I cannot recall a single holiday tradition that in some way does not involve one or the other (or both). It's what we love to do. It's what brings us together and gives us a sense of "home". When someone asks me about childhood Christmas memories, I inevitably conjure up images of my Mom and Grandma in the kitchen. I am happy it works this way for us. And I truly hope my children inherit our love for all things culinary. It's a lovely way to celebrate.
As a matter of fact, this food thing isn't just a Christmas tradition. We pretty much cook and eat for any and every event throughout the year. Our waistlines love it.
This year (even this moment as I type this) the preparations have already begun. My Mom is at her house with my Grandma and Elijah working away. (I'm sad not to be with them.) I bet they're having fun.
On the menu this year -as most years past- we'll be enjoying some of our old favorites. It's sure to be a day full of feasting! I can't wait!
I have a recipe blog, in case you didn't know, which contains these. Here's the menu, complete with recipe links.
- Cream Cheese Shrimp Cocktail Dip (I'll try to find the recipe to post.)
- Turtle Pretzels
- Banana Nut Bread
- Cheesy Rotel Dip/ tortilla chips
- Grilled Marinated Ribeye steaks (we're using the same marinade, but a different cut of beef)
- Mandarin Orange Salad
- Twice Baked Potato Casserole
- Fresh Green Beans
- Corn on the Cob - special for Elijah
Look! I'm getting fatter just by having typed this. Umm... is it lunch time yet?