the ultimate food high
One of the best things about my family is that we’re all “mutts.” My siblings and I have Lithuanian, German, English, Scotch-Irish, and Italian blood flowing through our veins. As a result, we’ve been exposed to an assortment of traditions that my ancestors have passed down from generation to generation. My Sicilian grandmother, however, made her proud Italian heritage a fundamental part of her grandchildren’s lives—especially during Christmas time.
Before attending our Catholic mass at midnight, the entire Stockdale clan gathers around the table on Christmas Eve for a meatless meal. In my grandmother’s honor, we eat seafood marinara—a simple yet delicious meal that can be prepared and cooked in minimal time.
With pasta accompanied by traditional antipasti (without the meat), fresh Italian bread, and bottles and bottles of wine (I prefer white), a Christmas Eve spent with the Stockdales is one filled with endless laughter, love, and scrumptious eats.
—Charlotte Stockdale, public relations director of Baked Magazine. Follow Charlotte on Twitter @CStockdale1.