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Regional Recipes for Holidays

Discussion in 'Dining and Food' started by DBOldford, Nov 6, 2005.

  1. DBOldford

    DBOldford Beach Fanatic

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    I am thinking about a different kind of holiday feast from the traditional fare for Christmas Day, since we will be at the beach this year. I wonder if anyone has ideas and recipes for some tasty regional cooking that will feed a holiday crowd? I would really appreciate input on this. My father, who has been gone for 25 years now, gave us a wonderful tradition for Christmas morning breakfast and it's one that we've lost along the way. He loved to cook un-traditional breakfast foods on Christmas morning. Quail on toast or on a waffle was one dish and we also had scalloped oysters another year. Then there were all kinds of things like coffee cake and cafe au lait (practically unheard of then), and one year we had what he called "breakfast spaghetti," which was another practically unheard of dish, otherwise known as carbonara! One year, we even had Coca Cola warmed in a mug--not bad. We're not trying to create a new tradition this year or even revive that old one. But I want to do something different, amusing, and delicious. Thanks for suggestions!
     
  2. Beach Runner

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    Here's our Christmas Day menu. It's regional (mostly Tuscan)!

    I do have a Paul Prudhomme andouille stuffing recipe - would make great use of the regional seafood.
     
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  3. Rudyjohn

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    These recipes sound absolutely fabulous! I'm saving them for future use in our house. The beef tenderloin will be a real winner (as we usually cook a lot of pork tenderloin.) And I can't wait to try the arugula, pecan and cranberry salad. I can find arugula in an ethnic produce store but it is expensive, but worth it. Also, I have a couple of Ina Garten's recipe books. She's the best on the cooking channel, I think.
    Thanks for all the great recipes!
     
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    My mother died 25 years ago and I've never been able to re-create her wonderful cornbread dressing recipe, plus I've never had a good recipe. I've tried many, many recipes from Southern Living, Good Morning America, etc., but there's still something not quite right, some little secret or maybe just that right touch of Southern magic. Any help would be a blessing for this "Girl Raised In The South!"
     
  5. DD

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    A few years ago, I did a cookbook for the family for Christmas. In it I included a couple of good old southern dressing recipes. This has been a big debate in our family for years--some like "wet" and some like "dry". Personally, I prefer the dry with lots of gravy. Will send recipes to you...lemme go get them. ;-)
     
  6. whitesands

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    Oh my...not a southern tradition by any means (I don't think)...but when I was a child I remember my mother making eggs benedict and (her own yeast dough) cinnamon buns early Christmas morning for breakfast...ohhhh, just the memory makes my mouth water. To this date, I love eggs benedict and cinnamon buns. I must admit I'm a failure at baking anything with yeast in it. I do make pretty great (if I do say so myself) eggs benedict though. Hope I didn't hijack your thread, Donna, but with the season fast approaching...it does evoke lovely memories.

    Christmas dinner would be roasted turkey with a bread, onion and mushroom savory stuffing to die for, turkey gravy, salad (sometimes creamy cole slaw instead of a "lettuce" salad), mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, a winter vegetable casserole in a cheese sauce with a butter crumb topping, cranberry sauce (home-made), home-made rolls and butter and a choice of either home-made apple or pumpkin pie. It never varied. Oh my...

    Wanted to add, when we were down for the first time early this year, I tried fried green tomatoes and some local favorites, including wonderful shrimp, fish, Royal Reds and BBQ...loved it, but to this day have never had traditional Christmas day fare...I'll be following this thread with great interest...
     
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  7. Jdarg

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    Oh Destindreamin- broke and bought the PIE tonight. Had to. My mom and her boyfriend came to dinner, and I didn't have anything for dessert except Halloween candy. I didn't think 70 yr. olds wanted Skittles or Warheads. They didn't want any dessert, so now I will be eating the PIE.

    Sorry to veer off the thread...it's the PIE.....
     
  8. CastlesOfSand

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    BR Can you post that chili recipe you were talking about in another thread... Paul Prudhomme's Mandeville Mardi Gras Chili? I would appreciate it. I tried to find it on his web site but he doesn't have it listed at this time. Thanks in advance!!! These other recipes you have posted sound wonderful... I always like to try new recipes for the holiday! Thanks for posting them!
     
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    :funn: You gave in! Bless your heart...but don't you feel better now?
     
  10. Jdarg

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    No. Just fat!
     
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    Ok..kinda long, but here they are.

    1. Aunt Barbara's Big Batch of Dressing Just as she wrote it out..

    2 or 3 iron skillets size cornbread-crumbled
    (she uses 2 pkgs. cornbread mix per 1 skillet)
    2 or 3 slices stale white bread-cubed
    2 bunches celery chopped pretty small
    2-3 onions chopped pretty small
    poultry seasoning
    sage
    salt
    black pepper
    broth

    saute onion & celery in margarine until soft. add to crumbled cornbread and white bread. Add broth from turkey and enough canned broth to make cornbread mixture on soupy side. All poultry seasoning and not too much sage, salt and pepper to taste. (We like quite a bit of black pepper). Van, Jan and Craig keep tasting until we think seasoning is right. You can always add more, but can't take it out, so start out conservatively.

    Put into one or two oblong baking pans & bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour until it starts browning on top. You can divide & put less broth in one part of the mixture and make one pan for those who like their dressing on the drier side.


    2. Mom's Cornbread

    1 cup flour
    1 cup yellow corn meal
    1 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. baking powder
    1/2 tsp. soda
    1 tsp. sugar
    1 egg
    1/4 corn oil
    1 1/2 c. buttermilk

    Mix dry ingredients. Add egg and buttermilk, then oil. Meanwhile, have 2 tablespoons oil heating in an iron skillet in hot (475 degree) oven. When skillet is HOT, pout batter into skillet and bake about 15-20 min.


    3. Cliff's Cornbread Dressing Louisiana style

    1 recipe Mom's Cornbread
    Giblets from turkey
    1/2 lb. ground meat
    4 stems celery
    1/2 large onion
    2 cloves garlic
    2 Tbsp. celery leaves, chopped
    1 tsp. Tony's seasoning
    3/4 tsp. salt
    2 tsp. poultry seasoning
    1/2 tsp. sage
    1/2 tsp. thyme
    1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
    3/4 tsp. black pepper

    Boil giblets until tender. Chop. If desired, also cook neck and remove meat. chop. Save broth. Saute onion, celery and garlic lightly. Add ground meat and brown. Drain. Crumble cornbread coursely into a large bowl. Add meat mixture and seasonings..Pour one cup of broth into mixture and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add more broth and stir until large clumps break up. Consistency should be slightly mushy but with some lumps of cornbread left. There should be enough moisture to hold mixture together. Stuff bird or put in 13x9 pan and bake at 400 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes watching edges to avoid burning..

    So there you go..hope these help. I usually make the first version, since I'm not much on meat and certainly not giblets and necks!
     
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    I say if you love something that much, it doesn't hurt to indulge every now and then..and by the way, I'll take full responsibility since I started the whole thing with that avatar..
     
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    yeah, I'll tatoo your name on my pumpkin pie a$$!!! :D
     
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    and PS- I think I will be using one of your dressing recipes! YUM!
     
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    :funn: :floor: :lolabove: :rolling: :funn:

    hope you enjoy the dressing!
     
  16. Jdarg

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    The dressing will be on the other cheek. I will be easy to spot at the beach.
     
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    Johnrudy: Just two more posts for you and four for me, and we'll become Beach Nuts! :lol:
     
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    Dang- I'm gonna miss y'all turning into nuts!

    Hitting the rack-- night y'all!
     
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