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Will you eat a gifted plate of cookies?

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26 minutes ago, Arctic Mama said:

Oh gosh my oldest loves eating foraged food and keeps trying to get us to eat the things she forages.  Now THAT is a hard pass from me on most things, I just don’t trust a 12 year old’s field guide mojo 😂

I do trust some of my adult friends on that, but they’ve managed to do it and not kill themselves for years so they have a track record.  With the middle schooler, on the other hand, I know exactly how much deodorant and tooth brushing she forgets and that’s that!  Nope. Hard pass on the fastidiousness and thoroughness of her field food skills.

 

I ate a berry from a tree last year that I was almost certain seemed familiar but wasn't able to positively identify until we got home. My kids thought I was setting a terrible example (it was a serviceberry, perfectly safe. And it was familiar because I have serviceberries in my yard, I just hadn't seen the tree varieties before; ours are shrubs).

There aren't really many good tasting poisonous tree berries that will kill you if you ingest just one though. I can't guarantee that they don't exist anywhere in the world, but really there aren't any locally.

Mushrooms now are infamous for being difficult to distinguish poisonous from not poisonous, I do not forage mushrooms.

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1 hour ago, Arctic Mama said:

Completely serious question - are you diagnosed with anxiety or OCD?  I haven’t seen this level of food control outside of the allergy and eating disorder populations (I’m in the latter group) without something like that at play, and am curious as to whether you’d consider yourself or be considered someone who doesn’t otherwise struggle in this area.  Zero offense intended!

No, I don't think so😊  We do a lot of camping and outdoor activities.  Real dirt is not a big issue, though we do use a lot of hand sanitizer and wipes.  People dirt from public restrooms is much more concerning.  When I get sick, I get really sick and I probably read too many horror stories about c diff or similar.

I also see a lot of people not washing hands, especially when we've been going to homeschool group get togethers which is what the potluck on other thread was.  I have rules that whenever we walk in the house, every one hand washes and again before eating whether home or out.  I think it's basic hygiene but I see a lot of people not doing it.

I also cook and bake a lot and have always been of the mind set, why eat something marginal when I can have something good.  Even if perfectly clean, I'm not going to waste my enjoyment of eating, calories etc on something I don't care about.

In general, I'm particular about things, like I like the house clean and I have the kids pick up after playing so things don't ever get out of hand.  However, I was sick, my husband was gone, the kids had a lot of rein and the house grew messy, but I wasn't panicking like I'd expect an OCD person to be.  So no, I like things a certain way, and certainly to be clean but I don't think it causes anxiety.  

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39 minutes ago, maize said:

Mushrooms now are infamous for being difficult to distinguish poisonous from not poisonous, I do not forage mushrooms.

I was going to take a mushroom foraging class.  But the instructor said that even when he picks a mushroom, he only eats them cooked and always tries a small piece and waits before eating more since even if a good variety they can absorb things that make you sick... so I figured it was too much trouble.  Also, all the people I know who have picked mushrooms say you have to soak in either salt water or lemon juice so the worms come out.  One lady told me they did this with saltwater in a bucket of mushrooms and the top surface was completely covered with worms.  Kind of lowered my interest.

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They would likely be eaten at our house by someone!  Our neighbors often gift us something at the holidays and usually at least a good portion is consumed.  It depends what else is around the house.  I have a feeling this is going to be a light baking year for us so anything homemade that came in would be extra appreciated this year!  

We would definitely appreciate being thought of through the holidays!

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Sure we would.  Variety is really nice.

When I give things to the neighbors, it’s usually fruit off of one of my trees.

But some years I make a bunch of shortbreads, and wrap each one in plastic wrap on a Chinette plate, tie with the red ribbon, and bring it to a neighbor.  That is easier that a plethora of cookies, and always good.  I have a stoneware shortbread mold, the design of which makes it easy to break the shortbread into wedges.  Plus it looks pretty.

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Absolutely.  And even if it were a flavor no one in my family enjoyed, I would be so delighted by having neighbor children make and deliver them that I would eat them anyway!

When we first moved into our house 19 years ago, our next-door neighbors, whom we had not yet met, brought us a pumpkin roll.  I do not like pumpkin roll particularly, but I have always, always thought kindly of her ever since.  And yes, we ate the pumpkin roll.  It was such a sweet gesture.  

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Yes, I would eat the cookies.  All of the cookies.  I also highly encourage all of you who wouldn’t eat them to bring them to me!

I do get that there are real reasons some people have to avoid this, though.  My son has an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts...

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The cookies would be eaten at our house!  Cookies are awesome!
 

Two of our kids both have a mix of anaphylactic allergies, and I’m GF, so while we would drool at the cookies enviously, DH and eldest son would eat them, and guests, too!  Oh, and my mom, who is temporarily living with us.  But to be fair, if you had neighbors with those types of allergies you’d already know so this would not be an issue.

 

Team cookie here.  Go, cookies!

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Yes I would and I have. Our neighbor girls brought over a tin the other day. I think it’s a low stress way to meet the neighbors if you don’t know them and it’s a nice project to do with your kids. 

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1 hour ago, Carol in Cal. said:

Sure we would.  Variety is really nice.

When I give things to the neighbors, it’s usually fruit off of one of my trees.

But some years I make a bunch of shortbreads, and wrap each one in plastic wrap on a Chinette plate, tie with the red ribbon, and bring it to a neighbor.  That is easier that a plethora of cookies, and always good.  I have a stoneware shortbread mold, the design of which makes it easy to break the shortbread into wedges.  Plus it looks pretty.

I will have to find a mold like that. This was my first year making shortbreads and I really liked them. I made an orange cranberry pistachio cookie drizzled in white chocolate and a pecan toffee shortbread that reminds me of sandies. They all turn out so pretty and keep for much longer than most cookies. 
 

Yes we’d eat cookies that were given to us and egg rolls and lumpia and smoked meat. We’ve devoured all of those. 😁

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9 minutes ago, Plum said:

I will have to find a mold like that. This was my first year making shortbreads and I really liked them. I made an orange cranberry pistachio cookie drizzled in white chocolate and a pecan toffee shortbread that reminds me of sandies. They all turn out so pretty and keep for much longer than most cookies. 
 

Yes we’d eat cookies that were given to us and egg rolls and lumpia and smoked meat. We’ve devoured all of those. 😁

You might check the King Arthur site—they have several designs that are similar to mine.  I think mine was from Brown Bag Cookie Company, and they are out of business.

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I would, unless I knew for sure the preparer was unsanitary.  Or unless they were dirty looking.  I know even that is not 100%, but I try to not go through life freaking out about who prepares my food.  Otherwise I would never eat out.  I have worked in restaurants.  

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Until I read that potluck thread, it never occurred to me that others would not eat/like a tin of homemade cookies unless there was a critical reason like allergies or religious observance. 

When I take my tax paperwork over to my accountant’s office, I bring a tin of homemade cookies for them to share at the office. They work themselves to death that time of year and I am *imagining* they all really appreciate it unless they cannot eat them. 

I hope I’m right about that...

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I feel better about all the baking and candy making I’m doing next week😊 I have about six trays of goodies I make for the neighbors, that I all know.🎄

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And now I'm feeling like we should make some kind of Christmas treats for our neighbors.  

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A  lady who provides support services for my office is into making holiday gift baskets.  Every x-mas, I  look forward to receiving that basket of homemade cookies and candy.  Delicious. 

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I probably would, and my family would as well unless we were aware of cleanliness issues.

Apparently, quite a few people don't. We recently attended a potluck dessert. There were two home-made cake bar pans, including mine. The rest of the contributions were store-bought - doughnuts, chocolate cake, danishes, munchkins, etc. All the store-bought goodies were eaten, and the home-made remained untouched except for what my kids and one other person took. I thought it was interesting in the light of this thread.

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11 hours ago, maize said:

 

I ate a berry from a tree last year that I was almost certain seemed familiar but wasn't able to positively identify until we got home. My kids thought I was setting a terrible example (it was a serviceberry, perfectly safe. And it was familiar because I have serviceberries in my yard, I just hadn't seen the tree varieties before; ours are shrubs).

There aren't really many good tasting poisonous tree berries that will kill you if you ingest just one though. I can't guarantee that they don't exist anywhere in the world, but really there aren't any locally.

Mushrooms now are infamous for being difficult to distinguish poisonous from not poisonous, I do not forage mushrooms.M

I was reading an article about the spread of a deadly form of mushrooms this week.  They apparently taste delicious.  And apparently, one can taste them and spit them out and wash out their mouth and be okay.  But eating them leads to things like liver transplants or death.

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3 hours ago, RosemaryAndThyme said:

I probably would, and my family would as well unless we were aware of cleanliness issues.

Apparently, quite a few people don't. We recently attended a potluck dessert. There were two home-made cake bar pans, including mine. The rest of the contributions were store-bought - doughnuts, chocolate cake, danishes, munchkins, etc. All the store-bought goodies were eaten, and the home-made remained untouched except for what my kids and one other person took. I thought it was interesting in the light of this thread.

What the heck?!? That is just wrong. 😞 

I would have happily eaten your bars. I would eat them now if you could teleport them my way. 🙂 

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54 minutes ago, MercyA said:

What the heck?!? That is just wrong. 😞 

I would have happily eaten your bars. I would eat them now if you could teleport them my way. 🙂 

 

Yes! I would rather eat anything homemade over store bought unless I know for a fact that the person is not cleaning their dishes after the dog licked them.

At my office people have brought gallons of homemade chicken soup and it's gone within an hour.  Nobody I know would refuse it.  🙂

Oh,  Samantha, if you have leftovers, feel free to send them to me. 

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On 12/12/2019 at 5:39 PM, SamanthaCarter said:

My girls were eager to assemble cookie plates for all of the neighbors on our (short) street today. While we were baking and assembling, I couldn’t help but wonder how much would end up in the trash. Based on the potluck thread. I didn’t say anything to the girls, but would you eat a dozen assorted homemade cookies from neighbors? Is this not appreciated or worth our time? 

Wait...you mean home-baked cookies that someone gives me? Sure.

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My family would be fine eating them, or at least trying them.  But we don't have major dietary issues.

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13 hours ago, MercyA said:

What the heck?!? That is just wrong. 😞 

I would have happily eaten your bars. I would eat them now if you could teleport them my way. 🙂 

 

Thank you so much!

This means a lot to me. 

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I don’t understand this fixation on “cleanliness” of the bakers/ baking process. Does everyone have compromised immune systems?  I have one (though less so now that I am on an immunoregulator) and normal  bodies can handle most germs just fine.  I doubt that most home bakers are dealing with extreme filth.

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We would eat them!  We are actually preparing plates to take around this afternoon--ginger snaps, Andes mint cookies, peppermint bark, and fudge (no nuts).  We just moved here in early November, so we are hoping to make a good impression on the neighbors we haven't met yet.  I'm including a Christmas card with all our names and a picture, just so people can hopefully not be overwhelmed by how many of us there are.  

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2 hours ago, AFwife Claire said:

We would eat them!  We are actually preparing plates to take around this afternoon--ginger snaps, Andes mint cookies, peppermint bark, and fudge (no nuts).  We just moved here in early November, so we are hoping to make a good impression on the neighbors we haven't met yet.  I'm including a Christmas card with all our names and a picture, just so people can hopefully not be overwhelmed by how many of us there are.  

Did you move in town or did the air force move you further away?  That’s a great idea to use the Christmas card/cookie combo to meet the neighbors! 

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6 hours ago, Arctic Mama said:

Did you move in town or did the air force move you further away?  That’s a great idea to use the Christmas card/cookie combo to meet the neighbors! 

Just local!  We moved out of the tiny tornado-struck tri-level north of 35 to a much larger house south of 35.  We moved in November, which I do NOT recommend, lol--right before the holidays, and school is still in full swing, so all the regular stuff is still going on.  November was a crazy month!  But it is SO nice to once again feel like we all actually fit in the house.  We're still having tornado damage being fixed at the other house, and then we'll hopefully rent it out, which was our original plan when we moved there summer of 2018 from VA.

We delivered our plates of goodies to 5 neighbor families this afternoon!  They were *very* well-received.  A lot of our neighbors are getting elderly (original owners who built here 27 years ago), and they really enjoyed having us stop by and visit for awhile.  It was really fun to chat!  I was really worried when we moved in here, because it seemed like a really quiet, possibly pretentious neighborhood, full of retirees, and I didn't know how our 10 kids would be received.  But it turns out that the guy who we bought from was a crabby mean guy who always reminded people that not only had he been an Air Force officer, he was also an attorney (woo-hoo, give the guy a medal), and everyone has pretty much been uniformly delighted that he is gone!  So huge win there for us!  😁 Oh, and everyone seemed very happy to receive the plate of goodies!

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21 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

I don’t understand this fixation on “cleanliness” of the bakers/ baking process. Does everyone have compromised immune systems?  I have one (though less so now that I am on an immunoregulator) and normal  bodies can handle most germs just fine.  I doubt that most home bakers are dealing with extreme filth.

 

I am in the camp of not eating food prepared by others unless I "know" your kitchen. Do I think I will get terribly sick?  No. Do I find some things incredibly gross and don't want to think about it while eating? Yep.  I don't see anything offensive about it.

For full disclosure - I am fully aware how gross commercial kitchens can be and yet I love eating out. So, it's one of those times where I am being a hypocrite.

 

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On 12/13/2019 at 9:50 AM, parent said:

 Also, all the people I know who have picked mushrooms say you have to soak in either salt water or lemon juice so the worms come out.  One lady told me they did this with saltwater in a bucket of mushrooms and the top surface was completely covered with worms.  Kind of lowered my interest.

Huh? Nobody I know soaks their mushrooms. You pick fresh ones, not the huge wormy ones. Cut away the parts that had worm holes, if there are any, and then cook them. Soaking them makes them soggy and gives them a gross texture. And seriously, if I fry them, a worm that was so tiny that I overlooked it is not going to hurt. But then, I am not vegan.

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10 minutes ago, regentrude said:

Huh? Nobody I know soaks their mushrooms. You pick fresh ones, not the huge wormy ones. Cut away the parts that had worm holes, if there are any, and then cook them. Soaking them makes them soggy and gives them a gross texture. And seriously, if I fry them, a worm that was so tiny that I overlooked it is not going to hurt. But then, I am not vegan.

Morels need to be soaked. They are covered in tiny crevices that tend to be full of bugs.

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8 minutes ago, Selkie said:

Morels need to be soaked. They are covered in tiny crevices that tend to be full of bugs.

Thanks. I have never eaten those. I was thinking the other mushrooms we eat - chanterelles, and especially boletes (which get disgusting when soaked)

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