Foodie Friday: Holiday Dinner Traditions

Holiday Dinner TraditionsWelcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Montana from Pretty Lil’ Mudder, Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

 Today we are linking up to share some of our traditional holiday dinner recipes! Over the last two days I have spent time with family celebrating Christmas and much of the celebration revolved around food.  

Our festivities began on Christmas Eve with my husbands family and the Feast of the Seven Fishes.  The Feast of the Seven Fishes is traditionally practiced by Catholic Italians who refrain from eating meat or milk products on the eve of specific holy days.  The feast usually consists of seven or more fish dishes and can include seafood such as: shrimp, mussels, octopus, lobster, clams, crabs, calamari, scungilli, cod, scallops and anchovies, to name a few.  These fishes can also be accompanied by pasta as well. Fishes

My husband’s family, who never does anything half ass, always prepares quite the Christmas Eve spread.  I didn’t get to take pictures of them all, but believe me when I tell you there were more courses of seafood than one human being is capable of consuming.  In the matter of 6 hours, here are all the courses that were served:

1. Mussels Marinara with Italian Bread- steamed mussels + marinara sauce. 

2. Seafood Salad I made this several weeks ago, you can find my husband’s family recipe for the the cold fish salad here

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3. Shrimp Cocktail- delicious shrimp + cocktail sauce. 

4. Stuffed Clams- also called Clams Oreganato is basically clams stuffed with a mixture of bread crumbs, olive oil, red peppers, onion, garlic and oregano. Here is Mario Batali’s recipe which can be made gluten free by simply using GF bread crumbs. 

5. Spicy Shrimp- this dish is just shrimp coated in a mixture of butter, bread crumbs and hot peppers then baked until done.  His Aunt makes them every year and they are always a hit! 

6. Crab Legs- just plain and simple steamed King Crab Legs.  Pure, simple and DELICIOUS! 

7. Spaghetti with Clam Sauce- My husband’s family serves this two ways; spaghetti with red clam sauce (made with tomatoes) or with white clam sauce (made with olive oil and wine).  

As you can imagine, we were all stuffed and maybe all little loopy from drinking too much wine eating too much….which lead us to having a bit too much fun with crab legs: IMG_0147

 That would be my husband’s cousin, Caitlin.  I swear, she’s normal despite the fact that she’s wearing monkey onesie PJ’s! 😉 

Christmas day was spend with my family which may have been a little more tame but not lacking in food in the least.  Prior to heading over to my parent’s house, my kiddos, hubby and I all exchanged gifts first and I was pleased to find my most wanted wish-list items under the tree!


 I got the Garmin GPS watch I’ve been wanting PLUS the Canon T5i Rebel that I was hoping to find so I can really take my food photography to the next level.  In fact, the remaining pictures were taken with my new cam- clearly I am still learning but it was a lot of fun to play around :) 

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We started the day at my parent’s devouring a delectable breakfast full of eggs, bacon, and gluten free waffles topped with fresh fruit! Christmas breakfast

Following breakfast we opened more presents with my family then reconvened around the dinner table for the most mouth- watering, melt in your mouth beef tenderloin EVER. Beef TenderloinChristmas DinnerChristmas Dinner

Credit for this amazing dinner goes to my parents and my husband for trimming and carving the meat- it really was divine! I honestly had a fantastic Christmas with more amazing food than one could imagine.  I was seriously too stuffed for dessert!

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the same kind of merry and delicious holiday as we did! 😀 

Time to link up! Share your festive dishes for all of us to feast our eyes on. 😀 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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