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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.....

                    2. Aged Gouda squares with fig preserves. Sweet, salty and addicting.

                      1. Beanitos! I adore them and they are healthy....win -win. I love chips and dips, the sea salt plain Beanitos go with everything.

                        Also, although I am not a fan of sweets in general.....I recently bought some coffee crisp (canadian) and TimTams. Something about cold evenings and a hot drink with a chocolate cookie :)

                        1. Insomnia night. Usually, I don't eat when I wake up this early but it was my gritchy, gnawing stomach that did it and I'm eating half an English muffin with a schmear of nutella and some sliced banana.

                          1. Hi mamachef and fellow hounds! :) Peppermint bark...especially those delectable Ghirardelli squares. Can't. Resist. I usually snack on them at school. I have a "weight loss plan" in place with my students: If they come into my classroom and catch me eating said peppermint bark, they have the right to take my supply away. They've been pretty vigilant in catching me in the act but I always seem to replenish my supply! I'm hopeless... ;)

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                            1. re: Sra. Swanky

                              Hey lady! I was just thinking about you the other day! So glad to see you here!!
                              Ummmmmm, peppermint bark. That's a seasonal must-have around these parts, as you know.
                              Take your supply AWAY? Whaddya, nuts? They'd have to duct-tape my mouth shut.....
                              I like to grate a square or two of that stuff over vanilla ice cream w/ hot fudge sauce. Ever make your own?

                              1. re: mamachef

                                Awww - thanks Buddy! Glad to see you too! How have you been?
                                Yup - they take it away, but they have to pry it out of my hands! (I also don't reveal where the rest of my supply is stored!) I love it grated over ice cream too! I also, break it up into hot chocolate - instant yumminess!
                                Never made my own, but I hear it's easy. Do you have a recipe? I'll give it go this year. :)

                            2. This month might kill me, but at least today I had time to eat something rather than nothing. No time to heat up the lunch I brought, but dug into my drawer stash and found a can of tuna. I gave it a big squeeze of yellow mustard and a sprinkle of pepper and now eating it with the right hand while moving slides with the left hand.

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                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                Awww, hon. I wish this would resolve for you. Hopefully the big hit of protein will be beneficial - sometimes when my stomach is out of kilter, a small piece of steak or hamburger or chicken will settle where nothing else will. Weird, I know, but we humans are strange and mysterious critters. My point being: feel better VERY soon, and DON'T skip snacks/meals because you know better.
                                *lecture over*

                                1. re: mamachef

                                  Indeed, now if only I could find time to eat. Friday is usually steak night and I think I'll give it a shot. 3 weeks ago I did and it was a bad decision, but I was still sick then and forcing it.

                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                    You do know that today is still Thursday, right? :)

                                    1. re: mamachef

                                      I'm not that confused :) I miss my turkey but could use some red meat. Tons of options in the freezer so hoping to finally shop for groceries tomorrow and have steak. I plan to pick up chicken parts as well for backup soup.

                              2. Store-bought gingersnaps that I made into a piecrust and have leftovers from, sandwiched w/ cream cheese, and a mug of plain old black tea.

                                1. Warm pita with tzatziki from a great Greek restaurant this afternoon. I am still happily burping garlic and cukes.

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                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                    Hey, I was just trying to post the link and it wouldn't let me and then saw you here, so good!!
                                    And your snack sounds just lovely. I like to pick up falafel balls and raita at the deli, and couch surf and dip dip dip. It's worth the burps.

                                    1. re: mamachef

                                      I wish there were a deli I could pick up falafels at. Yum

                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                        Everyone should have this deli, suzigirl. Or I should say, every deli should make food this well, because the customer service SUCKS, but I can't stop spending my money there because nobody does it as well as they do. I make decent falafel at home, but sometimes the hassle's just too much and besides, dried garbanzos are weird to work with. :)
                                        The killer is the pastry case. Who KNEW there were that many varieties of ME goodies made with (my favorite!) phyllo dough?

                                        1. re: mamachef

                                          I love phyllo. The texture is so yummy. I am glad that you get to try them instead of me. I would go full piggy on that case.

                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                      How did I miss this? +1,000,000 ♡ Greek Food

                                    3. mango dipped in fish sauce and sugar. yum!

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                                      1. re: vttp926

                                        That sounds wonderfully refreshing. Do you hit it with a little lime, too?

                                        1. re: mamachef

                                          I never do lime but some of my friends add red pepper. I think the lime makes it too much like a sauce whereas I want to keep it paste like. Just that the mango isn't in season so it doesn't really taste all that great.

                                          1. re: mamachef

                                            Are there other kinds of Pocky, other than sticks? Goodness, I hope not, else I will have to try them. I went through a serious Pocky stick addiction about 10 years ago. I tend to do that - find a food that I love and then overdo it, to the point that I don't want it anymore. I might have reached that point with cranberry sauce (3 kinds) @ Thanksgiving this year.

                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                              Here's a funny. I totally haunt Asian markets of any and every stripe and have seen Pocky for years and have an idea what they are but haven't ever eaten them. No prejudice; it just never came up, most likely because I was too busy looking for Pirouettes. But I'll try them now.
                                              Bigger Pocky sticks for the men? That's hysterical. Subliminal advertising, do you think?

                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                It's been so many years, I honestly don't remember - maybe the men's Pocky was less sweet? But there were two sizes. Also "Pretz" is not the same as Pocky, don't be fooled.

                                                Green Tea was my favorite, but hard to find. I see it's in production again, with "crush" (used to be called bits, i think): http://www.asianfoodgrocer.com/produc...

                                                I just might have to make a road trip to my nearest Asian Megamart, which is over an hour away and doesn't hold a candle to even the lowliest 99 Ranch. :-(

                                          2. re: EWSflash

                                            Oh gosh, I haven't had Pocky in years! Yum. What flavor, please, EWSnewsflash?

                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                              plain pretzel sticks, dark chocolate on it. I didn't need a lot of prompting to shop locally at my favorite Asian and middle Eastern Markets last Saturday, which was Shop Local day or something like that.
                                              That's my fvorite Pocky, although i will certainly eat other kinds- I'm not a Pocky snob (that sounds bad, doesn't it?)

                                              1. re: EWSflash

                                                It sounds downright good to me. I never met a Pocky stick that I didn't like. Especially "men's" Pocky, or whatever they called it . . . The larger size.

                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                  Love the men's Pocky, especially in my favorite flavors! I tend to agree with you on the point of never having had one I didn't like. Do they make durian Pocky? Because I'd like to try that.

                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                    Oh gosh, I had to look this up. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocky

                                                    I'd forgotten about mousse Pocky, reverse Pocky, and dessert Pocky (love Chestnut dessert flavor, only found it once)

                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                      HOLY COW, MrsP! CHESTNUT?
                                                      I just got really super-excited. That sounds fabulous.
                                                      Yay, a mission to attempt! Lucky for me, I have several stores, courtesy of a large Asian population nearby, to choose from. What is 99Ranch? It seems like I've heard of the store, but I don't remember where - is it like Dollar Tree?

                                                      1. re: mamachef

                                                        mamachef, if you live anywhere near a 99 Ranch and you haven't discovered it, my oh my. http://www.99ranch.com/

                                                        I've only been to two stores (Cupertino and San Jose) but wow was I impressed - great selection, stores were clean, prices were excellent. I'm by no means any expert on Asian markets - to the contrary - but compared to what we have around here in East Podunk, it was the bomb. I can spend hours in a 99 Ranch. Yes, I once missed a flight back home because I lingered too long at a 99 Ranch.

                                                        I found the chestnut-flavor Dessert Pocky at a weird Asian market in Orlando. I've never seen it before or since. :(

                                                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                          MrsP., I didn't realize you were a Cali lady. Yep: I checked, and there's one in Richmond. I have to go buy bagels over in Marin anyway, and visit a friend, so I'll have a perfect excuse. Looks more organized than the markets I've been to here.

                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                            no, ma'am, sadly I'm in FL but I travel to CA whenever possible! And since you ARE in California, I sure hope that you go to a Daiso store because they have lots of goodies there.

                                                            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daiso#USA

                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                              Well, now I'll have to check that out too! Thank you!
                                                              Ah, FL. My sister lives on Merritt Island. Maybe you've passed her at Costco. :)

                                                        2. re: mamachef

                                                          Here in the SF Bay Area we are very lucky. Ranch 99 to me is the Safeway of Asian supermarkets. We have several other local chains: Ocean, Lion & Manila being just a couple of them. Then there all kinds of small family run shops too...

                                              2. Pacific Rose apple pieces with WF string cheese. WF is my fave string cheese. The apples are very nice as well.

                                                I have cookie dough in the fridge, which I will bake up tonight.

                                                1. TJs marinated mushrooms, perfect appetizer after a looonnnggg day

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                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                    This is very bizarre but I also just finished off some marinated mushrooms from the olive bar at The Fresh Market.

                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                      I love them! I try to resist them but I can't, I had to resist buying them again at Whole Foods after I went to Trader Joe's. I prefer the WF version but they are much more expensive.

                                                      I hope you're not enjoying it alongside a recording of Sound of Music live. This is one of my all time favorite movies, but this version leaves something to be desired. At least it still allows me to sing along.

                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                        Haha, no I'm definitely NOT listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack (live or studio version). You crack me up!

                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                      YES, Fldhkybnva, I love those and have been plugging them for a long time now on the TJ thread. I am glad that they are always offering them and never go discontinued.

                                                    3. A thimbleful of Kahlua and "Clancy's Gourmet Caramel Corn, Caramel Popcorn with Dark Chocolate." The latter, I purchased at my first-ever trip to "Aldi's" today. I just discovered that there is an Aldi's only 20 min. from my house!

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                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                        I have yet to go to Aldi's yet and there is one 10 minutes away. I fear it'll just be another grocery store to add to my must-go list. The popcorn sound great! It's my favorite crunchy snack.

                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                          I think you should make Aldi's part of your rounds. Most items that I saw were approximately 50% less than at Publix or Fresh Market (granted they do not carry absolutely everything that the other stores have, but what they do have appeared to me to be in very good condition and at least 50 percent less expensive than the other stores around here).

                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                            I can always find something in a grocery store that I need :)

                                                        2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                          Jealous, pouty puss face here. I want an Aldi's. Enjoy it and please tell me if it is as good as I have imagined MrsPatmore.

                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                            I can't believe that I didn't discover it sooner! Hmm. Must make up for lost time now. Hehe

                                                          2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                            I'd like to know what you think of Aldi's. It's a discount chain, right? I love those places.
                                                            At the bizarre time of 5:25 a.m., I am munching a Costco croissant, heated and split, w/ squares of Hershey's choccy in the middle and heated slightly again. Big thanks to tzurris for turning me on to the Croissants.
                                                            Music this morning, to help me wake up, because if I keep doing basically nothng, I'm going to melt into the couch and nobody will be able to find me and,I'll sleeeeeeeeeep. all day. Which is not a good thing considering I have many things to to.
                                                            suzigirl, funny enough. "Sound of Music" for you; "Hair" for me.Both Broadway shows. :)

                                                            1. re: mamachef

                                                              "Music this morning, to help me wake up, because if I keep doing basically nothng, I'm going to melt into the couch and nobody will be able to find me and,I'll sleeeeeeeeeep. all day. Which is not a good thing considering I have many things to to." That about describes my morning. I'm not sure suzi was blasting sound of music but she should it's very "get up and go." Sunday I blast gospel. I'm not very religious but it gets you going and just makes you feel good to shout positive lyrics :)

                                                              The croissant sounds great! I think so would love that. He always requests chocolate pancakes for breakfast but 1. Pancakes are one of few foods I've given up on making at home and 2. I don't really like them lol. Maybe I can throw him a croissant.

                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                Hey, I totally hear ya about the gospel music. I am also not a religious person - at least, not that one - but I LOVE gospel. When I'm down, I play the song, "Oh Happy Day" from Sister Act 2, and it gets me motivated and smiling.
                                                                SOMEONE ELSE WHO DOESN'T LOVE PANCAKES? Oh my very dear. I thought I was the only one. I'll eat them, but I MUCH prefer waffles, crepes, blintzes...really anything but pancakes.

                                                                1. re: mamachef

                                                                  Pancakes are OK but I'd never choose them from other breakfast plate shaped objects :)

                                                          3. Nacho cheese Doritos and a grape popcicle. I am eyeballin' a cherry one next. We'll see.

                                                            1. Just finished up some peppermint stars that I bought from Aldi a couple days ago. Still gotta figure out what to do for dinner though.

                                                              1. #1- Aldi's was great. Nice, clean store. Great selection, great prices. Just remember, they do not have shopping bags and they only accept cash. Which is important to remember because it's pretty easy to get carried away - there are tons of snacks!!
                                                                #2- I snacked all day today on Aldi's snacks. Assortment of entertainment crackers, some Kerrygold cheese, some jalapeno flavored kettle chips, more of the chocolate caramel popcorn, and then some blue cheese crumbles alternating with a teaspoonful of Louisiana Hot Sauce.

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                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                  Top quality snackin' girl. Glad and jealous that you liked Aldi's. I have Winn Dixie and Publix nowadays. They stole my Sweetbay and Albertsons. Here's to hoping for an Aldi's. Get snacking on that blue cheese. Mmm mmm.

                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                    I wish there was a Winn-Dixie here in NC. Too bad they closed all of them down. I miss getting some of the snacks I use to get that was mainly local to Winn Dixie. The only other grocery store we have here is Food Lion and Sav-a-lot. But nothing I really want in those stores that I can't get at Walmart for cheaper.

                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                      I have to say that if they closed my local Winn Dixie and i couldn't get Palmetto Farms Pimmento Cheese all would not be right in the world. Really.

                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                        But I bet you can make your own that would be just as delicious. I do miss having all the other grocery stores though because the town I use to live in before had Bi-Lo, Ingles and a couple mom and pop grocery stores too.

                                                                        1. re: vttp926

                                                                          I make my own and it is good, BUT it is not the pimmento cheese of my youth that my grandma brought with her for Christmas. That cheese screams childhood. WF has an awesome pimmento cheese that I could love but the price makes me cringe.

                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                            The pimento cheese is what inspired my pimento adventure last month or so. I finally tried their version that they had out for tasting last week and it's realllyyy good.

                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                      Yeah, but you also have Trader Joe's - something that will never come here. Also we'll never get a Costco or Asian Supermarket. :-(

                                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                        I am right there with you MrsPatmore. My town would be way too small to ever get any of those stores. I gotta drive almost 2 hours to go to any of those 3.

                                                                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                          You have a point. I'll stop squaking. I do have lots of great food stops here. So, I am spoiled... AND? :-)

                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                            AND you can come visit us on the east coast anytime . . . . :-)

                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                              You are such a sweetie. We are lucky to have you at the snacking helm. You are a pro.

                                                                        2. re: suzigirl

                                                                          I think I ate too many snacks today. My stomach hurts. Maybe it was the combination. I don't know, I usually have an iron stomach. But I'm sitting here watching the Martha Stewart cooking class on making pierogies, because we have a guest coming for Christmas dinner who has requested pierogies, & I have absolutely no idea how to make those. But I can tell you I'm rather uncomfortable, sitting here suffering with an overly full stomach, watching her make pierogies!

                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                            Aww. Hope that it is an over full belly and nothing more. Feel better, sweetie.

                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                              Oh no, rub right-to-left circles! It was grandma's secret solution. For some reason, it always worked when she rubbed my belly, never works when I rub my own. Feel better.

                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                I had to change the channel. After pierogies, she started on gnocchi! Gut bombs don't sound too good right now. LOL. A tummy-rub would be perfect, though!

                                                                          2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                            My Aldi will accept debit card though. No credit cards here.

                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                              Wow, thanks. I knew about the shopping bags but didn't know it was cash only. As someone who rarely if ever/never carries cash, I would have certainly been that annoying person at the register.

                                                                              And, you reminded me why I initially planned to go there. I had heard about the amazing price on Kerrygold. Given how much Kerrygold we eat in this house, I should have been there months ago.

                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                okay you made me go dig out my receipt. Haha. I was trying to remember how much that cheese cost. A 7 ounce block of Kerrygold Swiss cheese was $3.29. A four ounce log of goat cheese was $1.69. One pound of butter also $1.69. A bag of mini peppers that is normally $4.99 at my regular store - $1.99. Also a good size plastic clamshell of heirloom tomatoes, $1.99 vs $4.99 at my regular store. Pomegranates were 69 cents each. Tomorrow I will get more of the information off my receipt and post it on one of the existing threads related to Aldi's.

                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                  Whoa, pomegranate at 69c!!!! I've been paying $3 a pop.

                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                    Oh, I forgot to mention, they had cups of fresh pomegranate seeds that looked pretty good. Talk about convenience food! Just pop off the top and chow. I think they were around $1.49 in refrigerated case, near fresh juices. You need to go see for yourself, field hockey

                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                      Man I need an Aldi's. I hope they bring one near me soon. I love the place and i haven't even been there.

                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                        Aww, suzigirl, don't pine for Aldi's. I'd much rather have a TJ's, Costco and Asian supermarkets. You've got the better selections, by far.(I do understand your lament about the loss of pickup truck food sellers, though! )

                                                                                      2. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                        Wow at whole foods they are $10! I actually kind of like the mess though :) but when I'm feeling lazy, that'd be awesome!

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          The whole ones are .69 each. Now they are not going to be the most beautiful specimen of pomegranate that you have ever seen in your life, but for my money, they are quite serviceable. At 69 cents each, I'll be eating a lot of pomegranates.

                                                                              2. Homemade chef mix. I cannot stay out of it. It is that good!

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                                                                                1. re: miss_belle

                                                                                  What is chef mix? Inquiring minds want to know.

                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                    I am wondering, I have Chex mix in mind but it sounds fancier.

                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                      I thought it was chex mix too. The giveaway was, "I cannot stay out of it" - been there, done that alright. Homemade chex mix is yummy holiday food

                                                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                        My mom never made the traditional chex mix but every holiday she would make gallons of white chocolate snack mix which even I, someone not particularly intrigued by sweets, can't resist. I brought a triple batch to the nurses last year and wished I had doubled that triple.

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          You can't leave us hanging on that one, field hockey, give up your mom's recipe! I want to spread some of that love around here. Sounds great!

                                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                            It's pretty simple, mix up all the goodie and douse with white chocolate. I think the key is the mixing to distribute it throughout but also leave a few big tasty globs. I'd have to ask her but it look just like this one http://allrecipes.com/recipe/white-ch...

                                                                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                              Well that looks easy and tasty! And gives me an excuse to go back to Aldi's - large boxes of assorted breakfast cereals @ $1.99/ea vs. $5+/ea at my local stores

                                                                                    2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                      Yes, I meant chex mix. I see now it autocorrects to chef. The traditional savory kind. I only make it once a year and I will be soooo glad when it's all gone:-)

                                                                                      1. re: miss_belle

                                                                                        Auto correct is a royal pain. Thanks for the quick response. Now I want chex mix. I think I may make that instead of cookies for my treats this year.

                                                                                  2. Siggi's vanilla skyr - convincing myself that I NEED this delicious snack to provide my recovering body with healthy bacteria. TJs unexpected cheddar as a chaser.

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                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                      Oh my, are you feeling better yet? Seems like you've been sick for weeks. Stomach virus?

                                                                                      It's midnight and I decided to fry up a russet potato, sprinkled with seasoned salt and dipped in BBQ sauce. Carb bomb before bed.

                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                        Yea it's been 3-4 weeks now. I'm sooooo much better because from a few weeks ago when the virus knocked me down horizontal. However my stomach is still hit or miss and I have bloating and cramping. Apparently this happens to some after a virus and my doctor really didnt reassure me when she informed me that some have symptoms for year or life! I'm planning to see a specialist but in the meantime trying to keep it happy as well as I can. My appetite and tastes seem to have changed too, I don't want anything too savory when I used to be the umami queen now warm liquids, soup, salad and eggs are really pleasing.

                                                                                        Wow I'm loving that snack! I'd be one to fry in the middle of the night :)

                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                          What a nightmare. I don't know if you were in that other thread about the swine flu pork or whatever it was, but I'm one of those who got a stomach virus (food poisoning) and it has stayed for life. So you are probably feeling a bit like I feel day to day. I've been sick going on 9 years now. The good news is most people who get this condition in a "post-infectious" (i.e. after virus) manner experience spontaneous or gradual recovery within 1-3 years.

                                                                                          Best case scenario, you won't be feeling bad much longer, but at the least, odds are in your favor that you'll return to complete umami normalcy one day.

                                                                                          Getting back to potatoes... They are super easy on the stomach. You may want to give them a try. Avoid eating the skin; the fiber can cause some trouble. Feel better :)

                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                            I hear you loud and clear nothingswrong. I got the stomach flu going on two years ago and suffer from gastroparesis to this day. I still struggle with food triggers because what attacks me today may be fine tomorrow. I have even been known to attack on room temp Gatorade. Here is to attack free days.

                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                              Ooh, another gastroparesis chowhound. Didn't think they existed.

                                                                                              Yes, cheers to the good days!

                                                                                            2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                              The fiber has been a challenge because many of the foods I love are full of it :)

                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                Yes, tell me about it. Before getting sick I was a vegetarian most of my life. I ate veggies constantly but they were the first things that started prompting reactions.

                                                                                                Not that it's the same, but some veggies are okay on bad stomachs when cooked, pureed, and strained (like tomatoes or greens). For the rest of them, avoid seeds and skins, but some veggie's fleshes are okay.

                                                                                                Cooked carrots and usually really easy, potatoes, sweet potatoes/yams, zucchini or squash (no seeds!), cooked spinach, etc. I grill or roast the aforementioned veggies and put them in sandwiches with some light cheese and don't feel like I'm missing out.

                                                                                                The worst culprits are raw greens (salad), beans, corn, and very fibrous produce like broccoli or oranges.

                                                                                                Yuck I hope you get back to normal soon!

                                                                                      2. My snack bar is stocked with Khan's Khanflagration Nut Mix (pecans, filberts, cashews), chocolate rum balls, French creams, Necco Peach Blossoms, Lee Snow Balls, candy corn and dark chocolate-coated lemon peels.

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                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                              Please tell me about these peach blossoms. The internet says peanutbutter. Are they peanutbutter or peach?

                                                                                              1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                They are elongated pillows of hard, peach-flavored candy filled with peanut butter. In truth, you can't taste a whole lot of peach.

                                                                                                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                  Thanks. I think the peach/peanutbutter thing would throw me.

                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                    No, it won't throw you, suzigirl, trust me. !-)

                                                                                        1. About to pop open the bag of garlic bagel chips for a night snack before bedtime. I just wish I had some cheese to go with it. I guess I will need to hit Aldi soon to get some good cheese.

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                                                                                          1. re: vttp926

                                                                                            Oy vey. I have so much Aldi's cheese in the cooler that I could probably live on it for a month and not make a dent. I'm going to gift some cheese to help get rid of it. Why? So I can make another trip to Aldi's, of course! My new favorite discovery

                                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                              If only others in my family would eat cheese. Otherwise it would probably sit in the fridge too long and I would get disinterested in it. I do have part of a cheeseball that I bought from Aldi but I don't feel like taking out the knife to spread on the bagel chips right now.

                                                                                              1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                《《I do have part of a cheeseball that I bought from Aldi but I don't feel like taking out the knife to spread on the bagel chips right now.》》

                                                                                                Oh my gosh, that cracks me up! One minute you are complaining of no cheese to go with your snack, the next you explain that you do have cheese, just can't be bothered with it. LMAO! ! I think you are my lost twin sibling! You would fit right in at my house!

                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                  Well the cheeseball is good with the bagel chips. But just not as easy to spread. Had some as a before dinner snack today.

                                                                                                  1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                    I hear you! I'm the same way at times. I just want that snacky food to jump right up and fix itself (esp. if it's been "one of those" days @ work)

                                                                                                    Also thanks for the info and feedback on the cheese ball. I'll be going to Aldi's's in the next week or so, will definitely look for the cheese ball. That's the type of snacky food that will be very popular in my house. Thank you

                                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                      There are 2 kinds of cheeseball. And they very much remind me of the ones from Hickory Farms. I usually get the cheddar one since I am not a huge fan of port wine.

                                                                                                      1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                        Thanks again for the info! I'm probably going to get both types of cheese balls since I have a bunch of cheese-a-holics here and more are on the way in to join us for the holidays.

                                                                                            2. Tonight I'm snacking on leftover grilled dolphin with Penzey's adobo seasoning (the fish was caught and fileted by yours truly), over a mixed garden salad with red leaf lettuce, cukes, red peppers, FL tomatoes, green olives, and clover sprouts. A tiny bit of fresh lemon vinaigrette finished off this snack. I'm now mulling over my next victim, er, I mean snack. ;-)

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                                                                                              1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                Wow nice catch! I've never been fishing, my dad goes a lot but says my chatter would scare the fish away. I'm a generally quiet person but with people I know I'm a chatterbug and as an only child often chatter aloud to myself lol.

                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  You're welcome to come fishing anytime. Your chatter is irrelevant to fish offshore.

                                                                                              2. Some sort of crack cheddar and caramel popcorn mix! Popcorn is literally the one carbalicious snack I CANNOT resist and I hate whoever brought this tin to the office. My holiday weight gain has been seriously accelerated! Oh, but it's so good.

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                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                  I had to throw out the rest of the bag of chocolate/caramel popcorn from Aldi's. I hate to waste food of any type, but I couldn't stop eating it. PS I stopped buying "smart food" brand cheese popcorn more than 10 years ago. I'd open the bag and eat the whole thing. 8-) Boy, was it good, though.

                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                    I'm glad I'm home now. It had to stop. I'm sure my coworkers were judging me everytime I went back to the bucket.

                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                    Cheddar popcorn is the devil. For that matter, I still have a predilection for Cheetos, especially the puffy ones. It disgusts people and I have no room to argue with that.

                                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                      It doesn't disgust me, every once in awhile there's nothing quite so satisfying as a puffy cheeto. Also, this is a judgment free zone. You are free to engage in snacking as you wish, without fear of any retribution or judgment on our part!

                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                        I LOVE puffy Cheetos! I always get made fun of for not preferring the crunchy ones, but I don't care! :)

                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                        fldhkybnva - have you tried Garrett's Popcorn from Chicago? They have a few franchises - you can do a store locator if there's a store by you, but you can buy online as well. They have a flavor famously called "The Mix" which is their caramel crisp popcorn mixed with cheddar. Impossible to stop eating. I apologize and take no responsibility for any addiction that forms if you try this!! :)

                                                                                                        http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/the-chi...

                                                                                                        1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                          That's it the crack!! A coworker was gifted several tins of Garrett's and brought it to work. I pondered ordering but that's probably a bad idea!

                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                            They also sell huge bags of it (called "Chicago Mix"), although not Garrett's, at Costco. It's always on my Costco list.

                                                                                                            1. re: HeyImBack

                                                                                                              I've tried the Cretor's Chicago mix from Costco, and it's OK, but it doesn't hold a candle to Garrett's.

                                                                                                              What I'm craving right now, is something I can't have, as it's only available 300 miles away. Littlejohn's English Toffee, from Farmer's Market in Los Angeles. Not your average english toffee.

                                                                                                              But to address the original question, I'm munching on a small wedge of Unie Kass Robusto -- sort of a aged Gouda/Parm cross. Or Gouda/Swiss. Whatever. It's great.

                                                                                                      3. Right now my snacking involves dried apple slices and a slice of the Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk cheese. http://www.cowgirlcreamery.com/librar...

                                                                                                        As well as fresh apples pair with many cheeses, dried apples go nicely too.

                                                                                                        1. Having a rough day so I decided to turn the frown upside down with some early snacking. I broke open the bag of Aldi's "sweet potato crinkle fries with sea salt" ($1.99/8 oz) after consuming two hard boiled eggs au naturel.

                                                                                                          The sweet potato chips were merely OK. I'd give them a 6.5 out of 10. The Russian judge would give a 3.0.

                                                                                                          In fairness, that's not really my favorite style of chip. I was hoping that the Aldi's chips might sway me in favor of the sweet potato chips and away from my beloved Lay's Original, Lay's Salt & Vinegar, and Lay's Wavy. Didn't happen. I'm conflicted, because the last thing I need is another chip addiction, but on the other hand, I love finding a new snack to love.

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                                                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                            You consumed two boiled eggs in the nude? Such a poetic image.

                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                              Yes. I didn't want those naked eggs to be lonely. And I was expecting the UPS guy any minute (jk, jk!)

                                                                                                          2. A super delicious cup of hot and sour soup brimming with several kinds of mushrooms, tofu and ground pork and an egg roll. Yum

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                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                              Sooooo jealous! I love that stuff! Guzzle by the quart.

                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                acssss on the WFD thread got it stuck in my head. It has to be my favorite soup. I can also guzzle it.

                                                                                                              2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                I want the soup! It would probably help settle my stomach right now.

                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                    Thanks! I think I am just going to eat some plain chao/congee/rice porridge in a little bit. Am tempted to eat some of the wontons we have but not sure if it will upset my stomach or not.

                                                                                                              3. I'm happy to report that Aldi's Italian pizzelle cookies, anise flavor, are delicious. $2.99/7 oz. I am hoping to find the recipe for fig-anisette filling that I remember from childhood.

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                                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                  Stop it. I can't go to this wonderful store you keep speaking of. If you keep it up i am coming to your house for the weekend and going shopping while I am there.

                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                    More than OKAY with me! Send me a PM, see my profile

                                                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                      Sadly, I can't get or make a profile from my chowhound version. That is the only reason I don't have an avatar or a profile. So, I have never seen anyone's profile, just their activity. But seriously, I bet you would take me in for the weekend. You are so sweet.

                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                        Huh? Suzi, are you typing from San Quentin or is there something we should know? LOL I'm in the business of keeping secrets (for 20+ yrs) so your secret is safe with me. MrsPatmore@comcastDOTnet

                                                                                                                2. Caramel Corn by Wether's Original. I should not have even purchased it.. ate too much.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                    I had no idea they made caramel popcorn. I bet that that kicks ass. I would probably eat that til my belly hurts, too.

                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                      I had seen it online.. and then couldn't find it in the stores. I finally found it at Walgreens on the top of an aisle.. that was hardly visible. I've realized a lot of new, seasonal, or out-there products are actually at Walgreens if/when you cannot find it at a regular grocery.

                                                                                                                      1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                        +1 for Walgreen's snacks. A while back, it was the only place that I could find sriracha or dill pickle flavor Lay's potato chips. And you can bet that I didn't eat just one

                                                                                                                        1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the heads up. I have a bag of Poppycock cashew lovers at my bedside table. Now I need Werthers Original..

                                                                                                                    2. It's just not my season. The hits just keep on coming so I'm allowing myself to completely give up on any sort of normalcy. No dinner tonight, snacking on a quick egg drop made with turkey/chicken stock from last week and Gherkins.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                        Stop being a Dr and allow yourself to be a patient. Waiting and enduring makes matters worse rather than better. This is coming from someone who ignored my stomach issues to long. Nag/rant over. :-)

                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                          Oh, well (beware the whining), it's the stomach which has reverted to the other end of the spectrum of bowel issues combined with the other madness that won't stop. Work is an absolute busy mess with craziness all day and I can barely take a deep breath, the lovely towing incident as I was feeling somewhat better and then finally today the lovely IRS has returned to get it's happy Christmas gift. I know it's just life stuff but wish it didn't have to all happen at once especially as I'm trying to find some remnant of my holiday spirit deep inside and actually enjoy my favorite time of the year. I'm a little down in the dumpster. Interestingly, kitty seems to notice and has been more cuddly than usual if that's possible.

                                                                                                                          I am scheduled to see the GI specialist on Friday so perhaps I'll feel better then but the symptoms just keep changing.

                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                            Oh boy, when it rains it pours. I am so glad that you are seeing a specialist. Keep me informed. I hope it is resolved soon.

                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                              Since it's been months of this they are actually planning to just scope me tomorrow. I'm not excited but at least it's a day off :)

                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                That is great. I hope that it was just a nasty virus and you are out of the woods.

                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                  Me too but think I might have had a longstanding issue.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                    I don't want to be a gloomy Gus, but I think you do. It seems like you have been very taxed by this issue for a while. I have you in my thoughts and hope beyond hope that it is not something major.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                      Thanks! As I've been thinking more about it, I've had issues for years and even as a kid remember getting some study done. Fingers crossed, I'm looking forward to a day "off" ;) my grandmother is coming which I'm soooo excited about, she's probably my favorite person ever

                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                        I also have had issues for years. I am so glad that your grandma will be around for your day off. What a treat. Hope you have a great visit.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                      You're in my thoughts and prayers. I hope your problem is manageable with medication.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                          Good luck with your scope tomorrow! I hope you get some answers.

                                                                                                                                          If you want some info on drugs that may help, please feel free to email me at spoils of youth [at] gmail with no spaces.

                                                                                                                                          If you do have a post infectious condition like I do, there's really not much offered by way of treatment in modern medicine. But I can link you to some information to browse and even a forum if you'd like.

                                                                                                                                          It took me 7 years to get a diagnosis after getting sick with the food poisoning. I'd hate to see anyone else go through that needlessly. The meds I take now are not FDA approved but without them I would probably be dead. I just wish someone had helped me sooner so I wouldn't have lost so many years there.

                                                                                                                        2. Trader Joes minty dark chocolate covered marshmallows. these things are deadly. I did have a salad with passion fruit dressing first, just to balance things out.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: catzen

                                                                                                                            《I did have a salad with passion fruit dressing first, just to balance things out. 》

                                                                                                                            I'm so with you on this - I had "a salad" for dinner tonight, as well. Followed by quite a few cookies. And as mamachef would say, "I may be finished for the day or I may not"

                                                                                                                            That has to be one of the greatest lines ever written on CH

                                                                                                                          2. About two oz of cheddar, three mini sweet pickles and about five saltines. I love pickles and cheese. It reminds me of my grandma. She put out a plate of cheese and pickles and a tray with veggies and pimmento cheese every time we came.

                                                                                                                            1. Jalapeno cheese bread from the local mexican bakery. Going to have some butterfly pastries some time after dinner as my snack.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                  It is! It is a standard bread in most mexican bakeries. But this version is better then other versions I have.

                                                                                                                              1. Working my way through more stuff from Aldi's. "Cafe Bistro mix, crispy wafers half covered in chocolate." $2.79 for a 14 ounce bag. Not worth it. Thirteen ounces went in the trash. The wafers themselves had little to offer by way of flavor, and the chocolate coating had a strange waxy texture that was very off-putting.

                                                                                                                                I'm learning that Aldi's is hit or miss. I guess I'll have to study the yay-nay thread before my next shopping trip.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                  Ugh. I hate to throw away food. Sorry your treat didn't work out.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                    You can definitely take it back to them. They have a similar policy to Trader Joe's where you can return or exchange for something else.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                      Vttp926, thank you so much for this information. I had never thought of returning food items. Especially after they have been opened. But I will bear that in mind for future Aldi's purchases. Thanks for the tip. B-) ☺☺

                                                                                                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                        I've been encouraged to return at trader joes and now do all the time.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                          I never knew about their policy until 1 day I was talking to the girls at my local store about a salad dressing and that's when they told me. Bad thing is that they also know I never keep my receipt. So you either have to have the item or the receipt.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                            It's great. On more than one occasion I've called about a crappy product like yesterday when I unpacked groceries and the jar slid open and they tell me to toss it and just come in for another or refund. I go weekly so it's never a big deal to go back.

                                                                                                                                    2. Sliced roast turkey dipped in a ladle of Bolognese I stole from the pot simmering on the stove. My stomach feels OK even after the procedure so nibbling until dinner tonight.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                        Glad it went okay!!! My throat is usually just sore as heck the rest of the day. It's like the only time I eat popsicles.

                                                                                                                                      2. A slice of olive loaf and American cheese torn up and eaten on crackers. That didn't cut it so i moved on to pretzels dipped in ranch.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                          Great to hear that both MVP players are in full snacking mode tonight. Go Team! :-)

                                                                                                                                        2. The second half of a pupusa with shredded cabbage and sauce. My boss (bless his fuzzy little heart) brought these in for everyone just before I went to heat up last night's leftovers in the microwave. It was so filling I could only eat half for lunch, and just finished the rest for second lunch. Yum.

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                            What a great boss! I had to Google puposa. Sounds fabulous esp with shredded cabbage and sauce.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kcshigekawa

                                                                                                                                              I used to get pupusa (that's how they spelled them) at a tiny hole-in-the-wall joint with a buddy of mine almost every day for lunch.

                                                                                                                                              I always got the cheese-filled, he sprang for beans or meat.

                                                                                                                                              They are so good. I've wanted to try making them at home for a long time, but fear I'll ruin them somehow.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                I wish i could get them around here. I have only seen them on TV.

                                                                                                                                            2. wow, i forgot I loaded up on Boursin cheese before Thanksgiving and never got around to inhaling it. Problem solved - enjoying shallot and chive Boursin cheese spread on warm cornbread. I love the garlic and herb flavor and this is my first adventure with the shallot and chive and it's also great.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                  Yay, I'm taking advantage of the good times. I hope they continue.

                                                                                                                                              1. Yummy Nestle Drumstick vanilla caramel covered in the cookies pieces.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                  That sounds really good right now and it's only 5 am here. That's not to early to start snacking, right? This sounds like a new and improved version of one of my favorite childhood snacks, Nutty Buddy

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                    Very different from the Nutty Buddy since that is more like a cake/snack cake. The Nestle Drumstick is ice cream. But I do wish I could still eat the Nutty Buddy. Unfortunately peanuts/peanut butter doesn't agree with me anymore.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                      Choco Tacos are what I dream about. Can't do the dairy anymore though.

                                                                                                                                                      A Choco Taco from the ice cream truck at the park was the best thing ever as a kid. Or those strawberry-shortcake ice cream bars covered in those weird plastic like "crumbs." Ohh...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                        Oh, gosh, yes to the strawberry-short cake ice cream bars with the weird crumbs. I'd forgotten about those. What I remember the most is that they never froze solid - they always seemed to be slightly soft even if you ate them immediately after removing them from a freezer

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                          Yes! They are sooo good. A few years ago, my mother found them at her local Gelsons and was eating them in front of me. I nearly had a hissy fit.
                                                                                                                                                          I'm an adult btw.

                                                                                                                                                2. Wavy Lays alternated with Poppycock cashew lovers. Okay, maybe a bite or two contained both snacks in one bite. Maybe. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                    I was just thinking about snacking on the wavy lays here too. Too bad no dip.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                      I like them dipped in A1 when there is no dip around. :-)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                        You rock! I know what I want for dinner now, steak! Tomorrow is usually steak night but in my usual form I bought a steak at Wegmans and the same cut at Whole Foods 30 minutes later because they both had good looking strip steaks. I planned to freeze one but that hasn't happened yet so it only makes sense to eat one now and the other tomorrow. The thought of that actually made me hungry which nothing else has since lunch.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                          Steak sounds really good right now. Good choice. I could eat steak two nights in a row. If i were you I would see which tastes better if it is the same cut. That way you will know who gets the better quality meat and you can shop there.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                            Exactly! I felt like an idiot buying the Whole Foods steak but it was thicker though less marbled so pondered a comparison taste test. It's either steak or tuna at this point and the former sounds more exciting, the latter can certainly be had later as a snack best of both worlds .

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                              btw, Wegmans won! I was surprised, well not really, but it was definitely better.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                            I disgusted myself recently by dipping potato chips in ranch dressing. It was awesome until it was over.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                              I just had pretzels in ranch yesterday. Still think it was so good.

                                                                                                                                                      2. I ate dinner for lunch and now I have no idea what to eat for dinner and no real appetite for any legitimate food, so snacking until I figure it out or fall asleep. Ginormous grapefruit wedges, Parmesan crisps and a few leftover roasted shrimp. I hate when I have no interest in anything in the house for dinner.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                          Well, you have all your food groups covered there, so...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like a perfect dinner to me. I had to go to a friend's house for a dinner party tonight. I was so bummed because it was the predictable food and food groups, together. I prefer grazing to eating "real" mealw anymore

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                              Oh, it was just the prelude to actual dinner which I happened upon as I was gazing in the fridge for snacks. I actually used to rarely snack but ever since I've had tummy issues the past few months I find it's much easier to eat smaller meals and more snack. Best of both worlds, get to have all the things you're craving that day without breaking the reasonable intake bank.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                《 I find it's much easier to eat smaller meals and more snacks. 》

                                                                                                                                                                I believe recent studies have shown that smaller, frequent meals are healthier for everyone - which suits me just fine. It's 3 am here and just noshed on some watermelon chunks and I've got my eye on rosemary-flavor triscuits ♡

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no those are my favorite right before the black pepper triscuits. I don't know the last time I bought triscuits, might have to remedy that for vacation next week.

                                                                                                                                                          2. Freezer clean out is going well but makes for more snacks. Pre lunch snack-a quick few steamed mussels I grabbed this morning after I picked up coffee

                                                                                                                                                            1. A very satisfying plate of steak fries covered in melted cheddar and dipped in ranch dressing.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Had a leftover taro and shrimp fritter from dim sum this morning and a bbq pork bun from another location for a snack just a little bit ago. Almost dinner time though.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Munching on chocolate chip cookies right this second. I've been making cookies since 12:30 today, finally sitting down and eating some of them. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Kontxesi

                                                                                                                                                                    I'm shocked you resisted nibbling while making them :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                      Seriously! I bought refrigerated cookie dough during my recent Aldi's shopping trip. On the back of the package IN HUGE LETTERS it states, "do not consume raw dough" even though the use-by date is like February . . . and I thought oh yeah, right . . . like I'm not going to try any of the dough. Who does that? PS I will post a report when I get around to trying it

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                        Pffft. I LIVED off of raw dough when I was a kid. And I was sickly, so if something was going to happen, it's not like I had this super immune system fighting off my cookie dough bugs.

                                                                                                                                                                        I'll never stop eating raw cookie dough. :)

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                        I did a little bit. :) My friend and I each took a beater, and then had like two spoonfuls of dough. We didn't nibble on any of the other doughs, however, just the chocolate chip. I find that most other cookies taste better when baked.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. Already snacking even after a dinner of summer rolls. Just had nutella and multigrain cracker. The perfect sweet, salty and crunchy snack.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Pitted dates dipped right into a jar of peanut butter. Good thing I live alone!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Cookies--Unfortunately or not, I think I have only had mostly cookies since Friday (it's now Sunday). I have been making holiday cookies.. and with each batch, I somehow end up eating more than just 1 to sample. Ooops.

                                                                                                                                                                          I have had some scrabbled eggs and .. I needed to clean out freezer space, so I made some sweet potato wedges and broccoli... but really it had been all cookies for two days. [I hope I never see another cookie again.]

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                            Hi GraceW,

                                                                                                                                                                            《Unfortunately or not, I think I have only had mostly cookies since Friday (it's now Sunday).》

                                                                                                                                                                            IMHO,there is nothing wrong with eating nothing but cookies a couple of days out of the whole year. It's the holiday season. And I expect that your cookies were delicious! I'm envious. Don't beat yourself up. You're amongst friends here.

                                                                                                                                                                            Best wishes for a happy holiday season, MrsP

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: GraceW

                                                                                                                                                                              PS I would love to see some pictures of your cookies

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Pancetta navy bean soup alongside a hope that the sun will shine again. I had a wonderful conversation with my grandmother about navy bean soup on a very frigid Saturday morning and was excited to make a big vat for the winter. Unfortunately, my beloved Mom Mom passed away yesterday and so I'm guzzling soup in her memory :) There shall be much snacking, my friends :)

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                So sorry for your loss. Grandmothers are so special. May good memories and hot soup soothe you.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. She is and probably wyll remain the most amazing prison I've ever met. I'm fortunate that she had visited a few days before and know that she is at peace. I'll miss her dearly and the past 24 hours have been a struggle but she'd prefer to see me smile then cry. The soup was amazing as most southern delights are. It'll defintely be in the soup rotation.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh no. I am so sorry that she passed. I am glad that you got to enjoy her company just the other day. And you have a freezer packed with her handmade love to comfort you when you miss her. It may sound silly, but when my ex husbands mother passed the most treasured thing she left behind was a big batch of french onion soup in the freezer that we enjoyed together with family. It was her specialty.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                    Not silly at all I've been gorging myself on that food and not really giving a crap about the calories or my weight. I just want reminders of her. It was so sudden and unexpected, she was just fine and I talked to her Saturday and she sounded as usual. I keep thinking it's a joke, but I guess it's not. Mac and cheese, collards and sweet potatoes her thing so my plates have been loaded with them.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Go figure I'm an eater when distressed. I hoped to be one of those no appetite people like I usually am when stressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                      I feel greatful for you that you got to spend the time with her so close to her sudden passing. That will be some special memories. We all wish for something like that with our loved ones. I understand the feelings you are having about it being a joke. When my MIL passed at 52 no one expected it and we all felt like it we would just "wake up" from the bad dream. My heart hurts for you. You spoke so lovingly of her.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                    fldhkybnva, I'm sorry for your loss. If your meemaw was responsible for your love of good food (and it sounds that way), I'm sure that she'd be very happy to know that you are honoring her memory in this way.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh yes she was a southern cooking master, I would know nothing of fried fat back and delectable comfort food without her. I'm giggling thinking of mornings with her eating delicious biscuits and fried pork chops with gravy while she noshed on burnt to a crisp bacon, her favorite thing ever! She lived a full life and was a busy bee with a life full of daily Pilates and card game nights until the end. She was remarkable and would LOVE my expanding waistline as I eat up her food and other treats without hesitation in my "I just don't give a crap" state.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Current snack-dark chocolate covered ginger, seriously out of season not quite ripe but darn tasty raspberries and blackberries

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                        And i am giggling about the post you wrote ages ago about Mom Mom eating that bacon in the kitchen and mumbling to herself how delicious it was. She even touched the Chow community's lives.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                          +1M. That is the sign of a true chowhound - sharing the love of great food with others. And not being snobby about it

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. Six huge key west pink shrimp from the fort pierce fish market. Dipped in barely simmering water for 75 seconds, then ice bath. They are so good, they don't need no sauce

                                                                                                                                                                                    There are six more in the fridge. Someone better get home quick or I'll probably eat those, too

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Split an antipasto platter with the bf. Carrots, red peppers, celery, Alouette garlic and herb cheese, Gouda, olive loaf, liverwurst, dry italian salami, several olive types and crackers. Very hearty and yummy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        《Alouette garlic and herb cheese》

                                                                                                                                                                                        What do they put in there that makes it so addicting? Love that stuff and Publix had a BOGO special on it just before Thanksgiving. Added to mashed potatoes . . . oh my

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                          Mmm. I bet it would be good in mashed potatoes. Now that i think about it, it might end up in my chicken and broccoli casserole tonight to add the cheesy element. Thanks for that. Yum

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            It endied up in my pasta dish and was really good. Thanks Mrs Patmore for the inspiration.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Today was the cookie exchange at the office I worked in for 36 years before retiring. I was at the Christmas luncheon last week ... they include the retired folks ... and dealt myself into the exchange. So I am really cookied up, and one batch was Earl Grey shortbreads: a recipe I introduced to them 5 years ago. Happy, Merry!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Roasted red pepper hummus with triscuits - super stale as they've been here for probably 6 months and I never eat them but surprisingly still tasty enough :) I might have to break out the Boursin since you all mentioned it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Just brought in my treats for my coworkers today. So many people are exchanging cookies, so I made cheese straws instead - added a little green Tabasco sauce for kick. Figured a little savory to go with all the sweet!

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sra. Swanky

                                                                                                                                                                                              Brilliant, swanky! I'm going to bring savory treats to the cookie swap this weekend. Thank you for the idea. ☆

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                My pleasure! They went over really well. A nice change from the sea of cookies! Enjoy your swap! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Roasted asparagus with a side of a stray lamb mergeza sausage and balsamic vinegar for dipping. Bottom of the barrel scrapings, yet surprisingly satisfying.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I just ate a hot pretzel at Sam's Club and along with the pretzel, received my daily allowance of sodium for 2014.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                  So it was the perfect pretzel. There used to be a pretzel guy right next to a restaurant/bakery where i live. I would get the pretzel and follow it up with a mini peanutbutter long john. Perfection.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, I'll admit that it was very tasty. But I had to buy a case of water afterwards - which reminded me why I only eat salted pretzels and salt bagels about once every other year. It was literally drowning in salt. There was a swimming pool of salt on the plate. But boy it was good going down

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's how I feel a couple hours after cheap Chinese food. Like I'm drowning in salt.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sounds good with a pretzel though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Finally back for the holidays from Aldi are the caramel wafers. Had a couple already now I want something salty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I have my umbrella permanently open and up so at least not getting so wet from the downpour anymore. My stomach is on the fritz which is to be expected and refuses to let any food pass through so I'm forced to snack, a tragedy right? :) right now enjoying a super juicy red grapefruit with TJs chianti salami. Stovetop popcorn is on the docket...literallly...I poured the kernels in coconut oil and left them there for efficiency of popping later if I have room. If not I'm sure SO will indulge for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    MrsPatmore, next week I'm hoping the world might give me a break and I plan to wander Aldi for holiday snacks. I have my eyes on the cheese :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Time for a maple long john from a local donut place. But then I also have some goodies from the local panaderia. Too many choices.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Since i know this is not a judgemental crowd... truth. A cold hotdog dipped in a mustard ketchup tag team and a chunk of cheddar cheese. There are some rosemary triscuits that keep eyeballin' me from the pantry that may need delt with. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'll see your cold hot dog and raise you some of these...

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Just finished the box. My head is hanging in disgust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh boy. I have pretzel crisps and peanutbutter. Not as good as that cheese dip but it may trump the triscuits. Hmmm

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Have you ever had the PB-filled pretzel nuggets from Trader Joe's? Pure evil. I used to have a boss who kept bags of them around the office and I would eat them for two meals a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I shy away from most processed foods, but I have this awful soft spot for Handi Snacks in all their horrid forms. Someone at the grocery store once asked how old my child was as I was buying a box... Even my boyfriend can't watch me eat them, so I do it in private.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I haven't tried the pretzel nuggets but i have a TJ's and i will try them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                I feel your pain on the Hand I Snacks. I love that fake cheese in many renditions. Spray cheese, the salty powdery stuff on crackers, nacho cheese etc... you get the idea. If it is fake, chances are that i love it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too. I just love cheese, I've decided--real or fake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I have never had spray cheese. I've *almost* purchased it many times. But I feel like I would end up keeping a can of it on the coffee table and my nightstand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You know what's my favorite? Can't believe I'm posting this, but after the Handisnacks admission, anything goes I guess. Tostitos Queso in a jar. I got married really young and my ex hubby and I were both in college full time and working full time. We used to come home after a long day and just split a jar of this crap on the couch watching TV with bags of tortilla chips. I will NOT put this stuff in my shopping cart anymore:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I cannot be trusted with a jar of that in the house. I used to buy in the large two packs at Sam's club. I asked my bf why the jars were going so fast and his response was" you have to ask yourself that. I don't eat it." Oops. I stopped buying it at Sam's. I can't handle the responsibility.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha! I never see anyone buying them. Good to know others love it as much as I do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have 1/2 a jar sitting right next to me right now with an unopened bag of corn dipper chips.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Lucky... I just had dinner at my parents' house: pepper rubbed tenderloin, grilled asparagus with garlic, baked potatoes, fresh baked rolls...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I'd trade all the space in my stomach for some of that queso dip...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I want some of the asparagus, baked potato and rolls. Sounds so good haven't had dinner yet!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. A really handy little package of nutella breadsticks called nutella & go. Not for the faint of heart. It is rich as hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Whenever I see that it reminds me of the Yan Yan packs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. This time of year, a day that doesn't contain a mince pie is a rare thing.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Going from Taste of Home cherry almond bars to Taste of Home Fruitcake bars. These are even better with the pineapple and walnuts. Next time I am going to try 1/2 pecan 1/2 walnuts instead of all walnuts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I just need to cut them into smaller bars next time. But they were the perfect touch of sweetness.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can i find them at the Taste of Home website?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They really are. The only thing that took me forever was cutting up the cherries and pineapple since i was slicing them in 1/2. I wish I had a mini chopper for the job.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Salt and pepper cashews, and they are really good!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I love them. I no longer buy them it's dangerous. I also tried some really good dill pickle cashews from Target.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love the dill pickle cashews but I haven't seen them the last couple times I went to Target.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My salt and pepper cashews came from Winco bulk foods. Very good price for a nice indulgence. I've never run into dill pickle cashews. I've never bought nuts at Target! I would probably try dill pickle cashews though if I spotted any.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sueatmo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cashews are the most dangerous nut in the kingdom. They taste like butter to me (in a good way). I can eat handfuls and handfuls without tiring of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Trader Joe's frozen macaroni and cheese - I went on a last-minute-I-am-unprepared-for-the-holidays grab and go grocery shopping extravaganza this afternoon. The original plan was to make macaroni and cheese for Christmas but after the past week I decided to take the lazy holiday route and test out a reported tried and true frozen favorite around here. It's pretty good actually! Too bad I ate both servings.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to have a real hard time with Stouffer's frozen mac'n'cheese. My first real boyfriend and I would "splurge" on a pan of it (it was expensive to us back then!), and eat the entire thing between the two of us, sitting in bed watching TV.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hope you are feeling better!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks! Actually, I'm feeling perhaps slightly worse in re: to stomach issues. When I was home last week, my entire family noticed my massive belly expansion after samll amounts of food. It's quite frustrating but the food just doesn't move. I'm learning to live with it and to eat smaller meals. My mom recommended Miralax which has been helping and I use Gas-X after meals to try to help with the bloating but it's really hard to know how much I can eat without risking serious stomach distension. I'm looking very closely at the information that you sent because this is not very comfortable to live with. However, I can eat whereas before my stomach just wouldn't tolerate anything. Baby steps :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aww, that sounds miserable.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The drug I mentioned that I take helped me so much, I can't describe. Even now, my stomach is crap again, but the bloating I used to have is still gone. I remember vividly how awful it was, and I hope you figure out a way to rid yourself of it soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Or maybe it's the small bowel bacterial overgrowth. Some courses of the recommended antibiotics might make you all better lady! Or even just probiotics in the meantime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Glad you are eating! You are right, sometimes it's just baby steps! Hope you enjoyed your holiday anyway :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! I was on call but it was a lovely, relaxing, peaceful holiday spent with the kitten.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. In full on Christmas Day snacking mode, so I couldn't resist - bowl of hot and sour soup from the wonderful Chinese take out place open on Christmas :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Eggrolls from Christmas lunch. Maybe moving onto the pork paste wrapped crab claws in a bit.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Wow that sounds delicious!!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I have a soft spot for peppermint bark.. Made some the other night and just munched on a few! Good thing this only happens once a year!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh and crackers with baked brie and red pepper jelly (:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. cinnamon twists from aldi. yummy! not too sure if they still have them at aldi though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Champagne cheddar and leftover turkey breast wrapped in a Romaine leaf

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  That sounds low carb and tasty. After all the feasting these past few weeks, I feel the need to reduce my carbs for awhile (after finishing the tin of cookies mentioned below, of course, hehe)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I naturally prefer a low carb diet, but during the holidays I get my fill of carbs. I load up for a few days but then seriously crave low carb food usually after 4 days or so. I'm on a carb break until New Year's Eve and my vacation next week! It was quite funny to watch my coworkers stare at me as I repeatedly kept going back to the break room to load up my plate literally with chopped iceberg lettuce leftover from some luncheon. It was truly delicious with a dip in balsamic on the side. I needed water and crunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. "Salem Baking Company Moravian Cookies - Ginger Spice" Oh.my.word. These are crazy good

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My favorite from them are the classic sugar. Where did you buy them at MrsPatmore?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They were a gift from a friend that apparently has excellent taste! Now I'm excited to try the other items in the same gift basket. . . . after a trip to the gym. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I guess I need to go to Dewey's then since that is where my friend got it for me last year but it's almost 2 hours away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hi vttp926,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm almost afraid to ask where she got them - they are that good. I'm guessing that she got them online or at a specialty retailer in a larger city (I live in the middle of nowhere). You should see the other goodies in this basket - I'm going to have to spend many, many hours at the gym for this :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I bet. The Salem Baking Company is also known as Dewey's which is like my favorite bakery in the entire world. And thankfully it is 2 hours from me otherwise I would be worst off then I am now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We can spend our lives at the gym together...in 2014! :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Avocado drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I rarely eat avocados but in the midst of a grocery store binge shopping trip, I spotted a perfectly ripe fruit and couldn't resist. I also happened to replenish the balsamic supply so it was destined to be.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I used to buy avocados at WF after work and wrap them in a charred tortilla drizzled with hot sauce and lemon. Was such a good, quick, satisfying snack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Then one day OUT OF NOWHERE my mouth swelled up after eating one. I tried again a few days later; same reaction. I tried again two more times and ended up with my tongue protruding and lips so big, it looked like I'd had some awful plastic surgery.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        It seems really weird to develop a food allergy literally overnight in your late 20s. I miss avocados...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Oh wow, sorry to hear that. It's not the norm, but adult onset allergies have become much more common. I have a friend who grew up in Colombia until she was 25, and then all of a sudden one day in Utah had an allergy to beans. Very strange our bodies are sometimes :) Another friend developed an allergy to shrimp and yet I'll catch him with sushi in hand that might contain shrimp and ask "are you sure it doesn't have shrimp or was near shrimp" to which he responses very nonchalantly "uh I have no idea, I'll let you know if my lips start tingling or I start coughing, sometimes that happens and I keep eating hoping it doesn't get worse." And yes, he's a doctor :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Pita bread with tzatziki earlier today. it was worth the faint inducing garlic breath.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Um, well, my low carb situation would have to wait if I had that snack here! Love me some grilled pita and tzatziki . . . I wouldn't object to a side of Greek salad, either ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh, if only I could have greek salad. Lettuce HATES me. I don't know why, I am so nice. the pita and tzatziki came from a new restaurant that will be frequented by me if they keep making that tzatziki. To bad they don't make scordalia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: suzigirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Skordalia is the BEST dip! I'm surprised it has never "caught on" in the US as a party appetizer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My Greek side of the family used to frequent a restaurant in Chicago that made it so light and fluffy. As a kid, I would ask for my own bowl of it, and an extra plate of crusty toasted bread for dipping. I would completely ruin my appetite on that and saganaki (flaming Greek cheese). F*ck the meat, I was there for the cheese and bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had to Google skordalia but uh can I have some NOW? It's like Toum on a whole 'nother level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. --Two different types of stollen... my fix until next Christmas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Leftover mussels - mixed up a quick broth to pour over with loads of garlic and fire roasted tomatoes, eaten right out of the pot

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. quaker rice snacks in caramel corn even though I really want something salty but don't really have anything but the Frito big scoops which I need dip for since those would be too salty for me right now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: vttp926

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vttp926, try alternating a bite of sweet rice cake with a piece of Frito scoop . . . sweet + salty sounds good right now. Maybe add a handful of wasabi peas, and that would do it for me

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That doesn't sound too bad. But definitely no wasabi peas. Not a big fan of them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I'm on call and it's the cat crazy hour so Take and I are having a party - TJs marinated mushrooms, chocolate covered ginger and warm mug of beef stock are on deck.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I need to go get some the marinated mushrooms. I wish TJ was closer... :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Me too! I need to restock. I've been buying the Whole Foods mushrooms daily for probably 4x the price. TJs here I come. I wish I could send you some via the interwebs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yikes to the Whole Foods price! I actually found them in Aldi once (seasonal item) and I wish I stocked up on them then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          They are an item on the olive bar and mushroom are heavy!! I think I'm making a trip to TJs tomorrow so will pick them up. I have 3 returns unfortunately but that means more buying! I have been resisting them when I go but so much cheaper then buying at Whole Foods so should just pay up front and save in the long run.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I wish we had an olive mushroom bar at the grocery stores I shop at. What's really bad is that I moved from a small town to a bigger town and the small town had so much more variety. Maybe I just need to find my own recipe. But the vinegar part is what get's me the most. Because I normally don't like vinegar but enjoy it in the marinated mushrooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Pates de fruits from a French bakery near me. Raspberry, apricot, cassis, strawberry, grapefruit. I usually splurge on these once a year, but I'm planning on a refill already. I'm inhaling these things!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. TJs chianti red wine salami with a trio of cheeses - Somerdale Champagne Cheddar, Ossau Iraty and Uniekaas Parrano...oh and a fried chicken thigh I HAD to have from the drive through on the way home

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. pretzle rods with raspberry/wasabi/mustard dip

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: betsydiver

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Betsydiver, that sounds fab and I have some raspberry sauce from Penzey's that I need to use up. Good idea, thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. There are some very interesting snacks on the "late night food inventions" thread, along with some great photos. Just a heads up for any snacking fan who missed it: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/927639

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That amazing looking burger on that thread is a Suzivention. The only thing I do besides what helmut did was press my sandwich. Oh so freakin' good.