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cute fuzzy bunny 11-27-2007 11:05 AM

Stupidest holiday gifts
Web site ranks stupid holiday gifts - Yahoo! News

I'm torn between the gummy bacon candy and the yodeling pickle.

The web site linked offers some additional goodies. My favorite is the egg separator.

Donzo 11-27-2007 11:16 AM

Mother Teresa breath spray.....gotta get one of those!

An old college friend and I have been sending the same fruitcake back and forth for over ten years.....our wives think we are nuts - I think we are just easlily amused.

cute fuzzy bunny 11-27-2007 11:23 AM

A really, really good fruitcake.

Now I have to make the dang thing... :(

Free Range Fruitcake
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
See this recipe on air Monday Dec. 10 at 3:00 AM ET/PT.
Show: Good Eats
Episode: It's a Wonderful Cake

1 cup golden raisins
1 cup currants
1/2 cup sun dried cranberries
1/2 cup sun dried blueberries
1/2 cup sun dried cherries
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
Zest of one lemon, chopped coarsely
Zest of one orange, chopped coarsely
1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
1 cup gold rum
1 cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks)
1 cup unfiltered apple juice
4 whole cloves, ground
6 allspice berries, ground
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1/4 to 1/2 cup toasted pecans, broken
Brandy for basting and/or spritzing

Combine dried fruits, candied ginger and both zests. Add rum and macerate overnight, or microwave for 5 minutes to re-hydrate fruit.

Place fruit and liquid in a non-reactive pot with the sugar, butter, apple juice and spices. Bring mixture to a boil stirring often, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool for at least 15 minutes. (Batter can be completed up to this point, then covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before completing cake.)

Heat oven to 325 degrees.

Combine dry ingredients and sift into fruit mixture. Quickly bring batter together with a large wooden spoon, then stir in eggs one at a time until completely integrated, then fold in nuts. Spoon into a 10-inch non-stick loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. Check for doneness by inserting toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. If not, bake another 10 minutes, and check again.

Remove cake from oven and place on cooling rack or trivet. Baste or spritz top with brandy and allow to cool completely before turning out from pan.
When cake is completely cooled, seal in a tight sealing, food safe container. Every 2 to 3 days, feel the cake and if dry, spritz with brandy. The cake's flavor will enhance considerably over the next two weeks. If you decide to give the cake as a gift, be sure to tell the recipient that they are very lucky indeed.

Way better than gummy bacon candy.

jIMOh 11-27-2007 02:39 PM

give someone batteries- say "gift not included"
give someone a roll of wrapping paper
give someone a round tuit ('tuit' written on a round piece of paper)

d 11-27-2007 02:58 PM

see http://storetheonion.com/cards_giftboxes-c-21.html

Sarah in SC 11-27-2007 07:08 PM

I'm a big fan of Archie McPhee--they have a lot of bacon themed items if you are interested...
Archie McPheeŽ Toys, Gifts & Novelties
Oh, wait, they have the yodeling pickle on the front page...

travelover 11-27-2007 07:37 PM


Originally Posted by d (Post 582237)

Why didn't think of this - $8.00 gift boxes!

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