There are so many holiday food traditions enjoyed by those around the world. This week, we take a look at a handful of special ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday season:
Germany– Marzipan is a sweet treat that has been enjoyed for years during the holiday season by those in Germany. Commonly referred to as candy potatoes, marzipan is not only delightful, but also so easy to make! Not to mention, we have the Germans to thank for the ever-popular advent calendars we see around this time of year.
Italy – It is common on Christmas Eve for Italians to ditch meat and instead serve a bounty of fish, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Eel is oftentimes served during the holiday meal as it is a common catch off of the Amalfi coast during the winter season.
Japan– Japan has practiced a long standing tradition of indulging on soba noodles every New Years Eve. Toshikoshi Soba, which translates to “New Year’s Eve Noodles” are meant to be slurped while reflecting and transitioning from one year into another.
The South– Also as a way to ring in the New Year, it is common for those in the South to serve up some black-eyed peas and collard greens. Greens represent paper money while the beans are symbolic for coins. This comfort food must be eaten on New Year’s Day for optimum luck the rest of the year.
Scandinavia– Sweden and Norway have a love for Cardamom as they consume anywhere from 18 to 30 times more of the spice per capita each year. With Cardamom being such a staple in their spice racks, it is common during the holiday season to see it featured in their dishes, especially their baked goods. Their Fyrstekake (a Cardamom-Almond tart) is the perfect Scandinavian holiday food.
We’ve all been there. After the big day (Thanksgiving that is) and left with WAY too many leftovers. What do you do? Well luckily, we at E+B have curated a list of some snazzy ways to add some life into your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Who knows, you just might be able to revive that turkey left in the oven a little too long!
Turkey Breakfast Tacos
Turkey for breakfast? Yes, utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers can start as early as Black Friday morning. These Turkey Breakfast Tacos will help you put a fun spin on your typical breakfast taco with the addition of sweet potato mash and turkey. Top with salsa for some added spice and flavor.
Grandma Billie was always sure to make turkey croquettes with her leftover Thanksgiving dishes. Combine mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, turkey to make soft and fluffy croquettes. Dip these in some warmed turkey gravy or that extra can of cranberry sauce you’ve got lying around.
Cornbread Stuffing Fried Rice
The beauty of using leftovers is in the ability to add different flavorings to create an entirely different dish. Everyone loves salty and savory fried rice, so why not add your stuffing, turkey, and roasted veggies to remix this classic?
Would it truly be a Thanksgiving Leftover compilation without the mention of the infamous leftover sandwich? This ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Club incorporates the sweet addition of cran-mayo (cranberry sauce + mayo), bacon, and turkey. The best part? These sandwiches can be assembled and thrown into the oven to crisp, because who wants to dirty up the stove after the big day?
Would it really be fall without the mention of the most famous squash of all- pumpkin?! This Autumn staple is used in all sorts of fun ways during this time of year. So go ahead and kick-off the fall season with harvesting up these gourds at your local patch for either decor or cooking. Needing some inspo? Take a look at these yummy pumpkin recipes for the fall (and we promise, they won’t all be desserts!).
Pumpkin Baked Ziti
If you have ever experienced the savory combo of pumpkin and sage, then you know that your taste buds have been blessed. This Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage brings together the perfect pairings into a creamy pasta dish. Top with parmesan cheese and viola, you’ve got a comforting, warm bowl of pumpkiny-goodness!
Curried Pumpkin Soup
There’s absolutely nothing like curling up to a bowl of warm soup during the cool fall months. This Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup is a classic take on the pumpkin soup with invigorating curry spices that elevate it to the next level. It has all of the creaminess you would ever need in a fall soup, and the best part is, it’s dairy free!
Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts
An Autumn take on a classic childhood favorite- pop tarts! Flaky pie crust stuffed with warm pumpkin-spiced filling. As if these treats are not scrumptious enough, these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are drizzled in sweet, delicious maple glaze.
Pumpkin Beer Pretzels
If soft and buttery pretzels dipped in cheese sauce evoke any sort of childhood memory, then this recipe is for you! Perhaps a more adult take on the classic, these Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso sauce are so indulgent. The secret weapon lies in the pumpkin beer that adds just the right amount of booze and fluffiness to the dough.
Fall Scent-Pumpkin Porter
We have launched a limited-edition fall scent- Pumpkin Porter! A combination of fall spices, pumpkin, and creamy Bay Area brewed porter make for a deliciously tempting bar of soap (but don’t be too tempted to take a bite :)).
As we officially embark upon the Autumn season, we would be absolutely foolish to overlook this famous fall fruit. Due to its peak ripeness and versatility, apples serve as a staple during this time of year. Not to mention, fall is the best time to take advantage of the fruit’s bounty and perhaps embark on the ever-famous challenge of eating “an apple-a-day”. To showcase its many uses, here are some delicious apple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
Breakfast Granola Apple Crisp
Apple crisps are not strictly meant to be enjoyed for dessert, but actually can be eaten for breakfast as well! This breakfast apple granola crisp is the perfect spin on your classic granola and can totally be made in advance for those hectic mornings. Simply pair it with your favorite yogurt and serve it warmed or chilled.
Herb Apple Gruyere Scones
Apples and Gruyere cheese offer such a stark contrast that pair together to make melodious, savory goodness. These Herb Apple Gruyere scones are the perfect addition to any fall soup- tomato, pumpkin, or butternut squash.
Grilled Flatbreads with Apple, Bacon, and Onion
Fruit on pizza? Not to be confused with the highly-debated pineapple on pizza. Apples with savory bacon and sweet caramelized onions make for great toppings. This grilled flatbread incorporates the warming herbs of thyme, rosemary, and sage for a delicious fall-inspired take on a classic pizza.
Mom’s Apple Cake
To top the day off, enjoy a slice of this moist and sweet apple goodness. This Apple Cake, featured on our “A Few Festive Ways to Celebrate Fall” blog post, pairs well with your favorite ice cream or can be simply enjoyed on its own.
Etta+Billie’s Fall Scents
Our fall scented-goodies officially launch on October 4th! It would not be a fall scent launch without something apple-spiced. We know that cinnamon laced cider and bourbon are the perfect match. With our Spiked Cider Soap, you’ll feel like you’re curled up in front of a crackling fire with a warm beverage every time you shower.
With fall just around the corner, it’s time we gear up for the wonderful season marked by pumpkin-spice, cozy knits, and foods that make you feel all warm inside! Here are some fun fall festivities and recipes that ought to get you ready for the seasonal transition:
Visiting a local pumpkin patch is the best way to kick-off your fall season. These iconic autumn squashes are on display in all of their glory- ranging in colors from white, yellow, and orange in a variety of shapes and sizes. Grab some of the gourds for carving or simply to adorn your home, but don’t throw those seeds away! They can be roasted up into something crunchy and flavorful to munch on. Spice up your recipe with some of these creative takes on the classic roasted pumpkin seed.
Apples reach their prime in the fall, so what better time to gather up family and friends to enjoy the day picking them? You can slice them up for a pie, turn them into fritters, or dip them in ooey gooey caramel. Either way, apple picking can prove itself to be quite a rewarding pursuit. Make it a day worth while by packing a picnic to enjoy on the grounds in the fresh crisp air.
With the weather becoming cooler and night beginning earlier, it is a great time to flock indoors and whip up some of your favorite fall goodies with warm and invigorating spices. One way to infuse the delicious fragrances of the fall into your space is by brewing up a batch of apple cider. The beauty is, you can leave it on the stove or keep it simmering in the crockpot. If you’re really looking for some fun, turn your cider into spiked goodness by pouring in your favorite liquor.
In our new series “Story Behind the Scent”, Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+ Billie, will take us through a history behind our scented concoctions. Here, she will recall the foods, memories, and people that have helped bring them to life. This week, we are talking all things Grapefruit Cardamom!
Tell us about the inspiration behind this scent:
Grapefruit Cardamom was a melding of two flavors that I loved into something absolutely blissful.
My love of grapefruit began as a child. Every summer, I spent time at my Grandma Etta’s in Southern California. She would often serve me grapefruit in the morning and I came to love the way she would cut each section for me so I could scoop the tangy flesh into a bowl. Then, I would squeeze any remaining pulp to create “Grapefruit soup”. I was so hooked on this method that I would often refuse to eat grapefruit cut any other way.
My obsession with cardamom didn’t start until I was much older. My first cardamom experience was in Indian cooking and then in a variety of pastries. I loved how the flavor is both herbaceous and spicy. With fresh green notes as well as a warm coziness. Once I discovered it, I couldn’t get enough.
Using my cooking experience and food loves as inspiration, I combined these two scents together. They work in harmony with each other to create something sweet, tart, spicy, and fresh. This combination is one of my very first and still one of my favorites today.
What products does Etta+Billie carry with this scent?
It’s that time of year that we celebrate the U-S-of-A with a big get-together, sunshine, cold beers, and a massive BBQ feast. I’ve polled the E+B Crew and some of our Maker pals to find out what some of their favorite side dishes are to accompany their hot dogs/burgers/ribs/tofu/chicken for Fourth of July!
Sonia, Etta + Billie’s Production Manager, loves a classic Grilled Corn on the Cob. Check out a few techniques for the perfect butter worthy corn-on-the-cob over at Serious Eats.
I love Jasmine’s (E+B’s Studio Assistant) pick for her favorite side – a pasta salad. This Mediterranean Orzo Salad is the perfect blend of crunchy, salty, savory, and 100% satisfying. Plus, you can put most of it together ahead of time and mix in the tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs right before serving.
I love potato salad but I’m not a mayo fan (except in deviled eggs, egg salad, and tuna – I know, that makes no sense) so I’m always drawn to tangy, herb-laced recipes like this Chimichurri Potato Salad from Salt & Lavender. Yum.
When I think of ordering a Negroni, my mind is usually telling me it’s time to sit and relax. Take a load off, savor the moment, which is hard to do with a 1-year old baby boy! The Negroni is the perfect cocktail for these kinds of moods. They’re a bit bitter, strong, and subtly sweet. For one our favorite weeks at Etta + Billie, Negroni Week, I wanted to share some of the most interesting ways you can enjoy this iconic cocktail, where to get them, and also share some exciting E+B news!
Classic Negroni: Junior. Mission, SF
Located just a hop and a skip from my house, Junior is my favorite local spot to sit n’ think for a while with a good, herbaceous Negroni. The interior is beautiful, the colors are contemplative, which makes for the perfect environment. Here are the ingredients for the Classic recipe:
Classic Negroni 1 oz. Gin (my favorite is St. George’s!) 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1 oz. Campari Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: Rocks Glass Garnish: Orange Peel Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Kingston Negroni: Outerlands, Outer Sunset, SF
If you take the N-line outbound to the beach, through layers of fog, you’ll find this wonderful gem of a restaurant called Outerlands. Although they’re known for many things (like their amazing grilled cheese!), the bartenders introduced me to the Kingston Negroni, and now it’s my favorite place to get it. Using Jamaican rum instead of gin, I was pleasantly surprised by the rich, spicy combination. Definitely the kind of drink you want to have with a friend, savoring all the flavors of your Negroni and sharing deep conversation. Here are the ingredients for the Kingston Negroni recipe:
Kingston Negroni 1 oz. Jamaican rum (my favorite is Smith and Cross!) 1 oz. sweet vermouth 1 oz Campari Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer Glass: rocks Garnish: orange peel Combine all ingredients and stir with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass and garnish.
Mezcal Negroni: Hello Stranger, Uptown Oakland
Across the bridge, Hello Stranger is my favorite Uptown bar for a Negroni. On the weekends this place gets busy, but during the week you can always count on a mellow scene with great music. Honestly, what brought me to this place was word of their original creation: the Hell’s Belles Negroni. With earthy mezcal, herbaceous rosemary (they even torch the rosemary sprig!) this version surprised me in the best way. It’s an experience you must check out if you’re in Oakland. Here are the ingredients for the Mezcal Negroni:
Hell’s Belles 1 ¼ oz. mezcal (Hello Stranger uses Wahaka espadín) 1 ½ oz. Cocchi Americano Rosa ½ oz. Campari Tools: barspoon, strainer Glass: Old Fashioned Garnish: grapefruit twist, rosemary sprig Stir all the ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Twist a piece of grapefruit peel over the drink, then pierce the twist with a rosemary sprig and use as garnish. (Optional: Use a kitchen torch to flame the rosemary sprig until it smokes; extinguish the flame before serving.)
New Etta + Billie product: Negroni Soap!
Just in time for Negroni Week, I made a small batch of soap inspired by one of my favorite classic cocktails, the Negroni! It’s the perfect combination of sweet and bitter and a little boozy. Visit our Instagram page for more Negroni Week updates, as well as our website to purchase your favorite new cocktail soap.
Mimosas are arguably the perfect breakfast cocktail. And they are versatile! Simply combine champagne or sparkling wine with your favorite juice and ingredients. You can make your mimosa as unique as you are.