Holiday Food Traditions

by Meri on December 23, 2012

If you’ve read this blog or any of my books you’ll know that I love family food traditions. I think their a unique part of your family history that you can continue to pass down over the generations. Some may be new traditions and others may be passed down through your families’ culture. Lots of food traditions are seen this time of year like latkes during Hanukkah, the Mexican culture makes their annual holiday Tamales or you may celebrate with a roast ham or turkey on Christmas Eve.

My family…we have cod. Not only do we have fried cod but we also have it cooked in the spaghetti sauce. My family hails from Calabria, a small coastal area in Southern Italy where seafood was a staple. Even though my grandmother was raised in the U.S. this tradition is still in full force in our family. This year we’re celebrating Christmas with my family so Cod it will be. Mark isn’t a big fan but I’m excited to see if at least one or two of my kids like it especially the spaghetti sauce version. I’d like to keep up this tradition but also be flexible so my husband also has the Christmas traditions he loves.

Keeping up family food traditions is like your own unique cookbook with voices from your relatives even after they pass. The same Cod feast was enjoyed by my great grandparents and even further back in the family tree. I love this concept so much that I created a family cookbook of all our special recipes for each of my siblings.

Do you celebrate the holidays with special family recipes?

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