The Water Cooler – Christmas Food

December 23, 2013 12:00 pm · 53 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

What is one food that you only have during Christmastime that you look forward to all year?

Talk about it….


1 J. December 23, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Mince meat pie and fruit cake.

2 Dorothy December 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Seafood salad.

Only one!? – Drats, got lots of them.

3 Barbie December 23, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Olive Garden.

4 dilligafman December 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM

prime rib!!!

5 marinemom December 23, 2013 at 12:08 PM


6 bluebird December 23, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Candy Canes!

7 Enfield303 December 23, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Egg nog

8 Captain Bebops December 23, 2013 at 12:27 PM

I’ve gotten the usual request to bring the “smoky egg dip” though we often enjoy it at Easter and Thanksgiving too. So much that folks are often too full for dinner. The recipe (from an early 1960s Better Homes and Garden) is available on the net. It’s easy to make if you have a food processor. We used to serve it with bacon flavored crackers which unfortunately have been discontinued by Nabisco. Pita crackers work well with it though.

9 Bob the Repairman December 23, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Bud’s Eggnog!!!

10 Clayanon December 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Cranberry mold with cream cheese whipped cream topping. Here’s the recipe:
Cranberry – Cream Cheese Salad:
1 (6 oz.) package cherry gelatin
2cups boiling water
4oz to 6 oz applesauce (depending on your preference)
1½ cups chopped pecans or pecan pieces
2 cups cooked or 1 (16 oz.) can whole cranberry sauce (fresh is better)
Cream Cheese Topping (recipe below)
Additional pecans
Dissolve cherry gelatin in boiling water. Cool slightly. Add apple sauce, chopped pecans and cranberry sauce. Turn into 13×9 inch glass baking dish and refrigerate until firm.
You can wait until the next day to do the next step or until the mold is firm but it takes at least a few hours for it to firm up, so plan accordingly.
Spoon Cream Cheese Topping over top, spreading evenly. Sprinkle with additional pecans (about ¼ cup chopped) or garnish with pecan halves if desired. Cover and chill overnight until set. Makes about 12 servings.

Cream Cheese Topping:

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (1lb 4 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups Cool Whip (defrosted)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend cream cheese and ½ cup powdered sugar until smooth. Mix in crushed pineapple. Stir vanilla. Fold Cool Whip into cream cheese mixture.

11 Sibyl December 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

A goose glazed with a pineapple lemon sauce. mmmmm……..

12 Felino December 23, 2013 at 12:47 PM

A $23.95 3lb giant caramel apple!, from Rachel Dunn Chocolates!!

13 RK December 23, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Yummy egg nog!

14 Yum December 23, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Sadly, all the crap that I don’t eat all year long. Plates of delicious holiday cookies, chocolates and homemade egg nog.

It would be rude to reject these Christmas offerings, wouldn’t it?

15 Cynthia December 23, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Two things, coffee shortbread cookies and our holiday drink Scarlet OHaras (Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, and a fresh squeezed lime). Blended

16 Cynthia December 23, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Two things, coffee shortbread cookies and our holiday drink Scarlet OHaras (Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, and a fresh squeezed lime). Blended @ #1 with you there @ Thanksgiving, my aunt still makes it using my grammas recipe from the Isle of Mann. Real meat ….cow tongue, and a filet! @ 6 canalloni another dish my aunt and her mom made for Christmas eve. Ahhh memories!

17 unknown December 23, 2013 at 1:21 PM

A home cooked meal at local restaurant.

18 Dr. Jellyfinger December 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Rum Balls or Divinity….. Which do I like best? I can only pick one… right? Aw geez, this is going to be difficult. I’ll start a pros & cons list (Rum Ball vs Divinity) & add it all up. It might take awhile. There is alot to consider. Rum Balls have rum in them, not quite as sweet as Divinity, but even if I choose Divinity I’m sure I’ll be drinking booze to wash them down anyway…. Rum Balls Are very filling but Divinity is light & fluffy so I can eat twice as much. I need more time to decide. I’ll get back to you.

Oh! and then there’s fudge!

19 Elwood December 23, 2013 at 1:38 PM


20 Lari December 23, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Kaukauna port wine spreadable cheddar on Ritz crackers! Growing up, my mom always had some on hand for pre-dinner snacking. Now, I can’t imagine Christmas Eve without a taste, as it reminds me of home 3,000 miles away.

21 Incognito December 23, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Pickled Herring.
I know, sounds gross, but it’s a family tradition passed down by generations.

22 Sold December 23, 2013 at 1:49 PM

#12 You know you can make that yourself for a lot cheaper, it doesn’t take any skill.

23 Christmas cookies & Peanut Brittle December 23, 2013 at 1:51 PM

We don’t have any other traditional Christmas food I can think of that we don’t eat at other times, except candy canes and See’s candy. I like them too, but don’t really think about them ahead of time much.

24 For me... December 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Beagles with Cream Cheese and Lox for Breakfast and Chinese for an early supper after the movie. Probably a slice of pie for a late snack.

And then I thank Heaven there is no more Christmas Music for another 11 months.

25 The Chosen One December 23, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Ditto marinemom. Cannolis

“Leave the gun. Take the cannolis”

26 Isabelle December 23, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I wonder if possum tastes like chicken….

27 ClayDen December 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Candy cane bread that my wife makes on Christmas morning and the delicious cookies that my wife and daughters make.

28 Felino December 23, 2013 at 2:57 PM

@ Sold #22

It may not take a whole lot of skills, but you need to have thumbs to hold the apple and when have you ever seen a cat with opposable thumbs?

29 Pleasant Jenny December 23, 2013 at 3:19 PM

Honeybaked Ham. My oldest son went with me today and our line time was 45 minutes. So worth it and when you walk out of the store with your happy bag you feel like you are walking the red carpet as the people still in the line outside look at you with lust.

30 Joanne December 23, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Rum Balls YUMMY. I used to make those every year but have not made them in awhile. Maybe I wll make some tonight or tomorrow.
Having Christmas and Christmas Eve at my house so I think they would go over big..,but got to keep them away from the grandkids,

Clayden Do you have the recipe for candycane bread and also, Marine Mom, your recipe for Canolli would be appreciated.

Happy Holidays Everyone

31 Incognito December 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…. oh, but wait, that won’t be happening this year at my house since BAAQMD has issued a Spare the Air Day for Christmas Eve and more than likely will also do so for Christmas Day.

32 ad December 23, 2013 at 3:47 PM

German Stollen, using my dad’s recipe from the 1940′s. Nothing like it can be found. We even send one back to our cousin in Germany each year. I have met strangers who became friends after realizing they knew my dad and missed this treat.

33 Nom de Plume December 23, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Clam dip!

34 funny man December 23, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Tofurkey! with soy stuffing! and a side of baked scalloped patatoes… dont forget the candied yams!
thats like 4 foods.. but i dont usally eat so heavy during the none holidays

35 still anon December 23, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Mom’s onion casserole. Yummy

36 Ted K. December 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Moose and caribou…. got family up in Alaska and they send big steaks to me and the family.

37 Sharla December 23, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Bean casserole with onion dip.

38 Merry Merry December 23, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Appetizers galore !!!!

39 anon December 23, 2013 at 7:09 PM

I’ve never tried Beagles with Cream Cheese and Lox.

40 Don December 23, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Croissant sandwiches

41 Slurp December 23, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Tom and Jerry’s :)

42 Merry Ho Ho HO December 23, 2013 at 9:21 PM

My family always had pickled pig’s feet and head cheese. I thought both gross and wouldn’t partake. I’m all for lemon meringue pie and chocolate covered cherries. Fudge, of course, is automatic

43 ChampagneKitty December 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Silk Seasonal Nog! I cannot drink regular egg nog but I can have this. It’s made from soy milk and I think it’s pretty good.

44 Dr. Jellyfinger December 23, 2013 at 9:40 PM

OK. I invited some of the better looking local housewives over to resolve the problem & they came up with Divinity Rum Fudge. It’s pretty friggin’ good too, so that is my favorite Christmas food now…… PERIOD!

45 lexicon December 23, 2013 at 9:49 PM

A friend gives me a very good rum cake.

I used to buy cashews and summer sausage.

My wife makes the best cranberry orange chew cookies, and chocolate lace cookies.

We don’t have a big dinner, just noshing throughout the day.

46 Flashback December 23, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Lari #20…thanks for the flashback memory! I Googled Kaulauna port wine cheese spread and found out that Target carries it…just got back and now enjoying it on some Ritz!

47 ChampagneKitty December 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Martinelli’s Sparkling Apple Cider

48 anon December 23, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Reseta de Nana – tamal verde con chile relleno y mole. :) :) Sonrisas de gozo por nuestra Nana y sus talentos cocinar.

49 Ancient Mariner December 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM

Fruitcake from Collin Street Bakery, Corsicana, Texas.
Mmmm! ,,,,, love me some fruitcake!

50 ptpauly December 24, 2013 at 2:32 AM

Yorkshire pudding…don’t always make it with Prime Rib but always do at Christmas. Easier to do Yorkshire pudding in muffin tins. My mother-in-law’s Brown sugar chews and my grandmothers spiced walnuts. Stuff from the good ol’days

51 Cooking Mama December 24, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Squash casserole with crushed Ritz crackers and cheddar cheese…yummmm. Nothin’ like making a perfectly healthy veggie into a heart attack!

52 jtkatec December 24, 2013 at 10:52 AM

If I had to substitute Dalmatians for the Beagles, would that ruin the recipe?

53 Cowellian December 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I see what you did there.
And don’t think I don’t appreciate it.

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