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Nov 18, 2010 09:47 PM

I like canned cranberry sauce! What holiday treates do you like that foodies would shudder at?

I admit it. I love canned whole berry cranberry sauce. I make it myself when I have guests, but as a treat, like I did tonight, I'll just open a can and have at it. i also like canned apple pie filling, right out of the can. Or heated with a scoop of ice cream on top.

What other holiday goodies do you like that you can't allow anyone to know about because they'll think you're crazy? :)

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  1. We like canned cranberry sauce also. We have made it from scratch. But the canned brings back our childhood. Some things you don't mess with.

    1. I love a good fruitcake, meanwhile others use theirs as a doorstop.

      1. Love good fruitcake, and I like to eat None Such brandy rum mincemeat right out of the jar!

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        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

          Oh- I like good fruitcake too. All those crunchy damp dried fruits... yum.

        2. One of our family's must have appetizers for any holiday meal has always been celery stuffed with a cream cheese/green olive spread. We always use cheap jars of green olives stuffed with pimentos, a little juice from the jar to thin the cream cheese a bit. Oh yum. I love it and can't imagine a holiday without it.

          1. I love green bean casserole. If you use fresh ingredients or make a bechamel, you ruin it for me. Can green beans, campbells cream of mushroom soup, durkee fried onion rings. Heaven.

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            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              I know, I KNOW, that I shouldn't like it. That it's full of things I would normally never touch. Who cares? Bring on the green bean casserole! It's the taste of family gatherings.

              1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                Exactly the way I like it, the original recipe with Cambells mushroom soup.

                1. re: monku

                  I am not alone!! I no longer need to feel shame!!

                  1. re: mamachef

                    Thank you for that. We are not alone!

                  2. re: monku

                    About ten years ago, I decided to make the Green Bean Casserole from scratch for a couple of dozen family and friends....a very large batch...probably at least 7-8 pounds of fresh green beans that needed to be french cut, 3-4 pounds of fresh sliced Crimini mushrooms and a gallon bechemel sauce....and or course a 4 pounds of fresh made deep fried onions.

                    Everyone said they liked it....but without any emotion or smiles......unlike the last 9-10 years when I returned to the old recipe of frozen french cut green beans, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup and French's/Durkee fried onions.

                    1. re: monku

                      Just finished making a batch today to go with the turkey our little family will be having tonight.
                      I pretty sure the home we're going to for Thanksgiving frown upon the green bean casserole. I brought it last year and no one touched it except for us.

                      And they eat that cranberry jelly from the can.

                    2. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                      +1 Have had the Chow version, but still want the traditional.

                      1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                        You don't mess with a classic! I've never been embarrassed to proclaim my love of this dish (made ONLY Campbell style, of course), and it's amazing--and amusing--to watch all my guests, including "foodies," devour GBC every year.

                        1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                          Totally. I like to put it on top of my mashed potatoes:)