|Posted: 11/30/2012 12:17:19 PM|On the weekly chat, we've had a discussion about fruit cakes and pies and other "holiday treats". What are the must haves that you make or like this time of year?
I'm not real big on fruit cake, puddings or pies but here are some of my faves.
I love peppermint bark but am pretty picky about it. I don't like the store bought kind, I prefer to make my own. There's a little bakery where I grew up that sells these really good peppermint chips. My mom always get those and uses them to make the peppermint bark. Sometimes we will freeze it and chop up the bark and add it to a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream. Sooo good!
My mom also makes this appetizer, and I hate to say but I'm not sure what its supposed to be called, We just refer to it as a cheese ball!?!. Basically, she uses green onions, wafer thin ham, cream cheese, and occasionally walnuts and puts it in a food proccessor. She then forms it into a ball and serves with club crackers. I could probably eat the whole thing. She only makes it around Christmas and New Years. I have no idea why only then but therefore, it makes it a holiday food to me!
What are some treats you just can't pass up this time of year?
The Craft Curmudgeon
|Posted: 12/1/2012 10:28:38 AM|Oddly enough I can't say I have an 'must have' foods for the Holidays.
'Course mom did tons of cooking & baking back when, but even then I could pass on most of the cookies, candies & such. I did like her fried peanuts & almonds--used to spend forever getting the skins off the almonds since we couldn't get pre-blanched skinless ones.
I did love the pink & white sugared popcorn, but haven't see that in donkey's years. Mom's fave candies were clear toy & ribbon candy. She also loves coconut bonbons--can't find them easily, either.
I do like savouries. Mom made cheese balls, too, LeighAnn. Her recipe called for cream cheese, dried beef, garlic, celery seed & horseradish. She'd make 2 good size balls & freeze one. Excellent on various crackers.
Growing up, 'oyster stew' was always Christmas Eve supper. Oysters weren't cheap in the '50s, either, so it was a yearly treat. Always served with 'Dandy' (brand) oyster crackers. Every once in a while there'd be 'diamonds' (where the crackers hadn't separated) & we kids fought over them.
Thanx for jogging my memory, Pug!
|Posted: 12/1/2012 11:17:01 AM|Food is pretty traditional in my family for holidays. However, now that I am an adult, I have the freedom to completely reject almost the entire New Years' meal which was Norwegian meatballs, cooked red cabbage, etc. I do keep up the tradition of cardamom bread, which I sometimes braid into a wreath. I usually make a ham and brunch foods instead of all that other awful stuff my mom makes.
Christmas morning, we made home made orange julius and some kind of egg dish. From DH's family, we have started having a "Dutch Baby," with is kindof like a popover but you make it in a large cast iron skillet and serve with either fruit or powdered sugar with a bit of lemon juice. It is a delicious treat!
Everything else is pretty much all about the cookies. Sugar cookies (flavored with lemon or orange instead of vanilla), springerlie (anise cookies), baklava (with rose water, not honey) and nutmeg logs are the less familiar cookies that are must haves. Usually have molasses ginger cookies, and may have who knows how many other ones.
Christmas dinner is not something we have a tradition for.
I would love to hear your traditional foods too!
"Find Joy in the Unexpected..."
|Posted: 12/1/2012 11:17:51 AM|
LeighAnn, my sister likes to make pepermint bark and is picky about it too. I bet it is delicious with those special candies!!!
Daniel, I wish I knew what that popcorn was. Sounds very festive!
I forgot to mention that I started actually celebrating Ephiphany (Twelfth Night) with a King's cake. It is a nice tradition.
"Find Joy in the Unexpected..."
|Posted: 12/2/2012 9:13:19 PM|
Christmas dinner has always been roast turkey with bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and some green veggie (could be green beans, broccoli or brussel sprouts). The last few years my kids have taken over a lot of the prep and we have had some variations in the stuffing and the veggies but the turkey is still the centerpiece.
Growing up we always had plum pudding for dessert but my husband,s family had bouche noel or a sort of mille feuille dessert (not traditional mille feuille but a kind made with graham crackers,vanilla pudding and whipped cream) so since we got married we alternate desserts.
Apart from that over the holidays we usually have shortbread cookies, butter tarts and mince tarts.
Christmas eve dinner is often tourtiere but that is not set in stone.
Loc: West Texas
|Posted: 12/3/2012 8:44:25 AM|Growing up, Christmas dinner was more of just a variation on Thanksgiving dinner, except usually we ate ham instead of turkey.
I have never thought about how there are not too many foods that are traditional in our house. Some years I make some treats that I usually only make during the holidays, but then I may not do it one year and then do it the next year during the holidays----so not sure you call that "traditional food"! lol!! Right now I want to make these cranberry pinwheel cookies---those are only made when I can find fresh cranberries in the store, thus during the holidays. I also usually make some pumpkin type food---pumpkin jelly roll cake---since the canned pumpkin is usually on sale now.
I think I may have to start some food traditions for my family! Hmmm...wonder what to pick... I like hearing about everyone else's!
|Posted: 12/3/2012 12:01:15 PM|
I'm enjoying reading everyones food traditions!
Melissa, our Christmas dinner is like that too, except we will occasionaly have turkey in addition to the ham. DH and I both have large families!
Daniel, I remember as a little girl having that popcorn! Totally forgot about it, We used to go up to the smoky mountains to check out the lights and decorations and there were several places that would sell it!
Heidi, I love dutch babies. Soo good!
Gardencat, that milk feuille dessert sounds good!
Loc: Idaho Falls, ID
|Posted: 12/3/2012 2:19:23 PM|oh I have sooo many!! we have to do caramels, cream wafers, homemade peppermint marshmallows (dipped in chocolate of course!), fudge, sugar cookies, and toffee bars. That's just to name the basics!
"I wish I were a glow worm, a glow worm's never glum, 'Cuz how can you be grumpy when the sun shines out your bum?"
Loc: Sydney, Australia
|Posted: 12/3/2012 2:54:00 PM|Yeah, it's nice to have traditional foods for Christmas - I think it's the only time of year we do.
For DH's family get-together (lunch) we have cold foods - cold ham, chicken etc., salads and always a PAVLOVA (yum, yum, yum). (Remember it's Summer for me!) Then for my family (dinner) we have hot - roast chicken, potatoes and veg followed by Christmas pudding.
And as for treats - my absolute favourite things to eat at Christmas are my mum's shortbread and mince pies, which we always have at afternoon tea on the day.
Hmmmm, not long now....