Tag Archives: holidays


Whether you celebrate Christmas religiously or with retail, I hope you’ll also take a moment to relax with friends and family and perhaps enjoy some special food. I have to admit, I don’t make strufoli every year, but during this … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

This menu, served on the S. S. Atlantic on July 4, 1963, displays the kind of happy United States history we’ve come to know is a fraction of the story. And check out the menu–more creativity in the word play … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–The Family Book of Home Entertaining

This book has an undoubted retro-charm, recalling an innocent time of mailed invitations, teenagers willing to have a parent-planned party, and a time before evites and bridezillas. (And it can be yours for a penny at Amazon.) It’s easy to … Continue reading

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Savor the South–Southern Holidays

After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. –Oscar Wilde Gumbo is not only a perfect party food, but a metaphor for Southern foodways. Diverse communities, unique holidays, and local ingredients all combine to create dishes and events … Continue reading


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Everyone’s Favorite Holiday Tradition

You guessed it, fruitcake! Favorite to make fun of, not necessarily to eat. But my fruitcake maligning days are over. I started the Pecan Fruitcake from Marie Rudisill‘s book at Halloween and unveiled it (literally) at last Sunday’s CHoW meeting. I had tended … Continue reading

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