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Dec 3, 2013 06:24 PM

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now? *Happy Holidays Edition*

Seems to me that this particular time of year (actually, beginning around Hallowe'en, what with those "fun-size" candy bars, and all...) is the BEST time of year for us snackers. Not only do we have tacit permission; it's actually made easier for us because of the parties that revolve around appetizer portions and snack-type foods! Also, at least for me, I keep around a greater variety of easy-to-eat, -prepare and -serve items. Works for drop-in company and dinner both.
My FAVORITE prepare/freeze food is sharp cheddar biscuits that I sandwich w/ peppered ham and honey butter when thawed, followed by stuff on a stick. Pretty much anything.
What about you?

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  1. As a matter of fact, I am. In part deux, I mentioned raw ground sirloin, or "lazy woman's beef tartare," bahaw dipped into Marie's blue cheese dressing. Cuke soda - yep, Mrs. P; it's seriously good stuff. But I have moved on from my glorious little Atkins snack straight into about 3/4 c. of spinach/artichoke dip on even more bread - in this case, Judy's breadsticks w/ Everything. Definitely not Atkins (no, I'm not doing Atkins, anyway...) but definitely delicious and satisfying. :)

    1. Taste of home cherry almond bars is going into my tummy right now. This is one of the favorite things that my aunt has made for mom, just that I haven't had the chance to make them myself.

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      1. re: vttp926

        These sound great. Care to share the recipe (or a link to the recipe?)

      2. I am in love with Stacy's Simply Naked Pita Chips. They work with anything you can dip. They're sturdy, crunchy and delicious. We're polishing off a Gorgonzola cream cheese concoction from Trader Joe's topped with cranberries and walnuts. Leftovers from Turkey Day...

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        1. re: nlgardener

          I like the Stacy's pita chips, too. You are so right, they hold up! A couple of years ago, there was a Stacy's multigrain pita chip that I thought was even better than the original (plain) chip. They're gone from the stores around here. Haven't seen them in 2-3 years now. Wah.

          1. re: MrsPatmore

            I just saw them at a Vons near me. I will ship them to you :)

            Third vote for Stacy's pita chips. Just polished off a bag as I clicked on this thread.

            1. re: nothingswrong

              What is "Vons"? I've never heard of it (I'm in Southeast United States)

              1. re: MrsPatmore

                It's just your average neighborhood grocery store. Here, they're Vons, Ralphs, and Albertsons.

                1. re: nothingswrong

                  Isn't Vons part of the Safeway 'family'?

                  1. re: nothingswrong

                    Okey dokey, I get it now. We had Albertson's until a few years ago - out of business around here now. Also, I remember seeing Ralph's grocery stores when I was visiting my family in San Diego some years ago. It always made me wonder, why would anybody name a grocery store "Ralph's"? (I'm sure I'm not alone in wondering that - our kids laughed every time we passed one!)

                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                      i suppose piggly wiggly is a better name!

                      1. re: betsydiver

                        We've seen the Piggly Wiggly stores when traveling, and laughed at those, too. :-)

          2. I'm just not sure how any of these are specific to the holidays.

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            1. re: c oliver

              I think the title is intended to refer to the time of year not the snacks consumed

              1. re: fldhkybnva

                Oh, I thought it was just an ongoing thread.

                1. re: c oliver

                  It is but likely to reach 400 posts by the end of the holidays so I think mamachef was just being festive.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Oh, gosh, y'all have rules :) Cute.

                    1. re: c oliver

                      Not really, but ok! It's just a title, join if you'd like we'd love to hear what you're snacking on in this happy holiday season.

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        I just figured out that this is like WFD. Thanks but no. Y'all enjoy yourselves.

                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                          Haha, "rules." Nope, just the usual CH guidelines: decent manners and relevancy.

                        2. re: c oliver

                          OH NO, c oliver, PLEASE NO. Please no rules over here!!! Leave those rules over there where they belong (and are hotly contested) in the "Not About Food" threads. My New Year's Resolution is to resist reading NAF threads! I came here for food, really, and snacking being my favorite thing to do, this is the best place for me! :-)

                          Now, inquiring minds want to know what you are snacking on? And don't worry, no one on the snacking thread will judge you, trust me. You should see some of the stuff that I've confessed to eating! LOL Welcome, friend!

                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                            Aren't you sweet, Mrs.Patmore. But I can't do WFD and obviously I can't do this. Long, long threads aren't my cup of tea. Short attention span I suppose. But y'all have fun.

                  2. Ok mamachef, I'll see your snack and raise you one snack. ;-) I'm chomping on "Planter's Mixed Nuts - Nut-rition Men's Health Edition" whatever that means. That marketing gimmick apparently worked on the male shopper in this house. The only difference that I see is there are more pistachios than usual, +1

                    All of the Marie's Salad Dressing was gone, so in a pinch, I mixed some fat-free sour cream (another weird purchase he made) with some Penzey's Buttermilk Ranch Salad Dressing Mix and you know what, it was darn tasty over some chopped FL tomatoes and iceberg in a glass bowl.

                    I normally dislike fat-free dairy products but after mixing in the Penzey's seasoning, it was really quite delicious. Only 30 cal. vs. 170 cal for Marie's Dressing . . . for those who care about such things. With such light snacks today, it would "appear that I'm not done," ahem!

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                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                      Don't know what's with me these last couple of days. I seem to have a bottomless stomach. I had a decent dinner but I find myself snacking when I should be going to sleep.

                      I started with a bowl of Life with almond milk. Moved on to a Chobani lime yogurt and am now spreading blueberry philly cream cheese on corn thins. I am addicted to the philly and will miss it when I go back to Los Angeles. I don't think its available there.

                      I must stop though. I need sleep more than snacks. But maye just one more corn thin...

                      Oh, I forgot about the triangle of cheese I took from the fridge a while ago. I can't put it back. Ah, the sacrifices r must make for our beloved snacks.

                      1. re: Miri1

                        Bet your local store would stock that cream cheese if you asked the manager at the dairy dep't.....