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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Mail order holiday products

Posted December 17, 2008 8:24 a.m. EST

My family likes to open at least one gift before Christmas. This year we chose an enticing package from our cousins, the Dellingers, who divide their time between Pensacola, Florida and Bakersville in the NC mountains. Leslie and Jack sent us a scrumptious package of cheese and fudge made by the monks of Abbey of Gethsemani. The monks are probably most famous for their homemade fruitcake but let me tell you, their cheese and fudge are fabulous as well. This gift triggered a blog idea. What about North Carolina mail order products? Which ones have you received and sent over the years? Which ones did you really like?

I am a big fan of the Moravians at Old Salem and their cookies and cakes. Every year we enjoy their cookie and sugarcake products and send them off to friends to savor as well. What about you?

And now to the sweet taste of victory. Janneholbro wins a pair of North Carolina products in the Carolina Conversations discussion about Christmas miracle. If janneholbro will email me at bleslie@wral.com we’ll get a copy of the Blue Ridge Reunion book and CD out to you this week.