When I was a kid Christmas was about toys. It was all about the tree, the ornaments, and the packages under that tree. It was all about the things. I was more focused on the things that I gave, or that I got, than I was on the experiences. I mean it wasn’t just about what I myself got. I was equally excited by the presents that others around me received. But still, it was all about things.
As I get older I find I don’t really care about the gifts much at all. Now I’m all about the experiences that the holidays bring. The traditions that we build, layer upon layer, year after year, as a family.
And so many of those traditions focus on food. Tuna dip and nanaimo bars at the big family parties, my mom’s classic French Canadian tourtière on those busy holiday nights, turkey and stuffing Christmas eve, buckwheat waffles for Christmas day breakfast, my mother-in-laws scalloped potatoes with Christmas dinner, the local sausage we always serve with cheese and crackers on New Years…. food, food and more food.
Which holiday classics are a must have at your family parties? What recipe do you find yourself making each year at this time?
When I think of going to mom’s for Christmas I always think of the coffee. I am not even kidding. My sister knows, it’s the first thing I’ll ask for when I walk in the door, and she often will put a cup on for me while I’m helping the kids take off their boots and get settled.
I used to love visiting just so I could try out different flavours in her k-cup machine. However a few months back I finally got my own Keurig, so now I don’t have to wait to visit to get my hands on a cup of Van Houtte Holiday Blend.
Much like other holiday classics, the Van Houtte Holiday Blend coffee or Holliday Spice Latte is a taste that is only around this time of year. It’s one that complements many of the traditional holiday dishes… and even doubles as an ingredient!
Seriously, check out the Van Houtte website for their spin on Nanaimo bars, stuffed turkey breast and mini tourtières, all made using Van Houtte’s holiday blend. Adding coffee to the tourtière mix is something I’d never considered, and I’m eager to give it a shot when I get together with my mom to make pies next weekend.
In the meantime I want to hear what your favourite holiday dish is. Share one of your favourite holiday classic recipes in the comments below for a chance to win a holiday classics prize pack from Keurig and Van Houtte!
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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Van Houtte. As always my words and opinions are my own.