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. ūüôā

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 ūüėČ ¬†(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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