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Our Editors Share Their Favourite Family Food-Related Holiday Traditions

It’s almost time to start decking the halls, and our team of editors are already counting down the days until the upcoming holiday season. As some of our families continue to grow (a few team members are expecting little ones in 2022), we’ve been talking more about our families, family meals and traditions that surround them.

We’re also taking inspiration from the fan-favourite show, Top Chef Family Style, and knowing  that some of the best memories happen around a good meal (even if there is a little competition to liven things up!), we rounded up some of our favourite food-related holiday traditions we look forward to each year.

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Homemade noodles with beef and tofu

A Festive Birthday Bash

My birthday happens to be on Christmas, so every year for my birthday/Christmas lunch, my grandma makes a massive dish of yi mein “long life” birthday noodles.

The extra-long noodles symbolize the long life of the birthday being celebrated—it’s a classic Chinese tradition and one of my absolute favourite meals. My grandma serves her noodles with thinly sliced braised beef, marinated soya eggs and tender, crunchy Napa cabbage.

It’s a nice way to break up all of the other heavy holiday dishes, and it’s a sweet tradition that makes my Christmas birthday feel even more special.

— Lara, editor, Food Network Canada 

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My Family’s Amaretto Apple Cake

Marrying into an Italian family is not only filled with loads of vibrant conversations punctuated by hand gesturing (no, I am not being stereotypical, it’s a way of life!) at the dinner table, but also incredibly festive eats even if it’s only a casual dinner. Now, when it comes to actual celebrations, minimalism is tossed out the door alongside self-control. Everyone, get ready to eat a lot and wear stretchy pants.

In that spirit, one of my favourite family traditions during the holidays is my mother-in-law’s Torta Antica di Mele e Amaretti AKA Amaretto Apple Cake. Instead of more dense desserts like a rich cake or even tiramisu (which we wouldn’t complain about having at every meal but, well, you know) she makes this coffee cake-consistency apple tart that is light, airy and not too sweet. It’s the perfect way to cap off a huge holiday meal and pairs really nice with an espresso.

Victoria, digital producer, Food Network Canada 

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Cozy Family Time

My Chinese-Canadian family isn’t the most traditional and we have never subscribed to a religion – but we love celebrating commercial Christmas!

Having relied on pop culture to understand festive traditions, we’ve created a format of fun we enjoy every December that includes delicious eats (often in the form of prime rib with all the sides including Chinese sticky rice), small gift exchanges, oddly competitive games and re-watching our fav rom coms.  We have our first baby in a longtime so suspect traditions will be updated and magic will return as we deck those halls for our new tiny human.

— Chloe, digital strategist 

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Gingerbread House Contest

My family is competitive, to say the least, so a few years ago we came up with a gingerbread house decorating contest for the annual Christmas gathering. We split into teams and get gingerbread house kits to have the same treats to work with. It’s meant to be a fair game, but gummies have mysteriously gone missing from other decorating stations. It’s a fun time, all of the cousins scrambling to stick on the last few jube jubes. We tally up everyone’s votes at the end to determine the winning team and the prize is even more candy (and bragging rights).

Nataly, editor, HGTV Canada 

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An Italian Seafood Feast

For many Italian families, Christmas Eve is the big night for celebration. Growing up, and even now, it’s my favourite meal of the year and it often involves salty, fishy pasta packed with sardines (or anchovies) — and that’s just the appetizer! Afterward, my aunt puts out two large platters of shellfish (think: shrimp, crab legs, lobster tails, mussels and clams) and we all dig in with napkins tucked into the tops of our sweaters. To help us digest afterward, we indulge in a light salad with an olive oil dressing and snack on a bowl of clementines and other assorted fruit.

Laura, editor, Slice  

Related: The Definitive Guide to Alternative Pastas

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Indulging in Ice Cream

My family’s holidays are super casual, but we have a small tradition that I have always loved. Since we were kids, my mom let my sister and I each choose our very own pint of “fancy ice cream” (read: Häagen-Dazs or Ben and Jerry’s) for our special New Year’s Eve dessert. Growing up, selecting a flavour was a serious decision, even though I always picked chocolate chip cookie dough. We would indulge in our pint of fancy ice cream in between holiday movies and rounds of Scrabble, and it truly felt like the biggest luxury.

Angela, assistant editor, Food Network Canada and HGTV Canada 

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4 Hot New Releases to Binge on Amazon Prime This September

Cooler temps, fall colours and craving comfy foods: Seasons are changing and so is the great content on Food Network.

From your top shows with a twist (think, “Top Chef but make it family”) to Halloween on Food Network (ghastly cake creations and frightful eliminations!),  we won’t be judgy if you binge on these shows playing on your device with StackTV on Amazon Prime.

Top Chef Family Style

When to Watch: New series premieres September 16 at 9 PM ET/PT


This new reality-based cooking competition is hosted by Grammy Award-winning global superstar Meghan Trainor with acclaimed chef, James Beard Award winner and best-selling cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson serving as Head Judge. It takes family ties and blends in high stakes, jaw-dropping talent and heart-warming humour that families across generations can enjoy. Talented young chefs – each teamed up with an adult partner of their choice –are competing to win the grand prize including $50,000.

Related: Memorable First Bites from Top Chef Canada

Halloween Baking Championship

When to Watch: New season premieres September 13 at 9 PM ET/PT

Judges Stephanie Boswell, Zac Young and Carla Hall and Judge John Henson, looking at the camera on the set of Halloween Baking Championship.

Camp Devil’s Food Lake is the backdrop for Season 11 of this wildly popular baking competition. The inspiration? 1980s slasher films. So get ready to see creepy-crawly desserts to deadly delicious cupcakes being whipped up, as the bakers try and prove their skills to a panel of costumed judges in order to land the $25,000 prize (and the title of Halloween Baking Champion)!

Related: Meet the Season 6 Competitors

Halloween Wars

When to Watch: New season begins on September 19 at 9 PM ET/PT

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Paranormal investigator Zack Bagan has seen a lot of supernatural things in his 15-years on the job. As the new host for the season, he shares some of those experiences with eight expert teams.  Taking inspiration from his collection of dangerous and mysterious artifacts from his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, he will challenge the teams of sugar decorators, cake bakers and pumpkin carvers to create spooky AND tasty creations, eventually earning the coveted $25,000 prize.

Related: Meet the Halloween Wars Season 10 Competitors

The Big Bake: Halloween

When to Watch: Series premiere September 27 at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT

The Big Bake: Halloween is back with a bang for Season 2. The team of bakers need to think big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions – keeping their spirits aligned with everything Halloween, of course. In the end, the most ambitious, eye-popping and delicious cake will go home with a $10,000 prize.

Watch and stream all your favourite Food Network Canada shows through STACKTV with Amazon Prime Video Channels, or with the new Global TV app, live and on-demand when you sign-in with your cable subscription.