Holiday Culinary Rituals

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The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together.  For some it is the only time of the year that they see their relatives.  Dinner parties, cocktail parties, and bashes all revolve around food.  Many have a special dish that they cook once a year.  In the United States, we all have turkey on Thanksgiving.  For many eggnog is a must at Christmas.  How ever you celebrate, the time from October 31st to December 31st is very special starting with thrills and ending with merriment and it all revolves around food.  We may say that, it is not about food, but about the people we spend time with during the holidays.  However, you must admit, even if you throw the simplest one dish dinner on the table for a party of 3 on December 25th, you are still having Christmas dinner with your family.  That dish is special to you and your family that night.

That is why from now until the end of this year my focus will be on holiday food.  There is a chemistry between the food we serve on special occasions and the emotions and memories that we have.  Some of us bake our grandmother’s cookies every year and we will continue to do so to pass on the tradition to our kids in memory of grandma.  These are the types of feelings and traditions I want to evoke with the holiday blogs I post.

Over the next two months I will uncover traditional holiday dishes from around the world and I will bring new traditions to my family.  Every weekend I’ll post a holiday recipe that will become a part of my family’s holiday this year and perhaps for years to come, maybe they can become a part of your family’s traditions as well. I’ll be kicking off the first post with Halloween followed by Dia De Los Muertos.  I would love to hear from you about your family’s traditions.

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