The big holiday meals:
New Year's Day -- Turkey or Roast Beef
Easter -- Ham
4th of July -- Steak and Salmon
Thanksgiving -- Turkey and Ham
Christmas -- Tamales... then Turkey
Dang... we like Turkey!
Actually, I always thought New Years Day was more of a noshing day. The one dish known to be served that day (for good luck) is Hop 'n John. I don't particularly like it.
Never heard of tamales on Christmas, but they are good anytime. I suppose if you have a gathering of people, it's a good time to make them as they are so much work, you can spread it out.
Cinco De Mayo is up next. A Mexican celebration of some obscure victory over an invading army. It's pretty big here in Cali. We like to go out for authentic Mexican food like mole, enchiladas, chile rellanos, and enjocacado (sp?), washed down with plenty of margaritas and tequila chasers.
and all we´ve got here is herring.
I always thought New Years Day was more of a noshing day.
Great idea... next year....
I think tamales are a Christmas tradition in Mexico -- anyway, our guests missed them the year we didn't have them on Christmas Eve, so they're now a standard feature. We don't make them though -- I order them from one of the Mexican restaurants nearby. As far as I'm concerned, you cannot go wrong with Mexican food (except for Menudo and the other organ meats).
Look, I'm a big Dorothy Parker fan and have read several biographies. First of all, Ms. Parker was not a domestically inclined lady. She lived in hotel rooms--sans kitchen.
Domesticity bored her and she scorned little housewives. She never would have worried about getting the ham on the table for the Ceremonial Serving, let alone given any though to tasteful presentation of leftovers.
Ms. Rombauer, on the other hand....
Noddy, you are probably right about Parker.
There was a columnist (out of Atlanta originally, I believe, but I may be wrong about that) name Erma Bombeck. She eventually had her writing syndicated nationally. Can we pin this on her?
Erma was from Dayton, Ohio, and moved to Arizona later in life.
"The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank".
started her article of April 23, 2003 with the quote:
"Eternity," said Dorothy Parker, "is two people and a ham."
Maybe she knows. It sounds like Dorothy Parker to me since it makes the marriage of two people eating together forever sound sort of awful.