Topic: Off the Clock
Holidays: How Food Figures in For You
An all aphrodisiac dinner...it's shocking how many foods are considered aphrodisiacs!
Q: Take a yule-time trip down memory lane. Gingerbread, caroling and cocoa ... what are your best Christmas food/drink memories?
My mom had a cookie room every Christmas season. She'd start baking right after Thanksgiving and store all her cookies in tins in a small unheated room in our house. By the time Christmas arrived every available surface in the room (including the floor) was filled with cookie tins.
We went camping every summer for vacation so I remember a lot of grilling - especially campfire fish in foil.
Q: It's St. Patrick's Day. Bring on the beer, the corned beef and cabbage! What are your St. Pat's traditions, and what are the requisite foods and drinks?
Gotta say it - I'm not a big St. Pat's day guy. Short of getting fall down drunk on top of a telephone booth at the NY St Pat's Day parade when I was in college I don't do much...but I do make a mean beer braised corned beef and root vegetable dish!
Q: Thanksgiving memories. Where and how did you celebrate Thanksgiving growing up? What were your favorite dishes?
Without fail we always had Thanksgiving with extended family at our house. My favorite dishes were my mom's sausage bread stuffing and the green bean casserole with mushroom soup and Durkee's onions!!
Honey brined roast turkey, sausage apple cranberry stuffing, 3 cheese scalloped potatoes, bourbon mashed sweet potatoes, double wide green bean casserole. Those are the rituals and all from our Thanksgiving take away menu, which we've been offering through the catering biz for 10 years. The rest depends on whim.
Q: Did your family have a food-related essential tradition for Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day? Do you have any now? Are they the same or different?
Christmas Eve was and still is a feast of seven fish dishes - traditional Italian. Christmas Day was always lasagna and that's something that I've gotten away from. I tend to try out different recipes every Christmas Day now.
No way! I didn't really start cooking until I was 28.