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Rainy says ...
My favorite tradition of the holiday season is getting together with family and friends being surrounded by love. The smells coming from the kitchen while I help my mom and step dad bake, cookies, pies, etc. also warm the heart. One of my favorite dishes is my step dad's cheese cake drizzled with carmel sauce and fudge! It's the best of the season!
12/13/2011 10:20:18 AM CST
Jill says ...
I LOVE MY MOTHER'S POTATO SALAD BECAUSE IT IS SWEET & THE WHOLE FAMILY BEGS HER TO MAKE IT!
12/13/2011 10:20:20 AM CST
Marla says ...
Without a doubt, I could not have a Hanukkah celebration without frying dozens and dozens of thin, crisp potato pancakes! Paired with homemade applesauce, we never have enough, no matter how many I make. I serve a crock pot sweet & sour brisket (very easy) for the perfect holiday meal.
12/13/2011 10:22:42 AM CST
Brenda Gallagher says ...
My husband's family used to all gather at his grandparents' house for Christmas where she would make a wonderul spread of food and he has very fond memories of those times. She passed away shortly after we got together and although I never had the chance to meet her my husband has shared all the wonderful memories. He says I cook a lot like her and I love that he can have a little taste of grandma's cooking. One of the things she always made were chicken livers wrapped in bacon, I don't eat them but I make sure to make them every year for him and our girls, and now our friends love them too so we have a new tradition of getting together with them and he can enjoy them with friends!
12/13/2011 10:22:53 AM CST
Lisa Rodriguez says ...
Our favorite holiday food tradition is a wonderful nut loaf with halloumi cheese in it! We love ham too.
12/13/2011 10:23:26 AM CST
Gina says ...
My parents often hold an open house for Christmas Eve and my mom always makes wassail as part of the spread. It is always so funny to us that so many people have never actually had it or know what's in it. It's a holiday favorite and she is never allowed to skip it!
12/13/2011 10:23:28 AM CST
Diane Waller says ...
My birthday is 12/21 - the first day of winter, and sort of the unofficial start to the family Christmas celebrations that I remember as a child. On the shortest day of the year, and often the coldest Minnesota night, our dinner tradition was Oyster Stew. My mom made it with whole milk and a couple of sticks of real butter. It was years before I could actually bring myself to swallow an oyster whole (the only way I could get it down), but I always loved the stew with lots and lots of oyster crackers. It's a tradition I carried on in my own family. They learned to like it. :)
12/13/2011 10:24:33 AM CST
Emily Winans says ...
Every Christmas morning we have strata - a casserole of eggm bread, sausage and cheese that has been soaking overnight then baked in the morning. There is nothing like waking up Christmas day to the smell of strata in the oven and coffee or hot chocolate.
12/13/2011 10:26:16 AM CST
Karen Hocker says ...
I always make coffee and some fresh pastry hot in the oven and we enjoy these treats while we open our presents in the morning.
12/13/2011 10:26:25 AM CST
Lynn Ann Ierna says ...
Every Christmas morning my husband and I awake and open one gift under the tree. It is then off to the kitchen to make our famous Christmas morning waffels.
12/13/2011 10:26:29 AM CST
Niki Lynn says ...
I LOVE making sweet potato bread pudding for the family. I made it for the first time last year and the rest of the family demanded that I make it every year from now on! New tradition!
12/13/2011 10:26:44 AM CST
Savannah says ...
my family is Italian, so every Christmas dinner means pasta!
12/13/2011 10:30:03 AM CST
Jess K says ...
I turn on my parents record player and play all five albums of Time Life Christmas collection. We make sugar cookies with my kids and decorate it. It is loud and messy and I love every minute of it!
12/13/2011 10:30:55 AM CST
Sandi says ...
Our family travels 3 hours north to Bethlehem, NH to cut down a Christmas tree. We visit the Rocks tree farm to enjoy looking through the fields, sipping hot chocolate and if we are lucky enjoying a horse drawn carriage ride. The farm has grown to include local artisans selling beautiful decorations and wonderful food like handmade cheeses and fudge. This was our 16th year, it is a great weekend!
12/13/2011 10:31:30 AM CST
Joanne DeWald says ...
my favorite was when my mom used to make cranberry sauce from scratch. most people buy the canned so i really loved the time and effort she put into it. i learned everything from her and enjoy cooking myself now.
12/13/2011 10:32:04 AM CST
Jamie Ellis says ...
Rosemary,orange peel and garlic rubbed prime rib roast,or blue cheese encrusted beef tenderloin.I alternate each year.Horeradish mashed potatoes or twice baked potatoes and always a winter salad of spinach,crumbled blue cheese,pears,dried cranberries,walnuts and maybe crumbled crispy bacon or panchetta.Orange vinegrete.
12/13/2011 10:32:34 AM CST
Kristin says ...
Living in the Midwest (Ohio) and of Heinz 57 European/Celtic heritage, we had the typical Christmas dinner you would see in a Norman Rockwell painting. The stuffed turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, raw vegetable plate, fruit salad, and a variety of pies, which always included pumpkin, Of course, we had cranberry relish, according to tradition. Our cranberry relish was pretty unique, though. RAW CRANBERRY RELISH: It was raw, made with ground frozen cranberries, tart apples, crushed pineapple, and oranges. When I was old enough to make the raw cranberry relish, I used half the sugar required in Grandma's recipe. Now I make it with unrefined sugar. INDIAN PUDDING: After moving to the East Coast (Boston area), family traditions included a great Colonial American dish: Indian Pudding made with molasses, eggs, milk, and cornmeal. Yummy! It's great served warm, and also with vanilla ice cream. Great comfort food!
12/13/2011 10:32:43 AM CST
Diane Waller says ...
I've worked for a family business for most of the last 30 years. The company mother is from Kentucky, where the holiday tradition includes butter cream candy. "Aunt Nan" has been sending her famous candy to the family ever since I've known them. I'm sure I'll never get the secret recipe out of her, but I suspect it contains a great deal of butter, powdered sugar, and just enough maple. One of the highlights of my holiday season is the arrival of Aunt Nan's candy, and I'm mighty honored that they share it with me.
12/13/2011 10:32:50 AM CST
trish holt says ...
our biggest tradition is christmas cookies. every year my mom and I, in addition to our closest friends pick a day and bake cookies all day. the cookies themselves are great but the time spent together makes it extra special
12/13/2011 10:32:54 AM CST
Nicole Rotonda says ...
Every year, for the past seven and a half, as a thank you, I bake Christmas cookies (chocolate chip, Coconut Almond Macaroons, candy cane cookies, etc) for the team at our factory in Charlestown, MA. This year is extra special; as of December 31st, our company will be going out of business after 65 years. If any year deserves cookies, it's this one!
12/13/2011 10:33:43 AM CST
Emily Mabie says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is Christmas Eve breakfast with my mother and sister. The holidays just aren't complete to me now without buttery popovers, flaky crescents, and sugary morning buns. :D
12/13/2011 10:33:47 AM CST
Laura says ...
On my Mom's (Croatian) side of the family we have a long standing tradition of making Sarma's each year for Christmas Eve. Many people refer to these as 'Pig's in a Blanket'. However, our recipe passed down through generation to generation is far tastier than any other version I've tried!! It just wouldn't feel like Christmas without these meat wrapped cabbage rolls served with sauerkraut & polish!
12/13/2011 10:33:50 AM CST
Michele says ...
Our family is from Provence, South of France. Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner consists mainly of a big turkey and a variety of local organic vegetables, followed by the 13 desserts of Christmas "Les treize desserts de Noël" in reference to the last supper (Christ and his 12 apostles). We usually like to have : black and white nougats, dried figs, dates, clémentines, Calissons d'Aix (almond-paste pastry with sugar icing), raisins, grapes, hazelnuts, almonds, pears, apples, melon. The delicious Bûche de Noël (cake shaped like a log) comes last as the grand finale. Whole Foods Markets makes it possible every year! We gather around the table and enjoy this wonderful holiday meal before going to midnight mass on Christmas.
12/13/2011 10:33:51 AM CST
Laura Papsun says ...
In our family, we always have a big brunch on Christmas morning. One of my favorite dishes is my mother's stuffed french toast casserole. It's got cubes of bread and cream cheese that have been baked with a mixture of eggs, milk, and authentic maple syrup poured over it. To. die. for. Another tradition is making vegan goodies. My son has an egg and milk allergy so we enjoy making vegan mocha pancakes for the breakfast just for him.
12/13/2011 10:35:06 AM CST
Christa says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition are pizzelles that my grandmother has been making since before I was born. They are so delicious and light. She's getting older and it's becoming a bit more difficult for her to make them, but she still does on major holidays (Christmas, Easter). She's coming over next week to show me how to do it so we can carry on the tradition!
12/13/2011 10:35:52 AM CST

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