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Christmas & New Year
 

Christmas goose. German-speaking people eat roasted geese traditionally only on appointed holidays. Similar to the turkey in the United Kingdom or the United States, roasted goose is a favored Christmas dish as well as commonly eaten on St. Martin's Day.

 

Coquito is an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. It is made with egg yolks, rum, coconut milk, coconut cream, sweet condensed milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The drink is commonly associated with the Christmas holidays...

 

Cozonac is a traditional Bulgarian and Romanian sweet bread. It is usually prepared for Easter in Bulgaria and mostly for every major holiday (Christmas, Easter, New Year) in Romania...

 

Eggnog, also known as egg nog, is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk and/or cream, sugar and beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Various liquors, such as brandy, rum, whisky, advocaat and/or liqueurs, are often added...

 

Julbord is the standard Christmas dinner in Scandinavian countries. Julbord is a word consisting of the elements jul, meaning Yule (today synonymous with Christmas) and bord, literally table. The classic Swedish julbord is the highlight of Swedish cuisine...

 

Mulled wine, variations of which are popular around the world, is wine, usually red, combined with spices and typically served warm. Nowadays, it is a traditional drink during winter, especially around Christmas...

 

Panettone is a typical bread of Milan, usually prepared and enjoyed for Christmas and New Year around Italy, and one of the symbols of the city. Maltese nationals are also traditionally associated with this sweet bread...

 

A pretzel is any bread or sweet pastry looped in a certain way (pretzel loop), for consumption within a few days...

 

Russian salad or Salade russe, also known as Salade Olivier ( in Russian), is a salad composed of diced potato, vegetables and sometimes meats bound in mayonnaise...

 

A snickerdoodle is a soft sugar cookie lightly dusted with cinnamon. It has a characteristically crackly surface, and can be crisp or soft, depending on preference. Some variants include nutmeg, raisins, or nuts. Snickerdoodles are a traditional Christmas cookie in North America...

 

Stuffed turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Christmas feasts in much of the world, as well as Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, though this tradition has its origins in modern times, rather than colonial as is often supposed...

 

A sugar cookie is a cookie made from sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking powder or baking soda. Sugar cookies may be formed by hand or rolled and cut into shapes. They are commonly decorated with frosting, sprinkles, or a combination of both...

 
Easter
 

Cozonac is a traditional Bulgarian and Romanian sweet bread. It is usually prepared for Easter in Bulgaria and mostly for every major holiday (Christmas, Easter, New Year) in Romania...

 

Kulich [in Russian meaning "Easter cake"] is a kind of Easter bread, traditional in the Orthodox Christian faith Russia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, etc...

 
Jewish Holidays
 

Cholent (Yiddish: טשאָלנט) or hamin (Hebrew: חמין‎) is a traditional Jewish stew simmered overnight, for 12 hours or more, and eaten for lunch on Shabbat (the Sabbath)...

 

A hamantash is a pastry in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine recognizable for its three-cornered shape. The shape is achieved by folding in the sides of a circular piece of dough, with a filling placed in the center. It is traditionally eaten during the Jewish holiday of Purim...

 

Kugel is a baked Jewish pudding or casserole most commonly made from egg noodles or potatoes, served as a side dish or a dessert...

 
Muslim Holidays
 

Harira is the traditional soup of Morocco. It is usually eaten during dinner in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to break the fasting day. It is considered as a meal in itself...

 
Pancake Week (Russian Orthodox Church)
 

Blini are Russian thin pancakes (very similar to French crêpes) which are often served in connection with a religious rite or festival in several cultures. The word "blin" (singular of blini) comes from Old Slavic "mlin", which means "to mill"...

 
Thanksgiving
 

Stuffed turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Christmas feasts in much of the world, as well as Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, though this tradition has its origins in modern times, rather than colonial as is often supposed...

 

Succotash (from Narragansett msíckquatash, "boiled corn kernels") is a food dish consisting primarily of corn and lima beans or other shell beans. Other ingredients may be added including tomatoes and green or sweet red peppers...

 
Special Occasions (Unspecified)
 

Caviar is the processed, salted roe of certain species of fish, most notably the sturgeon (black caviar) and the salmon (red caviar). It is commercially marketed worldwide as a delicacy and is eaten as a garnish or a spread; for example, with hors d'œuvres...

 

Dressed Herring or Herring Under Fur Coat (Russian: - Sel'd' Pod Shuboj) is layered salad composed of diced salted herring covered with layers of grated boiled vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beet roots), chopped onions and mayonnaise...

 

Fondue is a Swiss communal dish shared at the table in an earthenware pot (caquelon) over a small burner (rechaud). The term is derived from the French verb fondre (to melt), in the past participle fondu (melted)...

 

Hāngi is a traditional New Zealand Māori method of cooking food using heated rocks buried in a pit oven still used for on special occasions...

 

Khash is a traditional dish in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. Formerly a nutritious winter food for the rural poor, it is now considered a delicacy, and is enjoyed as a festive winter meal, usually by a company of men...

 

Lechón is a pork dish in several regions of the world, most specifically Spain and its former colonial possessions throughout the world. The word lechón originated from the Spanish term leche (milk); thus lechón refers to a suckling pig that is roasted...

 

Smörgåsbord (in Swedish) is a type of Scandinavian meal served buffet-style with multiple dishes of various foods on a table. In Norway it is called koldtbord and in Denmark it is called kolde bord...

 

The Sunday roast is perhaps the most common feature of English cooking. The Sunday dinner traditionally includes roast potatoes accompanying a roasted joint of meat such as roast beef, lamb, or a roast chicken and assorted vegetables served with a gravy...

 

Turkey with mlinci is a renowned Croatian folk-cuisine specialty, especially in Zagorje and Slavonija. In Slovenia, duck or goose with mlinci is traditionally eaten on St. Martin's Day...

 

 
 

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