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Christmas tradition

Postby Claudia on Thu Nov 01, 2007 3:43 pm

I love the French tradition of celebrating Christmas. On Christmas eve, everybody gathers around the dinner table and eat crystallized fruits and candied chestnuts. I tried last time I went to France and they are delicious: http://www.histoiresucree.com/product_c ... andied.htm

It is also part of the tradition to eat dried figs and Calissons: http://www.histoiresucree.com/calison_d_aix.html

What about your favorite Christmas tradition?
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Postby Christmas Knight on Sat Nov 03, 2007 9:04 pm

I personally like the Italian tradition of eating various fish dishes on Christmas Eve. Its origin is in the Roman Catholic tradition of not eating meat on Christmas Eve, but the Italians have really perfected it with various types of fish. If you are a fish lover, you can't wait to sit at the dinner table on Christmas Eve.
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Postby Silver Belle on Thu Nov 08, 2007 1:04 pm

I am familiar with this Roman Catholic tradition CK, and speaking of various types of fish, could you advise me on some that are tasty without being overly 'fishy'? I like a mild taste to fish and I'm trying to broaden my taste palate because I know fish is a lot more 'heart healthy'...I love tilapia cooked any way, salmon's alright...what are some others? Perhaps we could try something new with the perfected Italian flare this Christmas Eve.. :D
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Postby Santa Baby on Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:40 pm

I am part Italian and my Husband is all Italian and we always do the 7 fishes dinner for

Christmas Eve! We do a little things a little different as we usually use

calamari, fried smelts, anchovy sauce for the pasta, Flounder, Scallops, Shrimp, and

scungilli. Sometimes we even use crab For the none Italians reading Calamari is squid and the scungilli is refered to as Italian Conch but its more like a kind of a whelk. We also have a large antipasto with Caponata (marinated eggplant) fresh mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, kalamata olives, black olives, mini stuffed peppers, marinated artichoke, and sometimes some marinated or pickled vegetables. We have pasta course too! lots of food LOL

Here is a photo from 05 with a small antipasto



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My favorite is the traditional deserts we make cheesecake, Chocolate rum balls, almond butter cake, creme puffs, assorted filled cookies, cannoli, Oreo cookie pie (its more like a pudding), chocolate cream pie, cherry cream Jello, eggnog punch, and pettifore's here are a few pics of that.



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Postby Catzilla on Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:48 am

Santa Baby has the chow line going down....think I'll jump in it ! :P JK
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Postby Ol' Black Pete on Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:08 pm

My Goodness, Santa Baby, if only you could see me drooling!!!!!
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Postby SWC on Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:22 pm

goodness sake, Santa Baby! Check out that spread *drool*



Silver Belle, I tried this recipe once and it was pretty delish! It combines the Italian with a light, not-so-fishy fish.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Oran ... etail.aspx
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Postby frenchy on Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:15 pm

Santa Baby i just took 25 pounds by looking at those pics
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Postby Snow Faery on Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:38 pm

*drools on the keyboard*......



You know, Santa Baby, that sort of stimulation really doesn't help my diet lol :D
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Postby Christmas-Lover on Sat Nov 10, 2007 5:54 pm

I Must saythat food looks delicius
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Postby frenchy on Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:07 pm

When i was younger in Quebec we use to have dinner on the 24th and open all our gifts on the 25 around noon . Meal was mostly Vulture ( jokking) Turkey and cranberry with mashed patatoes and for desert it was fruit cake with ice cream . I am speaking for our familly ( we were 3 in total mom dad and me ) but no matter what the people were doing that is what we used to do year after year and at that time (10 years old) i didnt like that lolllllll . Now i am so missing that it's not like it used to be anymore........
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Postby frenchy on Sat Nov 10, 2007 11:08 pm

oh i forgot we were going to church at 7 at night and then eat dinner after
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Postby I B Freezin' Wolfman on Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:41 am

WOW! Wish I had a few second helpings of everything!

There's always room for Jello!
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Postby Silver Belle on Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:40 am

SWC wrote:goodness sake, Santa Baby! Check out that spread *drool*



Silver Belle, I tried this recipe once and it was pretty delish! It combines the Italian with a light, not-so-fishy fish.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Baked-Oran ... etail.aspx




Thanks, SWC! I totally trust your judgment, I'll give that one a shot. :D In NO way will our Christmas dinner look as dreamy as Santa Baby's here, though. 8)
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Postby Santa Baby on Mon Nov 12, 2007 12:29 am

Thanks guys for all the great compliments Its nice to hear such wonderful feedback!

I wish I could cook for you all!!!! Hmmmmmm ......thinking.....
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