'Christmas' on Serious Eats

Seven Takes on the Feast of the Seven Fishes in NYC

The numbers vary—seven, nine, 11, even unlucky 13. The menus vary. And few agree on the origins of the tradition. But no matter on what side of the debate you sit, one collective truth rings clear: the Italian "Feast of the [Seven] Fishes," served on Christmas Eve, is a time to eat, drink, and be satiated. In New York, there is no shortage of feasts to choose from. Here we've rounded up seven takes on the seven fishes. Like anyone who has ever studied the Italian language knows, it's not always what you say—it's how you say it. More

Cranberry Quince Chutney

This wintry chutney, spiced with clove and bright with cranberries and tangerine, is versatile for the holidays either as a gift or on a cheese tray. Plus, the natural pectin in the cranberries helps it set even with a short cooking time, so you can spend less time preserving and more time partying More

10 Christmas-Themed Hot Dogs

Some of the nation's top hot dog chefs have come up with some wild and delicious yuletide-themed concoctions. We've got a lot of reindeer dogs going on as well as some other crazy specials, like a cognac, lamb and pork sausage at Hot Doug's topped with mint mustard cream and double creme brie. And who said Christmas doesn't inspire crazy hot dogs! More

Seven Gift-Worthy Winter Preserves

So you didn't stockpile a bounty of summer preserves to give out over the holidays? Neither did I. But it's not too late! Just because berry season is long gone doesn't mean you can't whip up a batch or two of homemade jam sure to please everyone on your gift list. More

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