Post # 1
Do all of you have a food/recipe, sweet or savory, that you associate with your family? I think it’s so neat to have something that ties members of a family together, cooking is one of the easiest things but it’s not as common anymore since we can all find recipes on the internet in the blink of an eye.
My family has several tried and true recipes we’ve had all my life; from goetta on the German/Cinicinnati side to the crab enchilada sauce my Mexican grandmother created in her restaurant during the 70’s.
Post # 3
Thanksgiving macaroni-n-cheese and Christmas Eve soup.
Post # 4
@rosworms: What kind of soup is the Christmas Eve soup?
Post # 5
@missfrillycoat: potato cheese soup. i like to dip my pizza bread in it. omg i love the holidays and the food that comes with them.
Post # 6
Ravioli soup! My grandmother always made huge pots of soup (basically chicken broth with ravioli in it) for all our family get-togethers, and usually on Saturdays if we went over for lunch. My dad has taken over making it now that she is gone, and I make it on occasion too.
Post # 7
We have lots! My family is big on food.
For the summer:
a pasta salad with peppers, peperoni, zucchini and black olives that we make whenever we do hamburgers
Either pulled pork or ribs that we do with the same potato salad, coleslaw, and baked bean recipe, and a strawberry jello pie for dessert!
stuffing (yes, in the bird, been eating my whole life and my parents their whole lives and no one has gotten sick)
mashed potato and cream cheese casserole and broccoli cauliflower casserole
Mom also makes a tourtiere (Quebec meat pie) for Christmas eve
Post # 8
So… now I’m hungry. All of these look awesome.
Post # 9
Oh man, I just remembered- Christmas Eve fried chicken tacos! We haven’t had them for a few years, since we no longer go to my aunt’s for Christmas eve- but they are amazing and that was the only time we got them.
Post # 10
I’m not sure we have anything specific I associate with just my own family rather than the region itself…but I have a few meals I’ve found myself making over and over lately.
Mock me all you want, but on Honey Boo-Boo, June talks about “multi-meals”: basically, going through your pantry and fridge and combining things together into a meal. I never knew there was a word for it, but I do that a lot. Usually whatever meat we have, a pasta, and some beans.
Post # 11
Chocolate chip cookies. Every Christmas, I have to make 10-12 batches of these things to send out to family members. If we try to send any other cookie as a gift, we get complaints that those cookies took up valuable space that could have been filled with more chocolate chip cookies. Family members will also fight over who got the biggest/smallest box of cookies for the year.
My mom used to be in charge of making cookies for the holidays, but now it’s been passed on to me. Our recipe was almost ruined due to the new trans fat-free version of Crisco (it doesn’t have enough fat and makes the cookies too dry). I spent months experimenting with Crisco substitutes until I found the new recipe. It was very scientific – we had a control batch, and then we made batches with slight recipe adjustments to compare. The things I do for family…
Post # 12
@missfrillycoat: Christmas Eve soup like another poster mentioned, only ours was a cream-based seafood soup (fish, shrimp, scallops, etc.) with potatoes. Also, kolachkies, keilbasy (as my grandma calls it, lol) and latkes, and pigs in a blanket (the cabbage kind).
Post # 13
My grandmother’s lamb stew, corn pudding and date nut loaf! I’m getting hungry just thinking about them.
Post # 14
French Toast Casserole- My family does brunches a few times a year, and this is the main dish. It’s phenomenal
Oh- and chicken wing dip. A staple at every family gathering. And it’s always gone in about 15 minutes. One of my all time favorite foods.
I’m making both this weekend in honor of the start of the NFL season. I’m so excited.
Post # 15
I’ve grown up making my grandmother’s chocolate gingerbread every Halloween, and her pasta salad every summer.
Post # 16
My grandma made such great food, but no one else really does it much because it’s all pretty time consuming.
My mom does make my great-grandmas butter tarts, I could see taking that on. Cheeseballs are a favourite (the dessert kind). In DH’s family it would probably be his grandmas’s rhubarb cake. Apparently no one else made it like she did, I haven’t gotten my hands on the recipe yet to give it a shot.