The joyous holidays are upon us with all the giving of thanks and gifts. It is a time for families to gather and have their traditional feasts of turkey or ham or possibly both. Mashed and sweet potatoes and green bean casserole with gravies overflowing, and canned cranberries, and the holidays are grand. The feasts are immense. It really is an awesome time of the year when it comes to food but not so awesome for the person that needs to clean up after, not to mention the hours of slaving over the fiery stove and the hot oven. The mixing and stirring and the mashing, cutting, sautéing and what have you for the person cooking can be tiring, draining and take some of the fun out of the holidays. It's not too bad if it's a small family, but for those large extended families, this can get a bit rough. Why not give these people a break after years of providing great meals to the family?
You have a choice. You could either take over the cooking duties and try to make everything and have to deal with the inevitable comments that it just doesn't taste the same as so and so's cooking. Then you would have to clean up afterwards and let's face it, no one likes to clean up after a feast of giant proportions. So your second choice is to go out and make someone else take care of all of the cooking and cleaning. Go have a wonderful meal of Latin fusion dining. There's something for everyone of all ages and no one will be left unsatisfied. Best of all, restaurants are well equipped to handle the cooking and cleaning of all those dishes. Not to mention you could even find a place that offers banquet rooms for those that have large families so no one will be put out by having to be separated across the restaurant.
Some of you might be thinking that this would break family tradition and it just wouldn't be the same. Well...yes. It would be different and change can be good sometimes. Also, no one ever said that tradition can't just be paused for a year and recommence the next. I would hope that you don't live in a family where the traditions are contractual. All I'm trying to say that it wouldn't hurt anyone to try something new for a change. The holidays are hectic enough these days that dining out can save a lot of time and hassle. Perhaps you'll even start a new tradition. You'll never know unless you try something new from time to time.
Hey, if Latin cuisine isn't your thing, that's fine. There are plenty of other kinds of fusion cuisine that are available. Heck, even traditional cuisine will do if you still feel the need to have something "traditional." Or you could just let mom or grams or whoever do all the cooking again, but you better help them clean up afterwards! They deserve at least that much.
Tim Hiller is a freelance writer that isn't afraid of breaking traditions from time to time. Like eating fusion cuisine when turkey or ham is the more traditional route. http://www.osorioslatinfusion.com