{giveaway} Holiday Stories From Your Kitchen

The good, the bad, the ugly, the amazing, the laughable.

Kitchen highlights, lowlights, disasters and award-winning triumphs.

For our December Episode of the FSC Podcast, Christine & I are producing a very special episode, Holiday Stories from your Kitchen, filled with the ups, downs, the sweat, the tears and panic with holiday home cooking.

Come on, I know you have them! Who hasn’t dried out the turkey on Thanksgiving or forgotten to cook it all together? Who put together the best Christmas Eve meal or New Year’s Cocktail party of your life a few years ago?

Share a story below and you’ll be entered to win: ANY one book $20 or less in our Amazon Store: FSC Supply & Pantry


three additional entries will win a copy of our From Scratch Holidays self-published book (free download on the blog):

Cover of our Ebook!

Let’s laugh, cry & reminisce together!

{Holiday Stories from your Kitchen: GIVEAWAY DETAILS}

  • This giveaway is for either:
    – a book of the winner’s choice from our Amazon store- up to $20 (one winner)
    – one copy of our Ebook: From Scratch Holidays. (three winners)
  • Open to US Residents only due to cost prohibited shipping costs.
  • Giveaway ends at midnight NEXT Wednesday, November 7th, 2012. The winners will be notified via email and announced on this post on Thursday November 8th.
  • We will pick the winning comments, randomly via the always random, random.org
  • All entries will be in the form of ONE  comment BELOW –> Share a holiday story from your kitchen. Go!

Again, ALL entries (up to ONE total) need to be in the form of a comment below. Other comments on other posts (or on Facebook or Twitter) will not count towards this giveaway.


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Finding her true calling, connecting people to their local foodshed, Christina is the Editor & Founder of From Scratch Club and a proud CSA Member & Market Crew member of Kilpatrick Family Farm. At the homestead, she is the Chef de Cuisine, Master Baker & Head Food Preservationist to her husband Charles and their 2 year old son, Miles Jae. Although always a supporter of local, sustainable, humane and whole foods, Chris is now on a serious mission to bring those principles into her kitchen due to Miles Jae’s multiple food allergy diagnosis, asthma and the rare disease, EE. All of her recipes are dairy, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, gluten/wheat, pea, corn & sesame free.

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10 Comments on “{giveaway} Holiday Stories From Your Kitchen”

  1. Morgan
    October 31, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    First Christmas with my in-laws, I had talked up this State Fair award winning coffee cake that I make so they all requested it. I made it, brought it, got a bunch of polite compliments on it, and was last in line to receive a slice. But…it was flat as a pancake and had texture like flan. I had completely forgotten any leavening agent! Oops.

  2. November 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    Thanksgiving. For most people, there is something that it just wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving dinner if you didn’t have it. For me, that would be stuffing. For my dad, creamed onions. For my Aunt Pam, pie – and more than one kind, at that. I had a friend once who couldn’t have a Thanksgiving without candied yams with marshmallows on top. And, since she always (always) burned them, for the rest of the family it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Mom’s yams with burned marshmallows on top.

    So, a few years ago, when my brother and his new wife were coming to Maine for Thanksgiving, I asked her if there was anything she wanted on the menu, because it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it. “Oh no,” she said “whatever you’re going to cook will be just fine.”

    I planned a big meal – Turkey, corn bread stuffing. a wonderful salad, sweet potato biscuits, pie, Brussels sprouts, and a few other things.

    When they arrived she offered to help with the cooking. I asked what she’d like to do. “I’ll mash the potatoes” she said. I told her I hadn’t made any potatoes. “What?” she asked, a little astounded. “You can’t have Thanksgiving without potatoes!” I guess they were so intrinsic to her vision of Thanksgiving dinner that it never occurred to her that they wouldn’t be on the menu. So, ever flexible, we pulled out some potatoes and set about boiling and mashing. And everyone was happy, and we all knew it was Thanksgiving.

  3. Becky H
    November 2, 2012 at 10:31 am #

    Living as an expat in France for four years was exhilarating yet challenging at times. One challenge being the celebration of American holidays added on to the reality of not having family around. For Thanksgiving in particular, turkeys are hard to come by, and American vegetables so associated with Thanksgiving, like sweet potatoes, corn, and pumpkins are non existent.

    So what is an American living overseas to do? We would gather up all of the other lonely expats who wished to celebrate – on the weekend of course, as Thanksgiving Thursday is just another workday – and set off to produce a meal that resembles our American traditions with a French flair.

    So maybe it will be a goose instead of a turkey. Or a gratin dauphinois (a wonderful scalloped potatoes and cream dish) instead of a sweet potato casserole. Or a tart instead of a pumpkin pie. And with every meal a baguette. Always.

  4. Kathryn
    November 4, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve been luck to avoid any major holiday kitchen disasters thus far in life (knock on wood). The worst issue that’s been present at a holiday meal was the first Thanksgiving that I spent with an ex-boyfriend and his family. There was something a bit off with the pumpkin pie, but we couldn’t figure out quite what it was a first. I started to ask the hostess what spices she normally used, what sweetener, etc, in an effort to help figure out what was different about the pie that year. It turned out that she had forgotten the sugar!

  5. November 4, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    This is not so much a mistake but more of a funny story. I come from a very Italian family, both my parents were born in Italy, and so our thanksgiving has evolved over the years to be more of a traditional American thanksgiving. However, for many years it included pasta in a red sauce. For years I tried to tell my grandmother and mother that we didn’t need pasta, but every year they made it. Finally one year, they agreed to no pasta or atleast I thought so. I arrive to dinner and my mother made soup with tortellini. When I said, “I thought we agreed not pasta,” she said, “it’s not, it’s soup.”

    And now the blunder. My favorite part of thanksgiving is pumpkin pie. A couple of years ago I took a fork full if pie, only to spit it right out. My mom used salt instead of sugar in the pie that year. Needless to say, I was pretty sad!

  6. November 5, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Last year my husband and I decided to bake christmas gifts for our close friends and family to save costs (we’ were newlyweds). We had a little assembly line going in our tiny galley kitchen which was quite humerous. There was flour, chocolate chips and a mess everywhere you looked by the time we were done! It was fun packaging all the jars up though and we will always remember our first year being married, making those nice gifts together in our tiny first home kitchen! :) Thanks for the opportunity!


  7. November 6, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I thought of a story after leaving the swap on Sunday! In my home a tradition has been passed down of drinking “Russian Tea” at Christmastime. I think my grandmother originally got the recipe from a newspaper – it is the really unhealthy one with Tang, lots of sugar, powdered tea and lemonade, cinnamon and cloves. Growing up, my mom would always mix up the first batch on December first. We were allowed one cup per day (probably to limit sugar intake as well as protect my mom’s pocketbook from being emptied on Tang purchases!). She would continue making new batches of the mix until Christmas; then, once that last batch was gone, no more until the next year on December first. When my daughter was 15 months, she helped me mix up our own batch on December first and I have a video of her standing on her chair at the counter, chanting, “‘Ter, ‘ter, ‘ter!” (“Stir, stir, stir!”) as she mixed it up.

    Now that we don’t consume artificial colors or flavors or much sugar anymore, I’ve quit making it, but the smell of fake orange and spices will always smell like Christmas to me. For the past couple of years I’ve been on a search for something similar, but made with real food ingredients. If anyone has ideas, I’d love to hear them!

  8. Brighid
    November 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    So many choices in our family for stories!

    For instance, do you know why there are never any recipes for lamb broth made from leftover leg of lamb? It smells really, really bad! One late December found us opening all the windows and turning on a fan in our far northern state!

    Other holiday stories are so much better; one year many people wanted to make their special dessert and in the end, we had everyone’s dessert! Dinner was happily overshadowed by the array of yumminess.

    Erin – I remember the “Russian Tea”! Maybe using orange oil, lemon oil, cinnamon and clove mixed in honey to approximate it?

  9. Monica Kurzejeski
    November 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Over the past several years, I have been fortunate to have friends and family over for Christmas Eve and it’s become somewhat of a tradition. Our evening meal consists of usually too many appetizers, bouillabaisse (at least 7 fishes for the Italians in our group), baked ziti (for those who don’t like seafood), salad and some sort of dessert! It’s a special evening for all of us to gather and enjoy our blessings together. It always comes together nicely, even though it’s a little crazy when it falls on a work day…the only time I can remember it not working was the year I got CRAZY
    sick on Christmas Eve and had to postpone at the last minute. Everyone was understanding and even my wonderful husband prepared the seafood and some noodles for our family to have our own Christmas Eve. We did end up rescheduling the get together with our friends and family so that we wouldn’t break the annual tradition.


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