January 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 15, 2011 WFAEEvery 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.
December 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.
December 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.
December 8, 2011 Growing up in Georgia-lina, Amy Morgan ate this dish all the time. Now that she's in the D.C. area, far from family, she likes to make it with her husband when they aren't able to go "home" for the holidays. "It's like whipping up a little plateful of home," she says.
November 24, 2011 Each fall when it turns cold, a candy maker in Rome, N.Y., kicks into production on a confection known as turkey joints. And each year as Christmas approaches, Rachel Ward of WXXI receives a jar of these bone-shaped candies in her shoe from her mother-in-law.
November 23, 2011 Tarney Sheldon's grandmother's dish looks gelatinous and gooey but the secret is, she says, that it's the most delicious, addictive, creamy, crabby concoction. She remembers that her family would stand around the appetizer table like a flock of vultures after the Thanksgiving dish was set out.