Families come together during the holidays to share company, gifts and food. Melissa Pasanen, a contributor the Savovore Sections of the Burlington Free Press, visited several Vermont families to learn food traditions for the holidays including the Howrigans, a seventh generation dairy-farming family with Irish heritage.
"There are so many family recipes, [the Howrigans] have their own family cookbook!" Pasenen said. "But they said they have an interesting mix of longtime family traditions and new ones."
One of their long-time traditions is mince-meat pie made with family hunted venison and special stuffing made with oyster. The most important food tradition is called Irish bread, which is a yeasted sweet bread with currants.
Find out more about the Howrigans in Pasanen's piece Talking Turkey with the Howrigans.
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