WBEZ | St. Stephen's Day http://www.wbez.org/tags/st-stephens-day Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Boxing Day: traditional and not so traditional food http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/boxing-day-traditional-and-not-so-traditional-food-104560 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8309958169/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbangchristmasmince.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="Pear Brandy Mince pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">Around the world, the day after Christmas marks <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_Day">Boxing Day</a>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Stephen's_Day">St. Stephen&#39;s Day</a>, and the <a href="http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/KwanzaaActivities2011.html">first day of Kwanzaa</a> this year. But in our city, it&#39;s mostly back to work.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">The <a href="http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/boxingday.asp">origins of Boxing Day</a> are disputed and may be lost to history, but today it&#39;s celebrated much like we celebrate our neo-traditional Black Friday, with post holiday sales shopping, sports watching, and leftovers eating.</div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Few traditional dishes exist for this day, but St. Stephen&#39;s Day pie, essentially cottage or shepherd&#39;s pie, uses leftover meat. In Catalonia their&nbsp;<em>canelons</em>, essentially canneloni but smothered in b├ęchamel then baked golden brown, does the same.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The <a href="http://www.ehfop.org/">Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park will observe Boxing Day</a> with traditional English food, music, and a live performance by the Readers Theater at the <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Hemingway+Birthplace+Home&amp;ll=41.895729,-87.794881&amp;spn=0.009248,0.006523&amp;hq=Hemingway+Birthplace+Home&amp;radius=15000&amp;t=m&amp;z=16&amp;iwloc=A">Hemingway Birthplace Home</a>.&nbsp;Bring a food item to donate to the <a href="http://www.oprffoodpantry.org/">Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry</a> and receive $2 off admission.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">In my home, I&#39;m eating leftover&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2012/12/bang-bang-pie-chicago.html">Pear Brandy Mince</a> and <a href="http://www.bangbangpie.com/pies/">Gingerbread Custard</a> pie and yes, back to work &mdash; mostly.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisachu/8311016022/"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bangbangchristmasgingerbread.jpg" style="height: 415px; width: 620px;" title="Gingerbread Custard pie from Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)" /></a></div></p> Wed, 26 Dec 2012 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/louisa-chu/2012-12/boxing-day-traditional-and-not-so-traditional-food-104560