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What Are Your Favorite Holiday Foods?

BlindAmbition

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Hey Guys,

With today being the U.S. Thanksgiving, and Canada’s last month... Holiday season is upon us. With so many traditions, the food is my favorite. Some are seasonal, some are traditions, some are ridiculously decadent. What are some of your favorite foods?

I have three absolute favorites. The first is stuffing... Yes, this boy is a carbaholic. I could easily do a meal of just stuffing, or dressing to some. The second is my nana’s homemade fudge. While I love chocolate, this fudge is just *orgasmic*. The last would be the assortment of homemade Italian cookies my nana made. Made with love. These cookies were time-consuming. Yet my nana made them religiously for over 60 children and grandchildren. Yes, 60 is correct. We’re italian, say no more!

Tell GA your favorite foods and traditions... This blog is meant for the season, name Thanksgiving and Christmas faves.

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11 minutes ago, Reader1810 said:

I have lots of favourites. Just as you do, jp,  I love the stuffing my mom makes, and for my sweet tooth, Scottish shortbread made from our family recipe. One of my SiL’s is Italian, so we always get a platter of Italian cookies. There’s always lots because when Nonna and the Zias get together- we’ll, you know. 

 

Post holiday, I love turkey and stuffing sandwiches. :D 

Yesss!! The leftover sandwich is better than the meal. :heart:

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for me it's white turkey meat (and a bit of crispy skin), my cranberry relish (great sub for mayo on turkey leftover sandwiches) and my dadoo's Swedish nuts. my brother would smish stuffing flat, top with turkey, smish more stuffing on top and then grill it like a grilled cheese sandwich.

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6 minutes ago, Kitt said:

Hmmmmm, decisions decisions.

 

I am not really fond of the turkey meat,   but do love the skin, roasted a nice dark golden brown.  I love veggies of all sorts so it is really hard to decide between the rest of what hits the table.  We make two types of stuffing, giblet done Italian style, and what my mom called american.  The american had onions and cellery and no Italian cheese or giblets. I prefer the Italian and so do the rest of those in my house so when it is just us, like this year, I go all Italian.

 

 

Deserts consist of pumpkin pie, sometimes with vanilla ice cream, but usually not, and rice pudding made from a Norwegian recipe I got from my mother in law.  Don't ask me to choose, ain't happening!  I usually have a small slice of the pie with a small spoonful of the rice kreme on the side. I have made concessions to my diabetes and make both with sugar substitutes now.

 

Are we sticking to this holiday or listing Christmas favs too?

Yummy! Our traditional Italian stuffing had sausage in it. Tell us all your faves. I meant for the whole season. 

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what a good topic, jp!

as i am still mid-coma thinking is hard to do, lol!
i'm a big fan of the dark meat, the thigh especially, covered in gravy, yum!

my bird is roasted with carrots, celery and onion, and i think that's my very favorite.  the carrots are perfectly soft, and sweet, the onions as well.  

i can't wait to see what everyone else likes

 

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3 minutes ago, mollyhousemouse said:

what a good topic, jp!

as i am still mid-coma thinking is hard to do, lol!
i'm a big fan of the dark meat, the thigh especially, covered in gravy, yum!

my bird is roasted with carrots, celery and onion, and i think that's my very favorite.  the carrots are perfectly soft, and sweet, the onions as well.  

i can't wait to see what everyone else likes

 

Thanks for sharing sweetie. I know we’ve been talking about this. Hope you guys enjoyed it. xoxo

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Just now, BlindAmbition said:

Thanks for sharing sweetie. I know we’ve been talking about this. Hope you guys enjoyed it. xoxo

oh it was so very good! and now the not so gentle, but oh so loving, noise of the kids cleaning the kitchen :D

 

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15 minutes ago, mogwhy said:

for me it's white turkey meat (and a bit of crispy skin), my cranberry relish (great sub for mayo on turkey leftover sandwiches) and my dadoo's Swedish nuts. my brother would smish stuffing flat, top with turkey, smish more stuffing on top and then grill it like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Thanks Moggy. I forgot about the skin. Yes... my hand was always swatted away from picking the skin.

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I think my Christmas fav is pasta d'olio aliche  ( not sure I spelled that right). Pasta dressed with olive oil and garlic with seven different kinds of fish.  Tradition in our family is this for Christmas Eve.  No meats that night, although when I was hosting the army I made a concession to the non Italians and roasted a fresh ham as well.  The anchovies seemed to chase them away from the pasta.

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4 minutes ago, Kitt said:

I think my Christmas fav is pasta d'olio aliche  ( not sure I spelled that right). Pasta dressed with olive oil and garlic with seven different kinds of fish.  Tradition in our family is this for Christmas Eve.  No meats that night, although when I was hosting the army I made a concession to the non Italians and roasted a fresh ham as well.  The anchovies seemed to chase them away from the pasta.

what's wrong with anchovies? 

 

best thing at Christmas was getting the oranges and chocolate in our stockings. later in life it was those chocolate oranges and blood oranges.  and nana's specialty--Dr Pepper Yams 

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38 minutes ago, Kitt said:

I think my Christmas fav is pasta d'olio aliche  ( not sure I spelled that right). Pasta dressed with olive oil and garlic with seven different kinds of fish.  Tradition in our family is this for Christmas Eve.  No meats that night, although when I was hosting the army I made a concession to the non Italians and roasted a fresh ham as well.  The anchovies seemed to chase them away from the pasta.

 

38 minutes ago, Kitt said:

I think my Christmas fav is pasta d'olio aliche  ( not sure I spelled that right). Pasta dressed with olive oil and garlic with seven different kinds of fish.  Tradition in our family is this for Christmas Eve.  No meats that night, although when I was hosting the army I made a concession to the non Italians and roasted a fresh ham as well.  The anchovies seemed to chase them away from the pasta.

Yes, the Feast of the Seven Fishes. My nana always made me Italian chicken nuggets and pasta with pesto. Seafood makes me sick.

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My guilty pleasure is peppermint bark.  I will buy large quantities of the stuff this time of year since you can't get it in July.  My freezer has a separate basket for goodies to be doled out a little at a time.

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8 minutes ago, Kitt said:

My guilty pleasure is peppermint bark.  I will buy large quantities of the stuff this time of year since you can't get it in July.  My freezer has a separate basket for goodies to be doled out a little at a time.

love the stuff too. it is one of the easiest things to make as candies go. 

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20 minutes ago, Kitt said:

My guilty pleasure is peppermint bark.  I will buy large quantities of the stuff this time of year since you can't get it in July.  My freezer has a separate basket for goodies to be doled out a little at a time.

Yes! I get Ghiradelli peppermint bark. Awesome alone, in coffee or hot chocolate.

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I love stuffing and gravy.  I could eat an entire plate of stuffing drowning in gravy.  I'm not a huge turkey fan, but prefer the dark meat.  Another fave is shaved brussels sprouts with caramelized onion and toasted pecans.  My mom makes the most amazing chocolate pie, so that's a big family favorite.  She has to make two of them... one to eat and one so everyone can take a slice home.  It's become another tradition to eat my extra slice of chocolate pie for breakfast the day after thanksgiving. :gikkle: 

 

I have different favorites for Christmas. We splurge on prime rib and I look forward to it all year.  I also love gingerbread and Christmas cookies.  My favorite cookies are the peanut butter ones with the Hershey's kiss on top and honey molasses cookies.  Yum!  

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3 minutes ago, Valkyrie said:

It's become another tradition to eat my extra slice of chocolate pie for breakfast the day after thanksgiving. :gikkle: 

 

We used to spend thanksgiving on my uncle's farm harvesting and baling Christmas trees for resale.  I took over kitchen duty after grams passed away, and would spend every morning baking.  Pumpkin pie on the plate next to what ever style eggs you wanted was a staple. With up to 15 relatives in for the four day weekend, that's a lot of pumpkin!

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5 hours ago, Valkyrie said:

I love stuffing and gravy.  I could eat an entire plate of stuffing drowning in gravy.  I'm not a huge turkey fan, but prefer the dark meat.  Another fave is shaved brussels sprouts with caramelized onion and toasted pecans.  My mom makes the most amazing chocolate pie, so that's a big family favorite.  She has to make two of them... one to eat and one so everyone can take a slice home.  It's become another tradition to eat my extra slice of chocolate pie for breakfast the day after thanksgiving. :gikkle: 

 

I have different favorites for Christmas. We splurge on prime rib and I look forward to it all year.  I also love gingerbread and Christmas cookies.  My favorite cookies are the peanut butter ones with the Hershey's kiss on top and honey molasses cookies.  Yum!  

Those all sound wonderful Val. I love brussel sprouts with a little garlic and s&p and chopped bacon. I say we start national stuffing day.

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Sweet potatoes!!!! I rarely get sweet potatoes other than the holidays because my Husband doesn't like them so I don't fix them. It's funny because me, my brother, my dad, and my grandma all like sweet potatoes, but none of our spouses do!

 

For holiday traditions, it's one that we did when i was growing up, but once we moved from Utah to Wyoming we no longer did it, and i miss it. Growing up, we had an acre of land and had horses and everything, and a hay barn. Christmas Eve, my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and family friends) would come over for a Christmas Party. It was so much fun, and then around 9:00 or so, Rudolph would appear in our hay barn (i found out later that my dad fixed a big red light on a timer so that it shown through one of the holes in the hay barn). All night long, once it got dark, all of us kids would keep looking out at the hay barn to see if Rudolph had come yet. Once the red nose had been spotted, it was the signal that the party was over and it was time for all of us kids to go to bed, which meant everyone headed home. Christmas Eve was sooooo much fun and i miss it.

 

Now the main Christmas tradition we have is our light show and holiday baking with my niece.

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40 minutes ago, Renee Stevens said:

Sweet potatoes!!!! I rarely get sweet potatoes other than the holidays because my Husband doesn't like them so I don't fix them. It's funny because me, my brother, my dad, and my grandma all like sweet potatoes, but none of our spouses do!

 

For holiday traditions, it's one that we did when i was growing up, but once we moved from Utah to Wyoming we no longer did it, and i miss it. Growing up, we had an acre of land and had horses and everything, and a hay barn. Christmas Eve, my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and family friends) would come over for a Christmas Party. It was so much fun, and then around 9:00 or so, Rudolph would appear in our hay barn (i found out later that my dad fixed a big red light on a timer so that it shown through one of the holes in the hay barn). All night long, once it got dark, all of us kids would keep looking out at the hay barn to see if Rudolph had come yet. Once the red nose had been spotted, it was the signal that the party was over and it was time for all of us kids to go to bed, which meant everyone headed home. Christmas Eve was sooooo much fun and i miss it.

 

Now the main Christmas tradition we have is our light show and holiday baking with my niece.

Those are wonderful traditions renee. I love Rudolph's nose. A sweet childhood memory. I like sweet potato fries with sea salt. Hate sweet potatoes holiday style though. One of those things you either love or hate. This year was different with traditional Irish dishes with the turkey. Loved them all. No sweet potatoes, but mashed and colcannon which includes potatoes. Thanks for sharing.

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1 minute ago, BlindAmbition said:

Those are wonderful traditions renee. I love Rudolph's nose. A sweet childhood memory. I like sweet potato fries with sea salt. Hate sweet potatoes holiday style though. One of those things you either love or hate. This year was different with traditional Irish dishes with the turkey. Loved them all. No sweet potatoes, but mashed and colcannon which includes potatoes. Thanks for sharing.

Sounds like you had a great holiday hon!  Are you thinking candied sweet potatoes when you say holiday style? None of us can stand candied sweet potatoes (with the brown sugar and marshmallows) and just cook them in butter, salt, and pepper.

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3 minutes ago, Renee Stevens said:

Sounds like you had a great holiday hon!  Are you thinking candied sweet potatoes when you say holiday style? None of us can stand candied sweet potatoes (with the brown sugar and marshmallows) and just cook them in butter, salt, and pepper.

LOL! I definitely don't like candied, but don't like even just mashed. My family was like yours. Half liked them and half didn't. There were always regular potatoes and sweet potatoes.

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Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce... It's not a Holiday meal until you see the can ridge on the gelatinous mound, nor if you don't hear the SLURP it makes coming out of the can.

 

Honestly, I've been rethinking Holiday traditions, and if I'm alone I do the Holiday Dinner Pizza from Pizza Hut. Get it as a Par-Bake the night before, and toss it in the oven. Otherwise, the Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, Mom's brined and roasted Turkey, my Aunt's Pecan Pie, and a nice Holiday Ham is all I really like.

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