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.
December 7, 2011 From perfect pie crusts to poached salmon, Christopher Kimball and Bridget Lancaster share cooking tips and secret shortcuts from America's Test Kitchen. The biggest challenge is getting home chefs to faithfully follow recipes, Kimball says: "They will substitute ingredients with great abandon."
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.
November 23, 2011 Menudo consists of tripe and hominy in a spicy red chile broth and is a tradition during the Christmas season among Mexicans. Monica Bencomo says that when you grow up with it, it's one of the best comfort foods.
November 23, 2011 As an Italian-American, Amy Santoriello's celebrates Christmas Eve with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Since her grandmother's death, she has taken over cooking the holiday meal. Preparing this meal reminds her that she is connected to many women who have handed the tradition down.
November 23, 2011 Linda Mueller's family doesn't know the correct spelling of this dish because her Grandma never wrote it on paper. Muldoshin is how it is pronounced phonetically. It is an egg pastry filled with apple slices and honey, rolled up and baked.
November 23, 2011 Americans' favorite way to eat leftover Thanksgiving turkey is in a sandwich the next day. But this time, think outside the bread: Try tucking turkey into quinoa salad, quesadillas or an egg scramble. Cranberries and mashed potatoes get a second life, too.
November 22, 2011 Every Christmas Eve Emily Farthing's grandmother pulls an old cast iron aebleskiver pan and fills the whole house with the smell of these Scandinavian pancakes. Her family eats them for dinner, and the taste, she says, reminds her of the anticipation of Christmas morning.
November 22, 2011 Orange glaze is just one reason this dish is beloved in Lisa Comforty's family. Her mother discovered sweet potato fluff in 1954 when she 23 and determined to cook her way out of her immigrant neighborhood. Sweet potato fluff was new and American. It was subversive — and delicious.
November 22, 2011 Pickled peaches are a traditional holiday dish in Kristen Burkholder's family. It's served at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Sweet, spicy and tart all at once, the dish goes with both turkey and roast beef, she says.
November 22, 2011 Gruetze is like scrapple but without the cornmeal. Made of pork, liver and barley, it's fried until crispy. This recipe was passed down by Bonnie Fullerton's German family. She says her father would pick the meat from a cooked hog's head for the holiday gruetze.
November 22, 2011 Shab-e-Yalda, the night of the winter solstice, is a celebration for Iranians. Traditional peasant food is perfect for winter. Abgoosht, a lamb and vegetable stew simmered for hours, first becomes delicious broth, and for the next course, a dip for fresh bread.
November 22, 2011 Molly D'Esopo's grandmother, Ethel Grace Burgan, died at 96 in April. She presided over a large and gregarious Irish-American family. This Thanksgiving, they will miss her terribly, D'Esopo says, and will savor every bit of her famous stuffing ball dish at the meal.