Snack #6: Tradition
The season is all about tradition. Traditional foods, traditional events, annual showings of specials and movies on television, we are surrounded by all sorts of traditions.
Which doesn't mean there isn't room for more.
I love creating new traditions with friends and family. This will be the third consecutive year I will be celebrating Christmas day with my brother from another mother Officer K and his family. I love that they have included me, and now Charming Suitor, in their family traditions.
It will be the fifth year my gang of pals will spend New Year's Day together, this year in town instead of the country, but still together and celebrating.
Whether it is a martini party with my girlfriends pre-holidays, latkes with the family for Hanukah, or a quiet bottle of champagne, just me and Charming Suitor, to celebrate the season, I highly recommend increasing your traditions where and when you can.
Cookie swap party. Everyone makes 2-4 dozen cookies. Everyone leaves with 2-4 dozen cookies. But they leave with a mixed batch, samples of everyone else's goodies, and a stack of cookie recipes to boot. Helps everyone get through holiday buffets without having to make 8 different types of cookies. Genius.
Book Fair. Have everyone bring 5-10 books they enjoyed but don't want to keep, and everyone can pick up a stack of new books without hitting the library or bookstore. Also works with CDs, board games, kitchen gadgets...
Soup party. Everyone makes a batch of their signature soup, the host provides bread and bowls, and be sure to have lots of tubs for people to take the leftovers! Recipes to share always appreciated at this one too....especially good for dead of winter.
Fakesgiving. (or Fauxnakah, or Falsemas) Essentially the traditional holiday meal, done at a very non-holiday time, and often with family who couldn't be there for the real holiday, or friends who might not have had a great time at their own celebrations. I love these in late January thru February on a random Saturday, when everyone can gather and watch movies in sweatpants all day and eat all the best holiday foods.
I throw it out to the class...who has some new tradition ideas to share? Best one gets a snazzy new William Bounds peppermill with gourmet peppercorns. Its a snack, so contest ends Dec. 7 at 11:59 pm!
Yours in Good Taste,