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Unofficial Christmas Eve Culinary Traditions Thread
12/24/11 | traderrob

Posted on 12/24/2011 12:03:05 PM PST by traderrob6

If you're one of the many families that has a Christmas Eve eating tradition please give us your best.

Personally my wifes family had one when we got married....Oyster stew and rice with raisins, it was vile! Thankfully I got her off that and for 20 years we've had Super Jumbo Atlantic wild caught Shrimp and Jumbo Stone Crab claws MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM gooooooood.

Please post what you'll be having


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: christmaseve; food; traditions
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1 posted on 12/24/2011 12:03:09 PM PST by traderrob6
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Christmas Eve tacos (Mexicali style, not Taco Bell kind). Tomorrow, roast goose.


2 posted on 12/24/2011 12:05:47 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: traderrob6

** PORK ROAST at the White House **


3 posted on 12/24/2011 12:07:12 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: traderrob6
Swedish Tea Ring. Mom, bless her heart and rest in peace, made them for years every Christmas.

I doubt the authenticity of the recipe, having been to culinary school now, but when I told the sibs what I was making, this first year without Mom at Christmas, all I got was a choked up: "aww...sh..."

/johnny

4 posted on 12/24/2011 12:08:44 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: traderrob6

Turkey, yams with orange sauce, ham, raisin sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie and fruit cobbler. Tomorrow, the chuch is having lamb, chicken, salad, game hens, potato salad, pies.


5 posted on 12/24/2011 12:09:58 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: traderrob6
Kūčios.

I hate it. People started bringing me shrimp just so I could eat.

6 posted on 12/24/2011 12:10:22 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: COBOL2Java
Sis is doing tamales. 4th of July and Christmas. We're Texas WASPs, and have NO idea how that tradition got started, but I do it, too.

/johnny

7 posted on 12/24/2011 12:11:10 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

My first year without my Mother. Know the feeling brother.


8 posted on 12/24/2011 12:12:14 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: traderrob6

Ha, chicken soup with rice. We have that Christmas Crud/ cold and bronchitis. I will eventually make Norwegian Christmas bread, however, with candied cherries and slivered almonds, like Mom used to make. And ham.


9 posted on 12/24/2011 12:12:14 PM PST by bboop (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? St. Augustine)
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To: traderrob6

Turkey, yams with orange sauce, ham, raisin sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie and fruit cobbler. Tomorrow, the chuch is having lamb, chicken, salad, game hens, potato salad, pies.


10 posted on 12/24/2011 12:13:05 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: traderrob6

Just got a gift package from Zabar’s Deli in New York. Bagels, rye bread, pastrami, salmon, cream cheese, salami, deli mustard, cinnamon something-or-others, and some kind of cookies. That’s today’s breakfast, lunch and dinner!


11 posted on 12/24/2011 12:13:54 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: traderrob6

My husband’s Sicilian Christmas eve: Marinated calimari salad; shrimp scampi with spagettini.

Tomorrow my tradition: Turkey with mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, brussell sprouts and beets, mince pies, and British Christmas cake.


12 posted on 12/24/2011 12:14:03 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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To: 1rudeboy

Did you have poppyseed milk too?

My Dad talked about (from his childhood) the special “Christmas Eve wafers” that some lady at church prepared, but we never had them ourselves.


13 posted on 12/24/2011 12:14:42 PM PST by thecodont
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To: JRandomFreeper

Actually, tamales sound good. Might have to head down to Armando’s in SW Detroit.


14 posted on 12/24/2011 12:15:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: ExCTCitizen

Sorry for the double post!


15 posted on 12/24/2011 12:16:30 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12... Don't complain if 0 shreds the constitution!!!)
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To: traderrob6

Baked Red Snapper with red potatoes, carrots and peas plus spinach salad on Christmas Eve; Baked stuffed shells with sausage and meatballs plus layered salad on Christmas Day and finally, black beans, yellow rice, roast pork and plantains plus tossed salad on New Year’s Day.

January 2 starts the starvation diet.


16 posted on 12/24/2011 12:23:22 PM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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Baked Red Snapper with red potatoes, carrots and peas plus spinach salad on Christmas Eve; Baked stuffed shells with sausage and meatballs plus layered salad on Christmas Day and finally, black beans, yellow rice, roast pork and plantains plus tossed salad on New Year’s Day.

I'm detecting a little island influence there. With some twists.

/johnny

17 posted on 12/24/2011 12:25:29 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: traderrob6; JRandomFreeper
My first year without my Mother. Know the feeling brother.

My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I lost my mother Christmas Eve, 1985.

Mark

18 posted on 12/24/2011 12:25:45 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: traderrob6
Since in the old days we had to fast for half a day before receiving communion at midnight mass, there is no Christmas eve meal. However, the tradition was to have cold egg salad sandwiches on white bread after midnight mass as the first meal of Christmas Day. This is a very old tradition in the family that goes back into the mid 1800s and maybe further back with my European ancestors. Now that fasting is no longer an issue, the tradition has disappeared in much of the family, but I still keep it going because it brings back good memories of my aunts and uncles and cousins. Other than that, no one thing in particular stands out as a traditional food except maybe the koláče.
19 posted on 12/24/2011 12:29:59 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: traderrob6

Traditional New Mexican Christmas food. Tamales, posole, red chile, empanaditas (fried pastry filled with sweet, spiced pork), chiles rellenos (not really rellenos, but roast beef cooked, ground in a meat grinder with roasted green chiles, dipped in egg batter and fried - delish.


20 posted on 12/24/2011 12:30:12 PM PST by LatinaGOP
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To: thecodont

I’m getting it all tonight. FRmail me if you are interested in finding some sources or recipes. I’ll do the best I can.


21 posted on 12/24/2011 12:31:38 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: traderrob6

Tourtière, seafood newburg, pies: mincemeat and razzleberry, and Bûche de Noël


22 posted on 12/24/2011 12:31:54 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("At a time like this, we can't afford the luxury of thinking!")
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To: traderrob6

Chinese food! Egg Rolls,Pork Fried Rice,and some Lo Mein....MMMMM. Deck the Halls with Bows of HORRY FA RA RA RA RA Merry Christmas Everyone.


23 posted on 12/24/2011 12:33:34 PM PST by jakerobins
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To: miss marmelstein

Me too, Christmas Eve the feast of the seven fishes: fried calamari, coconut shrimp, baked cod, mussels with white wine, crab legs, crab cakes and clam chowder.


24 posted on 12/24/2011 12:36:10 PM PST by heylady
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To: Larry Lucido
Just got a gift package from Zabar’s Deli in New York. Bagels, rye bread, pastrami, salmon, cream cheese, salami, deli mustard, cinnamon something-or-others, and some kind of cookies. That’s today’s breakfast, lunch and dinner!

That's so wild! When I got home from work the other night, there was a package waiting for me. My step-mother sent me a gift box from Katz's Deli in NY. Corned beef, rye bread, pickles, mustard, and 2 potato knishes!

Mark

25 posted on 12/24/2011 12:37:26 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: traderrob6

Steak & Shrimp tonight. Turkey and traditional fixin’s tomorrow. DH has to have his holiday turkey. I’d like to try a prime rib or something but nope, it must be turkey.

6th Christmas without Mother here. First is very hard, doesn’t get much easier this time of year.

Family in Texas is have Tamales & fixin’s . . . not sure how that got started in recent years. Always been steak & shrimp. But tamales are popular with lots of folks in TX.


26 posted on 12/24/2011 12:37:39 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Gingrich/West 2012)
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To: traderrob6

We used to do crab legs. Now that we no longer live in the dessert we have started a Thai food tradition. When back in the dessert next winter (God willing), we will go back to the crab legs. Go figure.


27 posted on 12/24/2011 12:39:26 PM PST by riri
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To: LatinaGOP
Tamales, posole, red chile, empanaditas (fried pastry filled with sweet, spiced pork), chiles rellenos (not really rellenos, but roast beef cooked, ground in a meat grinder with roasted green chiles, dipped in egg batter and fried

You made me cry, a little bit. I've already made plans to head back up to Las Vegas, NM between spring and summer.

I miss that food, and my friends there. Smiling Faces at the south end of town on Grand, and Little Saigon, at the north end of Grand, just east of the school and the Ford car dealership.

Both good places to eat, with good people that I will hug when I see them again.

/johnny

28 posted on 12/24/2011 12:39:51 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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Hah I live in California and Christmas Eve is Open House night for family and friends with all the tamales, rice, and beans you can eat.


29 posted on 12/24/2011 12:45:13 PM PST by sheana
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To: heylady

Sounds wonderful. I loooooooooove coconut shrimp! Merry Christmas to you.


30 posted on 12/24/2011 12:48:11 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Still heartless after all these years...)
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You made me cry, a little bit. I've already made plans to head back up to Las Vegas, NM between spring and summer.

Grew up in Albuquerque, but lived out of state for several years while DH was in the Air Force. Had my mom ship me green and red chile, masa seca and dried posole corn while I was gone so I could still prepare tradtional New Mexico food. I've only driven through Las Vegas, many times.....it's BEAUTIFUL!

31 posted on 12/24/2011 12:49:48 PM PST by LatinaGOP
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To: traderrob6

Sea bass with pomodoro sauce and a salad.
After church snacks, cheese and crackers, sausage rolls, rosemary pecans, Christmas cookies, etc.


32 posted on 12/24/2011 12:52:20 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: riri
You need to try these sometime.
33 posted on 12/24/2011 12:53:59 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: LatinaGOP
It's not a great place to almost die, but it's a great place to live. I got shipped to ABQ to the university so they could keep me alive. I love that place, too. But I don't want to go back. Nothing personal ;)

I really, really miss the roasted green chiles. I can't do them as well as the guys in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Stop at Happy Faces if you get the chance. The family runs the house, front and back. And they are good Christians. Good people, good food.

And what more does a human need?

/johnny

34 posted on 12/24/2011 12:54:39 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: traderrob6

That’s what we have. Oyster stew and rice pudding for dessert.

Sounds like you married a really really good woman. Solid. And then ruined her. (teehee)

Merry Christmas.

(I guess you won’t be here for dinner. But the invite is always on)


35 posted on 12/24/2011 12:57:12 PM PST by bigheadfred (MERRY CHRISTMAS)
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I’m making Baked Spaghetti for Pan_Yan and our daughter to take to a beautiful Christmas Eve pot-luck dinner that they’ll be having with friends this evening.

Our son has pneumonia, so the two of us will stay home and he’ll keep me company while enjoying our appetizers of my holiday cheese ball with crackers and spinach dip on pumpernickel bread. We’ll keep warm while I bake dozens of cookies tonight.

All I want for Christmas is a healthy son.

This is my first Christmas without my father. He passed away last summer. I’m remembering the divinity that he waited all year for... and the pickled herring that he loved at Christmas. I miss him.


36 posted on 12/24/2011 12:59:32 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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All I want for Christmas is a healthy son.

Prayers up for that.

/johnny

37 posted on 12/24/2011 1:02:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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“Oyster stew...”

We have been on the Savannah waterfront today, and so far we have had a ceasar salad topped with Georgia shrimp while enjoying some house brews, and then a dozen oysters on the half shell with a good microbrewery beer (darft, of course). Tonight we are going to enjoy some good draft Guiness with some live Irish music. Perhaps we are beginning a tradition...


38 posted on 12/24/2011 1:02:32 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Thank you so much.

Merry Christmas.


39 posted on 12/24/2011 1:03:24 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife ("Real solidarity means coming together for the common good."-Sarah Palin)
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To: traderrob6
My first year without my Mother. Know the feeling brother.

Same here. Christmas was HER holiday, above all others. We're doing our best to maintain the traditions.
40 posted on 12/24/2011 1:04:26 PM PST by BikerJoe
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To: 1rudeboy

To keep wolves from carrying away animals, mention wolves while eating.


41 posted on 12/24/2011 1:08:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: traderrob6

Not sure what they are exactly but they look dang good!


42 posted on 12/24/2011 1:13:25 PM PST by riri
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To: riri

Jumbo Stone Crab claws and they’re wonderful.


43 posted on 12/24/2011 1:25:04 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: riri
Stone Crab Claws and a Key Lime pie in the background.

'La bonne cuisine est la base du véritable bonheur.' - Auguste Escoffier
(Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

44 posted on 12/24/2011 1:31:25 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: traderrob6

I had stone crabs with Nancy’s mustard for Thanksgiving. $22 a pound.... :0(


45 posted on 12/24/2011 1:31:49 PM PST by goseminoles
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My first year without my Mother.

I remember my first Christmas without Mom in 2006. We always celebrated Christmas on Christmas Eve at her house and on Christmas Day I would take hubby and the kids over to her house for leftovers as Christmas Day was just for relaxing and visiting. Since that first Christmas without Mom we did the family thing at my sister's house, I didn't plan for Christmas Day and I literally had no food in the house to prepare b/c I hadn't been food shopping (too busy with baking, etc.) prior to Christmas. It was a rude awakening.

46 posted on 12/24/2011 1:34:09 PM PST by LatinaGOP
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To: goseminoles

I sell the crabbers bait so every year I get 10 lbs gratis ;>.


47 posted on 12/24/2011 1:42:16 PM PST by traderrob6
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To: LatinaGOP

I have a Mexican-American friend and they always have Christmas eve tamales. My wife’s family always makes home-made pizza. Our family always had dungeness crab.


48 posted on 12/24/2011 1:43:26 PM PST by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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“Our family always had dungeness crab.”

Also VERY goooood.


49 posted on 12/24/2011 1:45:48 PM PST by traderrob6
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We are having the Traditional Christmas Lasagna using my Late Mother's recipe.

She gave my Wife the recipe about six months before she passed away back in 2001. My Wife does a great job, but we always joke that there is a little something missing in the sauce. Since my Mother was a smoker, my Wife guessed that it was missing some cigarette ash. LOL

Saw an old Everybody Loves Raymond episode where the M-I-L gave Ray's Wife one of her recipes, but she purposely left out one key ingredient. Cracked me up...

50 posted on 12/24/2011 1:57:41 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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