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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Mary Beth Jackson
Reply December 26, 2014

Wow! The feast of seven fishes sounds delicious! My hubby always make clam chowder and that is what we have before Christmas eve church services- I need to tell him that he need 6 more dishes! :) Looks like a great Christmas I feel like I was at the table with those beautiful pictures!
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    Clam chowder sounds like the perfect way to warm up before church, yummy! It was certainly a ton of food though but somehow we managed to eat most of it ;)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply December 26, 2014

I would gluttonize so hard at this meal. Seriously. And then I would take leftovers (slash declare that they were leftovers so that I could take them). This is like my dream! And fancy new camera! Already taking great pics, so I can't wait to see what is next!
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    I ate my face off- it was kinda gross but it is always fun to indulge in that much seafood :P

Jess @hellotofit
Reply December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas! Looks like you had some great food to accompany time spent with family :) And LOVE the gifts you received! Your pictures look great :) I don't have a DSLR yet, but hopefully sometime in the next few years...
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    Merry Christmas to you too! Thanks you- I was really excited to get it, I really have no idea what I am doing with it yet though :P

Reply December 26, 2014

Looks like you had a super awesome dinner! :D! I love the crab leg picture, hahaha.

Yay for that new camera! <3 (That may be one of my future investments once I have an income once more.) The pictures look great!

Coco (@Got2Run4Me)
Reply December 26, 2014

Wow! What a great feast! We did our big dinner on Christmas Eve, so we had leftovers yesterday -- but my son escaped to his GF's house for their Christmas dinner!
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    I get to have some leftovers today- they're the best! ;)

Reply December 26, 2014

It sounds like you had an amazing holiday! I'm not Italian but I have several Italian friends. I want to attempt the Feast next year. ;) Also, your pics are great. Nice gifts!

    Reply December 26, 2014

    Aw thank you! It is definitely a fun feast to enjoy- I hope you get the chance to try it out next year :)

Sara @ Lake Shore Runner
Reply December 26, 2014

I love that Garmin! And have been contemplating for quite sometime if I want it or not. Excited to see what you think :) Also, I love this linkup. I will definitely be participating.
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    I will definitely be posting my thoughts on the Garmin, I've used it once so far and it was quite easy to set up! So happy you'll be joining us for the link up, I look forward to your yummy posts :)

GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
Reply December 26, 2014

I got myself the Canon T5i on Black Friday and I've been loving it so far. Glad you were able to cross that one off your wish list :D
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    Reply December 26, 2014

    Me too! There is so much to learn but I LOVE it so far- lots of fun to play with!!!

Montana ross
Reply December 27, 2014

I don't have enough vacation time in one year to go all the places I want but I swear one of them is your house! That beef tenderloin looks ah-ma-zing! And the spicy shrimp and stuffed clams sound great too! I'm glad you got your wish list items for Christmas :-) and I truly hope you enjoyed your holidays with your family. Ps...onesies are totally normal. My brothers showed up to my moms house in them. And then the older one put on his jorts (long story...pic will be up soon lol)
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    Reply December 28, 2014

    You are more than welcome to come visit me anytime you'd like ;) I cant wait to see pics and hear the story about your brothers- they sound like a fun time!!!

Reply December 28, 2014

Awesome prezzies! We got that camera last year, love it so much! I would also recommend some sort of photoshop program. I have Photoshop Elements which is pretty cheap and is great for getting started. It totally fixes all my bad pics ;) Merry Christmas and Happy shooting!

    Reply December 28, 2014

    Merry Christmas to you too!!! Thanks for the tip- I am definitely going to download photoshop- can't wait to see all the fun things I can do with it :) Hope you're having a great weekend!

GiGi Eats
Reply December 28, 2014

FEAST OF 7 FISHES!!! Ahhhh I am in loveee!! We did NOT do that this year :( But I sort of do it every day anyways, LOL!
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    Reply December 28, 2014

    Fish really is delish anytime of year- seriously one of my favorite foods :P

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply December 28, 2014

Oh my gosh I am coming to eat with your family!!!
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Reply December 29, 2014

Loving the seafood fest! Thanks for sharing your traditions!!! Traditions are always wonderful!! Are some of these photos taken with that new amazing camera you got??? I enjoyed seafood Christmas eve..(a bite of the following; Oysters, Maryland Crabcake, Halibut, Lobster, Lamb, and for my main dinner seared Ahi) Our tradition is to go out to a high end restaurant Christmas Eve and enjoy items we wouldn't typically order....except the hubby...he ordered Baked Macaroni and Cheese with bacon and bread crumbs LOL but it was def high end mac 'n' cheese ;)
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    Reply December 29, 2014

    Yes, yes- some of the pics were taken with my new cam ;) Love that you go out to a high end restaurant- I think mac'n'cheese can be decadent for sure, I bet it was delish!

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