Holiday food traditions

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    What foods do you (and your family) make together for the holidays? Are there any particular foods that it just isn't holiday season without? I'd especially love to hear from various cultures food traditions

    Food is important in our family and is the basis of our holidays, here's our typical traditions:

    Posole (pork and hominy soup in a chile broth) starts in October and is made once a month or so usually until February.

    Tamales are made about 3-4 days before Christmas, and will last until around New Years.

    Abuelita's (stove top cinnamon hot chocolate) will be made at least a dozen or so times throughout the season and is a must for Christmas morning.

    Christmas cookies will be made the 23rd and include Mexican wedding, raspberry thumbprints, shortbread kisses, decoratable sugar cookies for the kids to get creative with, and chocolate chip.

    Christmas dinner will be prime rib and all the works.

    December 26th is when guilt kicks in, and the 27th will bring on the calorie counting and cleansing!
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    My family is from the South so the big thing is Gumbo at Thanksgiving. Everyone comes over for the gumbo. Poor little turkey gets turned in to a 2nd class citizen. My Aunt makes about 2 large stew pots (not really sure about the technically culinary term). I remember last year no one cut the turkey until my Uncle came down for a turkey sandwich before bed. Gumbo is pretty expensive and time consuming so my Aunt will usually make it once a year for Thanksgiving or sometimes she will cook a smaller pot once or two other times if she has the taste for it and/or others chip in the funds.

    For Christmas there isn't much cooking, but we always do a honey glazed ham and potato salad.

    For New Year's it's tradition to cook cabbage to bring in money for the New Year and black eyed peas for good luck. I don't eat cabbage or black eyed peas, but it wouldn't be New Year's without seeing that it on the stove.
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    Growing up we always had two types of dressing, cornbread and oyster. Home made noodles were always a must as well as green bean casserole. I married an African-American and his family traditions are not the same as my families. I have learned to love collard greens and cornbread but even after 26 years I haven't been able to bring myself to try chitlins (chitterlings). :***:
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    I make Springerle cookies once a year during the holidays.
    They're a little bit of trouble, but not so much I couldn't make them all the time. But then it wouldn't feel like Christmas.
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    I like mince pies.....

    Basically the filling is fruit that has been preserved in liquor and then put into small pies.

    Homemade Mincemeat Recipe - Joyofbaking.com *Video Recipe*
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    My mother always made fruitcake, fudge, divinity and peanut brittle, but not cookies. No one really seems to like fruitcake or divinity, but I still make fudge and peanut brittle.
    For Thanksgiving and Christmas we always have scalloped corn. Again, this was my mom's thing; I think something she grew up with in the midwest.
    I make a mean pie crust, so pumpkin, apple and cherry pie are musts.
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    Thanksgiving has always been our biggest holiday in my family. There was always the traditional turkey with regular stuffing, cranberry sauce, pickles, mashed potatoes, vegetables and gravy. For dessert there was always pumpkin pie and ice cream along with a fruit pie.
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    Turkey for thanksgiving with all the fixings....pumpkin pie, apple pie, homemade cranberry sauce, giblet gravy.

    Christmas...slow baked picnic ham with cola and pineapple. scallop potatoes. Tons of homemade cookies....hungarian pecan cookies, kilfi cookies, snickerdoodles

    I love cooking on the winter months...my Irish/Hungarian heritage loves to cook all the good stews, soups, roasts and homemade bread....however these days I use my bread maker....LOL
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    My family is Jewish, and this year Hanukkah is very early and starts on Thanksgiving. That means we get Thanksgivukkah! Potato pancakes are traditional for Hanukkah, so we will have them with our turkey and fixings. Would it be wrong to have both mashed potatoes and potato pancakes???
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    Quote from kenderella89
    My family is from the South so the big thing is Gumbo at Thanksgiving. Everyone comes over for the gumbo. Poor little turkey gets turned in to a 2nd class citizen. My Aunt makes about 2 large stew pots (not really sure about the technically culinary term). I remember last year no one cut the turkey until my Uncle came down for a turkey sandwich before bed. Gumbo is pretty expensive and time consuming so my Aunt will usually make it once a year for Thanksgiving or sometimes she will cook a smaller pot once or two other times if she has the taste for it and/or others chip in the funds.

    For Christmas there isn't much cooking, but we always do a honey glazed ham and potato salad.

    For New Year's it's tradition to cook cabbage to bring in money for the New Year and black eyed peas for good luck. I don't eat cabbage or black eyed peas, but it wouldn't be New Year's without seeing that it on the stove.
    That gumbo must be REALLY good to forget to carve the turkey! I bet it's delicious. I hope you have a copy of your aunt's recipe!


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