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Steve Croyle says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition comes on Christms Eve. We have a small informal gathering of family and friends at the house. We have a few drinks, maybe watch a movie and then we wrap the presents for the kids in the wee hours of the morning. To keep things simple, we do finger foods but I like to step it up a bit. I stuff red and green chili peppers with chorizo and cheese, shuck a few oysters, and make a batch of bacon-wrapped shrimp. I also tend to add something different to the lineup each year. This year I'm torn between curried egg salad stuffed into cherry tomatoes and chicken satay with a nice peanut sauce. It's always fun to make something special for the people you care about.
12/13/2011 5:39:45 PM CST
Rhia R. Drouillard says ...
A family favorite for the past 100 years is pickled eggs. We have Mennonite/PA Dutch in our background. You can't belong to the family if you can't eat a pickled egg. lol I use one can of beats, vinegar, a pinch of sugar and water. Add boiled, peeled eggs into the mixture and let stand in the fridge for at least 4 days before eating. They keep up to three weeks in the fridge but they never lasted that long around our house. :-)
12/13/2011 7:49:24 PM CST
Ann E. says ...
My daughter and I will bake holiday cookies while listening to a Christmas music list my hubby and I started when she was born. Every year, we each add a few new tunes to that list. We all sit together and decorate the cookies for Santa and our friends.
12/13/2011 7:45:13 PM CST
Whitney says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is on Christmas morning when my sister makes the best christmas sweet rolls ever!!! They are made out of sweet dough and are lightly browned in the oven and before baking them she molds them into different shapes like Christmas trees and wreaths. Once they are out of the oven she drizzles a sweet powdered sugar icing on top and finishes them off with holiday sprinkles! To die for! Simply irresistible and has been the highlight of our families Christmas morning for years!!!!
12/13/2011 10:25:37 PM CST
Kim says ...
Experimenting with new recipes is my tradition. I'm not fond of repeating recipes when there's so many to try!
12/14/2011 2:35:01 AM CST
Veronica says ...
I've got to have ham, scalloped potatoes (my aunt's recipe) and pumpkin pie.
12/14/2011 12:14:33 AM CST
Bree Zumoff-Mosley says ...
My mother makes cioppino (Italian fish stew with tomato sauce) every Christmas Eve. It's delicious and full of mussels, clams, crab, and lobster. So amazing with Whole Foods' crusty sourdough bread!
12/14/2011 12:16:05 AM CST
Donna says ...
Baking rugelach!
12/14/2011 8:01:32 PM CST
sherree says ...
My family is a traditional ham, turkey kind. Except that I am now a vegan! So my new tradition is Tofurkey with sweet potato cakes and baked apples.
12/14/2011 8:00:46 PM CST
Mary N. Long says ...
Cranberry Sauce Turkey Backed Ham Lamb Roast Mac and Cheese Green Bean Cas Asparagus Mashed Potatoes Greens Sliced tomatoes Cucumber Salad
12/14/2011 8:00:52 PM CST
Monique B. says ...
I'm Swiss, and we always make a big pot of Cheese Fondue, with authentic cheeses from Switzerland - purchased at Whole Foods, of course! With kirsch and cornichons on the side, and some wonderful bread for dipping - it's my favorite holiday food tradition!
12/14/2011 7:58:14 PM CST
Rachel Kaufman says ...
Each Christmas my nephews Benjamin and Craig spend a weekend at "Gammie's". The weekend is not complete until we have decorated pre-baked Gingerbread Men. What fun it is to decorate them and then to eat them! Happy Holidays to all!
12/14/2011 7:57:40 PM CST
sandra says ...
my favorite memory of the familly christmas dinner is sweet potatoes and apples which grandmother made with netmeg and cinnamon and cooked in the oven. i love it just as much this time of year as i did then. thee love and the spirit of joy always arises in my family at this time.
12/14/2011 7:56:30 PM CST
Sandra LaFleur says ...
This pretty salad works great on Christmas. It is red and green, and helps balance out the rich foods that sometimes weigh down the holiday. To one bowl of spring greens, which should include something like baby arugula, and mache is nice too, add 1 box of raspberries and 1/4 c. dried cranberries. Sprinkle about 1/4 c. of shelled unsalted pistacio nuts on top. Dress with a raspberry vinaigrette. Or use this recipe. 1/4 c. of the best raspberry vinegar you can find, 2 T honey 1/4 tsp salt or salt to taste, pepper, and 1/2 c. a light olive oil, or your choice of oil, and whirl in a mini processor. Dress the salad, and squeeze a small piece of lime over the raspberries for extra aromatics. Make sure the raspberries and nuts are sitting on top, because they are beautiful, and toss just before serving.
12/14/2011 7:55:37 PM CST
angela says ...
My daughters and I snack on stuffed mushrooms and savory shrimp dish. With sparkling grape juice.
12/14/2011 7:50:14 PM CST
Vicky says ...
baking and decorating cookies with my friends!
12/14/2011 7:46:30 PM CST
Katharine K says ...
We have the best homemade scratch family recipe for coffee cake...always eaten right after opening Christmas stockings, but before the main event of presents!
12/14/2011 7:23:23 PM CST
Holly B says ...
Lots of egg nog- just like Grandma used to make!
12/14/2011 7:23:33 PM CST
Leila says ...
I grew up in South La.: Christmas Eve was seafood gumbo. My husband grew up in West Texas: Christmas Eve was tamales. So we now eat both.
12/14/2011 7:25:27 PM CST
Jean D. says ...
My kids and I make homemade salsa to give as gifts to friends.
12/14/2011 7:25:51 PM CST
Robert Pratt says ...
My wife makes a gingerbread house and the grandkids decorate it and then eat it on Christmas Day.
12/14/2011 7:26:55 PM CST
Mike L says ...
Turkey
12/14/2011 7:36:14 PM CST
Robyn says ...
Since I now have my own family- and we have more than enough to sustain ourselves and many others- we go out for a simple meal and then spend the Day helping with charity services. Our evenings our usually spent noshing on favorite snacks we prepare only at the Holidays!
12/14/2011 7:41:23 PM CST
Donna C says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is roasting chestnuts in the oven. There's nothing like peeling and eating a warm chestnuts on Christmas eve. Oh and the egg nog. Merry Christmas everyone.
12/14/2011 7:43:45 PM CST
Allysson McDonald says ...
I normally don't bake very much, but a few weeks before Christmas I always make my mother's fruit cake recipe - one she adapted from a Canadian Robin Hood Mills holiday flier back in the 1960s or 70's. Her version has coffee, crushed pineapple, candied ginger and lots of spices along with the standard raisins, nuts and candied fruits. The whole house smells like Christmas and puts me in a holiday mood! I've learned to make 2 or my husband gets mad when I start handing out samples to friends and giving away big pieces as gifts.
12/14/2011 7:45:38 PM CST

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