Christmas Traditions at The International Kitchen

June 12, 2020  |  By Liz SanFilippo Hall
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Christmas Traditions at The International Kitchen

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from The International Kitchen! We hope you’re spending this day with loved ones — in and out of the kitchen! While we all have our own traditions this time of year, one thing is for certain: we love spending this holiday with our families. Here’s a quick peek into some of our staff’s traditions.

A delicious fruit tart for the holidays.Not surprisingly, many people’s traditions start well before the holidays, getting ready for the big feast. Over in our Financial Manager Sharon’s house, her family loves to make candy, from divinity to fudge and peanut brittle. On Christmas Eve, her daughter makes a “fruit pizza.” But it’s the candy and dessert that’s a must in her household. Some of her past favorites include her mother’s refrigerator cooking rolled in chocolate shot, her aunt’s pizelle, her other aunt’s fig cookies, and so much more.

Delicious nougat during a French culinary vacation.Learn more about Christmas nougat.

For Richard Davis, president, he spends Christmas morning out at brunch with his family. And as he says, “And then I go home and eat all the Christmas cookies.”

As for Peg Kern, vice president, she loves making Cappelletti in brodo for Christmas Eve and has a long-standing tradition with her boys; come Christmas Day, after all the presents are open, they make pizzas (from scratch!) together.

Delicious cappelletti in brodo for Christmas Eve.As for traditions in my house, they’ve changed in recent year with our toddler daughter, but I’m hoping to make some new traditions with her. Earlier in the holiday season, we spent an afternoon at the Christkindlmarket in Chicago and then saw the beautifully decorated windows at Macy’s. As for in the kitchen, making Christmas desserts is a must, and that’s exactly how we spent our Christmas Eve morning.

What are your Christmas traditions? We’d love to hear them!

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