Chompsgiving To Chew Year's: Holiday Dishes
Jan 1, 2012 — On New Year's Day some 200 years ago, Haiti gained its independence from France. Each Jan. 1, Haitians commemorate the event by eating soup joumou — a dish their former French rulers considered too good for them. The soup is so beloved that it can land some in the hospital.
Dec 30, 2011 — Lauren Jabusch is a Japanese-American, and she talks about her family's holiday food tradition of making Japanese mochi. Our holiday food series continues with a look at the steamed rice treats.
Dec 28, 2011 — To celebrate the new year, Sasa Woodruff's mom bakes a punch torte, a tradition started in her family back in the former Czechoslovakia. Her mom was born during World War II and food was scarce, but thanks to her family's chickens, the 16 eggs the cake calls for were a luxury they could afford.
Dec 23, 2011 — Ambrosia salad — the festive dish of green Jell-O, cherries and Cool Whip — was a regular feature on Caitlin Shetterly's husband's family Christmas table. He recently admitted he always thought it was the "grossest looking and tasting thing ever." So of course Shetterly had to check it out.
Dec 20, 2011 — Morning Edition asked listeners to write in about a dish they only make during the holiday season. Monica Bencomo of Albuquerque, New Mexico, wrote in to tell us about her favorite holiday dish: menudo, a red chili-based soup.
Dec 20, 2011 — From caroling to consumption, wassail is an old English tradition for the holiday season. A favorite of Charles Dickens and the subject of many carols, wassail is actually synonymous with drinking "to your health." But figuring out exactly what you are drinking is another matter.
Dec 15, 2011 — Every family seems to have a holiday food tradition. Occasionally, it's a dish unusual enough to make guests at the table recoil in disgust. That's the first response reporter Julie Rose gets when she tells people she can't wait to eat sauerkraut — a nod to her Czech heritage — with her turkey.
Dec 14, 2011 — The southern Italian Christmas Eve tradition known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes has become a tradition for Italian-American families as well. Cindy Coddington, who grew up with the feast, remembers the day as a whirlwind of family and fried food.
Dec 9, 2011 — Linda Wertheimer introduces a new dish from the holiday food series: the traditional Norwegian porridge, rommegrot. Listener Christine Bielke relays how her family serves up the cinnamon- and butter-topped dish every holiday season.
Dec 8, 2011 — Amelia Jyotsna Tummalapalli shares this traditional Indian sweet with friends and family during a Hindu celebration of Lord Ganesha in late December. Sweets are enjoyed during religious holidays, festivals and birthdays. And besan laddu is considered one of Ganesha's favorite sweets.