Karen: Who doesn't love a good, juicy turkey? And yet, preparing that bird so that it comes out just right is no easy task. I recall my parents getting up repeatedly Christmas Eve to tend to the turkey as it sat in the oven, the tantalizing aroma permeating the house. They would be a bit bleary-eyed the next day, but it was worth it when the turkey came out plump and moist. And the stuffing! I personally prefer the stuffing made inside the bird; I think it has more flavor. I have to admit, my own efforts at making a great turkey have been hit or miss, and most of the time, it's just me and my hubby, so we're content to buy a pre-cooked turkey breast, and that's fine. One thing I don't get is the deep-fried turkey. Not only does it seem like it would not taste as good as a slow-cooked oven turkey, it seems dangerous. Don't believe me? Just listen to what William Shatner has to say about it:
Karen: I already mentioned tamales in our winter wonderland thread, so I won't expound any further on them here, but come on - meat, corn meal? What's not to like?
Karen: Of course sweets are a big part of this time of year too. One of my favorites is the chocolate orange. Not only does it combine two great tastes -chocolate and orange, duh - but it gives you the visceral thrill of whacking it hard on a counter to break it open. That's nearly as good as a pinata, which is another holiday pleasure for those of us raised out west.
Karen: My Mom used to make a ton of cookies when I was little. I really liked the snickerdoodles, which had cinnamon, and of course sugar cookies were great because we got to decorate them. But I also enjoyed snowballs, which were almost more salty than sweet (keep it clean). She also made divinity, which I can only describe as solidified corn syrup -it was mind-numbingly sweet -I could never eat it now. But I loved it back in the day. I've never been a big one for traditional flavors like peppermint or gingerbread, and you can keep your eggnog to yourself, thanks. But I'll gladly take a thermos of hot chocolate when I go looking at neighborhood decorations.
Karen: So -what are your favorite goodies this time of year?