Crazy New Foods of Christmas

Crazy New Foods of Christmas

Food, more than any other thing, is the most common element of Christmas. The aroma of it fills every family gathering, it is the showcase at every Christmas party and it even finds its way under the tree, if not part of the decorations. The trends in Christmas foods this year are surprising. It is more eclectic, more adult and more expensive than ever. Take, for example, this three pound chocolate masterpiece – a festive turkey you don’t have to roast: I know – you’re saying this is a Thanksgiving thing more than a Christmas thing but I remind youRead more

The History of Pumpkin and Christmas

The History of Pumpkin and Christmas

When it comes to Christmas the United States can lay claim to few traditional elements of the season. Christmas trees came from Germany, Santa Claus came from Turkey, while Christmas pudding, eggnog and mistletoe all came from various places in Europe. America just adopted them all. Except for pumpkin. Pumpkin is one of America’s greatest contributions to Christmas. Wait, you say – pumpkin has nothing to do with Christmas in America? Well, hold on there, pilgrim. The pumpkin was, from the very beginning, a festive element in the Puritan Christmas. Wait, again, you say – the Puritans didn’t celebrate Christmas,Read more

Pumpkin Pie Poetry

Pumpkin Pie Poetry

The Thanksgiving of old America included a serious reverence the people of the 18th and 19th centuries had for pumpkin pie. Said the editor of the Philadelphia Ledger in 1837 “that he should like to be thrown into a pumpkin pie as large as Lake Superior, only deeper, and obliged it eat his way out.” Some historians and foodies would have you to believe that pumpkin was a staple of the early American diet. But don’t you believe it. There was nothing normal or routine or regular about it. It has been, from the very beginning, a harvest food foreverRead more

Real Onion Dip

Real Onion Dip

The staple of all dip standards when it comes to year round entertain is the timeless combination of Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix with sour cream. Have that and your dips will be a hit. But what if you want an onion dip with a little zing…a little surprise shot of freshness, a dip that makes folks grab another chip and ask, “what’s in this stuff?” The rumor about the Lipton dip is that it was devised in the 50s and proves so popular as part of holiday entertaining that more of Lipton’s product ends up on chips and not reallyRead more

Top Ten Alternative Uses for Fruitcake

Top Ten Alternative Uses for Fruitcake

1. Bury them in the back yard for future archaeologists to discover. 2. Give them to your son for a science project 3. Hang on to it to find out if there REALLY is more than one Fruitcake that’s making it’s rounds every year. 4. Use it to hold up a broken table or chair leg. 5. Mash them down and use for mortar when building a log cabin. 6. Use as exercise stepping block for step aerobics. 7. Makes a wonderful dessert for Road Kill Cafe fare. 8. Use them to pave the freeways with. Just place them onRead more

The Mesmerizing Art of Christmas Pancakes

The Mesmerizing Art of Christmas Pancakes

There are a lot of foods associated with Christmas but the last you would expect to be merry would be pancakes. But if you’re looking for a little kitchen entertainment for the kids on a December Saturday this might be a good idea. Now, just a note about these — you can find lots of Christmas pancake ideas on the Internet but most of them involve other foods like whipped cream, berries, bacon and such. In my book, that’s cheating. This guy gets it right — it’s just him, pancake batter and a hot griddle against the world here. That’sRead more

Thanksgiving Debate of Stuffing or Dressing

Thanksgiving Debate of Stuffing or Dressing

While the world embroils itself in constant debates and controversies each holiday season and calls it the War on Christmas the skirmishes over Thanksgiving get a pass. That is mostly because the debates of Thanksgiving rage about food. There is no greater debate at Thanksgiving than the one of stuffing versus dressing. Which do you have? And how can you tell the difference? The debate could well date back to Civil War times — yes, a North versus South thing. Only Yankees “stuff” their bird. They will combine bread with celery and onions and cook it inside the bird. TheRead more