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Holiday food for the soul

Posted By Denebola On December 17, 2008 @ 9:17 am In Centerfold | Comments Disabled

By Jessica Duff

I personally adore food: both making it and consuming it. I know that some people do not enjoy cooking, either because they’re too lazy or just inept, but everyone has to admit that at least once every year they enjoy eating good food. That’s one of the reasons why I love December.

Don’t get me wrong. I love seeing my family and friends, and having time off from school. I am not a particularly religious person either, but I have to admit that the Christmas feast’€yes, it is a feast’€my family has every year has some of the best food I get to eat all year. It generally has four courses!

We make manicotti (pasta shaped in tubes filled with a blend of soft cheese) with our own red sauce, delmonicos (potatoes in a special cheese sauce) and ham with antipasto (a salad with different toppings). We also make sugar-spiced pecans.

Whether you’re eating sausage gumbo with rice, latkas, applesauce, or ackawai (a middle-eastern cheese), food is a wonderful aspect of the holidays. It brings people together who do not see each other often. The preparation of the meal also helps connect family and friends during the holiday season.

People can learn about their heritage through food. Some foods, such as matza, are specific to different cultures and represent parts of history. When the Israelites left Egypt, they did not have time to wait for their bread to rise, resulting in the unleavened bread we now know as matza.

Families can have their own stories to describe the food they eat during the holidays. Maybe the special ingredient in your favorite cookies was created when your great uncle accidentally knocked a bunch of spice off the shelf and into the batter. Food is not just a great source of cultural history, but also good for eccentric family history too!

The internet is a great source of information and recipes as well. You do not have to be an Iron Chef to make good food. Scrambled eggs can be made by sticking a bunch of beaten eggs into the microwave with tin foil over the top of the bowl. There are also simple three-step recipes offered on the internet for those who prefer easy recipes. Vacation is the best time to sit in front of the TV with a bag of cookies and become brain dead. And remember, don’t just eat food this holiday season, help prepare it too.

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