Today we have a dual post. On Monday, we learned about Cat’s food traditions for the holidays. Today, we’ll read about Louisa’s. Food is another theme of Ana’s Advent Calendar, just as it’s a theme of the holidays. What we cook and eat says a lot about us and our traditions.
What is your favorite food for the holidays?
Second, please post your favorite recipe(s). One per comment, please. (Multiple per person is fine!)
You can take a look at last year’s recipes if you need an idea.
Instructions from last year:
Last year’s Holiday Recipes post generated an amazing wealth of tasty treat ideas. Michelle B collected all of the recipes into a surprise party favor. Michelle B has offered to do the same this year, so please make sure your recipes have clear measurements, all necessary steps, and are easy to understand. You can use either imperial (cup, teaspoon) or metric measurements, but please be consistent.
If you add an image to your recipe, Michelle B will include it in the cookbook. You can post the photo directly or a link to it.
By Louisa Bacio
We simmer a slow Sicilian sauce for eight hours, dough from scratch, stretched and topped with all sorts of goodness. The red, black and white chips are strewn on the side table with cheer, and everyone gets ready their best game face.
There’s nothing that says Christmas Eve for this Sicilian family like Pizza & Poker.
Growing up, the gatherings tended to get exciting with a large extended family. There was the one year, I spent the later part of the night tucked under a table, hiding, with a long festive cloth hanging down as the adults got into a bit of an altercation.
Fortunately, the extracurricular activities have calmed down with the new generation. My father tends to be a traditionalist; he likes everything the same every year. The past few years, my cousins and aunt have taken over the holiday and they prefer to do themes. Last year, it was Jersey Shore – which made sticking to overdone make-up and cheetah and zebra print clothes (along with the regular food choices) pretty easy. This year, it’s turkey and the fixings.
Which means? We’ll probably be making pizza on Christmas day.
However you celebrate it – enjoy your time.
Tip: Want to try your hand on homemade pizza? You don’t need to make it from scratch. Most Italian stores sell pizza dough or you can order some from your favorite small pizza parlor. Yes, most of the time they sell it.
Hugs & kisses to Ana for putting together this wonderful event!
Winter Solstice Ménage
Sugar isn’t as sweet as her big brother, Yas, believes. After he leaves the big city to venture a small pack in the hills he’s heard about from their mom, she decides to let loose in all the best ways. Except when all hell breaks loose and she’s faced with some tough decisions, she runs … to her family.
After growing up in Los Lobos, twins Derek and Tyler Baker lived through all the hardships under the former Alpha leader. While one twin is happy playing the dating field, the other wants something more special. They both find what they’re looking for when newcomer Sugar comes for a visit.
Where Sugar goes, trouble follows. It’ll take more than one member of this pack to tame the new shifter she-wolf. But will the Winter Solstice Ménage be enough to convince her to settle down?
Download this participation sheet to keep track of your daily visits. Or, if you don’t have MS Word, access the Google sheet here (choose “yes” to make a copy).