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By Julie Rothman For The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Marie Racine of Huntley, Ill., was looking for a recipe she had lost for making fruitcake that contained dried apricots and Brazil nuts. I did not receive any reader responses to her query, so I decided to do a little research. The recipe world is loaded with recipes for fruitcakes, from simple, almost quick bread versions, to the more elaborate that can require up to a month of aging and soaking. With Christmas rapidly approaching, I decided to experiment with a recipe for a Christmas fruitcake that I came across on a food blog called Shewolffe.com.
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By Julie Rothman, For The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Dorothy Miller from Towson was looking for a recipe for what she called "Oriental fruitcake. " She said the layer cake was made with pineapple, coconut, walnuts and raisins. Faith Hermann from Relay sent in a recipe for a Japanese fruitcake that her mother used to make that she thought sounded very similar to the cake Miller had described. According to Bill Neal, author of "Biscuits, Spoonbread, and Sweet Potato Pie," Japanese fruitcake is "an exotically named, typically Southern dessert cake, especially popular in the twentieth century.
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By John J. Scholz | December 18, 1990
MOTHER was 80 years old when she stopped making fruitcake for the holidays.She had been making it and our family had been eating it every Christmas forever.The tradition had always meant so much to her and the rest of the family. I, the youngest child, felt something of sorrow when she informed us of her decision to end it.But, let me confess something here. I was not immensely saddened. Although I had eaten fruitcake every Christmas, I had never particularly cared for it. In fact, I couldn't stand it. Not Mother's.
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June 1, 2011
Criticism of Main Street Festival should not discourage those that enjoy attending I was very applauded by Robert Seyko's letter in reference to this year's Main Street Festival (Letters, May 19). To say that no more then 20 percent of the attendees were literate, that all were crazy and clueless makes me think that maybe you Mr. Seyko need to take a long look in the mirror. Being a young parent, having tattoos and body piercing, does not make one a deadbeat, senseless, a fruitcake or social misfit.
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By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 26, 1990
CLAXTON, Ga. -- Welcome to Claxton: Fruit Cake Capital of the World."And proud of it," says a beaming W. Dale Parker, vice president of Claxton Bakery Inc., maker of Old Fashion Claxton Fruit Cake.So fond of fruitcake is tiny Claxton, population 2,900, that the town's water tower touts this fruitcake factlet in big, bold letters. So do the road signs leading into this south Georgia town.Claxton Bakery even has its signature song:Cherries, raisins, nuts and moreWhat is Claxton Fruit Cake for?
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By ROB KASPER | December 11, 1994
I like fruitcake. But admitting that in public can be painful. Mention your fondness for fruitcake at a holiday party and before you can say "chopped walnuts" some would-be comedian will snicker in your ear: "You know there is only one fruitcake and it gets passed around, as a gift, from house to house."I don't think this is funny. And it certainly isn't original. This solo-fruitcake theory was proposed a long time ago by Calvin Trillin, who can be a pretty humorous writer when he isn't attacking fruitcake.
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight Ridder / Tribune | December 10, 2000
Here in Florida (Official State Motto: "I voted for WHOM??") we do not have what you would call a typical Christmas season. For one thing, it never snows, at least not in Miami. Down here, we don't sing, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas." We sing, "I'm dreaming of a Christmas that is not so hot and humid that I need a coat hanger to un-bunch my underwear." Actually, it's a good thing we don't get snow: People down here already have enough trouble driving. For example, we have an inordinate number of accidents caused by people driving into buildings.
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By ROB KASPER | December 5, 2007
I am a fan of fruitcake. I used to make my own -- a process that required a lot of nuts, a lot of candied lemon peel, a sizable amount of molasses, and brandy. As a result, I have a healthy regard for real fruitcake, and virtually no tolerance for would-be comedians who think they are so clever when they recite the line about fruitcake making a good doorstop, or how there is really only one fruitcake that gets passed from home to home. Berger's Bakery Address --Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. Phone --410-727-3685 Hours --6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday Brightly wrapped in red and green ribbons, this long, blond loaf, $3.99, was chewy and mild.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | December 13, 1995
ClarificationWhen making the hamburger sausage recipe published Dec. 12, be sure to cook it in a 175-degree oven for six to seven hours. The alternative method listed with that recipe, the 140-degree oven, should not be used, according to Gerald M. Cooper of Morton International, the company that manufactures the salt used in the recipe, and Mark Kantor, food and nutrition specialist at the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service at College Park....
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 13, 1991
OTHERS MAY rejoice in the holiday season, but my days are spent hiding behind the drapes and dreading that moment when the UPS truck roars up to the house and the driver strides briskly up the walk with a package.The package will be a fruitcake from my mother, who refuses to acknowledge that I have yet to eat any of the fruitcakes she has burdened me with in the past.Of course, I am not exactly alone in my dislike of fruitcake.Reliable surveys indicate there are only about two dozen people in the world who actually enjoy fruitcake, and most of these are drifters, kooks and shut-ins with a variety of emotional problems.
NEWS
February 28, 2011
In the Feb. 26 and 27 editions of The Sun , the newspaper attempted to support two issues that had previously been rejected by our state government. The issues were gay marriage and abolishing capital punishment. It appears that now our governor and many of our legislators are ready to support gay marriage and abolish the death penalty. What bothers me the most about these issues is the manner in which The Sun and our legislators are attempting to justify their position. They are attempting to justify gay marriage by claiming it is a civil rights protection, and they are attempting to justify abolishing the death penalty by claiming it doesn't give closure to the victims.
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By Julie Rothman and Julie Rothman,Special to The Sun | December 12, 2007
Katherine Kruckel of Salisbury, N.C., was looking for a recipe that she was given years ago for a faux fruitcake made with gumdrops in place of the traditional candied fruit. Kruckel says that "it was a fruitcake recipe for those who hate fruitcake." Doretha Barnes of Glen Burnie sent in her recipe for Gumdrop Cake, which she thought might be close to what Kruckel wanted. I think it's a nice twist on the old-fashioned favorite - and great for anyone who has an aversion to the real thing.
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By ROB KASPER | December 5, 2007
I am a fan of fruitcake. I used to make my own -- a process that required a lot of nuts, a lot of candied lemon peel, a sizable amount of molasses, and brandy. As a result, I have a healthy regard for real fruitcake, and virtually no tolerance for would-be comedians who think they are so clever when they recite the line about fruitcake making a good doorstop, or how there is really only one fruitcake that gets passed from home to home. Berger's Bakery Address --Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. Phone --410-727-3685 Hours --6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday Brightly wrapped in red and green ribbons, this long, blond loaf, $3.99, was chewy and mild.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
MY BROTHER GAVE ME A framed photograph of my mother for my birthday this year, blown up from a black-and-white snapshot that's probably 50 years old. It's the only photo I have of her. She hated having her picture taken, and simply refused to allow it to happen. I suppose she never knew it was shot. The original photo must have been dark to begin with, and her features are shadowed. But her shape is familiar, small and plump; and she's petting Jack, our Siamese cat, who is lounging in her lap. My brother sits on the floor near her chair.
NEWS
December 14, 2005
IN THE NEWS Places cooks can put everything together Families who don't have time to cook have two new places to assemble meals they can take home. Let's Dish, which has stores in Timonium and Bel Air, has a new store at the Snowden Center at 6925 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia. It is taking reservations at letsdish.net. Meanwhile, Dream Dinners, which operates stores in Eldersburg, Silver Spring and Rockville, is to open a new franchise tomorrow at Perry Hall Square, 4353 Ebenezer Road.
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2004
Verla Felts of Whiteford is seeking a carrot cake, sometimes referred to as a carrot fruitcake. "It is not like a regular fruitcake. It is very moist and not as rich. We love it." Elizabeth McClintock of Keizer, Ore., responded. "Seeing the request, I couldn't help but stop and copy the recipe I have had and used for the last 60 or more years! One day a very dear neighbor of ours gave us our first taste of her carrot cake. "That was long before most people had heard of `carrot cake' and Pillsbury hadn't put any in a box!
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By ROB KASPER | December 10, 1995
I have plenty of soft spots, but none is softer than my fondness for eggnog and fruitcake. Every December I get on my soapbox and preach about the virtues of these traditional holiday pleasures. Do not listen, I say, to those of shriveled psyches, people who would have us mark the holidays by eating raw turnips. This is not the time to be concerned about fiber. This is a time to celebrate, to indulge, to link ourselves with foods and folks of years gone by. It is a time to do the same old thing in the same old way.For eggnog I stick to a recipe using egg yolks, sugar, bourbon and whipping cream, ingredients that some modern-day turnip-huggers probably regard as belonging on "murderers' row."
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By Ellen Hawks and Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF | November 20, 2002
Jody Chrz of Bend, Ore., requested a recipe for no-bake fruitcake. She lost her recipe but remembers it had fruit, orange slices, evaporated milk, graham-cracker crumbs and more. Mona Ehrlich of Columbia responded with tester Laura Reiley's choice. No-Bake Fruitcake Makes one 2 1/2 -pound fruitcake, serving 12 1/2 cup Pet evaporated milk 3 tablespoons orange juice or orange liqueur 16 finely cut marshmallows 3 1/2 cups very fine graham-cracker crumbs 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon cloves 1/4 cup raisins 3/4 cup chopped, seeded dates 3/4 cup nuts 1/4 cup candied pineapple 1/3 cup candied cherries 2 tablespoons candied orange peel In a small bowl, combine evaporated milk, orange juice and marshmallows.
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