This morning as I was shaping the rolls for our family Easter meal I started to think about the traditional foods that we have for each holiday celebration. Easter for us always includes ham, rolls, potatoes, and a few other sides. As Americans we don’t have as strong a food heritage as a lot of other cultures, perhaps that comes from our country being made up of so many different cultures. Nonetheless, it’s important for us to establish and keep these traditions with our families.
Our Easter meal is not much different than Christmas, though these past few years we’ve been trying to make our sides more seasonal (like brussels sprouts at Christmas instead of green beans). Perhaps next year I’ll see about finding lamb from a local farm for Easter to try to give this holiday it’s own identity. Seasonal sides could be: asparagus, wild greens, sweet overwintered carrots, early spring lettuce, peas if you’re lucky, and who could resist cream of ramp soup as a side? What could be more wonderful than aligning your holiday meals with the seasons they inhabit and giving them each an identity of their own.
What traditionally graces your table for various holidays? Do any of your holiday meals include seasonal food?