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Miguel Gonzalez says ...
Turkey and Greens! Although I am Puerto Rican (PR), my stepfather was from Texas. Holidays at my house were traditional American fair with a few Southern and PR dishes thrown onto the menu for the sake of my families varied taste buds. Turkey is without a doubt my favorite holiday food. For me, it begins the holiday season (Thanksgiving) and prepares my stomach for the ham on Christmas. Greens, on the other hand are something very special and where only made in my household during traditional holidays so it is extra, extra, special dish. To be frank if we ate only Turkey and greens for the holidays...that would have been fine with me...thank God I married an African -American woman who makes greens with the best of them... and today I can have them whenever I wish!
12/20/2011 12:09:14 PM CST
Sally F. says ...
Russian Tea Cakes http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/russian-tea-cakes/3af8664b-6c3e-4022-b686-cd961521e59b
12/20/2011 12:40:36 PM CST
Vicky McDonald says ...
When I think of Christmas, I think of my Grandmother who was the most loving person, not only to my family but to others! She did not ever judge anyone she just always wanted to feed who ever was hungry! She was an amazing cook, she cooked everything from scratch and was also an amazing baker! She loved to cook and bake,it was not a duty to her, it was a gift she gave from her heart to all those who sat down at her dining room table! We did have the typical course after course of Italian food,there were pastas, meats, cheeses, fruits,home made pies, cookies... so much delicious food and such wonderful aroma's all around! I was in awe of my Grandmother who did all of this with such love and grace! She was and is my inspiration to this day, for welcoming anyone who may not have a family to share a meal with, especially during the holidays, she is my inspiration to find joy in cooking and baking... which I do regularly and I am so proud to pass along some of her traditions at my own dining room table as often as I can!
12/21/2011 11:23:30 AM CST
Mary Kay says ...
A no-oil added vegan green bean casserole is my new tradition :)
12/21/2011 1:44:19 PM CST
denise petersen says ...
red cabbage. and i always make hoppin john for new year's.
12/21/2011 6:46:17 AM CST
Sonya says ...
I love eating my mom's mac and cheese during the holidays - she always kicks it up a notch with extra cheese, seasonings and cream of mushroom soup. Then finishes it off in the oven so it's nice and bubbly....YUM!
12/13/2011 9:34:47 AM CST
nancy prykryl says ...
My favorite holiday food Tradition is making and eating christmas cookies. I get the recipe from my mom's mom.
12/13/2011 9:34:43 AM CST
Karen MacDonald says ...
baking cookies with my mom and grandma - this year because we are apart, my mom and I had a baking contest and would email each other when a different batch was complete
12/13/2011 9:33:02 AM CST
Chelsea says ...
Ever since I was a little girl...my favorite Christmas tradition was to wake up Christmas morning and open our stockings while making homemade pizza from scratch! Over the years I have been able to convince my family to stray from the traditional pepperoni and cheese to some of my favorites like pesto instead of tomato sauce...spinach...feta cheese...and more!
12/13/2011 9:33:35 AM CST
Donna says ...
We proudly uphold our Polish Tradition...a few years ago I bagged the canned mushroom soup and made my own! Its the best part of our dinner along with fresh fish, pierogies and more!
12/13/2011 9:33:38 AM CST
Dana Marie says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is Irish Soda Bread! We have a family recipe and it is delicious!
12/13/2011 9:33:57 AM CST
Hannah says ...
My mother makes cream of chestnut soup every year for Thanksgiving. It's the only time of the year I have it, and it's SO good. T'giving wouldn't be complete without it!!
12/13/2011 9:34:27 AM CST
shannon says ...
Making peanut butter roll - a very "southern" handed down recipe from my grandmother.
12/13/2011 9:34:34 AM CST
Eileen says ...
Drinking egg nog, the best egg nog I can get locally is Promised Land's egg nog. The best hands down. I am sure there may be better organic brands out there or just making it yourself but for now Promised Land's brand rocks! I look forward every year during this time to have at least one bottle of egg nog. I don't even drink milk throughout the year.... go figure.
12/13/2011 9:34:42 AM CST
Sam says ...
Every year at Christmas, everyone in my big Italian family helps to put together the antipasta. We make an event out of it, with everybody delicately placing each ingredient perfectly on one large glass dish. From the meats and cheeses to the olives and vegetables, they are all laid out in a beautiful pattern. Then, adding in that weird twist my family is known for, we have the antipasta dance, where we all line up in a conga, sing, and parade the finished dish around the dining room table. I have no idea how it started, but it's our favorite tradition. I love seeing how the line has gradually gotten bigger over time too, as the younger nieces, nephews and cousins grow up, get married, and have children of their own.
12/13/2011 9:43:53 AM CST
Teresa says ...
On Christmas morning, our oldest child gets up early and makes a large pancake breakfast usually with chocolate chips and other add-ins. We have pancakes and orange juice BEFORE we open presents.
12/13/2011 9:46:46 AM CST
Phyllis K Boyajian says ...
My family is Armenian by ethnicity. My father made the best lamb shish-ka-bob any one ever tasted. He cut the meat, marinated it and cooked it. We always had that for Christmas dinner along with my mom's rice pilaf. Both of my adult children learned to do the shish-ka-bob from my dad before he passed away at the age of 98. They and I also learned mom's pilaf so that is what we still have for Christmas dinner when we all get together. My 6 grandchildren are learning that tradition now. Two of them already can make the pilaf like my mom did. They will carry on the tradition.
12/13/2011 2:19:25 PM CST
Patti says ...
My favorite Christmas tradition will begin when Whole Foods opens their new store in Tidewater/Hampton Roads. I will arise early and arrive at the store just as it opens. I will leisuerly stroll the aisles selecting everything "just right" for my family for Christmas dinner. I will know my produce will be the freshest and my meats trimmed perfectly. I will not have a problem finding quality products because I will be shopping in Whole Foods. My family will truly enjoy the bountiful offerings I have prepared and we will be thankful for our new quality grocery store.
12/13/2011 2:26:16 PM CST
Sandy says ...
Instead of sending commercial gifts, we send out homemade ginger spice cookies (special ingredient...black pepper!) along with local coffee and a small jar of homemade preserves. I wish someone would send me THAT for Christmas!
12/13/2011 2:38:59 PM CST
sharon c says ...
I think my favorite is the vigilia meatless meal on Christmas Eve...It is a Polish tradition, to have a meatless meal, with fish only. We also exchange the Oplatki, blessed wafers, with each other and wish Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and much love...wonderful tradition that I loved growing up!
12/13/2011 2:46:11 PM CST
Christine Mahar says ...
My younger boy cousins and my 3 younger brothers...all terrible pests, would hover around the "little Smokies with BBQ sauce" concoction which my Mother kindly placed in a chafing dish for them. Now trying to duplicate that favorite for my grandkids using healthier foods is a big challenge....any suggestions?
12/13/2011 2:46:14 PM CST
Michelle Terry says ...
Our family tradition is making white hot chocolate on Christmas morning. My husband and I make it from scratch and try different ingredients each time. It started out as a silly treat that I made for him one year, but now its a must have and one of the many things we both look forward to on Christmas morning.
12/15/2011 12:09:54 PM CST
Alison says ...
I'm usually in charge of a side and dessert, and for the past several years, I've had fun trying new recipes that satisfy each of my family member's tastes - quite a challenge!
12/13/2011 4:20:12 PM CST
Terry Gardezy says ...
Well, our tradition is relatively new, as it started when my son married my daughter in law. Now the tradition is that we go to their house for breakfast and gifts. She always makes a breakfast casserole that she grew up with, you soak the bread in the eggs all nite, and it has sausage, and all kinds of good things in it, she makes a gorgeous fruit salad with a sweetened sour cream drizzle, and I bring homeade cinnamon rolls and grandma brings Mimosa's. This will be our 5th year with the same tradition and we cant wait!!!
12/13/2011 4:57:56 PM CST
Maureen Bosco says ...
Our Grandmothers traditional New Year's Eve is to have the entire family together and any other friends that need a family to spend the holiday with. We all bring our favorite Italian dish and she makes homemade pizza, cod fish, octopus, and other fishes for a total of 7 fishes. A wonderful tradition and great time for all ages.
12/13/2011 4:57:05 PM CST

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