The cold has swept across Toronto this week. We have had our first snow, storm and tough driving. What felt like an eternal fall has instantly turned a new leaf and is a bitter winter. It must be Holiday season!
Christmas, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year, Ashura, the Julian New Year and more are all significant occasions marked in the next 6 weeks by many people. Some are celebrations of faith and others are simply a time to celebrate with friends and family. December means Christmas to me and it’s one of my most favourite times of year!
Between tomorrow and December 26th we will share some of our Holiday traditions (including some new ones) for you to consider. Most will be small tips on little twists/ tricks that we do to make our Holiday meals extra special. We’ll talk about food that can get the entire family involved as well as food that is for adults only. We’ll share our tasty tricks and traditions that are (for the most part) easily adaptable into existing recipes and plans.
There will be raisins, cranberries, homemade duck Prosciutto, infused booze, an ingredient I keep on hand to bail out any last-minute holiday meal and, of course, chestnuts. Boxing Day will feature a special post dedicated to making better stocks with leftovers.
In the meantime, if you’re looking to get a start on Holiday tips, take a peak back at our post on how to make your own Turkey gravy from scratch. Despite what the commercials say, it really is far better (and is more affordable) than the packaged stuff. You could also give slow roasted cherry tomatoes a try – unbelievable tomato taste that can be prepped in advance and promotes packaged winter tomatoes from afar to a star on the table.
Cheap Tuesday Gourmet will continue on Tuesdays (we even have a special recipe planned for the 29th which could easily be made for New Years) and plans for a whole series of posts related to preserving for the first half of January.