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mail order food gift idea

rizzo0904 Oct 4, 2011 11:11 AM

My hubby is in TX for 6 weeks. He's staying in a hotel...the room has a small fridge and microwave. I'd like to send him an edible gift but I'm not sure what to send. It's still hot down there so chocolates and candy are out, I think. What would you recommend? Fruit, nuts,etc?

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  1. Bob W RE: rizzo0904 Oct 4, 2011 12:06 PM

    Apricots from Apricot King in Hollister CA, or pistachios from Eagle Ranch in New Mexico would work for me!

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      SonyBob RE: rizzo0904 Oct 4, 2011 09:05 PM

      How about a cookie assortment from the Jam Pot. It's a wonderful little bakery run by an abbey located on the shore of Lake Superior in Jacob's Falls. It doesn't get any more unique or special that this!

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        rizzo0904 RE: SonyBob Oct 6, 2011 06:15 AM

        cookies it is!! they sound delicious and he has a sweet tooth! thanks bob!

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          momskitchen RE: SonyBob Oct 6, 2011 05:42 PM

          @SonyBob we made the same recommendation....cool

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            SonyBob RE: momskitchen Oct 6, 2011 08:56 PM

            Great minds think alike. We were 5 minutes apart! Maybe sometime rizzo0904 will be traveling down 26 in the Keweenew and stumble upon this little jem (The Jampot) like I did. That way she could pick up some thimbleberry jam and scarf one of the most delicious brownies on earth! I think it's the coolest place in Michigan! What a story about the abbey!

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            three of us RE: SonyBob Oct 7, 2011 07:32 AM

            Went to check out the website, thinking to send some cookies. Gotta say, when I saw the long-bearded guy standing over unwrapped baked goods, it was a deal-breaker. Sorry. They should be wearing hair nets on the beards.

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              momskitchen RE: three of us Oct 7, 2011 10:48 AM

              Look closer at the picture http://www.societystjohn.com/images/F...

              ....they don't need to war hair nets because the baked goods are wrapped in plastic. They do wear nets while baking. When you buy food retail, the checker doesn't need to wear hairnets.

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                three of us RE: momskitchen Oct 7, 2011 01:24 PM

                That's what I thought at first, too. I don't think the muffins are wrapped as they are still in the pan. Also, scrolling down there is another brother looking over baked goods still in a pan.

                If I'm buying retail at a bakery and the counter person had a beard that long/full, I'd wouldn't shop there. I feel the same way when there are open trays of food and a woman's hair is not tied back who is seving/bagging the goods.

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                  John E. RE: three of us Oct 7, 2011 01:41 PM

                  When I was in college I got scolded by a lunch lady for walking in the lunchroom and spinning a cookie by holding onto the hair sticking out of it and flicking it with my finger.

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                    momskitchen RE: three of us Oct 8, 2011 03:18 PM

                    Sorry, but I have to correct this.... I don't mean to argue but I would feel really terrible if someone read what was erroneously written here and mistakenly get the wrong impression.

                    When you buy retail at a bakery, the stuff isn't wrapped in plastic. It's usually uncovered. Then, employees must wear hair nets. I just looked again - the muffins are all wrapped in plastic and not in the pan. This is per ServSafe standards. (I am certified) When they bake, they wear hair nets as prescribed by the health dept. I've seen it with my own 2 eyes.

                    If you don't like beards, it wouldn't be a place you'd like to shop at - they all have beards....it is part of their religious practice

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                      three of us RE: momskitchen Oct 13, 2011 06:53 PM

                      Okay, thanks for clarifying re. the muffins. Re. beards, I could care less if the beard is to their toes -- if they are making food or standing over unwrapped food, the beards should be netted.

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              Bliss149 RE: rizzo0904 Oct 4, 2011 09:35 PM

              I know it's been done to death but the Harry and David's pears are always good. Their cookies and other things are not very good.

              I think the chocolate makers send the chocolates in a cooler - makes the shipping quite expensive however.

              1. momskitchen RE: rizzo0904 Oct 6, 2011 06:20 AM

                I love the delicious handmade cookies from this monastery on the shores of Lake Superior: http://www.societystjohn.com/store/in...

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                  rizzo0904 RE: momskitchen Oct 6, 2011 07:03 AM

                  that's what i ended up ordering....stinks that shipping is as much as the cookies!

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                    momskitchen RE: rizzo0904 Oct 6, 2011 05:36 PM

                    Ouch! But look at it this way, since they were handmade by monks, maybe your rewards will be great in heaven! I have eaten their cookies in their shop.....they are so delicious, I hope your man will love them as much as I did! Their preserves are wonderful, too.

                2. JEN10 RE: rizzo0904 Oct 6, 2011 06:24 PM

                  You could roast some walnuts, pecans, and almonds, when cool add some dried cranberries and chocolate chips. It makes a great snack any time of the day. Plus it would be coming from you!!!

                  1. John E. RE: rizzo0904 Oct 6, 2011 08:53 PM

                    If I were on the receiving end in a situation like this I would enjoy getting either a salami and cheese care package or something sweet. If I were on the receiving end I would not wish my wife to spend a ton of money on mail order stuff, but rather go to a store, buy some stuff, pack it up and mail it. I would think homemade cake, cupcakes, cookies etc. would be welcomed.

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                      rizzo0904 RE: John E. Oct 7, 2011 05:57 AM

                      The wife is working full time and taking care of two toddlers so mail order it is!! :)

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                        John E. RE: rizzo0904 Oct 7, 2011 07:19 AM

                        Then I would suggest some cheese. The Burnett Dairy Coop is farmer owned and produces some of the best cheese in Wisconsin and they have an on-line store. (My mother was born 5 miles from their store).


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                      rizzo0904 RE: rizzo0904 Oct 12, 2011 10:47 AM

                      Just wanted to post back and say thanks!! He loved the cookies...especially the ginger ones. He was nice and shared with his class :)

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                        momskitchen RE: rizzo0904 Oct 13, 2011 08:15 AM

                        Ginger cookies sound really good right now...cold and rainy in Michigan

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