It’s Coastal Holiday Time
All over the world people are readying themselves for the holidays
and folks living in coastal regions have much to celebrate –
and much to celebrate with. I come from the Chesapeake Bay and our
holiday traditions inevitably include delicious seafood choices.
A buffet – or even dinner table – will include platters
of steamed shrimp, oyster stew, and crabmeat stuffed rockfish.
Of one the Chesapeake’s favorite seafood holiday traditions
are crab dips. They come in all shapes and sizes but my personal
pick is Jo Jo’s Curried Crab
Dip. This curry-infused dip studded with plumped currants and
enriched with coconut milk, will enliven any party.
Stuffed Turkey is always big on the holiday entertaining list. I purchase
a free-range, organic turkey, or better yet, a free-range Heritage
Turkey. Chesapeake cooks often prepared oyster dressing for turkeys
and a side dish-must-have in Baltimore - is sauerkraut. Baltimore
is one of the sauerkraut capitals of the world. Growing up at our
house, with my grandmother, Gertie Cleary at the helm in the kitchen,
was no exception. During the holiday season there was not one feast
served without a large bowl of steaming kraut. The version I always
love best is Gertie’s Sauerkraut
Another wonderful southern-style side is Green Beans with Country Ham and Sauteed Peanuts.
And for an especially Chesapeake variation on a traditional holiday dessert I enjoy a Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie.
Punch makers are in high gear making hooch-enriched concoctions
– some fruit-based or creamy eggnogs. For those not imbibing
I like to make a Paca House Christmas
Punch. A colonial based recipe, it not only warms the body,
but the aroma of the steeping punch perfumes the whole house.
There’s no end of holiday food, traditions, and party ideas.
But for me the most important aspect of the holidays is to visit
with family and friends, sharing good food & drink and wonderful
Curried Crab Dip >>
Heritage Turkey with Oyster Stuffing>>
Sauerkraut and Apples>>
Green Beans with Country Ham and Sauteed Peanuts>>
Green Tomato Mincemeat Pie>>