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Old 04-05-2015, 12:17 AM   #81
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Wifey B: No thanks....but then I don't do peanut butter either. And we don't do a lot of toast.

And I leave you with this....MITES. I don't like any kind of mites....they're not nice anthropods and I sure don't want to be spreading mites on anything and that includes Mar mites, Vege mites, Pro mites, Dust mites, Flour mites, Hay mites, Chigger mites, itch mites, cheese mites, ter mites and all other mites......
Ah well, never mind, that's ok - your loss.

Anyone else willing to be more adventurous..?
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:47 AM   #82
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OK. I'm game. I'll buy a jar when I get home and try it.
Wifey B: You can order it on Amazon...sounds so inviting....a concentrated yeast extract paste. At least Amazon could have come up with some better description. Maybe something like "Most loved vegetarian spread worldwide."

I did read where their marketing slogan is "Love it or Hate it." At least they have a sense of humor.

I'm sure we eat something just as gross looking, smelling and sounding. Spam. And, yes, when I was a kid we did eat it. Amazon does a much better job of describing it-Classic, the taste that started it all. A reliable, delicious and innovative element for any meal.

I think we ate it because it was cheap but I don't think it's so cheap anymore.

Ok, I have to get this taste out of my mouth....what shall I eat. Ice Cream? Cheesecake? Chocolate cake? So many choices and all sound better than spam and mites.
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Wifey B: That might be the question of the day. What food do you absolutely love that most people just turn up their noses at? I mean a couple of our friends love Caviar. I tried some of the best, most expensive, one time. I was like why does anyone eat that crap, much less pay hundreds and thousands for it.

Thinking. I absolutely love water. Champagne yes, beer no. I've got it. Going to take more thinking to figure out something I like that might gross some out. Hard to think as hubby and friend/guest brought Oreo cheesecake to bed just now.

Edited....Frog Legs. We both love them and others just frown and make ugly faces at the idea.

And hubby ate and liked Vienna Sausage when he went fishing as a kid. That's pretty gross.
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Wifey B: I'm sure we eat something just as gross looking, smelling and sounding. Spam. And, yes, when I was a kid we did eat it.
There is a step down, or up from Spam. The Dollar Store sells imitation bacon flavored fake spam. If you can get past the texture... Okay first of all do not ever read the ingredients. You don't want to know. Ditto the health information panel -- another "it's best not to know"

However at a dollar it is a semi-solid, oozing, ick.

BUT, if you chop it into .25" pieces and fry it, it will get crispy and have texture. It's not the best stuff on the planet (too salty for my preferences) but at a dollar it can add meat to an otherwise meatless few days.

And frog legs are delicious. So too are iguana steaks and I'm not just sure what's in the deep fried empanadas (another of those "don't ask" things) but they are good too. Opossum are fine (cooked on a spit so the grease cooks out)

Conch are delicious and I like Claxton fruit cake. Alas I didn't get one this year. My daughter FORGOT. And she usually buys me one plus I get myself one. This year I didn't, nor did she. I'll probably end up with four this year.

And yes, I prefer Claxton to any I've tried.
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Conch are delicious and I like Claxton fruit cake. Alas I didn't get one this year. My daughter FORGOT. And she usually buys me one plus I get myself one. This year I didn't, nor did she. I'll probably end up with four this year.

And yes, I prefer Claxton to any I've tried.
Someone actually likes those things? My father was a member of whatever group sold them. Was it Kiwanis? One of the organizations. Always lots of those fruit cakes floating around and no one ate them. Had to be the most regifted item in history.
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OK. I'm game. I'll buy a jar when I get home and try it.

Way to go Spy. That's the spirit. Give it a go - follow my advice above, and report back. Show these other wimpy people there's nothing to fear, except the fear of…you know how it goes...
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There is a step down, or up from Spam. The Dollar Store sells imitation bacon flavored fake spam. If you can get past the texture... Okay first of all do not ever read the ingredients. You don't want to know. Ditto the health information panel -- another "it's best not to know"

However at a dollar it is a semi-solid, oozing, ick.

BUT, if you chop it into .25" pieces and fry it, it will get crispy and have texture. It's not the best stuff on the planet (too salty for my preferences) but at a dollar it can add meat to an otherwise meatless few days.

And frog legs are delicious. So too are iguana steaks and I'm not just sure what's in the deep fried empanadas (another of those "don't ask" things) but they are good too. Opossum are fine (cooked on a spit so the grease cooks out)

Conch are delicious and I like Claxton fruit cake. Alas I didn't get one this year. My daughter FORGOT. And she usually buys me one plus I get myself one. This year I didn't, nor did she. I'll probably end up with four this year.

And yes, I prefer Claxton to any I've tried.
And why is it I don't like any of that stuff? Another reason not to visit the dollar stores I guess.
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tacos de lengua with salsa verde. But cashews that we get at Costco are the hardest to put down.
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Conch are delicious and I like Claxton fruit cake. Alas I didn't get one this year. My daughter FORGOT. And she usually buys me one plus I get myself one. This year I didn't, nor did she. I'll probably end up with four this year.

And yes, I prefer Claxton to any I've tried.
Now I know who to regift my fruitcakes to. I'll make sure they're Claxton before sending!!

For years, I was convinced that there were just a couple dozen fruitcakes floating around at the holidays, constantly being regifted until the holidays were over. Then the following November, the whole thing would just start over again. I'm still not totally convinced it's not still happening.
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Now I know who to regift my fruitcakes to. I'll make sure they're Claxton before sending!!

For years, I was convinced that there were just a couple dozen fruitcakes floating around at the holidays, constantly being regifted until the holidays were over. Then the following November, the whole thing would just start over again. I'm still not totally convinced it's not still happening.
I just remembered...it was the Civitans who sold them. And they sat and sat and sat at the home of every member of the Civitans.

From their web site:

For over half a century, Civitans have been selling Claxton Fruit Cake to fund various community service projects. Today, local Civitan Clubs work with area grocery retailers to bring Claxton Fruit Cake to the community and fund local service projects.

And, they have training plans for a Fruit Cake Business Plan and how to sell, set up displays, even press releases. They even have an "International Fruit Cake Policy." I can't believe they're still doing it.

I'm overwhelmed to find out someone likes them. Just find a Civitan member and I'm sure they're buying a certain number and will be glad to send some your way, perhaps cheap or free.

In all seriousness, there really must be some others liking and buying them if they've been able to keep this going for over 50 years. The main charity some part of this goes to support is a research center for developmental disabilities. I do not know what portion because unfortunately they don't publish that information on their web site.
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Selling fruitcakes to fund a research center for developmental disabilities is a nasty irony.
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Selling fruitcakes to fund a research center for developmental disabilities is a nasty irony.
Wifey B: Now, now....I wasn't going to comment on that.

The research center is part of the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
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With so many to choose from (and so little time), it would be hard to settle on just one favorite, but Shulgin's published research might be useful as a guide.
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Claxton fruit cakes are GOOD. I like them. Still, I suspect part of the attraction is they did not require refrigeration and we didn't have a reefer until the early 70's.

I remember some magazine writer came by and Mother handed her a cold beer very casually. It was shortly after we finally had a real refrigerator. When the article appeared the beer was described as being served "European-style, i.e. fished out of the river"

Bonnie O'Boyle was person non grata from that point forward.

Claxton's are not recirculated when they get to Seaweed they stop. I will admit I like them cold, sliced thin with a spot of tea in the morning. Ah, now that's life in the slow lane. You should try it again. Either Darjeeling or Constant Comment is an ideal accompaniment.

Hey, and that it supports a charity is good too.

You do buy Newman's Own stuff, right? His Hole in the Wall Gang camp up north, and Boggy Creek Gang Camp in Florida are amazing. His Italian salad dressing is yummy too.

Baby attended Boggy Creek for three summers (one week per) and really came into herself. It was a great experience for her. Anyway, I'm rambling.

I hope everyone is counting their blessings and enjoying the day. Happy Easter.
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I'm with you Janice. I like fruit cakes also. Can't comment on the Claxton variety - never had one. (Anyone wanting to jettison one, I'll PM the address)

However, even though not liking them is the norm as child, once grown up many people appreciate them much more as a really decent example of a true cake. All the rest of the over-sweet, over-rich, sickly, chocolatty, or pale, washed out, Madeira types are mere pale imitations, which the kids all still love of course…but are really just empty calories. Any time I attend a birthday or some other occasion where they trot out a cake, and it's one of those over-sweet, sickly, mushy types my heart sinks. For a real cake, give me a fruit cake - a bit of old-fashioned almond icing on top and sides is ok too. The icing on the cake, as it were, literally. Almond icing is unique, and the only type I appreciate.

PS. The nicest kind of fruit cake I have ever had was one my auntie used to make, called a vinegar cake. It had a certain 'bite' to it from the vinegar which lifted it right up there and counterbalanced the sweetness.
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Wifey B: I like fruit....nothing more tasty that strawberries covered in or dipped in chocolate.
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This revelation has me reconsidering the Marmite/Vegemite/Promite experiment.
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I'm with you Janice. I like fruit cakes also. Can't comment on the Claxton variety - never had one. (Anyone wanting to jettison one, I'll PM the address)

However, even though not liking them is the norm as child, once grown up many people appreciate them much more as a really decent example of a true cake. All the rest of the over-sweet, over-rich, sickly, chocolatty, or pale, washed out, Madeira types are mere pale imitations, which the kids all still love of course…but are really just empty calories. Any time I attend a birthday or some other occasion where they trot out a cake, and it's one of those over-sweet, sickly, mushy types my heart sinks. For a real cake, give me a fruit cake - a bit of old-fashioned almond icing on top and sides is ok too. The icing on the cake, as it were, literally. Almond icing is unique, and the only type I appreciate.

PS. The nicest kind of fruit cake I have ever had was one my auntie used to make, called a vinegar cake. It had a certain 'bite' to it from the vinegar which lifted it right up there and counterbalanced the sweetness.
Sounds like a perfect delivery medium for that Vegemite you love! I'm really starting to worry about you, Peter!
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This revelation has me reconsidering the Marmite/Vegemite/Promite experiment.
Why choose? Treat yourself to a Vegemite flavored cake. Yum!
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I often bought fruit cakes in tins to give to customers for Christmas....not the good kind, mind you, but the really cheapo 99 cent jobs back in the late 70's. I always ended up with a few extra that just sat in my trunk, maybe till the next year. After I moved on to another job, I sent the old cakes to my friends. One friend sent it back the next year and we exchanged that same fruit cake for 17 years. The last year he had used the cake to chock the wheel of his boat trailer and severely dented the old, rusty tin, exposing the 17 year old cake....causing the Post Office to decline delivery.
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