Monday, November 23, 2009

Food rules: Holiday edition

After my first Food Rules post, it was brought to my attention that I also have some fairly significant traditions around what I eat on holidays.
Mind you, I am not inflexible; if I'm not with my family for a holiday, for example, I can go with the flow and have a burger on the Fourth of July. But we have our traditions, and we adhere to them when we can, some more rigidly than others.
So, then, in case you are by now desperate to know what I eat on the Fourth of July if not a burger:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Celery sticks with peanut butter and mayonnaise and raisins
  • Little glasses of cranberry juice and lemon sherbet
  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Stuffing (in the bird for regular people, and out of the bird for my cousin, who finds the in-bird stuff gross)
  • Gravy
  • Acorn squash
  • Creamed onions
  • Salad
  • Pecan pie
  • Apple pie
  • Mince pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Whipped cream for pie
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Coffee (also with whipped cream, for those who desire it)
  • After Eights mints
The day after Thanksgiving:
  • Pie for breakfast (and, therefore discussion of who will eat which pie, as my sister dislikes apple, and some people think mince isn't for breakfast)
  • Soup and/or sandwich for lunch, at the Monadnock Music craft fair
St. Lucy's Day:
  • Some kind of baked good, and some kind of hot beverage*
  • Goose
  • Stuffing
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Roast beef (if my uncle is there)
  • Yorkshire pudding (if my uncle is there to make it)
  • Salad
  • Plum pudding, lit (for those who don't mind dessert made of beef fat and dried fruit and liquor)
  • Chocolate cake (for those who do)
The day after Christmas:
  • Leftover goose, in hunks, with fingers**
  • Cheddar cheese, ditto**
  • Oranges**
New Year's Eve:
  • Champagne
  • Water crackers with cream cheese and caviar
New Year's Day:
  • Black-eyed peas***
  • Greens***
Palm Sunday:
  • Hot cross buns for breakfast (not homemade)
  • Lamb****
Fourth of July:
  • Ice cream (midday, at the ice cream social in town)
  • Salmon
  • Peas
  • Strawberries (generally in shortcake)
October 31:
  • Sara Lee black forest cake for dessert*****

So, what about you? Any inviolable holiday traditions? Any of mine you Just. Can't. Believe?!?!?

*Served by me to whoever else is in the house, in bed, wearing some variation of white dress, red sash, wreath of lighted candles on my head.
** These and other snacks historically consumed in the car, on the way to Washington, D.C.
*** I am actually the only member of my family who does this, and I have only been doing it since 1994, when I lived with a bunch of Southerners.
**** Due to the fact that my parents are clergy, and therefore exhausted by Easter, and due to the fact that I didn't eat red meat for 17 years, there have been many Easters when we went out to dinner. Nonetheless, those who could often ate lamb, and when we do cook at home, it's always lamb.
***** This has nothing to do with Halloween. It has to do with October 31 being my baptismal anniversary, and me therefore getting to choose dessert. And Sara Lee hasn't made black forest cake in about 25 years, but when they did, that is what I chose, invariably.


Rick said...

What the hell is "creamed onions"? Me want whatever they is...with a lactose pill.

Anonymous said...

I have a question. How are the suburbs "Big City"?

bzzzzgrrrl said...

Rick: Our creamed onions are not unlike this, although I don't think our recipe is quite this complicated.

Anonymous: I don't understand the question, particularly in the context of this post. What are you asking?

mike said...

Now that I finally have a chance to catch up on CMC, I must say I too did a doubletake at "creamed onions."

I could post a similar list, with nothing much unusual on it (biggest difference from your would be homemade eggnog), but I do have my own tradition, handed down from my mom but yet to catch on with anyone else in my family, of having a sandwich close to midnight on Christmas with leftover turkey, butter and potato chips (sour cream and onion, in the sandwich). Also, H. and the girls and I have fashioned our own tradition for Christmas Eve dinner, at a time when we're surrounded by good homemade food and baked goods: we perversely heat up a big assortment of frozen hors d'oeuvres such as we never eat the rest of the year.