Monday, December 3, 2007

Advent Calendar - December 3, 2007

Holiday Foods

Did your family have any traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that you thought was unusual?

Here is a brief summary of contributions from fellow bloggers and links to their individual posts:

Do you know what a pierogi is? Even if you do, you have to read Stephen's description in Pierogi for the Holidays over at Stephen's Genealogy Blog. Like tamales for Mexicans and Buche de Noel for the French, pierogi and other labor intensive dishes make their yearly appearance during the holidays.

Jessica's family usually has either turkey or prime rib for Christmas Dinner as described in Christmas Food. Read the post over at Jessica's GeneJournal and see what's cookin'.

Apple at Apple's Tree got married and then realized that there was a whole other world of holiday food out there in Holiday Foods.

What would a Christmas dinner be without a little competitive game of pea toss? Randy at Genea-Musings explains how this family tradition started in his post called Holiday Foods.

From cranberry fudge (who knew?) to amalgamation cake, Lori at Smoky Mountain Family Historian highlights these two dishes in Christmas Foods. She is even kind enough to offer a recipe!

If you don't know about lutefisk, gird yourself for an adventure when reading No Ode to Lutefisk over at Nordic Blue hosted by Chery. Uff da!

At Creative Gene, Jasia details her family's version of the traditional Polish Christmas Eve Feast called Wigilia. Check out the food items served and the great pictures!

Colleen had to do some homework for her post Holiday Food at The Oracle of OMcHodoy. She got help from her father to recall the Christmas meal details and if you remember ribbon candy and pfeffernuesse cookies go pay a visit.

In From the Corner of My Grandmother's Kitchen by Lisa at 100 Years in America, she lists many different Hungarian and Croatian dishes traditional to the Christmas celebration. Lisa also provides links to some great cookbooks which feature dishes from her grandmother's tiny (and I mean tiny - take a look) kitchen.

Bill at West in New England describes a popular practice of "holiday meal switching" (Thanksgiving at our home, Christmas at their home one year, then the other way around, etc.). Also in Mangia, he tells us how an entire second course of Italian dishes were served after the traditional turkey dinner at his Aunt Emily's house.

Did you know there is a dessert recipe using tomato soup? In Poor man's Holiday Goodies by Lisa at Small-leaved Shamrock she writes about two Depression-era desserts her family members made during the holidays. I forgot that a tomato is really a fruit, after all.

Getting an early start on December 14th's dreaded fruitcake topic in Holiday Foods, Terry at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi teases us with a description of his wife's famous fruitcake but leaves no recipe - yet!

Not quite figgy pudding but carrot pudding is what Janet at Janet: the researcher remembers. In her post Holiday Foods, find out how to make this Christmas treat.

Diane at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt' presents Holiday Foods. Her memories include Christmas pudding, ham, turkey and pickled walnuts.

In Holiday Foods and Plenty of It! on my outpost, I describe all the baked goods my family would make (with links to recipes). Also included are memories of the cookie decorating parties we would have.

Well folks, I'm stuffed. We are up to 13 participants today and growing - just like our stomachs!

Check back tomorrow for more submissions on the next topic: Christmas Cards

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