What’s on your Holiday Menu?

By: Tara

Turkey! Turkey! Turkey!   The big Thanksgiving feast is over and now we begin planning the next holiday meal.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, or simply Family, it is time to start preparing.  Growing up, we would have either a turkey or a honey cured ham, usually covered with cloves.  It was almost a replay of Thanksgiving dinner.   So now I ask, what about trying something different?

While living on Staten Island, N.Y. in the early 2000s, a dear friend invited my family to Christmas dinner. A true Italian spread of lasagna, ziti, rice balls, breads and much more, were served to the large group of family and friends gathered around the table.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed learning more about their Italian traditions during the holiday season.

A few years ago, my family decided to honor our ancestry by preparing a Polish themed dinner.  Everyone contributed to the holiday feast by making pierogi, cabbage rolls and other traditional dishes. Family members enjoyed trying something different and expressed interest in exploring other cultures at future gatherings.

I think this year I would like to try my hand at Prime Rib with a rich gravy, roasted potatoes, sweet potatoes, sweetened carrots, steamed green beans, tossed salad and maybe a buttery yeast roll.  Whether you decide on an Italian spread or turkey, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Prime Rib Recipes:

*Garlic Crusted Prime Rib

*Martha Stewart Prime Rib 101