When I was younger my family would alternate holidays with the respective sets of in-laws that lived close by. So every other year was spent with my Grandma White who was from Palestine. I don't have memories of glistening turkeys and instead of visions of seafood, eating out, ordering in. To help recreate some of that tradition I've been looking at ordering a few things in and buying some items premade. It goes against my DIY kitchen nature, but you know what? Grandma was never tired or even broke a sweat, maybe I have something to learn.
It's been nice to have that taste of home without the prep work that went into making it. Although grandma did have her specialties when she did roll up her sleeves in the kitchen, she wasn't the teaching kind and I never learned how to make most things she cooked up. I'd like to tie together some of the things from my youth and some from my adulthood. Nice cheeses and nuts, crackers and veggies in combination with breads, cream cheeses, lox (that I don't have to make myself this time) and this new fish spread that is a new favorite.
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