Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Creating New Traditions

Stephanie

I tend to be somewhat of a non-conformist when it comes to holiday tradition. Take Thanksgiving for example. I do not eat meat, watch football, or have family members that gather on that day. So I kind of see it as a double holiday, in that I can just do my own thing. But sometimes, without realizing it, I create new traditions of my own. My holiday meal consisted of tasty corn fritters and grilled cheese sandwiches. But not just any grilled cheese sandwich. As I am a kamikaze cook, I use whatever is on hand to make something tasty.

First I spread some spicy brown mustard on the inside of some whole grain bread. then laid in some American cheese, then some slices of leftover canned mushrooms topped by slices of pepper jack cheese. Buttered the outside, grilled until brown. They were fantastic! I have already made them a second time – just as tasty as the first.

Having written all this down in my journal, I immortalized my 2010 Thanksgiving meal. And should I refer back to and cook that same meal in 2011, then I will have created a new holiday tradition in the Smith household. Because after all, what is tradition but an action repeated with intent?

What holiday traditions have you created? I would love to hear about them.

Mandala image above by Biffybeans © All Rights Reserved


8 thoughts on “Creating New Traditions

  1. I love this post :).

    I love making new traditions, especially because some old traditions can be unhealthy, you know? I’ll take a grilled cheese Thanksgiving any day :)

    That sandwich sounds delicious– I actually make a similar version myself! I began making it when I was farming a few summers ago:

    I sautee onions and mushrooms until the onions are clear and the mushrooms are golden. Then I spread mustard thinly on two slices of bread, pile on the sautee’d mixture, add a slice of pepperjack, and grill the sandwich on the pan (which still has all the yummy juices from sauteeing). It’s super good and sounds a lot like yours!

    (Recipe Share Time!)

  2. I love this post :).

    I love making new traditions, especially because some old traditions can be unhealthy, you know? I’ll take a grilled cheese Thanksgiving any day :)

    That sandwich sounds delicious– I actually make a similar version myself! I began making it when I was farming a few summers ago:

    I sautee onions and mushrooms until the onions are clear and the mushrooms are golden. Then I spread mustard thinly on two slices of bread, pile on the sautee’d mixture, add a slice of pepperjack, and grill the sandwich on the pan (which still has all the yummy juices from sauteeing). It’s super good and sounds a lot like yours!

    (Recipe Share Time!)

  3. My son and I are both vegetarians and I’ve experimented with different dishes, but we’ve always had the tomato pea casserole my grandmother made at holidays. The main dish has pretty much gotten locked in as tetrazzini, since that’s my son’s favorite. I make a mean cheesecake cookie that was requested for years at Thanksgiving potlucks, so that’s gotten pegged as a have to have. Other than that, Thanksgiving is just a day when my son and I are both off at the same time, so he can come out for a couple of days to be in the woods. This year he cooked for me. I think I want to lock that in for all future Thanksgivings!!

  4. My son and I are both vegetarians and I’ve experimented with different dishes, but we’ve always had the tomato pea casserole my grandmother made at holidays. The main dish has pretty much gotten locked in as tetrazzini, since that’s my son’s favorite. I make a mean cheesecake cookie that was requested for years at Thanksgiving potlucks, so that’s gotten pegged as a have to have. Other than that, Thanksgiving is just a day when my son and I are both off at the same time, so he can come out for a couple of days to be in the woods. This year he cooked for me. I think I want to lock that in for all future Thanksgivings!!

  5. After the Thanksgiving meal, and brief rest my family likes to put up the Christmas tree. This tradition in my family goes back at least to my grandmother.

  6. After the Thanksgiving meal, and brief rest my family likes to put up the Christmas tree. This tradition in my family goes back at least to my grandmother.

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