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Evidently the attempts at mediation with Hostess are failing. How much does this affect you? Do you care at all if you can no longer buy Twinkies/Ding Dongs/etc.? If the brand does go to the wall, what type of food or brand will you use as a substitute?

If you celebrate Thanksgiving and are having a big feast tomorrow, what one thing are you looking forward to eating that you don't usually eat year-round?
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[User Picture]From: sterek
2012-11-21 01:42 pm (UTC)

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idc about the company or it's CEOs I care about the workers they are fucking over.
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 02:27 pm (UTC)

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same, from what I understand those CEOs were pretty much living like royalty while the company was going under D: I feel terrible for the workers losing their jobs.
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2012-11-21 01:43 pm (UTC)

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The only thing that concerns me about Hostess/Merita shuttering is the massive job loss. I am crossing my fingers the holding company that wants to buy everything lock, stock, and barrel does so and hires all of the 18,000+ workers back, and soon.

As for turkeyday, the thing I'm looking most forward to is my mother's fruit salad. Even though it's all canned fruit with marshmallows, coconut, and sour cream, nobody makes it as good as she does. Nobody. My oldest sister Liz makes an amazing sweet potato "thing" that nobody else can copy, either. Also, in spite of me giving out precise recipes and doing family demonstrations, nobody can make Macky Cheese like I do. /tangent

Edited at 2012-11-21 01:45 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 02:25 pm (UTC)

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I feel terrible for those workers, losing their jobs right here at the holidays. I hope they do find a way to keep their jobs.

I love that kind of fruit salad, and I also make a sweet potato "thing" that's probably not like your sister's (mine is pretty much standard-issue candied sweet potatoes). I can't make Macky Cheese for shit, and I've tried about a million recipes :( my grandmother made the best I've ever had and for the life of me I cannot duplicate it :(

(if you think I'm throwing broad hints at you for recipes, it's because I am, haw)
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2012-11-21 05:45 pm (UTC)

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My Macky Cheese is more about technique than anything. This recipe makes a standard Fuck Ton but the leftovers freeze well and will keep in the fridge for about a week, if they last that long.

-One pound of elbow macaroni (or your favorite shape) cooked to almost al dente.
-2 or 3 tablespoons of actually real butter
-2 or 3 tablespoons of plain flour
-about 2 pints (give or take) whole milk
-4 to 6 cups finely shredded colby and monterey jack cheese blend (or your favorite cheese of similar age and sharpness)
-salt and pepper to taste

Cook your chosen pasta in salted water, drain (DO NOT RINSE) and set aside. In the same pot, gently melt the knob of butter and whisk in an equal amount of flour to form a roux. Cook this on medium heat without browning to cook off the flour flavor. Gradually whisk in the milk, about a cup or two at a time, allowing the sauce to thicken before adding more milk. Keep building the cream sauce until it is just slightly looser than the desired finished sauce. Add your cheese, contantly whisking, until it is cheesy enough to your tastes. If the sauce is really really thick, like cheese pudding, you can thin it down with milk a quarter cup at a time until it is the consistency you want. Salt and pepper to taste. Now add the cooked macaroni. At this point, you can either let it sit in the pot on Very Low heat, stirring occasionally until the noodles are all the way cooked (even better if they are slightly over cooked) OR you can put the whole mess in the oven (350 degrees F) in a baking dish until bubbly with a slight skin. The goal is to convince the noodles to soak up the cheesy goodness while keeping the saucy goodness of the sauce.

Warming the leftovers: put what doesn't get eaten in microwave or oven safe (whichever is your preferred method of reheating) containers of a reasonable size. If microwaving, do so in short (about a minute) bursts and stir until 165 degrees. Oven reheating, cover it with foil and heat in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and 165 degrees in the center. Stir well and serve.
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 06:43 pm (UTC)

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OMG THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!! :D

This actually sounds pretty close to the way I think my grandmother made hers. She used to use odds and ends of whatever cheese there was to use up in her fridge and it always came out SOOOO good, so I'm pretty sure the secret was in her technique as well.

This is going to be our dinner tonight :D again, THANK YOU <3
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2012-11-21 08:09 pm (UTC)

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When I want to make a meal of this, I add chunks of leftover ham the same time I add the noodles. It imparts a very subtle smoky flavor and the ham gains a nice cheesiness. I have also been known to top it with canned breadcrumbs when I don't want the sauce to dry out in the oven.
[User Picture]From: elektro_cute
2012-11-21 02:08 pm (UTC)

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I have never eaten a twinkie or ding dong, so it doesnt bother me.

I celebrated Thanksgiving in October. I was looking forward to eating it all, and I did.
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 02:26 pm (UTC)

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Are you Canadian? I love Canada <3
[User Picture]From: elektro_cute
2012-11-21 04:25 pm (UTC)

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I am! I do too :)
[User Picture]From: spiffle
2012-11-21 02:11 pm (UTC)

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We don't have those products in Australia so the only thing I thought about this whole thing was how will the dude in Zombie Land deal with all of this?
[User Picture]From: shweetnettie13
2012-11-21 03:24 pm (UTC)

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lol. The very first thing I said when I heard about Hostess closing was, "Tallahassee's gonna be PISSED!"
[User Picture]From: 67words
2012-11-21 02:31 pm (UTC)

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it won't affect me at all.

green bean casserole.
[User Picture]From: e_y_d
2012-11-21 02:48 pm (UTC)

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I eat maybe 2 of those things a year so I don't care about that. I'm glad that a company's horrible business practices are coming back to bite them, and maybe ultimately destroy them.

they'll just sell their recipes to someone else. I really doubt the snacks themselves are gone forever.

all the desserts omg
[User Picture]From: shweetnettie13
2012-11-21 02:52 pm (UTC)

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I don't want to see all those people losing their jobs. The food side of it doesn't bother me. I'm a nutty bars girl myself. But, the loss of jobs makes me sad.

Pretty much everything on the menu. My friend is making a ridiculous feast. I'm also trying brussels sprouts for the first time and am excited about that. But perhaps I'm most excited about the sweet potato pie with marshmallow meringue. Or the vanilla-bourbon cranberry sauce.
[User Picture]From: ghoulia
2012-11-21 02:55 pm (UTC)

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doesn't affect me at all re: the loss of hostess products. i didn't eat them. i do feel for the employees, though.
[User Picture]From: st0neface
2012-11-21 03:00 pm (UTC)

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I rarely eat hostess stuff but I hate all those people losing their jobs

[User Picture]From: koalatycontrol
2012-11-21 03:02 pm (UTC)

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I hate all snack cakes, so I could not care less.

Hashbrown casserole. Spell check thinks hashbrown is two words, but I disagree. It's not that I only eat it for Thanksgiving, but I don't eat it regularly. Mmmm!
[User Picture]From: holleratyogirl8
2012-11-21 03:05 pm (UTC)

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I feel like Twinkies are like ex-sex. It sounds great in your head, but when it comes down to it, dissatisfying and you feel shitty afterwards.
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 03:08 pm (UTC)

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Agree 100%, that's a great analogy actually.
[User Picture]From: cheeseydreams
2012-11-21 03:13 pm (UTC)

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I don't care about Hostess, I don't eat their products. If Little Debbie closed down for good I'd probably cry, I love their nutty bars.

I am celebrating, but not eating anything that I don't eat year round.
[User Picture]From: mr_sadhead
2012-11-21 03:26 pm (UTC)

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Watch the situation carefully, this is going to be reenacted with the USPS in two years.

Personally, I discovered that the bodega down the street has Gansitos, so I'm not hurting.

[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 04:55 pm (UTC)

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I've always wanted to try these:

[User Picture]From: angeleclipse15
2012-11-21 03:40 pm (UTC)

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It bites that so many people are losing their jobs because of how the greedy higher ups mismanaged the company. Snack wise though I'm not bothered by it too much. I don't really buy any hostess products other than the mini donuts once in a blue moon when I'm starving and at a gas station.

Thanksgiving food... I cannot wait for the cranberry, my moms mashed potatoes, or the blueberry cream cheese pie. Granted I could fix these items but my moms food is always better.
[User Picture]From: anthylorrel
2012-11-21 03:58 pm (UTC)

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I don't really care. The only thing I ever ate of hostess were the fruit pies and ho ho's... and Little Debbie has an equally good, if not better version of both.

Does suck for the workers though.

Edited at 2012-11-21 03:58 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: boplenty
2012-11-21 04:01 pm (UTC)

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As others have said, the loss of jobs and possible weakening of the employee's union are the only things that concern me at all.

As for treats, Overstuffed Mushrooms and Homemade Cranberry Sauce made from Nikki and David Goldbeck's recipes are what are standards on Thanksgiving for us, even though we may not be having a real "feast".
[User Picture]From: shinygobonkers
2012-11-21 04:17 pm (UTC)

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ive never eaten a twinkie or ding dong in my life. it kind of amuses me that people take this so seriously :0
[User Picture]From: oohscranton
2012-11-21 04:47 pm (UTC)

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i dont give a crap about the twinkies, my friend's husband was one of the workers and now they have to go back on unemployment. right before the holidays..sigh
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 04:56 pm (UTC)

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God that sucks :(
[User Picture]From: asa_chan
2012-11-21 04:57 pm (UTC)

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Doesn't exist here, don't really care.
[User Picture]From: goop
2012-11-21 05:11 pm (UTC)

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While I think it's sad for any person or persons to suddenly lose income, I actually think it's great that the company is closing, it's not even food, I don't understand why any company that calls themselves a food company would sell such fancy garbage or why any consumer would buy any of it.

I'm all for food companies having growth but with ingredients at hostess, I just can't get behind at all.

My family's recipe of cheesy potatoes (with like sour cream and onions and and cheese on top. I'm sure it's a probably common cheesy potato recipe but I only get it at families' houses on holidays)

Edited at 2012-11-21 05:24 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: due27south
2012-11-21 05:32 pm (UTC)

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I don't know enough about the situation but reading the comments it sounds like lots of people laid off at the expense of greedy higher ups. Sounds like any other company :/ I'm not affected at all because I don't buy their products. If I buy snack stuff like that it is usually Entemann's. Who knows, maybe that's an offshoot though!

Pretty much everything. Turkey and gravy, green bean casserole (or at least I hope someone brings it), tons of cookies, marshmallow fluff, my aunt's jello, and my aunt's mac n cheese. The baked top is so good!
[User Picture]From: teefers
2012-11-21 05:54 pm (UTC)

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Not that much. I love the Hickory Sticks that they make and only sell in Canada but I'm not sure if Hostess CA is also being affected? Anyway, the recipes are probly going to be sold to other companies, like Bimbo, so everyone will probably still be able to get Twinkies.

Turkey done in an infra-red cooker and raspberry jello.

Edited at 2012-11-21 05:55 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-21 06:37 pm (UTC)

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I don't care at all. I don't eat any of those products.

Stuffing/dressing. Yum.
[User Picture]From: just_some_broad
2012-11-21 06:45 pm (UTC)

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we call it "dressing" in our neck of the woods (central Indiana) and that's what I'm looking forward to eating tomorrow :D
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-21 06:57 pm (UTC)

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My mom, also from the midwest, calls it dressing as well. But I lean toward calling it stuffing! I'm trying to switch to dressing more often, since I don't actually put it in the bird.
[User Picture]From: schexyschteve
2012-11-21 07:01 pm (UTC)

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I feel bad for all those people losing their jobs (especially before the holidays), but food-wise I'm a Little Debbie girl.

Stuffing!
[User Picture]From: bellapalmera
2012-11-21 09:27 pm (UTC)

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I don't even like Twinkies or most of the other stuff they make but I agree w/the people concerned about all the lost jobs. But as far as my snack preference... Little Debbie 4 lyfe.

Stuffing, and if Mrs. P makes Strawberry pie then that too.