Good Eats: ‘Tis the season to eat good food.

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Talia Sinclair , Staff Writer

 As we leave the fall months behind and enter winter, we can prepare ourselves to indulge in many different seasonal treats, especially foods associated with religious holidays. 

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that occurs in December over the course of eight days, and it is a celebration of the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.  During these eight days, the people who celebrate eat tasty foods such as potato latkes, brisket, and chocolate gelt.  This is a holiday filled with lights, presents, family, and good food. 

“I really loved the holidays when I was little. My sister and I would always try to win chocolate coins during a game of dreidel.  It’s pretty much a tradition,” said sophomore Montana Moon. 

Baked goods are a large part of this season’s best eats, as it also provides a fun activity during the snowy months. Some of the most popular seasonal foods are cookies, cakes, and pies, featuring peppermint and chocolate flavors.  These ingredients are especially common in winter drinks, such as hot chocolate and coffee.  These specialty drinks are so popular that large coffee companies tend to release creamers and hot chocolate making kits annually so you can be your own barista.  Other fun and tasty drinks that people enjoy on a cold day during the winter include eggnog and apple cider. 

“I love drinking eggnog during the holiday season.  It is something I look forward to enjoying every year!  I love having a tradition each holiday season because it makes it more special,” said sophomore Jake Gendron. 

Christmas is another food-centric holiday.  Many families participate in annual baking traditions that make for a special Christmas season.  Popular activities that prepare families for Christmas include baking cookies for Santa and creating gingerbread houses. 

“My favorite treat that my family makes every year is a trifle.  A trifle is an English dessert consisting of vanilla pudding, fresh fruits, whipped cream and angel food cake, all in layers,” explained sophomore Luke Ficalora. 

Another winter holiday that incorporates amazing foods is Diwali, a five-day festival celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the globe, and it symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness and good over evil.  

“My personal favorite food during Diwali is kaju katli, which is a type of fudge made from cashews.  Diwali is very important to me because I can spend it with my family and wish for good fortune in the year to come,” said junior Sarika Israni.

This festive season heavily involves food throughout all holidays.  These foods can hold a lot of sentimental and traditional value.  Although this is a strange year filled with uncertainties and changes, eating and drinking our favorite winter foods can bring light, happiness, and a sense of normalcy during this holiday season.