Calamari Christmas Eve

December 16, 2014 5:55 PM

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The moment the pumpkins were tossed I began my yearly obsession with the seven fish that I will make for Christmas Eve dinner. Growing up in our suburban Boston home, Thanksgiving was just an American excuse to get relatives together while, in our house, we did that every Sunday, like it -- and them -- or not. It was, in my mother's view, the warm up act for the most important meal of the year. Holiday sales were a hot topic by the first frost but focused squarely on which North End fish market would produce the best lobsters and the cheapest salt cod.

Holiday rituals can bring out the crazy in us all. We can run but we can't hide from the traditions of our parents and grandparents, especially those who brought the richness of their homelands with them to America. So, if you are like me, you make a lame attempt to emulate them just in case someone...

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