Before I get started on today’s post…there’s a pretty important announcement I need to make. I got engaged a little over a month ago!! I won’t get into all the details but my fiancé did an amazing job organizing a romantic proposal followed by a party to celebrate with close friends and family. It was the most exciting night of my life. Now it’s all about planning until the big day.
The Christmas season is officially over and all of our waistlines have surely expanded with all the cookies and booze we have consumed. That is why today’s recipe is a salad. I know all of you want to get a jump on your losing weight New Years resolution! Its actually a perfect healthy eating transition recipe because it still has some bacon and bleu cheese that way you aren’t going completely cold turkey on the not-so-healthy staples you’ve indulged in all month!
It’s crunch time! Get those Christmas menus finalized because we are in the final few days before Santa arrives. If you are like me I tend to add in last-minute additions to my party menus because I never think I have enough food. That’s never really the case but; I know many of you like me will always feel that the crazy amounts we are providing looks meager once it’s on the table.
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.
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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!