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My New Cookbook

Tradition runs deep in my family. I am lucky enough to have three sides to celebrate with. With my Dad and Stepmom I get Birthdays, Father’s Day, Passover, Rosh Hashanah, and awesome random days in between. With my Fiance’s family, I get Christmas, Easter, Birthdays, and awesome random days in between. With my Mom’s side there are more people and every family member with enough space owns a holiday where we always go to be together, to partake in food, conversation, gift-giving (depending on the holiday), and making other fun memories. We also get together for random football games, non-religious holidays like Mother’s Day, and of course for Birthdays. There is something about the traditional get-togethers that I really appreciate and hopefully someday I will get to host my own 😉

This year for Chanukah, my Mom gave my sister and me a family cookbook. This was the best gift ever and one we’d been waiting for for a long time. Just looking through it reminds me of all the traditions we’ve been upholding for all my years and I can’t help but smile.

Here is my new cookbook:

The Spiro Family Cookbook (Binder)

The Spiro Family Cookbook (Binder)

Each family member has a tab / page leading into their traditional recipes.

Each family member has a tab / page leading into their traditional recipes.

Every year for as long as I can remember my Mom’s Chanukah party was my favorite. Everyone would come to our house. The spread was always bagels with cream cheese, lox, white fish salad, tuna salad, egg salad, latkes, Auntie Audrey’s Kugel and her amazing Oreo Dessert, Auntie Cindy’s brownies, more recently Auntie Lisa’s Creme Brulee French Toast, and a few other things. I loved this holiday because it was the only one we hosted and as a kid we got presents. Additionally there were always left overs and I got to eat bagels with lox and cream cheese for a week!

Another awesome holiday tradition that I love is breaking the Yom Kippur fast at Auntie Cindy’s. I’ve learned to appreciate this holiday more as an adult – even going to Temple when I am not a religious person. Food-wise this is another bagel/lox/cream cheese feast, but additionally we are blessed with Auntie Cindy’s Eggplant Parmesan, and various Quiches. Auntie Cindy also hosts Passover which traditionally is not known for having the best food. However, the Tzimmes is certainly an exception. Tzimmes is a traditional sweet stew typically made from carrots and dried fruits such as prunes or raisins, often combined with other root vegetables. Auntie Cindy adds Kishke and flanken. The dish is cooked slowly over low heat and flavored with honey or sugar and sometimes cinnamon or other spices.

This is not Auntie Cindy’s Tzimmes, but it does look like it!

Auntie Lisa and Uncle Timm host Thanksgiving. This is my favorite non-denominational holiday. The food is AMAZING and in abundance. The turkey and de-boned stuffed turkey with vegetables are incredible. My Mom makes an incredible Brisket, I now bring Stuffed Mushrooms, and others bring delicious contributions.

This is just a small sample of family food over the years.

This is just a small sample of family food over the years.

What are your thoughts?

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