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Dec 26, 2011 05:54 AM

Hell has frozen over...I think I'm fooded out

The past days/weeks have been a frenzy of preparing fabulous apps, meals, desserts, cookie tins, etc. This morning I wake up with a fridge stuffed with an assortment of fabulous tidbits...all of which could be converted into something delicious or portioned and frozen or ??. But, I just had the thought "just pitch it" - I don't know if I have the energy for one more food day!

Maybe another cup of coffee will do the trick!

How are you feeling about the food aftermath?

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  1. I always feel a bit "fooded out" after the holidays since I do a lot of cooking and baking. This year, I did Christmas Eve it wasn't quite so bad. I had Christmas dinner at someone else's home..and declined any leftovers. Most years..I am "fooded out" before dinner is even on the table...something about doing all that cooking that always makes me less interested in eating.

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    1. re: BlueMagic

      Boy, can I relate to being "over it" before the food hits the table. It starts for me with the planning. I put way too much thought into when to shop for what ingredients, oven schedule, what can be made ahead of time, etc. I'm smelling everything, tasting for seasoning, and I just want to hide in my room while everyone else enjoys the meal.

      I do enjoy nibbling in the days that follow!

      1. re: dwetherell

        What really annoys me is when people comment that I'm not eating. I tell them actually I've been eating since 6AM, while you were still in bed! The leftovers taste so much better a day later.

    2. I feel good because I won't have to cook until New Year. I know from experience I will be ready, willing and able to make a fabulous leg of lamb dinner next Sunday. Until then, I have Christmas Eve and Day leftovers, which mostly will be eaten as is. I deserve a break and I'm taking it! If you don't have the energy now, freeze whatever you have and take it out in a week or two, I try not to throw food out if I can help it.

      I'm a little concerned about all the desserts though (mine and guests) and trying to think of a neighbor to have over for "coffee". Those just might get tossed.

      1. Definitely "fooded out," or more specifically, "sweeted out." The leftover cookies, cranberry bliss bars and Amaretto truffle brownies all get tossed today. Have tons of savory foods to be divided and frozen (and, per Mr. Pine "thrown out in 3 months.") Ouch--stepped on the scale this morning--those sweets must go *now*!

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        1. re: pine time

          Please don't toss them, take them to a food pantry!

          1. re: magiesmom

            Most won't take man-handled goods, at least around here. Unfortunately.

            1. re: coll

              If you can't give them to a food-pantry, just drive to where you see a few homeless folks and give them directly to them... I bet they would love some homemade christmas sweets!

              1. re: coll

                food pantry based out of churchs or a local senior center may be more than happy to take your baked goods, coll.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Especially the Food Pantries, I have dozens nearby, but they all have our over-the-top county health inspectors haunting them, especially during the holidays. They know the volunteers are amateurs when it comes to food sanitation, and are checking on them constantly. So they would never take the chance to be closed down. Believe me, I've tried!

                  1. re: coll

                    I was able to take a platter of baked goods to two churches and one local senior center the other day. The employees & volunteers enjoyed it. Hard work rewarded. And I know I've done this before with school maintenance crews and daycare workers.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      Where I am in NY, everyone is so afraid of being sued, it's pathetic. Spoiled food is a big one. No one will take the chance. I really wish I could, I've asked believe me. Well at least my mailman happily takes my cookies every year. More for him.

                      1. re: coll

                        No I'm in sue-happy (home of the highest insurance rates in the country) NJ.
                        but I understand the dilemma.

                        1. re: HillJ

                          Not far behind you, sad to say.....

                          1. re: coll

                            Maybe, to avoid the "suege", just give them to people annonymously.

                            1. re: Wawsanham

                              Or I could draw up disclaimers and make them sign in front of a notary, if they want any of my delicious home baked goodies. That's what the world seems to be coming to.

            2. re: pine time

              yup...scale says STOP. But I've summoned up the energy to pull out the ziplocks & I'm going to chuck everything into the freezer in portions for later.

              Except the salted cashews. They are the devil. Thought it breaks my heart, I think they have to go down the garbage disposal asap. But I'm afraid if I even look at them....well you know.


              1. re: nojunk

                STOP! Those cashews are health food! Especially compared to most of the other holiday leftovers! Nuts are extraodinarily good for you.

                1. re: sandylc

                  I can see throwing out sweets. They were probably produced many days ago and getting a little gross. But cashews can keep(refrig. or freeze) and be used in snacks, salads etc. PLEASE DON'T FEED THEM TO THE DISPOSAL!

                2. re: nojunk

                  cashew butter. just blend with a little oil and keep in the fridge.

                  1. re: nojunk

                    I have a problem with nuts too, but if I can control myself long enough, I package them into tiny 1 or 2 oz containers, and only allow myself one a day. I make note of the calories involved and skip something else of equal measure, which at this quantity is usually only 100 calories or so. Otherwise, I know, I just inhale handfuls until they're gone, not a good thing.

                  2. re: pine time

                    please oh please tell me what cranberry bliss bars are.

                    Apparently I am not fooded out.

                    1. re: laliz

                      It's a knockoff of the Cranberry Bliss Bars that Starbucks does this time of year. Want the recipe?

                      1. re: pine time

                        I think many of us would love that recipe!

                            1. re: Island

                              Here 'tis. There are several versions on the web.

                              Cranberry Bliss Bars

                              Cake Base
                              1 c butter, softened
                              1 1/4 c packed brown sugar
                              3 large eggs
                              1 tsp ground ginger
                              1 tsp vanilla
                              1/4 tsp salt
                              1 1/2 c flour
                              1/4 c minced dried cranberries (I use more)
                              1/4 c Llindt or Perugina white chocolate, coarsely chopped
                              1/4 c minced candied ginger (I use more)

                              4 oz softened cream cheese
                              1 1/2 c powdered sugar
                              2 Tbl softened butter
                              1 tsp vanilla

                              2 Tbl minced dried cranberries (I use more)
                              1/3 c white chocolate chips, melted

                              Oven to 350; grease a 9 x 13 pan.
                              Beat buter & sugar, add eggs, vanilla until fluffy. Sift flour, ginger and salt, add to butter/sugar mixture, beating well. Fold in cranberries, chocolate and ginger. Will be thick--spread into pan, bake about 20 to 25 minutes until light golden.

                              When cooled, mix all frosting ingredients together, spreading a thin layer over cake. Immediately sprinkle the cranberries. Using a cake decorating bag of melted white chocolate, drizzle over the cake (I use a baggie with a tiny corner cut off).

                              Cut into bars immediately because the white chocolate hardens fast and makes cutting difficult..

                              Supposedly makes 15 bars.

                        1. re: pine time

                          I, too, am "sweeted out". I have taken all the uneaten sweets into the office. Made so much stuff that my own family could not finish. In addition, I think I ate more uncooked dough and batter and frosting than one could imagine. I actually gained four pounds in the month of December. It is time to get back to vegging out!

                          1. re: jarona

                            DH pulled out a couple of rugelach last night after dinner, and I was like "oh yeah, I forgot I made them too".
                            It was a baking blur and I too think that I ate more sweets than usual.

                        2. I am not fooded out, I am in Leftover Heaven. I get so busy during the holidays, I can't really enjoy the food, so I just love the leftovers. Most of my stuff has already been placed in the freezer, but there are still cookies and biscotti hanging around for breakfast and the ham is lurking in the fridge for dinner.

                          I am trying to figure out what to do with a pound of marscapone cheese and a quart of heavy cream, if anyone has any good ideas.

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                          1. re: NE_Elaine

                            Giada's "Chicken w/Mustard, Marscapone, Marsala Sauce" (1cup) ; 4 Cheese Spinach Macaroni" ( (8 oz.); Turtle Trifle (Southern Living) (8 oz.); and then there is always tiramisu.

                            1. re: laliz

                              I was actually going to make tiramisu for xmas, but had an accident with the ladyfingers. Well, not really an accident, but I left them on the table with my puppy in the room and they seem to have disappeared along with most of the wrapper. So I end up with all this marscapone cheese and heavy cream with NY resolutions staring me in the face.

                              That chicken sounds awsome and I just happen to have some marsala wine as well. Oh Happy Day!!

                              1. re: NE_Elaine

                                I love tiramisu, and the first time I told Mr. Pine I was going to make it with ladyfingers, he got so excited. When I presented it, his face fell dramatically. Seems that in India, where he grew up, ladyfingers were okra. Can't imagine an okra tiramisu.

                                1. re: pine time

                                  Oooh. Okra tiramisu! Make that for him next time and see how his face reacts, then! And share :-)

                                  1. re: linguafood

                                    Ah, one more linguistic confusion: for some reason, my Mom (raised in TN) called green bell peppers "mango." When Mr. Pine was new to the family, first time he heard "mangoes" in the salad, he got so excited (this was when "REAL" mangoes weren't readily available), but was bummed when he got a bunch of bell pepper strips. Poor guy.

                                    1. re: pine time

                                      That is bizarre! And funny. And really, really strange. Any idea why your mom would call bell peppers mangoes?

                                      1. re: linguafood

                                        Don't know about my Mom, but I heard others of her age group call 'em mangoes, too. When I bought a real mango and brought it home to her, she hated it on sight!

                                      2. re: pine time

                                        Growing up, our neighbors called green bell peppers mangoes, also - It always puzzled me, even as a child! I knew that those were NOT mangoes1

                                        1. re: sandylc

                                          My mother always called green bell peppers "mangoes" also! I always thought it was very strange. She lived in southern Ohio. She also said, "marianate" as opposed to "marinate."

                                          1. re: woodleyparkhound

                                            I know a chef that always says Marianara Sauce instead of Marinara, I had the impression he picked it up when he was young. Bet there's some connection there.

                                        2. re: pine time

                                          Bizarre. Never heard 'mango' for 'pepper', had to look it up. :)


                                          1. re: DuchessNukem

                                            We should look up "yam" for "sweet potato". More widely misused.

                                            1. re: sandylc

                                              Sandylc, don't be silly. One is a tuber, another is Popeye's phrase. ;)

                                            2. re: DuchessNukem

                                              Aha--Mom was from TN, and we lived in Ohio at the time. Thanks, Duchess, for furrowing out the Mango Tango!

                                              1. re: pine time

                                                the terrm is also used by some older Hoosiers, some of whom may have Upland South origins.

                                                1. re: nofunlatte

                                                  My grandmother, who was born in Indiana in 1890, always said "mangoes" for green peppers. Never encountered it anywhere else until I posted something on Chowhound a year or so ago, and learned it is fairly common. Interesting to see it pop up again on this thread.

                                2. I was never more fooded out than when I came home from an almost 2 week cruise. The food was quite good, but my goodness, I was so sick of eating 3 courses at dinner! All I wanted was salad-- for days.
                                  I try not to get fooded out while cooking, but it happens. I'm also not a big sweets eater, but I did indulge more than usual over Christmas this year. I happened to be visiting my home town and wanted to make sure I got to eat the things I can't get where I'm living now.
                                  Specifically, I really had a bad jones for a sfogliatelle and I got one from a terrific Italian bakery. Man, that was good...
                                  Sometimes, the opposite happens to me actually. When I'm away from my kitchen, I feel the need to get back in there, roll up my sleeves, don my apron and fill the house with smells. This year after coming back home after Christmas travels, I went into my freezer, dug out 3 cryovaced parcels of braising meats and made a ragu which I used for lasagna.
                                  I'm not fooded out on that yet.

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                                  1. re: monavano

                                    It was like that when I worked in Las Vegas for 2 weeks. I hit all those casino buffets. I think by day 8 I was dying for a salad too.