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The Ninth Poll of Christmas: Food! 
10th-Dec-2010 03:46 pm
Thanksgiving


Poll #1655556 Christmas Food

Do you do any Christmas baking?

Yes I do every year (or almost every year)
22(32.8%)
Some years I do and some years I don't
23(34.3%)
I don't but someone in my household does
6(9.0%)
I don't, but I get Christmas baking from a friend or family member
6(9.0%)
No and I don't get any Christmas baking unless I buy it
10(14.9%)
Something else (what?)
0(0.0%)

Do you like eggnog?

Mmmmm, yes I sure do!
17(25.0%)
Only with rum, but not by itself
3(4.4%)
I can take it or leave it
10(14.7%)
No, I can't stand the stuff
22(32.4%)
Something else (what?)
16(23.5%)

Which of the following meats or meat substitutes will you have for your Christmas dinner (real or imagined)?

Turkey
21(18.8%)
Ham
25(22.3%)
Chicken
7(6.2%)
Goose
2(1.8%)
Roast beef
10(8.9%)
Duck
3(2.7%)
Tofurkey (or other tofu product)
2(1.8%)
Wild game
2(1.8%)
Hamburger or meatloaf
2(1.8%)
Some other kind of meat
4(3.6%)
Fish
3(2.7%)
Sausage
6(5.4%)
It will be a vegetarian meal
11(9.8%)
I have no clue
10(8.9%)
Something else (what?)
4(3.6%)

Which of the following kinds of Christmas baking do you enjoy?

Shortbread cookies
25(11.2%)
Gingerbread cookies
26(11.6%)
Fruitcake
9(4.0%)
Sugar cookies
41(18.3%)
Fudge
35(15.6%)
Rumballs
9(4.0%)
Yule log
6(2.7%)
Mince pies
5(2.2%)
Butter or shortbread tarts
9(4.0%)
Panforte (Italian Christmas cake)
4(1.8%)
Macaroons
12(5.4%)
Lemon bars
12(5.4%)
Nanaimo bars
4(1.8%)
Something else not on this list (tell us what?)
22(9.8%)
None of the above
5(2.2%)

What kind of side dishes do you like with your Christmas dinner?

Mashed potatoes
49(17.1%)
Cranberry sauce
29(10.1%)
Stuffing (or dressing)
35(12.2%)
Roast potatoes
31(10.8%)
Yams
18(6.3%)
Scalloped potatoes
17(5.9%)
Green bean casserole
19(6.6%)
Asparagus
13(4.5%)
Turnips
3(1.0%)
Zucchini
12(4.2%)
Broccoli with cheese
19(6.6%)
Cabbage rolls
6(2.1%)
Dumplings
10(3.5%)
Something else (what?)
18(6.3%)
None of the above
7(2.4%)

What would you like for dessert?

Pumpkin pie
32(15.0%)
Apple pie
25(11.7%)
Pecan pie
18(8.4%)
New York cheesecake
18(8.4%)
Chocolate cheesecake
18(8.4%)
Ganache
5(2.3%)
Chocolate truffles
17(7.9%)
Apple crisp
17(7.9%)
German chocolate cake
16(7.5%)
Chocolate torte
11(5.1%)
Gingerbread cake
9(4.2%)
Cherry pie
8(3.7%)
Pavlova
5(2.3%)
Something else (what?)
8(3.7%)
None of the above
7(3.3%)

Fruitcake?

Yes!
13(19.1%)
No
32(47.1%)
Meh
12(17.6%)
Only as a doorstop
7(10.3%)
Something else (what?)
4(5.9%)

When I think of food at Christmas, the first thing I think of is ____________

Comments 
11th-Dec-2010 12:12 am (UTC)
The only dessert I ever have on Christmas is rice pudding. My aunt is Norwegian and makes it every year, and we play a game where a raw almond is hidden in the pudding and whoever gets the almond wins a prize.
11th-Dec-2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
we do have the same only that the hidden almond means that youre lucky next year :D(and I am from schleswig-holstein in germany))
11th-Dec-2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
I forgot we actually do it on new years eve not christmas
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11th-Dec-2010 03:04 am (UTC)
"juices from the lamb" is the most frightening thing i've heard all day O.o i think i'm still high...
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11th-Dec-2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Our tradition isn't really a dinner, but a fancy snack buffet spread instead. And the main draw there is shrimp. We only buy it on special occasions, namely Christmas, and so I think of it as my #1 holiday food.

Also, I think fruitcake is delicious. It's cake, it's fruit, what's not to love?
11th-Dec-2010 02:07 am (UTC)
I like eggnog with a little bourbon in it.
11th-Dec-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
This is the first year that I've done baking in a long time. I made chocolate fudge crackle cookies, and chocolate pecan squares. I'm also going to be making chocolate bark :)
11th-Dec-2010 02:24 am (UTC)
For Christmas (and Thanksgiving) we also usually have:
green beans, squash, creamed onions (my favorite).
11th-Dec-2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Alright, Christmas and food: my two favourite things. My family is filled with omnivores, so turkey will be served but I'm a vegetarian so I will most likely have a meat substitute (not tofurkey, but perhaps Gardein's Dijon chick'n breast.
My aunt used to have these amazing dinners on Christmas Eve, and aside from the traditional goods (turkey and ham, along with sides) she'd make some appetizers like mini pizzas and egg rolls. Dessert included nanaimo bars and my mother's butter tarts. Sadly both my aunt and uncle have passed away, but we serve mini pizzas and egg rolls (I've started to make them). In addition to that we have potato puffs (mashed potatoes in an egg batter deep-fried), mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli, carrots & turnips (boil 'em and mash together) stuffing (done outside the turkey. \o/)...
For dessert my sister makes nanaimo bars, my mom still makes butter tarts, cherry loaf, and yule log.

Since my sisters are like me (yay foodies!) we tend to argue over who gets the end pieces of the yule log. :D

Here's something no one in my family seems to be interested in though: tortiere. You'd think we'd try to own our Quebec heritage, but no.
11th-Dec-2010 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm vegan so I won't drink eggnog or eat any animals or other animal secretions, but Tofurky might happen xD I <3 Tofurky : D I love making vegan gingerbread. I've never had fruitcake, I don't think :/
11th-Dec-2010 03:07 am (UTC)
We have steak and lobster for Christmas dinner. nomnomnom
11th-Dec-2010 03:28 am (UTC)
I don't celebrate Christmas but for Chanukah we have the family over for assorted deli, potato pancakes with apple sauce and sour cream, vegetarian stuffed derma, chopped liver, potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw. For dessert we have doughnuts, chocolate chip cookies from my mother-in-law's recipe, sometimes chocolate chip and/or peppermint meringues, a kind of cranberry and marshmallow pudding and I made a Chanukah house out of chocolate.
11th-Dec-2010 06:16 am (UTC)
I've never had eggnog so I'veno idea if I like it or not. As a side we have carrots and peas.
11th-Dec-2010 06:47 am (UTC)
For Q4: Tree-shaped Spritz cookies with the silver balls you can crack your teeth on. :D

Growing up, the big feast was always christmas eve, and it was a no-meat affair due to Polish Catholic policy of no meat on fridays or christmas eve. Seafood was allowed though. There'd probably be cabbage soup, baked fish, shrimp, pasta of some kind, pierogies (potato-cheese and potato-lekvar (lekvar is lightly fermented prune puree) filled), maybe eggplant parmagiana, maybe lobster bisqe. Being non-religious, older, and thousands of miles from blood family now, we just go over to a friend's on christmas day (since we have it off work) and have a smaller, meatier feast.

I've never heard of nanaimo bars before, but now I want to look them up.
11th-Dec-2010 07:08 am (UTC)
I usually make pumpkin spice chocolate chip walnut cookies throughout October, November and December.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-I/Detail.aspx
11th-Dec-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
red coleslaw (is it called that)(Rotkohl) :D

and dessert, sime mousse or custardy kind of dessert or ice cream with warm berries or so.
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13th-Dec-2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Cookies - I live on a small island where most of the men are watermen. We have only a general store. On the day before Christmas most of the guys gather at the store to talk. It is my custom to send up a couple of dozen cookies that morning. They have to be chocolate drop cookies. All other types are looked on with suspicion.
I will be making thumb print cookies and coconut puffs for sure. Who knows what else.

Fruitcake - I have been making this cake for 40 years. When my parents and my mother-in-law were alive I made one for each of them also. It is a yellow cake with very finely chopped walnuts, cherries, pineapple, citron and blond raisins. the only liquid in it is ... Bourbon!
It is traditional to have fruitcake and tea as we open gifts.

Meals - the night before Christmas is Russian Pie - delicious but complicated and time consuming to make. Cream cheese - cabbage - mushrooms - hard boiled eggs - spices
Christmas is always roast beef and brussel sprouts glazed with chestnuts.

There is a lot more food involved as we usually hold open house the day before Christmas.
And always there are bottles of Champagne!
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