To celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Saturnalia, Solstice,, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Hogmanay. And any other date you want to celebrate, whether for familial, spiritual, traditional, or friendship reasons. After all, any Holiday is what YOU make it to be. I again apologize that both Halloween and the Canadian Thanksgiving are over by now, but there was only so soon towards the end of this year that I want to set this up.
In other words: Happy Holidays! Plural, for any and all! I find it hard to be politically correct and just concern myself with… just one occasion or religion. Not with so many flavor bombs and ways of living out there! Or, not interested in just ONE of a variety of spiritual endeavors, or of a plethora of various family occasions and connections (and confections).
These are listed roughly in seasonal order. Desserts will be listed at the end. I don’t have a standard meal for holidays, other than Thanksgiving, and the fact that the Feast of Seven Fishes (Christmas Eve) needs to contain at least SOME fish (not necessarily seven as these days I usually don’t eat that meal with others, AND because fish up where I currently live is, well, marginal). As for Thanksgiving, I’ve typically been at other homes or locales where the hosts are providing the Turkey. But as of this year, there’s a recipe for a small heritage-breed pastured turkey here. The other exception being the Year of the Broken Ankle (see the first recipe).
I am however eager to make Mom’s stuffing and gravy, and this shows up this year! She used the giblets. The gravy certainly NEEDS the giblets, and doesn’t need to be pulverized into a pallid pasty creamy nothing, either. USE the drippings from the turkey, please! (My ex-sister-in-law liked the awful stuff from jars. You know, the wallpaper substitute mess they serve at school cafeterias. Mom, Dad and I shuddered at that.)
Also, we never grew up with any dish that was specific to Christmas day itself. Hey, one year we even dined out at a Chinese restaurant! Another year it was a suckling pig, which I would include here except that I’ve never made one myself. (Dad named it Daisy, which freaked out the teen next door, whose family had joined us for dinner… She became vegetarian for the night…) So I just found some fancier dishes to present here for that meal.
As for New Years – to welcome in 2019, I went Soul Food / Southern style. To welcome in 2020, I went Scottish / Hogmanay. Both are reflected below. I was rather lax in welcoming in 2021, but I am planning to go Italian in 2022.
Mashed Potatoes. Add a pinch o’ nutmeg! Thank you, Karl!
That Green Bean Casserole Dish Makeover (Fresh Ingredients).
Cranberry Liqueur. A potent aperitif.
Sweet Potato Latkes. Originally created the year Hanukkah coincided with Thanksgiving. Won’t happen again in any of our lifetimes, but a great dish for either holiday.
Eyerlekh – Unborn Chicken Egg Soup. Probably not many will make this (or the next one these days) for any holiday, but…
With Boar’s Head in Hand Come I (Cambodian Pork Head). Taking that song literally. Old English Yuletide, even if this is a Khmer recipe. Think Olde English Yule, even if I took presentation and seasonings from Asia.
The Salad of the Seven Fishes. All in one swell foop. An absolute favorite here!
Dad’s Salmon Tartare. When he was making this, it came out every Christmas Eve. (And on other occasions.)
Italian Red Snapper / Green Sauce. (Do use less oil!)
New World Tamales – Vegan: Beans, Squash and Arbol Chilis – A Mexican Christmas tradition.
New World Tamales – Turkey & Tomato A Mexican Christmas tradition.
Italian: (TBD, New Year’s….)
Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup. With a real cock. Or at least, a real cockerel.
Forfar Bridies. (Hopefully this recipe will be linked here by the end of November, for the Feast of St. Andrew, as well as for Hogmanay. BUT if not, it will be there for Hogmanay in December.)
Menudo. Supposedly a Mexican hangover cure. Often appears on New Year’s Day.
The desserts are alphabetical. They’re simply good ones that go at any time (in most cases). Currently, apparently the only type of pies I make seem to have meat in them, so pies for T-Day are not probably going to happen here. I am always grateful that desserts are at the end of the meal, so I can decline: “I’m satiated, I cannot eat another bite!” Sugar, frankly, is an over-rated condiment.
Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberry Clusters. (Gluten-free).
Flourless Chocolate Cake. (Gluten-free).
Melomakaroma: Greek Christmas Cookies with Almonds and Chocolate. This one is specifically FOR Christmas, and thus will be posted closer to that date, and will be linked back here as well. (No, I haven’t made this yet.)
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