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					Matthew Beland

Christmas Zeppole (Doughnuts)

My great grandmother dictated this recipe to me:

Blend 2-3 packets of dried yeast to 2-3 cups of warm water.
Add ½ tsp. Salt.

Add 4 cups of flour gradually to achieve a sticky consistency. The dough needs to be gummy,
more dry than wet.
Add a dash of cinnamon.
Let dough rise 10-15 minutes.

Cut a can of anchovies into small pieces and mix them into the dough.

Heat olive oil in a deep pan.
Carefully fry small sections of the dough.
Form a whole in the middle of each section as you carefully slide them into the oil.
Fry until golden brown on the outside.

Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Collect doughnuts in a brown paper bag.

When cool and crispy, enjoy!

Every December, my family and I gather in church to attend Christmas Eve mass and then return
to our house to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. We have a special vigil dinner, in which we
eat only fish. A place of honor at the table is given to my great grandmother, who was born in
Italy and arrived in the United States at the age of two. All of my aunts and uncles join my
family for our celebration. Originally, seven types of fish were supposed to be in the dinner, but
now we limit ours to favorites, which include; calamari (squid) in tomato sauce over pasta, stuffed
shrimp, crab, lobster tails, and baccala, a type of codfish and garlic salad . Each year, my great
grandmother brings her famous “zeppoles,” which are a type of friend Italian doughnut. Some of
them include anchovies, which some of my family really like.
        After dinner and family conversation, we sing Christmas carols, especially “The Twelve
Days of Christmas, in which everyone sings a part. Finally, my mother serves a famous ice cream
log. Everyone goes home around eight o’clock, because I have a lot of younger nieces and
nephews, who are excited about Santa Claus and want to go to bed early for Christmas the next
Aunt Joy’s Holiday Salad
By: Rachel Cardozo


   o Mixed Greens
   o Pomegranate
   o Avocado
   o Goat Cheese or Feta
   o Apple
   o Craisins
   o Pecans or nuts
   o Raspberry dressing


   1. Gather ingredients above
   2. Cut up goat cheese/feta, apples, pomegranates, and avocado
   3. Mash up the pecans/nuts
   4. Get a big bowl and fill it half way with mixed greens
   5. Put some of the Craisins, pecans/nuts, and goat cheese/feta into the bowl
   6. Add more greens and put rest of ingredients into bowl as well
   7. Pour raspberry dressing slowly
   8. Mix until ready
Family Traditions

      Every year at Christmas Time, my family goes to two Christmas parties.
We go to one on Christmas Eve with my dad’s side of the family, and then on
Christmas Day, we have it with my mom’s side of the family. On Christmas Eve
my dad’s family and I all sing Christmas Carols and we especially sing Feliz
Navidad and everybody sings along. We also do Secret Santa for the kids until
you’re 16 years old. Then the adults play a different game, and all the kids watch
them make fools of themselves over the gifts everybody brought. It’s very funny.
Then on Christmas morning my sister and I open more than half of our presents
and then we go to my aunt Cathy’s house and celebrate Christmas with my
mom’s side of the family. We don’t do Secret Santa or anything like that, but we
do play the game, Find the Pickle. And we have contests like: Best Paper
Snowflakes, and Scavenger Hunt. Christmas is always my favorite time of year,
and I feel so lucky to always hang out with my family.
Jenna Park                                                       due: December 4, 2006
Mrs. Quintin                                                                       Period 5

                        Zucchini Patties
                               In Korean, it’s ho-bak jun
                    (works for sweet potatoes or potatoes as well)

You will need: a zucchini, vegetable oil, a frying pan, a paper towel, salt, flour, egg,
(optional) soy sauce

    1.   Slice the zucchini so that they’re about ⅛ inches thick
    2.   Put some salt on the zucchini slices, which should be spread out
    3.   Remove the moisture on the zucchini slices with a paper towel
    4.   Cover a zucchini slice with flour, front and back (do this to all zucchini
    5.   Crack an egg inside a bowl, put a pinch of salt in it, and stir it well
    6.   Dip a zucchini slice in the stirred egg
    7.   Take vegetable oil and pour it into the frying pan and place the dipped
         zucchini slice in the frying pan (follow step 6 for zucchini slices and put
         them into the pan)
    8.   Fry them until they are golden brown
    9.   Get some soy sauce for dipping sauce, and enjoy!
Antoine Dumas                                                                  11/28/2006
Family Tradition:
        One of our family traditions at our house is to always set up a crèche, which is a
formal showing of the birth of Jesus including all the local peoples who give prayer and
thanks to the Virgin Mary, Joseph, and the unborn Jesus. Another family tradition is to
have very good champagne, wine, and food at dinner on Christmas Eve. One of the last
family traditions is to be very polite and to have fun on Christmas Eve, whether it means
going outside, watching a good movie, or just relaxing.

Quiche Loraine:
       The Quiche Loraine is a French recipe and is good for the cheese fanatics (such as
Mr. Goldstein and myself) it is a cake like recipe with cheese and bacon.

• 1 sheet of Pepperidge Farm frozen dough (you may also make your own dough),
• 1 ½ cups of milk,
• 6 pieces/slices of bacon (or more if desired),
• 2 eggs (preferably large size or bigger),
• 2-3 tablespoons of flour,
• 1 cup of sour cream,
• A lot of cheese (or more if desired).

• Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (bake),
• Cut the bacon into little pieces,
• Fry the bacon over stove,
• In a mixing bowl put: all the eggs, all the sour cream, the fried bacon, about 4
   tablespoons of cheese, and all the milk,
• Mix all that together,
• Roll all the dough on table with flour,
• Put anti-stick substance on baking pan,
• Put the finished dough into the pan, and spread it out until the baking pan is
   completely covered,
• Put may small holes into the dough using a knife or fork,
• Pour all of the mixture onto the dough,
• Put as much cheese as you want on top of mixture (don’t over do it),
• Put into oven until cheese is golden brown/approximately 30 min.
• Bon Appetite!
          Christmas is a very festive time of the year for me and my family. On Christmas Eve, your day
should start out as a happy one, for that is the way everyday of the coming year will be like. Also, the first
person that you should meet, other than your family members, should be a gentleman, for if you meet a
gentleman, as in say “hi, how are you” before anyone else, you will have a lucky year. On the other hand,
you would not want to meet a lady, for if you do, it is said that you will not have the best of years. As well
as those traditions being followed, my family fasts the entire day, only eating three meals, one of them
being a meal that fills you up, and the other two almost like a larger snack. Meat is not allowed on this day,
but fish is.
          Now comes the Christmas Eve dinner, or as my family calls, “Wigilia” in Polish. That is when our
largest meal of the day takes place, but before any feasting begins, my family and I wait for the first star of
the night. When the first star appears, we start the dinner. If the sky is cloudy that night, though, we start at
6 o’clock. To get ready for this huge dinner, all of my family members, including me, wash ourselves with
water and money, being coins, by rubbing them almost as if they were a bar of soap, to bring prosperity for
the upcoming year. Now comes the time that we all sit at our dining room table, light our candle at the
center of the table, and spend a couple of minutes praying together. After this is done, we break the
“Oplatek” or Christmas Wafer and everyone gets to share their piece that they break off with one another.
Next, the dinner starts off with eating carp for meat is not allowed. Following that, we have all sorts of
foods such as soup, pierogi, mashed potatoes with gravy, and sauerkraut. The cook, being my mom, is not
allowed to taste the food when it is being prepared for this special dinner. The first time that the food is
tasted will be at the actual dinner. So, the cook must do the best of work to get the food to be just right and
tasty. After everyone is finished eating, we have dessert, such as cookies. Also, the children have natural
juice that my mom makes from numerous fruits, such as grapes, while the adults have a little wine. Finally
having the entirety of “Wigilia” completed, and the candle blown out by my dad, being the oldest member
of the household, my family and I gather around the Christmas tree, opening presents and singing
Christmas carols, both in English and Polish. Since my brother plays the violin and I play the piano,
we both take part in playing Christmas songs and everyone joins along in singing to our music. Soon, it
comes time to go to church. Lastly, my family and I attend the midnight mass, or the “Pasterka” that starts
at midnight.
          The next morning, being Christmas Day, my family and I get the chance to feast on whatever we
want now. We can eat all that we like today, including meat. Today, in general, we celebrate the birth of
Jesus Christ by not doing any work and having a day off. This is when relatives come over, such as aunts
and uncles from places quite far, being New York, for example. Together, we celebrate the holiday of
Christmas by singing Christmas carols and if there is snow outside, we all go outside and make snowmen
or even snowwomen. My brother and I go sledding, snowboarding, and even tubing, for we live on a hill,
and so this is how the holiday of Christmas, as well as Christmas Eve, is celebrated.

                                      Meringue Cookies

2 egg whites                                                   1 tsp. vanilla
⅛ tsp. cream of tartar                                         ½ c. sugar
⅛ tsp. salt

Beat egg whites until just stiff. Add additional ingredients one at a time and beat
minimally, enough to incorporate ingredients. Drop heaping teaspoonfuls or shape
on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 325˚
Family Recipe
"Fried Salted Cod"

      1.Three to five pound salted cod
      2. 2 cups of flour
      3. Three eggs beaten
      4. Vegetable oil enough to cover the bottom of the frying pan

Cooking and Mixing:
      1. Heat the pan of vegetable oil on medium heat
      2. Put the flour in a medium sized cooking bowl
      3. Beat the eggs in a medium sized cooking bowl
    **Using a medium sized cooking bowl so it's big enough to fit the
pieces of cod in

Cooking Directions:
       1. Take a three to five pound of salted cod and soak it in water
for three days (changing the water morning and tonight everyday, this
process desalts cod and brings it back to flesh form)
      2. On day three cut the cod into three by five pieces
      3. Coat the pieces of cod on both sides with flour, once your done
shake off the excess flour
      4. Take the floured coated cod and dip it into the bowl of beaten
      5. Fry the cod in the pan of oil for three to four minutes or until
golden brown'
Serve with sweet peppers and olives

         I have a traditional Italian family, we are a big group, we love to eat food, we talk a whole
lot, and we love being around each other. One of the traditions my family has is on Christmas
Eve. Every Christmas Eve we eat seven different types of fish; cod, smelts, eel, shrimp, calamari,
anchovies, and shellfish. This has been on for as long as I can remember everyone in my family
has been eating the seven different types of fish even when they were young. The fish types may
change a little bit some years but no matter what there are always seven of them.
         After dinner and before dessert we all gather in the family room of my uncle’s house and
open the presents given to us from different family members. My grandparents always hand their
presents out last to their grandchildren. The three granddaughters always get something the
same and same with the grandsons so the girls can have something the same and the guys can
have something the same. Once the presents are done and the wrapping paper is everywhere we
always have a contest to see who can pick up the most wrapping paper. My little cousins,
Christopher and Lauren, always make food for the reindeer since they still believe in Santa, and I
go outside with them while the adults start on dessert and help them throw it on the ground we
even throw it at each other sometimes. Then we go inside, eat dessert, drink coffee, and then
people start to leave. All meeting each other again on Christmas Day.
                              Nicole Hirshfield
                              Period 5 Spanish
                               Family Recipe

   • 200 g of butter
   • 200-250 g of sugar
   • 1 ½ tsp. of vanilla-sugar **{Dr. Oetker [stop & shop, shop rite (found in
     international area of the store)]}
   • 2 eggs
   • Pinch of salt
   • 500 g of flour
   • 1 tbsp. of baking powder

  • ½ cup of sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 heaping teaspoons of cocoa powder.
  • A ½ a tbsp. of hot water

   Cream the butter, adding sugar, vanilla-sugar, then eggs and salt gradually.
   Mix the baking powder into the flour and sift it. Add flour mixture by
   spoonfuls into the sugar bowl. Refrigerate dough until ready to use in a “*
   Spritz cookie maker*”. Make into shapes of S’s & O’s. Bake 15 – 20 minutes
   in an oven at 375° F. Make the glaze by blending the powdered sugar, cocoa
   powder, and water together. Then glaze half of the cookie.

  **** The Spritz cookie maker is a plastic tube or metal container. Use the
  disc with the star shape o squirt the dough out. Sometimes you might use it
  for accurate frosting designs; it looks like the pictures below.

                               These are some cookie
                                presses with different
                                Nicole Hirshfield
                                Period 5 Spanish
                                Family Tradition

        One of my family traditions during the holidays is to celebrate Hanukah
and Christmas. For Christmas we go to my grandmother’s house. There we meet
my aunt, uncle, and my cousins on my mom’s side. We eat homemade
gingerbread, sugar, and spritz cookies. We open presents and eat a big
homemade feast. Then during Hanukah we go to my aunt’s house. We eat lots
of latkes, applesauce, and noodle kugel. Another thing we like to do is eat
chocolate coins and play with a dreidal. We also celebrate my sister’s birthday
since it’s right around Christmas. I love visiting my relatives during the holidays.
Charles Huang
Period 5

       A tradition I celebrate in my home is Chinese New Year. It begins on
the end of January or the beginning of February. Chinese New Year is 15
days long. On the first day we call our family and then we give red envelopes
with money in them. On the last day we eat tāng yuán.

Tāng Yuán:
Sweet rice flour
Red bean paste, chopped peanuts and sugar, sesame paste, or some other ingredient you
want to add.

1. Mix sweet rice flour with a small amount of water to form dough.
2. You can fill it with a variety of ingredients including red bean paste, chopped peanuts
   and sugar, and sesame paste.
3. Take small amounts of dough and form it into small balls, if you used some ingredient
   cover the ingredients with the dough but don’t mix it.
4. Boil it in water until the balls float on top of the water.
5. Serve with the water you boiled with.
                                 Jenna Kahane

        Every December, my family and I celebrate Hanukkah. It is a Jewish
religion and it has been a recent tradition that families give presents. My family
and I do this, but we travel to New York and gather with all of my family. My
fourth cousins are there and about three generations. We all sit together on a
very long couch and give each other presents. The presents aren’t the best. But
what counts is the thought and the memorable night. This tradition has been in
my family for a long time. Before I was born, my mom would go, and then when
I was born I would go. When I have children my family will try to go.
        Not only do we give presents, we celebrate the true
meaning of Hanukkah. If you don’t already know, Hanukkah is a
story when the Jew’s temple was raided and the only item
remaining was a menorah and a little bit of oil. A menorah is like a
candelabrum with nine places for candles. The Jews lit all nine of
the candles with the shammas, the head candle. They thought it
would only last one day but actually it lasted eight days. At our
family gathering we light the menorah and eat lots of food. Then we leave and
think about next December’s Hanukkah party.
Chocolate Chip Bread: The Kahane Family recipe
5   eggs
1   cup of oil (Wesson)
1   cup of sugar
2   teaspoons of vanilla
2   teaspoons of baking powder
3   cups of flour
1   large package of mini chocolate chips (1 cup)

     •   Get little foil pans (3 pans in each). You should get 2 sets (6 pans)
     •   8 ¼ inches x 5 ¼ inches x 1 inch

Combine all ingredients.
Spray Pam (                onto the little trays.
Bake 350˚F for 20 minutes.

When cook, slice.

Optional: sprinkle with white confectionary sugar
Optional: sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon
Adam Kyasky
                                  Baked Lasagna

Meatballs                                        1/2 t. basil
1 lb. ground beef                                3/4 t. salt
½ lb. ground veal                                Dash of pepper
2 T chopped onion                                2T Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced                           1 egg
2T chopped parsley
1t oregano

Make meatballs - combine all ingredients; toss to mix well. Shape into balls. Brown them
on a rack on a cookie sheet in the oven that is 350 degrees for 15 min.

1 clove of garlic minced                         1/4 cup of chopped onion
2 T. parsley                                     2 t. oregano
12 oz. Italtom                                   1 t. basil
2, 6 oz. cans of tomato paste                    2 t. salt
¼ t pepper                                       1 t. garlic powder
1lb. mozzarella, diced                           1/8 t. cayenne
1lb. ricotta                                     1 cup grated parmesan
                                                 ½ package of lasagna

Heat ¼ cup of oil and sauté onion garlic and parsley. Add rest of ingredients and ½ cup
of water and meatballs. Stir to mix well. Bring to boiling simmer for 1 ½ hrs, stirring
occasionally. Cook lasagna, drain, and rinse. In baking dish layer ½ the ingredients in this
order: lasagna, mozzarella, ricotta, tomato sauce with meatballs and parmesan cheese.
Then repeat. Bake at 350 degrees, 35-45 min. Serves 6.

On Christmas, December 25, every year my mom’s side of the family comes to my house
for dinner to share each other’s company and homemade food. We get a spiraled ham
from my uncle Red who lives in New Jersey before Christmas every year. It comes
packed in a foam box with dry ice in it. The real main dish though is my mom’s
homemade lasagna. It was passes down from her great, great grandmother. It’s delicious!
I look forward to Christmas just for the family’s atmosphere of being together and the
wonderful smell of lasagna and other wonderful vegetable casseroles and apple pie at the
end of the day. Mmmmmmm! I think I can already smell it. I can hardly wait!-
Sam Likier
                              My Family
       During the holiday of Chanukah, my family celebrates several
traditions. One of these I would like to share with you. My parents give out
one present to each child for each day of Chanukah. So, in this way all the
children will get the same amount of presents, which is eight. This allows no
arguments over who got more presents.

       My recipe is called Hungarian Chocolate Torte. It is a completely
kosher, and it utilizes ingredients that are parave (par-ve), which means that
if you’re Jewish you are able to eat it on Passover (no bread!) It also tastes
really, really good. My family eats it on Passover because we’re Jewish but
also want cake on our holiday. So, without further ado, enjoy!


   • Matzoh cake meal for dusting the pan
   • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate
   • 1 ¾ cups of almonds (pecans or walnuts may be substituted)
   • 2 tablespoons of plus ½ cup sugar
   • ¼ lb (1 stick) of unsalted parave margarine at room temperature
   • 3 large eggs at room temperature


      Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease an 8” cake pan. Cut a circle of
parchment or wax paper to fit in the bottom and also grease the paper. Dust
with matzoh cake meal, and shake off he excess. Melt chocolate in a small
pot over hot water or in the microwave (covered, on a plate) at full power for
2 minutes. Wait to cool. Place almonds and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a food
processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse on and off until nuts are ground,
and set aside. Place parave margarine and ½ cups of sugar in the food
processor still fitted with a metal blade. Mix until well blended. Pour in
melted chocolate and process until smooth. Add eggs and mix until blended.
Next, pour in almond mixture and pulse several times. Pour into the
prepared cake pan and bake for 25 minutes.
       The cake will firm as it cools. Cool on a rack for 20 minutes, and then
invert onto a cake platter and remove the parchment of wax paper. When
cool, pour glaze over cake.


   • 6 ounces of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
   • 6 tablespoons of parave margarine
   • A few drops of lemon juice


      Melt the chocolate, parave margarine, and lemon juice in a small
heavy saucepan, stirring until smooth. Set aside until thickened slightly.
Pour the glaze onto the middle of the cake, and tilt if needed so the glaze
runs down the sides. Use a knife dipped in hot water to smooth
                                                     Colin McNulty
                Family Tradition
      One of my family traditions happens on Thanksgiving. We go
up to my aunt and uncle’s house in Plymouth, Massachutes every
year to celebrate with them and my grandparents and my other
mom’s sister and her kids. My other mom’s sister is always there
before us and we come up the night before Thanksgiving. Brittan
and I (Brittan is my cousin) always bring up our gameboys and
play. We also play a lot of Rummy 500 and Scrabble. For dessert
we always have pie. They make apple, pumpkin, and spice pie. We
also go see a movie the day after Thanksgiving, normally it’s a
Harry Potter movie, but one didn’t come out this year instead we
saw Flushed Away. I love this family tradition the most.
                             My Family Recipe
One tradition my family does on some holidays is make my great aunt's special pumpkin
bread. It is a delicious wonder, and is usually what is gone first on the table.

4 eggs, well beaten
2 cups pumpkin
1 cup cooking oil
2/3 cup water
beat these all together
3 1/4 cup flour
2 teas. baking soda
1 1/2 teas. salt
1 teas. cinn.
1 teas. nutmeg
3 cups sugar
bake 350 degrees
1 - 1 1/2 hours
Makes two loaves
•    3 tablespoons of butter
•    2/3 cup finely chopped onion 2 cups medium shrimp, peeled
and deveined
•    3 slices bread, soaked in water and squeezed (can substitute 2
cups plain bread crumbs)
•    6 medium sized mirliton (vegetable pear)
•    ¼ cup shallots
•    ¼ teaspoon black pepper
•    1 teaspoon salt

•     3 tablespoons melted butter
•     ¼ cup Italian Bread Crumbs

Cut mirlitons in half lengthwise, place in pot of boiling water. Cover
and boil for 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Remove seeds. Scoop
out. Reserve pulp and shell. Sauté onions in butter for 5 minutes.
Add shrimp. Continue cooking for approximately 8 minutes. Add
mirliton pulp, bread or bread crumb shallots, salt and pepper. Mix
well. Cook for 10 minutes stirring constantly. Pile into shells. Top with
buttered bread crumbs. Bake 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Serves 6
to 8.
Jenna Park                                           due: December 4, 2006
Mrs. Quintin                                                      Period 5

       On January 1, my family celebrates New Year’s Day the way
Koreans would celebrate it. We mark this day as seol ral and several
things happen today that many Koreans would do as well. We eat a
Korean traditional dish called dukgook which is a sort of creamy soup
that has bits and pieces of eggs, green onion, and seaweed that’s been
cut into pieces. There are these white oval things that are rice cakes.
After we eat, we would give greetings to the elders. My sister and I
would wear the traditional Korean outfit called hanbok. We would bow
to our elders and greet them by saying “sae heh boke-mahn he bah du
sey oh” which means “make a lot of blessings this year”. Usually, our
parents and grandparents would give us money as an offer for the
year and would give us ‘blessings’. After, we would play a traditional
game called yut noh ree which requires four sticks to play. It’s a game
of strategy, and sometimes it becomes a gambling game. My family
plays this game several times and we have a great time doing it.

The outfit this girl is wearing is called a hanbok

This is how yut noh ree sticks look like. There’s also a board and
Isabelle Sánchez

        I have two main religions in my extended family. My mother’s side is
predominately Jewish; while my father’s side is completely Catholic. During the holiday
season of December, we have traditions for both Hannukah and Christmas. For the first
night of Hannukah, my sister and I help my mother and my grandmother (Bubby) prepare
one of my favorite dishes, potato pancakes (latkes). Three generations crowded into a
small kitchen working like a well oiled machine to produce the best latkes I’ve ever had.
The smell of oil fills the house as all of my mother’s family arrives. We sit around the
table playing dreidle, betting chocolate, listening to the musical sound of the lakes
sizzling in a sea of oil. Once the latkes are ready; we take our seats in my dinning room,
conversing and laughing through the whole feast of latkes and other traditional dishes
such as brisket. After everyone finishes, we gather in my living room to watch all the kids
open their presents. It is a tradition for all of the children to get pajamas on the first night,
while the adults receive a wide assortment of different gifts.

                             POTATOE PANCAKES (Latkes)
                                     (Serves 4)


6 Large Russet potatoes peeled and grated or pureed in a food processor
1 egg
1 medium onion, minced
¼ cup matzo meal
Salt and pepper to taste
Vegetable oil


Fill a pan 1/4 of the way with vegetable oil and preheat over medium high heat.

Combine all the ingredients (except for the oil) in a bowl to make latke batter. Use an ice
cream scooper and drop a scoop of the batter at a time into the hot oil. Cook until the
first side is brown.
Then flip the pancake over with a spatula. Cook the other side until it browns
(approximately 5 to 6 minutes).

Drain the finished pancakes on paper towels.

Serve immediately with apple sauce or sour cream.

        In addition, for Christmas, my family drives down to my dad’s uncle’s house in
New Jersey. When we pull into their driveway, our eyes behold the grand sight of all the
Christmas lights my Uncle Alberto has put up and as we walk in, we are greeted by the
sweet smell of my Aunt Susie’s amazing cooking. As the rest of my dad’s large family
arrives, we sit in the living room or help my Aunt Susie in the kitchen. Once everyone
arrives, we sit down to a feast of traditional Dominican food of fried yuca, pernil a roast,
arroz con gandules, and much more. Once we finish helping after helping of delicious
food, we exchange presents. After that, we dance, talk, and laugh until no one can keep
their eyes open any longer!
                                        (Serves 4)

Vegetable oil
2 Green plantains

Cut the ends off each plantain with a sharp knife. Use the knife to cut through the peel
along the entire length of the plantain. Loosen the peel along the cut and remove peel by

Cut the plantain into coins, about 2" thick.
Fill a large skillet a third full with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot,
fry the plantain slices for approximately 3 to 5 minutes, turning once, just long enough to
make them soft. The plantain slices should still be yellow.

Remove the plantains from the pan and drain them on paper towels. Use the bottom of a
glass, coffee mug or some other firm, flat object to flatten the plantains to about half their

Let the oil come back to a higher temperature and return the smashed plantains to the pan.
Turn them occasionally until they are golden brown.

Remove and use paper towels to absorb excess oil. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and serve.
                             My Family Tradition
                             By: Stella Protopapas
        In my family, we celebrate a German tradition called Saint Nicholas’s Day. This
occurs on December 6th. Saint Nicholas’s Day is the day that the children of Germany
polish their shoes to put them outside the front door of their homes. The next morning,
the kids wake to find goodies in their shoes. They say that Saint Nicholas put them there.
This tradition came about during a drought. Saint Nicholas was a bishop in the Eastern
Church. He went around and left food for the people who could not afford food during
the drought. Because of his actions, the children began to leave their shoes out for him.
At my house we observe and follow this tradition.

   • 4 cups of flour (or any mixture of white and whole wheat flour you desire)
   • 3 large eggs
   • Up to 2 cups of water
   • Another 10 cups of water to boil
   • 1 pinch of salt
   • 2 bacon strips (optional)
   • ½ a large onion (optional)
   • 2 handfuls of shredded cheese (optional)
   • 1 teaspoon butter

          1. Mix the flour, eggs, salt, and water together to make somewhat runny
          2. In a large pot, bring the 10 cups of water to boil.
          3. Either press the dough through a Spätzle press or scrape the dough off a
             cutting board in small batches, into the boiling water.
          4. When the noodles have risen to the top of the water, you scoop them out
             with a ladle or small sieve to place into a Pyrex ® pan.
          5. Continue to do until all the noodles are done.
          6. Put the butter into the pan to prevent the noodles from sticking together.
          7. In a frying pan, fry the bacon and onion (chopped into small pieces).
          8. When the onions are more golden than white, put them along with the
             bacon and cheese into the pan on top of the noodles.
          9. Serve immediately

           Serves 7 hungry people
A.J. Pyne                                                                          12/3/06

        Thanksgiving in my house is pretty normal, except for the parts that are different.
(Go figure!). It starts out normally enough, with my mom getting up at some un-godly
hour of the morning to put the turkey in the oven. Everyone else rolls out of bed just in
time to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. During the commercials there is a
mad dash to the kitchen to get another piece of crumb cake (recipe included) and as much
of the stuff mom’s cooking as we can swipe while she isn’t looking. At the completion of
the parade with the big man (Santa), we tune all of the radios in our house to 99.1 WPLR
Connecticut’s #1 Rock Station With 50 minutes of rock every hour (you have to say the
whole thing) to listen to Alice’s Restaurant. After that, we light a fire and any one we’ve
bothered to invite shows up hungry at our door. After only minor exploitation of their
empty stomachs we let them in. We all pile into the Family (TV) room for whatever the
most popular football game is, and watch it until either team has a ridiculously higher
score than the other, or completion, whichever comes first. Then begins dinner.
Surprisingly enough, no one that we have ever invited has ever paced themselves so all
the food is gone in about half an hour. To wind down the day everyone sits down and
watches Monty Python’s Holy Grail. Everyone has the movie memorized, but it’s still
funny. When this is over everyone leaves (this reduces strain on our septic system) and
we go to sleep, thus concluding our thanksgiving.
                                Classic Crumb Cake
      Note: this recipe makes two cakes.

2 Cups all-purpose flour
½ Cup granulated sugar
½ Cup packed light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup (two sticks) softened butter or margarine.
10x Sugar (optional)

2 ¼ Cups all-purpose flour
2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ Cups granulated sugar
½ cup (one stick) softened butter or margarine
3 large eggs
¾ cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-inches round baking pans, dust with flour.

2. Prepare crumb topping without 10x sugar: in a medium bowl mix flour, sugar, brown
sugar, cinnamon and butter or margarine.

3. Prepare cake: in another medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

4. In large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat sugar with margarine or butter until well
blended, scraping bowl often with a rubber spatula. Increase speed to medium; beat until
well mixed, about 2 minutes, occasionally scraping bowl. Reduce speed to low, add eggs
one at a time, beating well after every new addition.

5. Combine milk and vanilla. With mixer at low speed, alternately add flour mixture and
milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, until batter is smooth,
occasionally scraping bowl.

6. Pour batter into pans. With hands, press crumb topping into large chunks; evenly
sprinkle over batter. Bake cakes 40 to 45 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center of
cakes comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes. With small
metal spatula, loosen cakes from sides of pans. Invert (turn over) onto plates, then invert
onto wire racks, crumb side up. Sprinkle tops of cakes with 10x sugar.
Will Dixon
Mrs. Quintin

                           Christmas Traditions
        My family has a number of different traditions for the holiday of Christmas. They
are, advent calendars, Christmas crackers, Christmas Eve dinner, opening presents on
Christmas Eve, cutting of our own Christmas tree, Santa’s presents, and baking
Christmas cookies.
        On the first of December, my sister and I get advent calendars. Advent calendars
are calendars that count down the days to Christmas with chocolates each day starting on
December first. On Christmas Eve, our whole family opens Christmas crackers after
dinner. Some of them contain hats, jokes and small toys. On Christmas Eve, my family,
my grandma, and my aunt, uncle, and cousin eat a huge dinner. We have turkey, ham, or
lobster every year for dinner. After dinner, we all go and open our presents together.
Some families open all of their presents on Christmas day, but ours opens most of them
on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day, Santa comes and leaves us presents such as
computers, skis stuffed animals, or other toys. Another highlight of the holiday is the
cutting of our own Christmas tree. We go to Jones Tree Farms to pick and cut down one
for Christmas. Finally, the last tradition my family has for Christmas is baking cookies.
Every year about a week before Christmas we bake tons of cookies. My favorite is
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, because I like how they taste and look. My family has many
unique Christmas traditions.
                      Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
¾ cup cocoa and ¼ cup oil (or 4 squares unsweetened chocolate)
½ cup vegetable oil
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup powdered sugar

Mix vegetable oil, chocolate and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time until well mixed.
Add vanilla. Stir in salt, flour, and baking powder. Chill several hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350˚F. Drop mixture by teaspoon into the powdered sugar, roll around and
shape into balls. Place about 2 inches onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes.
This recipe makes about 50 cookies.
                              Home-made Latkes


3 large potatoes
1 small onion
2 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of pepper
½ cup of vegetable oil


   1. Wash potatoes and peel. Grate them in a bowl.
   2. Grate the onions and put them in the bowl with the potatoes.
   3. Add the beaten eggs, flour, salt, and pepper.
   4. Heat the vegetable oil in a frying pan. Drop the potato mixture into
      the pan in circles about 2 inches across.
   5. When they are brown and crispy around the edges, turn them over and
      fry the other side.
   6. Drain them on paper towels.
   7. Latkes are good served with applesauce or sour cream!

Note: Recipe makes about 24 latkes.
Rachel Rosenblum

                             During the month of November or December, my family celebrates
                   a Jewish holiday called Hannukah. The story of Hannukah celebrates the
                   victory of the Macabees over the Syrian-Greeks more than two-thousand
                   years ago. It took place in Israel. The Syrian-Greeks destroyed the temple so
                   only a tiny amount of oil was found to light the menorah. It was only enough
                   to burn for one day, but the oil burned for eight days. This is why Hannukah
                   lasts eight days, to celebrate the miracle that happened many years ago.
                   Each night of Hannukah we light candles to commemorate the miracle.
                             On every night of Hannukah, my family gathers around the menorah
                   and we light the candles. We say a prayer and then open gifts. In my family
                   we get one small gift for every one of the eight days. Sometimes we play a
                   game called dreidel. A dreidel is a spinning top that has four sides. On each
                   side there is a different Hebrew letter. Each letter on the dreidel is the
                   first letter of each word in the phrase translated to English, “A miracle
                   happened there.” The winner of the dreidel game gets a lot of gelt or
                   chocolate coins. An interesting fact is that the dreidels in Israel are
                   different from the ones here. One of the letters is different because
                   translated to English it says, “A miracle happened here.” The difference is
                   the word here, because the miracle happened in Israel. In my family, every
                   Hannukah we make latkes, or potato pancakes. Another traditional food is
                   jelly doughnuts. These foods are made during Hannukah because both of
                   these foods require a lot of oil in order to make them, and we are celebrating
                   how the oil in the menorah lasted eight days.
Lauren Larkin

                                      Walnut Caramels
        This recipe is a Christmas tradition in my family. It was started by Louise
Pearson, my great grandmother and was passed on to her daughters and then to their
daughters. Making these caramels is a great way to get the family together and have fun
wrapping the candy. Although my mom doesn’t like to make them because they take to
long to wrap, they are delicious.
        My aunt, at our 100th family, picnic made them in 1994 and by the time she left
there was only one of them left out of the 300 she made. Therefore, I would recommend
making lots if you have a big group.

2 cups sugar
2 cups white Karo syrup
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups chopped walnuts
1 dash salt
Small amount of butter and vanilla extract

         Mix the above ingredients except for the vanilla and walnuts and boil until makes
soft ball in the cold water. Let cool for a while then stir in the nuts and the vanilla. Pour
out into a shallow pan. When completely cooled cut into squares and wrap in plastic

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