A while ago I posted a bucket list of things I wanted to do/see/learn. One of those was celebrating Christmas Eve with a Feast of the Seven Fishes. We are neither Italian nor Catholic, but my family was great about going along with the idea, so we had seven fishes on Christmas Eve this year. I have to thank my brother for doing most of the cooking.

MealOur seven fish dishes certainly tasted good, but, man, was I stuffed.

  1. Crab Dip
  2. Seafood salad
  3. Cioppino
  4. Oysters, Brussel Sprouts and Pancetta Gratin
  5. Baked Cod
  6. Linguini with Clam Sauce
  7. Fried smelts

And we had cookies for dessert, of course.

CookingI think my favorite dish was the linguini.

Clam Sauce with Linguini

Serves 4


  • 1 (16 ounce) package linguine pasta
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 (6.5 ounce) cans chopped clams with juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and mushrooms until golden brown. Stir in clams with juice, parsley, salt and white pepper. Cook over medium heat until hot. Toss with pasta until evenly coated. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

My mom, my brother’s wife, and Amber ended up having linguini with tomato sauce and meatballs, since none of them eat fish. Amber says it’s too “bubbly.” Don’t feel too bad for them though, they had ham on Christmas Day, a meat I don’t eat.

Do you have any favorite holiday meal traditions?


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