Snacking During the Holidays?

A couple of fun facts as you contemplate holiday treats:

In theory, as long as it’s made with the proper preservatives and stored in an air-tight container, fruit cake can age 25 years and still be edible. I’m thinking you might not be able to tell the difference between fresh and 25-year-old fruit cake?

fruit cake

And strange-but-true candy cane flavors: bacon, wasabi, pickle, sriracha, and gravy. Really.


Holiday Under the Sea?

Seems like even the ocean creatures are decorating! The Candy Cane Shrimp and the Christmas Tree Worm are two very colorful and holiday-appropriate sea creatures!

The Candy Cane Shrimp (Alpheus randalli) shares a symbiotic relationship with the goby fish. The shrimp helps dig and maintain a shared burrow, and the goby warns the shrimp if danger is near.

The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a burrowing, segmented worm found on coral reefs. It’s only about 1.5 inches long, and it breathes and catches food via its “branches.”


Cooking with F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the 1930s, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a list of post-Thanksgiving “recipes” for that pesky leftover turkey. Among them:

Turkey Cocktail: “To one large turkey add one gallon of vermouth and a demijohn of angostura bitters. Shake.”

Turkey Mouse: “Seed a large prone turkey, being careful to remove the bones, flesh, fins, gravy, etc. Blow up with a bicycle pump. Mount in becoming style and hang in the front hall.”

Turkey and Water: “Take one turkey and one pan of water. Heat the latter to the boiling point and then put it in the refrigerator. When it has jelled, drown the turkey in it. Eat. In preparing this recipe, it is best to have a few ham sandwiches on hand in case things go wrong.”