Everyone has their holiday meal traditions. One Italian customary meal that many families still partake in on Christmas Eve is the Feast of the Seven Fishes. This dinner celebrates the wait for Jesus’ birth. This commemorative meal became popularized in many Italian American homes and then began to spread. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is not something that my family participates in every year. However; we do have one seafood dish that is always included on Christmas Eve, calamari. My uncle hosts this night’s party and calamari marinara started to show up on the dinner table a few years back. Now I can’t picture Christmas Eve without it. Today’s recipe is my take on this symbolic holiday meal.
When I was little my Mom started a Christmas tradition that was truly wonderful. Once I graduated from college and started living on my own I carried on the tradition by myself. Now it’s 7 years later and this annual event has become an anticipated occasion among family and friends who know me.
I’ve teamed up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway with an amazing prize for one lucky reader! We’re giving away a $200 Williams-Sonoma gift card to one lucky winner… and it just might be you!
During my moments of recipe conceptualizing (which I have referenced before predominantly happen during my long commute to work) I’ve noticed that my brain gravitates towards specific food groups. Italian food ideas are my most dominant brain default and I could probably create a new pasta every day for 365 days. But, the other food group I tend to think most about is Asian cuisine. I love the exotic, bright, and spicy flavors in Malaysian, Vietnamese, and especially Thai cooking. Thought clouds of ginger and chili peppers are always dancing in my head. I have been experimenting quite a bit in this area so expect to get a handful of Asian inspired meals in the upcoming months!
My favorite part of the holiday season is giving! Whether is giving back to those in need or finding the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, I find such gratification in giving to others.
There are SO many fantastic ways to ring in the New Year around NJ. I tried to pull together a large handful of some of the most exciting for all of you. However you spend it- I’m wishing you a new year of health, wealth and happiness!
Its the most wonderful time of the year! And our great state seems to think so as well with tons of holiday inspired events. It’s all about family this month and it shows with so many of the featured food events being kid-friendly. Get everyone together and make some special memories. Happy Holidays!
I found out I had something to celebrate for a few weeks ago. I accepted a new job with the company I had been a full time contractor for past 3 years at. It’s an exciting new opportunity and in celebration my best friend and boyfriend wanted to go get some dinner and drinks the day I officially accepted. We decided to head to Morris Tap and Grill in Randolph, NJ. It was a Thursday night which meant all night happy hour specials in their bar area of the restaurant.
As promised I am bringing you another Thanksgiving leftovers idea. My family cooks for an army so every year there are extra potatoes, turkey, stuffing, etc. My family begins to fill Tupperware to the brim as doggie bags to send people home with. If you’re like us, you’ll now finally be able to put these dinner scraps to good use.