lb of sugar. I've  never made it but by grandmother used to.
Title: Re: What holiday foods do you dislike? (intensely)
Post by: o_gal on January 22, 2013, 07:27:22 PM
Question on mincemeat pies for those in the UK or Australia.  Does your mincemenat still contain any meat in them?  My mom would make mincemeat pies using a pre-made mix of mincemeat.  It was just fruit and seasonings, no meat.  (I just went and looked up the ingredients to confirm)

I'm not sure I ever had a mincemeat pie with actual meat in it, though I have run across recipes that still list meat as an ingredient.
There's  no actual meat, but traditional recipies do include a little suet (beef fat) in the fruit filling. I think a lot of commercial suppliers both of mince pies and 'mincemeat' use a vegetarian-friendly alternative, these days. My Good Housekeeping recipie book calls for 8oz suet to 5lbs of fruit and 1lb of sugar. I've  never made it but by grandmother used to.

Yes, there can be meat in mincemeat pie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mincemeat). My MIL's recipe, which my Mom uses as well, calls for 1.5 lbs of ground or minced cooked beef. I think most people don't put meat in it now, and might call it simply "mince" pie. MIL's recipe cheats, though - it calls for 1.5 lbs of beef, 6 diced apples... and then 2 jars of NoneSuch mincemeat pie filling  :D