Pink Salt Holiday Traditions

The holidays are a special time of year - from the festive decorations to the time spent with loved ones. We wanted to share some of our traditions that make the winter season special for the Pink Salt Cuisine team.

Hope Bailey

What is your favorite part of the holidays?

During the winter, I love visiting my mom in Spokane, Washington and skiing with her.

What traditions are incorporated into your winter holiday plans?

Soup is one of my favorite things to make, so when the temperature starts to cool down, I like to spend my time making different types of soup. I spent some time in India, so vegetable korma is one of my go-to winter dishes.

How long has this tradition been in place?

For as long as I’ve been cooking.

Who started this tradition?

Me!

Do you have any new traditions that you'd like to incorporate?

I would love to start hosting a winter solstice feast for my loved ones featuring my favorite heartwarming dishes.

What is your favorite dish during the holidays?

I love stuffing!

Melissa Carter

What is your favorite part of the holidays?

I love the food, of course! I love that we all come together for a feast as a family. I love family time and tradition, so the holidays are my favorite time of the year!

What traditions are incorporated into your winter holiday plans?

Decorating for the holidays each year is one of my favorite traditions. I love to change things around our home and make it festive and decorative. One of my favorite things to do with my mom was to pull out the decorations and create something new each year. I love starting with Halloween then transitioning to Thanksgiving and into the holiday season and New Year’s.

How long has this tradition been in place?

I have been doing this with my mom since I was a little girl, so well over 30 years.

Who started this tradition?

My momma. She was a school teacher and absolutely loved to shop, decorate and make everything feel so holiday-ish.

Do you have any new traditions that you'd like to incorporate?

My husband and I have created a Friendsgiving tradition. This year was our seventh annual event with our friends that we host the Saturday the week after Thanksgiving each year. We ask our friends to bring their favorite holiday traditional family dishes and we all share each other’s traditions. We come together over amazing food, drink, stories, and laughter.

What is your favorite dish during the holidays?

Stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. I used to get in trouble for serving myself an entire plate of stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. That is the perfect combination of sweet, savory and acid. I wish it was Thanksgiving every day.

Joyce Malicse

What is your favorite part of the holidays?

I love spending time with my family and friends during the holidays, and making memories over delicious food (and hot cider!).

What traditions are incorporated into your winter holiday plans?

My family and friends volunteer on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day to assist the less fortunate - from feeding transitioning veterans and homeless families to providing gifts for children in the foster system. It’s our way of spreading holiday cheer!

How long has this tradition been in place?

My family started volunteering with a local group when I was in high school, and the tradition continued into adulthood while working for non-profit organizations. Now that my nieces and nephew are older, they are starting to volunteer with us.

Who started this tradition?

My mom always encouraged us to help others in need, so when her best friend started organizing Thanksgiving events, we helped out as much as we could.

Do you have any new traditions that you'd like to incorporate?

I would LOVE for my nieces and nephew to start cooking with the grown ups during the holidays. My oldest niece and I are the bakers in the family, so dessert planning is always fun for us.

What is your favorite dish during the holidays?

Mashed potatoes - all day, everyday.

One fun holiday fact:

For the last 10 years, my dog Joyce Jr. and I take a picture for our holiday card. It started as a joke, but now, family and friends expect to receive a card from “The Joyces”. It makes me so happy to know it brings a smile to their faces!

P.S. We hope you and your loved ones have a magical holiday season. Tell us about your traditions in the comments below!