By MJ Ali
October is Let’s Get Cooking! Month here at Co-Op Web, and we’re kicking off the season with recipes and resources for some upcoming holidays you know, and some you might not. Links to histories are in the holiday title, followed by recipe links. Enjoy, and let’s get cooking! (Holidays are listed in order of appearance.)
DIWALI FESTIVAL (27 October)
There are countless delightful expressions of this five-day festival of lights, and below is a link to wonderful recipes created during this time.
HALLOWEEN (31 October)
We could list some healthy food ideas for Halloween, but we’re not crazy. What follows are links to some great ideas for this fun and freaky holiday.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS (31 October – 2 November)
This holiday has variations depending on country, but the primarily Mexican and southwest US celebration is always beautiful.
Pan de Muerto (Mexico In My Kitchen)
This traditional bread recipe is brought to you by Mely Martinez of Mexico In My Kitchen. Check it out, and all the other wonderful (and printable) recipes she has on her site.
EID MILAD UN-NABI (10 November)
This colorful and joyful holiday is celebrated worldwide. After food is distributed to the poor, this holiday is celebrated with different dishes depending on region.
THANKSGIVING (28 November)
Thanksgiving is most popularly known as a day when many US families get together to cook, eat, and watch football. Since turkey became the sacrificial animal somewhere along the way, there’s no shortage of recipes out there. But, since Thanksgiving meal ingredients are not set in stone, as none of them were served during that first celebration, the sky’s the limit in terms of your holiday celebration imagination, and we hope we’ve provided a few links to a different kind of feast.
There are more than a few links for this colossal foodie day:
WINTER SOLSTICE (21 December)
Why not celebrate the shortest day of the year with food? Here are some wonderful recipes to get your Solstice on:
HANUKKAH/CHANUKAH (22 December – 30 December)
You will find many rich and delightful traditional eastern European recipes celebrating this major holiday, so loosen your belt buckles; it’s about to get decadent eight days in a row. Kugel and Latkes and Briskets, Oh, My!
FESTIVUS – The Festival For the Rest of Us (23 December)
America’s favorite made-up holiday has its own menu, a term we use loosely here!
(And if you want to read the origins of this December 23rd holiday, Click here. It’s hysterical.)
festivusweb.com gives us a run-down on official Festivus dishes.
CHRISTMAS (25 December)
Celebrated in so many different ways around the world, here are some traditional and not-so-traditional recipes for Christmas.
KWANZAA (26 December – 1 January)
Closing out the Gregorian calendar year is a holiday rich in tradition and values. Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, then professor and Chair of Black Studies at Cal State, this seven-day celebration engenders community, ethics, and principles represented in the Seven Principles. This spiritual holiday concludes with a feast on the night of the 31st of December. Here are some traditional recipe sites:
As you cook your way through this holiday season, remember this Julia Child quote:
“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure.
In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”