Vintage Holiday Meals

Merry Christmas Eve! I hope you’re all finished with your last minute preparations and can enjoy this time with family and friends. 🙂

I arrived in New Jersey yesterday to spend a few days with AJ’s family and the festivities officially begin today. We’ll be here to open gifts tomorrow morning before driving to Pennsylvania to spend a few days with my family.

By the way, what kind of dinner does everyone usually enjoy today? Growing up, our extended family on my Mom’s side always did homemade pierogies (my favorite!) and fish on Christmas Eve. Let me clarify, Long John Silver’s fish. Yep, the fast food super deep fried fish.

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Somehow it just became a thing over the years, and something everyone (or at least all the cousins) started looking forward to. My Dad has some crazy fish pick-up stories to tell, from getting getting locked out of the store to witnessing fish fights that have broken out between angry customers. Ah, traditions 😉  (Also, I think this must be a Northeast PA thing, everyone from outside of the area thinks I’m crazy.)

When I started joining AJ’s family for Christmas Eve, I was a little sad to miss out on our NEPA Polish traditions, but Italians know how to eat, and I always look forward to the Feast of the Seven Fishes.

Tonight’s menu includes:

  • Panko Fried Calamari
  • Maple Glazed Baked Salmon with Creamy Dill
  • Clams Oreganata
  • Oysters
  • Lump Meat Crab Cakes
  • Seared Lemon Butter Scallops over Buttered Orzo
  • Shrimp Cocktail and Fried Shrimp

Speaking of food, this article I recently came across on BuzzFeed made me laugh so much.

20 Truly Horrifying Vintage Holiday Recipes

Allow me to pull out a few of my favorites.

1. Christmas Candle Salad

Vintage Holiday Recipe

Bananas, Cranberry Jell-o, and…Mayo (gag).

2. Frozen Fruitcake Salad

Vintage Holiday Recipe

I literally cannot even begin to imagine the consistency of this “salad”!

3. Vegetable and Tuna Jell-o Wreath

Vintage Holiday Recipe

How about no?

4. Hot Dr. Pepper

Vintage Holiday Recipes

<insert wide-eyed emoji here>

5. This glazed ham

vintage holiday recipes

Seriously what is covering this ham?!

Fortunately I will be spending my week eating much better than whoever thought these recipes were actually edible. Stay tuned for a recap of all the seafood, meats, pierogies (!!), and cookies I will manage to eat.

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