Let’s Get (Holiday) Cooking!


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.)


There are countless delightful expressions of this five-day festival of lights, and below is a link to wonderful recipes created during this time.

Diwali Festival recipes

Easy Diwali recipes

Diwali snacks and sweets

14 Diwali recipes

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.

Brit.co’s Freak-Out Halloween Recipes

15 spooky Halloween recipes kids love

Halloween spooky window cookies

100 Halloween recipes

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.

More Día de los Muertos Recipes

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.

Moroccan Assida

Pakistani holiday dishes

Easy Eid recipes from India

Spanish Rafis

Tahini Ginger Chews

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:

Meaty main dishes

Gorgeously gourmet dishes

Southwest Thanksgiving menu

Small kitchen Thanksgiving feast

Inspired vegetarian Thanksgiving

An alternative Thanksgiving from Epicurious

Turkey-free Thanksgiving

Vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes

Grain-free Thanksgiving recipes

70 grain-free (paleo/primal-friendly) Thanksgiving recipes


Why not celebrate the shortest day of the year with food? Here are some wonderful recipes to get your Solstice on:

12 Winter Solstice recipes

Solstice dinner party menu

Winter solstice dark charcuterie board

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!

Hanukkah recipes

More rich feasts

Hanukkah tips and tricks

Kosher Chanukah recipes

The Master Shake Signal, flickr//cc by-nc-sa 2.0

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.

Seinfeld-inspired Festivus recipes


CHRISTMAS (25 December)

Celebrated in so many different ways around the world, here are some traditional and not-so-traditional recipes for Christmas.

Christmas holiday and event recipes

Traditional and easy Chistmas recipes

100+ Christmas recipes

200+ Christmas recipes

61 Holiday Appetizers

“Kwanzaa Kinara” by Itay Kirshenbaum is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

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:

A Harvest of Kwanzaa Recipes

Senegalese Chicken

The Great Kwanzaa Feast

Vegetarian Kwanzaa Feast

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.”

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