Last night we kept a family tradition alive — celebrating the Orthodox Christmas, or as my Dad’s side of the family calls it, Russian Christmas.
When I was young, we would actually have another Christmas dinner on
Jan. 7 with my grandparents and celebrate. It wasn’t an evening filled
with opening presents and such like Dec. 25 was, but it was a dinner
filled with traditional favorites like stuffed cabbage rolls, potato
pancakes, kielbasa sauerkraut, perogies and other ethnic favorites. I would usually get one small gift from my grandparents.
It was carb and gluten-loaded, but once in a while it’s not so bad, right?
Plus, we started out the meal with this salad packed with fresh spinach leaves, tomatoes, radishes, olives and feta cheese topped with a dressing of lemon juice, olive oil and parsley.
Potato and cheddar perogies boiled and then sauteed in a little bit of olive oil and onions.
And, of course potato pancakes baked in the oven.
My Dad also heated up the unstuffed cabbage rolls my aunt made, and put into containers, for him to freeze at Christmas.
I’m not a real religious person, but I am a big believer in traditions, so I’m not going to let this one escape. 🙂