Monday, November 26, 2012




“My elves make goose liver with Tokaji — sweet Hungarian wine. It complements the liver’s saltiness.”

To celebrate Thanksgiving, I walked around Brooklyn and asked people to discuss family recipes.


Jaime & Chad

Jaime: “Each year my cousins and I had a contest to see who could eat the most potato soufflé. It’s a popular southern dish. The first time I prepared Thanksgiving, my aunt gave me this recipe.”


Richard & Todd

Richard: “I’ve got an apple pie recipe that nobody knows. Frank Sinatra used to eat my pies.”



“In Bhutan we fix dried beef with red chilies. You hang the beef strips outdoors. After one month, you cook them. My family adds spring onion and radish.”



“Our turkey is messed up because we have an electric stove. Gas works better.”


Colleen & Dwight

Colleen: “Dwight bakes Norwegian bread called lefse. We put cinnamon sugar on top. It’s like tortillas.”

Sarah & Wilson

Sarah: “My dad moved to Australia, so I associate holidays with summer. He makes a meringue pie called pavlova in honor of the Russian ballerina. Australians and New Zealanders still argue about who invented it.”


Jenelle & Langston

Jenelle: “Before turning vegetarian, I fixed chicken casseroles known as Doris. An old woman named Doris created the recipe.”



“Friends and I change apples into turkeys. The apple is the body. Marshmallows and cranberries are the tail. An olive’s the head.”


Jordan & BK

BK: “I don’t go by books. I cook from the heart. If it tastes good, serve it. If not, toss it.”


Daniel & Caitlin

Caitlin: “We have no traditions.”

Daniel: “We’re gypsies.”



“Americans disrespect tradition. I make 100-year-old margherita pizzas named after Queen Margherita. I’ll never put sugar in sauce or use cheap ingredients. This parmesan costs $900.”


Michael & Bubba

“My wife does a sweet potato with maple syrup and pineapple. Her matzah ball is another secret, though I hear she substitutes seltzer for water so they’re light.”



“My wife’s borscht makes the whole house smell like borscht.”



“My dad’s fruit bread is legendary.”



“Each Thanksgiving someone brings old-fashioned coconut cake. You chop real coconuts; you add butter. Since I was four I’ve sampled the batter.”



“Panama makes the best tamales. My great-grandmother boiled them in plantain leaves. She’d grind her own corn.”


Marc & Sophie

Marc: “Grandma baked rolls — crust on the outside, soft inside. My mom makes them now.”



“Just this week I started assembling family recipes, none of which had been written down. My absolute favorite is aunt Connie’s coleslaw. She shreds cabbage on cheese graters. It’s dusted with paprika. It’s delicious confetti.”

Previously: Jokes.

Jon Cotner has made other holiday-themed slideshows with Claire Hamilton. He's coauthor of Ten Walks/Two Talks, and can be found here.

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I have to move out of my Fort Greene apartment next weekend and all these pictures are making me a little misty eyed!


@emilies That makes me misty-eyed, as next weekend is the 3rd anniversary of when I had to move out of Fort Greene (sniff, still!)


@thisisunclear it's just SO EXPENSIVE now. *sad face*

Lisa Frank

@emilies Joining in the the chorus of Fort Greene love. It's the best Brooklyn neighborhood or at least it was when I lived there from '06-'08.


@emilies et al - Come to Bed Stuy! We're friendly here, and it's still pretty cheap.


I like that Michael attributes his knowledge of his wife's matzah-ball recipe to hearsay.


@nonvolleyball I want to eat with them. And Bubba!


@SarahP I have a soft spot for any border collie I see.

/my border collie just turned 17, which is so old it's comical. She's the best dog.


@nonvolleyball Did it evoke DeNiro (I heard tings!) for anyone else?


$900 parmesan!!! I was so incredulous that I googled it. And whaddya know, turns out that Whole Foods sells a $900 wheel of parmesan. You learn something new every day.


@werewolfbarmitzvah Whole foods WOULD.


@werewolfbarmitzvah i think it was the cheese in the pic


@werewolfbarmitzvah Considering that wheel of parmesan in the picture probably weighs like 90 pounds, $10/pound for good parmesan is pretty reasonable.


@werewolfbarmitzvah Yeah, my local Giant Eagle (regular, aspires-to-be-Whole-Foods suburban grocery) regularly stocks half-wheels of Parmesan for $450. I'm guessing that's only okay Parmesan.

I'm also gonna guess that Aleko's oven doesn't get NEARLY hot enough for a real Margherita, but I'm probably just grumpy and sniping, since his talking-up of okay Parmesan has made me cross.


@catsuperhero Ohio!


@lovelettersinhell Yes! Near Cleveland.

Roxanne Rholes

What I wouldn't give to be able to say "Frank Sinatra used to eat my pies.”


@Roxanne Rholes pie* ;)

Roxanne Rholes

@PDubs I guess SOMEONE had to go there, right? Haha.


@Roxanne Rholes Yeah, I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.

Roxanne Rholes

@PDubs You're not sorry, and neither am I!


I aspire to BK levels of cooking.

Judith Slutler

@OhMarie All my food is basically that kind of food, but I'm too cheap to toss it if it doesn't quite work!


I adore this.

"Family recipe" can mean so many different things--I always think of it as being something ancient, passed down through the ages, but that's really not the case for my personal family recipes. I always make latkes the way my dad makes them, but he uses a recipe he got from the newspaper once--not something passed down through the generations. I use my mom's banana bread recipe which is from a cookbook. I don't know if I even have any recipes from further back than that--my mom and I made my grandma's shortbread cookies, called "pugatchas," once but they weren't as good as my grandma's.

Daisy Razor

@thenotestaken My family's fudge recipe comes from the back of the Fluff jar, but I have so many memories associated with it that it makes no difference that it doesn't go back generations. And we don't have to worry about losing the recipe!

My favorite is the time my dad made a 3 pound batch and sent it to me at college with the note "Go make some friends with this."


@thenotestaken My "aunt" Ascuncion was a legendary cookie-baker, but every time we try one of her recipes it comes out wrong. Dad thinks she deliberately left out key ingredients to screw any imitators over.


@anachronistique My grandmother had a friend who was a legendary baker. I know for a fact that she left ingredients out on purpose. Watching her bake and then reading the recipe were two completely different experiences.


@anachronistique I have an Afghani friend who came over to show me how to make traditional Afghani dishes. But his recipes were all rough approximations of his family recipes because his mom doesn't want him learning them out of fear that he won't "need" her anymore or come home as often. He says when he asks her to send him the recipes she'll change them like your aunt does, and when he tries to cook with her so he can learn she'll send him to fetch something and secretly add spices while he's gone, that sort of thing. His versions still came out delicious, though!

fruiting body

@thenotestaken Yeah, I have a few family recipes that are just off the back of the packet - brownies, for example. Any recipes from further back than that are usually a collaborative effort between my mom and I trying to think of ways that may grandma probably did things.


@fruiting body Sometimes people are just magical! My mother's brownie recipe is off the back of a chocolate chip bag, but no one is ever able to make the recipe as tastily as she does.

Roxanne Rholes

@Daisy Razor I used to work at a North End bakery, and we used the pumpkin pie recipe from the back of the Libby's can...we could never figure out how to possibly improve on it!


@anachronistique I thought my grandma did this, but it turns out she thinks she is making something by the recipe while completely ignoring it. She showed me the recipe for her dressing once and when I went through the ingredients she had changed all of them, like 6 eggs instead of 2 changes.


@Roxanne Rholes Me too! The only difference is that I use finely grated fresh ginger. It's tops.

...Which North End Bakery, may I ask?


@thenotestaken The closest thing we have to a family recipe is Very Strong Feelings about the inclusion of raisins in stuffing (we are pro-raisin, which has proven to be a contraversial position among SOs and other non-family attendees).


@SarahP I have had many people compliment me on my ~*~amazing~*~ chocolate chip cookies when it's the Toll House recipe. (Cool the cookies on wire racks, use good vanilla, stir with a wooden spoon and stop when your arm gets tired. That's about all I bring to the recipe.)

@thenotestaken Unfortunately Ascuncion passed away when I was little, so we're going off my dad's taste memories at this point. Maybe your friend should set up spy cameras or something!

@professionalmess That is also a distinct possibility. I'll have to experiment.

Judith Slutler

@thenotestaken My family has cinammon twists that come from my great-grandma, a Czech immigrant to the US who has Rosie-the-Riveter-esque arm muscles in all the old pictures of her, and raised 11 kids (some from her first marriage, some from her second after her first husband died and her pastor in North Dakota married her off to my g-grandpa, a widower in Montana whom she had never met, some from my g-grandpa's first marriage) on a Montana homestead in the middle of fucking nowhere.

Apparently my mom and my aunt followed her around the kitchen trying to figure out the recipe, but she was constantly doing things like measuring out ingredients using half an eggshell and adding an extra splash of milk or dash of flour because "the texture". So today all we have is a rough approximation of the deliciousness that my grandparents and parents remember!


@Roxanne Rholes
That is a great one!
I'm an even bigger fan of an old-school recipe that calls for molasses... and is printed on the side of those New England "One Pie" pumpkin cans. :)


@thenotestaken I think it can also be the particular way your family does basics. Like, my Mum's mac & cheese, clearly superior to all others.


@anachronistique Same thing happens with me and my Toll House cookies! The wooden spoon really is the key. I also sometimes put the butter in the microwave to soften it (scandalous!), but it always works out really well.

Daisy Razor

@harebell Yes! My mother's squash pie recipe comes from the back of the One Pie can. I made squash pie from scratch last year and it was delicious, but it wasn't better than the One Pie recipe!

@anachronistique Mom & now I get insane compliments on the fudge too, and we try to accept them gracefully, but we really want to be like, "It is literally called Never Fail Fudge. You should really be thanking the Fluff Kitchens for coming up with such a perfect recipe."


@Daisy Razor My dad just found out yesterday that my mother's fudge recipe also came straight off the back of the marshmallow fluff jar. As he's apparently been craving said fudge since they split up 12 years ago, he was *thrilled* to find out that I too know the arcane ways of the fluff jar and can make him a batch of peanut butter fudge. So, hey, whatever works on the compliments front.

Unfortunately, now he's hoping I can duplicate his mother's peanut butter pinwheels recipe... which I've never had and probably didn't come off the back of a marshmallow jar, so the compliments can backfire.


@thenotestaken My dad makes a special pancake on Christmas morning in a cast iron skillet; he's done it since I was about 5 or 6 years old. It's the only thing he cooks all year. A few years ago I was in the kitchen while he made it and watched him pull out a 25 year old newspaper clipping from my mom's recipe box. I thought it was a family recipe! Good trick, dad.


@Emmanuelle Cunt Ahhhh, my Great Grandmother was also a Czech immigrant, and it's the same deal with her recipes in that it's all based on feel and texture--she never measured anything out for real. Luckily my grandmother managed to learn the recipes and then taught my mother (who has taught me), but it still bothers me that I can't really pin down exact measurements. My favorite is a stuffing called Nadivfka (pronounced something like NAHD-jef-kah), which has a cracker base and tons of glorious garlick.

I also worked my ass off at a bakery for a while recently where I live now and learned how to make "World" breads (babka, brioche, etc). But I was super excited to learn how to make Kolache and Kolachki! SO DELICIOUS. My polish grandfather used to mention them, too, so I'm hoping to make those for him when I go home for Christmas. BUT!!!, the point of that was mainly that I wonder if your grandmother used a Babka dough for her cinnamon twists?? Were they a bread? If so, I'd be happy to send you a recipe to try out for the base bread, although I'm not sure what to tell you about the filling (we made chocolate babka twists in the bakery)....


@SarahP My mom is similarly magical! Her chocolate chip cookies are always a MILLION times better than mine. I used to think it was our oven but then one time she made them while on vacation and they still were significantly more amazing than any cookies I've made, so. Magic.


@anachronistique we use this recipe too! amazing cookies!

baked bean

@Daisy Razor I feel like it makes sense that the back of packages have good recipes. They probably paid quite a few people to do countless hours/days/years of tiring work figuring out the Perfect Recipe.

My mom does the Toll House recipe but uses all brown sugar and no white sugar. I believe that tops the Toll House Recipe. They end up more carmelly and chewy. She actually uses just brown sugar in a lot of baking recipes, especially cookies. White sugar is just inferior!

superfluous consonants

@baked bean wait, does she just add the amount of white sugar called for as brown sugar (2 cups white sugar becomes 2 cups brown sugar), or do some kind of math magic?


@thenotestaken I use the tollhouse recipe, but I use cake flour because I like my chocolate chip cookies soft and puffy. This is not a family secret, I learned it from Alton Brown, who taught me all about chocolate chip cookie modifications here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MYuXRaW0B0

baked bean

@superfluous consonants Yeah idk how much of each it calls for, but say it calls for 1 cup brown sugar 1 cup white. She'll do no white sugar and 2 cups of brown sugar.


I always love these slideshows, and this one is no exception. <3 u, traditions from all over the world.
My mom made her mom's old recipe for stuffing this Thanksgiving. It's got sausage and egg in it, and it's delicious. The thing I really think of as an old family recipe though is Huckle Buckle- coffee cake with lots of blueberries in it. My mom gave me the last slice when I left yesterday.


I don't know if it's just my mood this morning, but Daniel and Caitlin are really annoying me. What, too cool for traditions?

Edith Zimmerman

@dtowngirl They're just doing their own thing!

Hot Doom

@dtowngirl Right? Last time I checked, 'gypsies' have traditions too.

RK Fire

@dtowngirl: I was kind of hoping that the joke would be on us and that they are actually Romani, but I think that is unlikely.


@dtowngirl Can't you tell that they are totally gypsies? Traditionally, gypsies don't have traditions.


@dtowngirl I'm glad I'm not the only one who kind of wanted to punch Daniel.


yes. wtf?


@dtowngirl Not alone. Wankers!


@dtowngirl AHHHHH, yes! I am glad I am not the only one who gets stabby feelings over the casual use of "gypsy," and was particularly miffed in this context. Call yourselves nomads, or iconoclasts, or whatever, which are terms that do not have a specific (derogatory!) ethnic associations to a traditionally persecuted group of people!


@Cavendish Yeah, Caitlin might be fine but Daniel is a real pain in the ass.


@Elsajeni No dude, I think they both just suck. A lot.


@stonefruit Yeah. They both look so smug.

maybe partying will help

The only notable thing anyone in my family does re Thanksgiving food is that my aunt puts chocolate chips in the bottom of her pecan pie. A very good decision.


@maybe partying will help Whoa. WHOA.

maybe partying will help


Seriously last year I was like, Ok Aunt M, I'm out of state now so I need to be able to make your pecan pie! and she was like, Oh it's just the one on the karo syrup bottle except put mini chocolate chips in the bottom before the filling.



@maybe partying will help Now that I know this, I CAN NEVER GO BACK.


@maybe partying will help I wanted to put chocolate in m first ever pecan pie this year, but my boyfriend thought it was weird. I'm still really sad about it.

maybe partying will help


I am in favor of it, although I imagine it might be too sweet for some folks.

maybe partying will help


this Thanksgiving Pistol Packin' Mama gave me a sweet potato recipe so amazing that I will make it until I die, and when I die I hope someone makes a dish of it and buries it with me so I can eat it in the afterlife.*

*not hyperbole

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@maybe partying will help Throw some bourbon in there and you've got a proper Texas dessert (and by Texas I mean awesome).


@maybe partying will help I make a pecan pie that has bittersweet chocolate in the bottom -- since the chocolate isn't that sweet, it cuts some of the super sweetness of the pecan pie filling. And yes, add some bourbon.

Lush Life

@maybe partying will help The Magnolia Grill in New Orleans used to* have two kinds of pecan pie: with or without chocolate chips. And when one orders WITH (because, duh) and "warmed", that piece of pie is placed on a hot, buttered flat-top until the chocolate gets melty. And it is heavenly.

* Since the restaurant closed, re-opened and moved, I do not know if this is still true. But in my dreams it is.

Emily R. Murrow

@maybe partying will help What is this recipe?! I've made one from cooks illustrated and one with coriander from joy the baker this season and like BOTH. 3rd pie to rule them all?


@Emily R. Murrow and in the darkness (that is good chocolate) bind them?


*rolls eyes at Aleko*


@Slutface Aleko is probably rolling his eyes at Daniel and Caitlin.


@SarahP Everyone's rolling their eyes at Georgina. What the what, lady. You don't have to manic pixie everything and your turkey is just an edible scrap heap.

Ham Snadwich

@Slutface - I have such respect for tradition I don't even make pizza, because the tomato is a New World product.


@Slutface I think maybe Georgina is a kid? But everyone looks like a kid to me, get off my lawn, etc.

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@Inkling Georgina looks like she's posing for the Sartorialist guy.

oh! valencia

@Inkling I think she's cute! You guys are so eye-rolly this morning.


@cinnamonskin I am not trying to be mean or snarky when I say this, but I honestly thought maybe Georgina was special needs.



Ham Snadwich

@hopelessshade - Historical side note, Queen Margherita was a fascist sympathizer who married her first cousin.



@Ham Snadwich Dude if you can find a European royalty who didn't marry a cousin or wasn't a fascist, I will happily eat whatever Neapolitan pizza gets named after them.

Ham Snadwich

@hopelessshade - That's why you should try my Gaetano Bresci hoagie.

Ham Snadwich

My eyes cannot roll hard enough at you, pizza man.


Thanksgiving and/or Christmas is not complete without our family tortellini soup. We hand make the tortellini based on my Mom’s family (early 20th century) recipe. It’s got Mortadella, pork, parm and nutmeg and although the filling looks nasty, these little treats are so awesome in a big bowl of chicken broth with grated parm. We finally stopped making the homemade pasta a few years ago and have been using wanton wrappers to cut down on time.

fondue with cheddar

@kokeefeish Um...can I eat at your house for Christmas?

Blackwatch Plaid

@kokeefeish I don't normally correct people's spelling, but I have to in this case because the wanton/wonton confusion is my favorite and makes everything so unintentionally sexual. The soup sounds great though!


@Blackwatch Plaid - let's start a band called Wanton Soup ;)

Blackwatch Plaid

@kokeefeish I actually really like that.

fondue with cheddar

@iceberg Or a restaurant called Wonton Lust.

Actually, I would be surprised if both of these didn't already exist.


Kinda wanna know where the $900 parmesean pizza place is.

Also, I am super delighted that there is an actual human being named Sandor.

Miss Maszkerádi

@Megano! Sándor is just Hungarian for Alexander...there are many many people named that. Perhaps not, however, many with enough Tokaji just lying around that they can use it as COOKING WINE.


@Countess Maritza Not just cases of Tokaji, but ELVES to do the cooking! This Sandor clearly is magical.


@Megano! it's south brooklyn pizza in carroll gardens! it's good pizza. alex ('aleko') flirts with anything that looks like it might be alive.

RK Fire

All of my family gatherings growing up involved spring rolls. Thanksgiving? Spring rolls. Christmas? Spring rolls. Tet? You bet your ass there are spring rolls. Visiting because it's been awhile? Spring rolls.

The past few years I've been spending the holidays proper with my in-laws since my immediate family moved away and I'm not terribly close to my extended family, and I'm finally realizing at age 28 that it is time to woman up and develop my own goddamn spring roll recipe. My mom is going to walk me through hers when I visit her in a few weeks.


@RK Fire our cobbled-together australian thanksgiving was not complete without my auntie's char kuey teow (ugh probably not ho you spell that) - and Aussie Christmas always involves a bunch of peel & eat prawns (shrimp). Although my granny always insisted on Christmas pudding that no one ever ate. Sometimes it's an improvement to change things up.


@iceberg PRAWNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll just be over here by the pool with my full kilo of them, please and thank you.

I love how crazy weird and multicultural Christmas gets here - my cousin married a girl from South Africa and after 1 year, it suddenly wasn't Christmas without their South African glazed ham and their special family recipe meringues.

Mr TARDIStime's family is Dutch and I really love their Christmas/Easter traditions, too, seeing as how my immediate family have none to speak of, except visiting my Grandparents at the cemetery and leaving flowers for them (not as depressing as it sounds - it's actually quite special for me).


@TARDIStime not eating prawns regularly = the worst part of marrying a vegetarian. Glazed ham sounds goooood. I think that's the strength of on-the-ground Aussie culture - folding everyone's awesomeness into our own. Wait that kinda makes us sound like the Borg...

Tuna Surprise

Enmanuel knows where it's at. Gas stoves 4eva!

Ham Snadwich

@Tuna Surprise - Gas ranges, electric ovens.


@Tuna Surprise riiiiiiiiiight?!?!

I was so, so excited that I managed to get approved for an affordable apartment for Mr TARDIStime and myself and that it had a Gas Stove (electric stove was something I had almost made my peace with for a new, cheap apartment)!

@Ham Snadwich - we have the magic combo you mention, too! Total win!

Faintly Macabre

@Tuna Surprise Yeah, I feel like Enmanuel and I could have a good long talk about the superiority of gas stoves. After two months of solely crappy ceramic/electric (I don't know what they are but I hate them) stoves, I am ready to buy a camping stove just to have a real fire!

Ham Snadwich

@Tuna Surprise - I think electrics get a bad rap partly because there's a lot of shitty ones out there, and they're the go to choice for cheapskate landlords. Electric ovens are generally pretty great, and induction cooktops are like magic (no heating element, only the bottom of the pan gets hot, much more efficient than gas).


@Ham Snadwich Agreed. We just bought a really nice electric stove with induction cooktop and it is terrific. I had to rescind all my whiny comments about cooking with electric.

Miss Maszkerádi

Argh, gypsies have traditions. What they mean to say is they're living a Bohemian lifestyle. Wait, problematic, they have traditions in Bohemia too.... *ends snark before embarrasses self*


Todd: Call me!

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@Leanne Right? Todd is looking RIGHT INTO MY EYES.


My dad made a hobby of comparing, analyzing, and combining different recipes until he came out with, like, the best chocolate chip cookies of them all. I think the only "secret to baking" is having a good understanding of what specific ingredients actually do for the texture and flavor of the finished product.

Sidenote: All I want for Christmas is Jordan and/or Marc. Nom.

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@Inkling Cooking science!


Emanuel is already too cool for school. And Daniel, y u gotta culturally appropriate and be all racist like dat?!


Pavlova! *sniff* Meringue outside, delicious fluffy goo inside, kiwi fruit and strawberries on top!

Also, Daniel & Caitlin, I do not believe you are gypsies. I think the word you are looking for is "pretentious"

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@iceberg When they do celebrate holidays, they do so "ironically".


@iceberg The Pavlova! You and I speak the same language!

Except (and I know this is sacrilege but I'm lactose intolerant) for the cream. My use for the cream is to take that can of whip and spray it at whatever children are between me and the Pavlova.


@TARDIStime Eh I'm not attached to the cream either. The important part is the meringue. Yeah, I am an Aussie, although I am living in the US now!

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@iceberg I've never had pavlova but it sounds amazing. Meringue!

I'm not a cream fan either, not because of lactose intolerance (even though I am slightly) but because the slipperiness skeeves me out.

Ham Snadwich

Also, Sarah and Wilson have a dope bike.


I love these so much. Our tradition is to take everyone else's turkey carcasses and make gumbo. My brother smoked 11 turkeys this weekend to add to more gumbo. Gumbo. Gumboooooo. All the time, from now until infinity. Thanksgiving also included a regular turkey, a fried turkey, and wild boar.

Also, my next door neighbor gave me 12 ducks, since hunting season just opened. What's up, New Orleans at the holidays.


@cinnamonskin can i come to yours next year? all the meats!

RK Fire

@cinnamonskin: Wild boar? WILD BOAR??


Lush Life

@cinnamonskin GUMBO PARTY!! (I am so absolutely kidding.)


@cinnamonskin Ohmygod, that sounds amazing. All of that, I want all of that in my mouth right now.



@RK Fire There's a pretty delicious wild boar salami at Murray's Cheese, on the off chance that you want some meats without creepily stealing cinnamonskin's food!


@RK Fire the wild boar actually tear up the levees, so people are encouraged to hunt them. I'm too much of a sissy to hunt, but I sure will eat it.


@iceberg everyone to the bayou for next holiday! No one will notice a few more loud, smart ladies.


@PatatasBravas I would gladly trade some Louisiana meats for Murray's Cheese delights. I need a pen pal, only for food. Wild boar is so darn delicious.


@Lush Life OMGUMBO.

Also, if all the meats are grossing everyone out, Maque Choux (mock-shoe) is vegetarian, easy to make and involves zero guns. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maque_choux

Dorian Gray

Our only "tradition' is at every festive family meal, my Nanna makes rubbery Yorkshire puddings that may or may not have bits of teflon stuck to the bottom. She will alert you to this fact after you have eaten half of one and then proclaim "oh it's just a bit of me pan - no bother."


@Dorian Gray I love/hate Yorkshire pudding! We also have this at Christmas, with some kind of meat in it? Or just cooked near it...I'm not totally clear on what Yorkshire pudding is, actually.

ETA: I googled it, and I was sort of right! It's traditionally made in the pan that the roast beef was cooked in, incorporating the drippings. My "with, or near," theory wasn't actually that far off!

oh! valencia

Lefse! I need to get my mom to make me some. She makes amazing borscht, too. Brb calling Mama.

oh! valencia

And I want to know more about the chicken casserole called Doris. Does Jenelle get invited to potlucks and just say, "oh, yeah, I'll bring Doris"?? that's mad weird. But funny.


LEFSE! Aw, holler at my Minnesotans.

Only so many of these could go by before you guys finally featured a person I once dated. Because like many above, I've been in Brooklyn far too long.

My mom makes Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and she tried to make us act civilized while we sit around and mope and stare at each other. Also, everyone wears pajamas all day.


Coconut cake for Thanksgiving! You go, Arthur.


@Bittersweet My Granny always made coconut cake for every birthday and major holiday. Now I'm missing her.


YES! I was so disappointed over the weekend when I realized there had not been one of these, I thought "But, its a holiday!" Way to come through Hairpin.


If that last sentence was not sarcastic, I +1 this heartily!


where is claire?


Really wanted to know who the little furry cuteness with Kristina was. I will call him/her Artee.


I want to have some of Arthur's coconut cake. Coconut cake with fresh coconut is the best! Sadly, I come from an anti-coconut family, so I can never have it.

honey cowl

I wonder if Daniel & Caitlin have Lived Internationally too.




@someofmybestfriends Yeahhhh, I was a little put off by that. Especially considering the opposite is basically true and Gypsy/Romany culture is steeped in tradition.... :/


@someofmybestfriends Yeah...I thought that too...I think they're more thinking of themselves as nomads/wanderers, though. And so they don't stick to the traditions of any one place? I might be reaching, but I think they just used an incorrect term. (And unfortunately caused some shudders.)


My family just eats shrimp all the damn time. One Christmas I went home and we had shrimp scampi, shrimp alfredo, and low country boil. That was one meal, one day. Later the Louisiana contingent showed up with a cooler full of frozen seafood gumbo and shrimp stew. Some straight up Bubba-from-Forrest-Gump bullshit, and I love it.

baked bean

@BattyRabbit That sounds like my dream.


@BattyRabbit yeah that's basically heaven. although i don't need anything done to my shrimp except cooked just a little bit and with a squeeze of lemon juice.


* in a lettuce leaf. Or is that just me?


I LOVE THIS SERIES. Only all-caps can express my enthusiasm for them. I honestly try to cut down on the eye-rolling when I read them, because they're otherwise so...I don't know, life-affirming? Everybody just seems so kind and pleasant and I want to meet all of them. Especially hot-dad Marc and delicious tyrant Aleko.

Except you, Georgina. Olives stuck into an apple? What the fuck is wrong with you, girl.

Ham Snadwich



I love these slideshow posts so much. They make every holiday better :).


Before my great grandmother died, my grandmother followed her around the kitchen with a measuring spoon and wrote down how much of each ingredient to use, because my great grandmother liked to use pinches and splashes. I'm not sure how successful it was, but my grandmother makes a great rugelach. She's now put them all on a CD... thank goodness for tech-savvy grandmothers.


First off, I love this series! Secondly, this has made me realize that up until I took over all the holiday cooking, almost all of our Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners involved a lot of packaged food, although really I can't blame my mom for being super busy and also the food has always tasted good anyway.

I know that we have a lot of my great-grandmother's recipes lying around somewhere and I really want to try them out but I am a bit intimidated because she was such an expert at baking and cooking. Either way, I'm still going to type out all of the recipes so that I always have a copy of them.


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...And what finally prompted me was Michael's sardonic face as I imagined him saying, "My wife's borcht makes the whole house smell like borcht"
It literally had me snarfing my lunch at my desk. And now I have a username.


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