Holiday Food Alphabet
Think for a moment. What would the holiday season be without food and drink? Regardless of whether or what you celebrate, this time of year is "Eat, drink and be merry" to the max. It's the way of life, the rule of the thumb, the modus operandi of the Western world. In fact, I would argue that comestibles are THE glue that keeps us together as a civilization for the entire month of December.
WHAT we eat and drink:
Special treats that we tend to stay away from the rest of the year. Symbols of the good life, such as chocolate truffles, caviar, sparkling wine, eggnog, roast beast.
Special treats tied to culture, history and holiday-specific traditions -- gingerbread houses, candy canes, Hanukkah gelt, buche de noel, glogg, wassail, fruitcake.
HOW we eat and drink: In addition to the lineup of nosh-driven cocktail parties, open houses and holiday galas, there are countless ways people socialize at this time of year, all of which revolve around food and drink. For starters, there's the cookie exchange, candy making, sipping egg nog by someone's fireplace, hot cocoa after ice skating.
And then of course, there are the food-and-drink-centric gifts that we both give and receive -- a bottle of booze, homemade biscotti, a cookbook, kitchen gadgets and electronics, edible stocking stuffers, a crate of oranges, coffee gift cards...the list never ends.
If we took all of this away, the holidays would be utterly flavorless. (Well, we'd still have cat nip. And snow flakes, weather permitting.)
My point is, it's not about the latest PlayStation; the holidays are all about the food, shared with another.
Below, an A-Z list of how food and drink weaves into the holidays. You'll find links to gift ideas, recipes and tasty ways to get into the spirit. Note: The list will be published in two parts; check tomorrow's blog space for the balanced of the holiday alphabet.
And please, weigh in with your own holiday food alphabet.
A Aglianico, a big juicy red from southern Italy
J Madhur Jaffrey's memoir, "Climbing the Mango Trees," jamon Serrano
N-Z to come tomorrow...
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