A Taste of Holiday History


Sip and Savor the Season with these favorite holiday recipes from past coveite potlucks!

Dining together was a tradition happily celebrated by many of Crystal Cove’s past residents. Community potlucks brought together Covites, family and friends for fun gatherings that married good food with a convivial spirit. This holiday season, step back in time and consider whipping up one or both of these seasonal classics enjoyed by those who lived—and dined—at Crystal Cove, back in the day.

The two holiday recipes are from “Crystal Cove Cooks,” a collection of favorite recipes from residents, families and friends of Crystal Cove.

Roast Leg of Lamb with Mint Sauce

For the mint sauce, obtain a bundle of fresh mint. Put through food grinder. Measure. Add same measure of water. Let stand in refrigerator at least two hours. Add the same measure of vinegar as the combination of mint and sugar.

Remove tough layer of skin from lamb. Rub all over with a lemon. Make deep holes with fine knife and insert 4 cloves of garlic at various places. Salt and pepper generously. Sprinkle with sugar. Cover with sour cream. Sprinkle with more sugar. Dust with flour. Baste with ½ water, ½ wine. Put in rack at 325 F. Remove 20 minutes before serving and make gravy.

Recipe by Dixie Luckenbill, Cottage #39

Winter Fruit Casserole

2 cans fruit or 1 ½ pieces of pears, peaches, pineapple rings, apricots, oranges
A few sliced maraschino cherries
½ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
2 teaspoons curry powder

Drain fruit on paper towels; arrange in flat casserole dish. Melt butter; blend in sugar and curry powder. Pour over fruit.

Let stand 2 hours in refrigerator.

Bake at 375 F for 30 minutes. Goes well with poultry, ham or pork.

Recipe by Dottie Hodges, Cottage #39

Many local families have incorporated a visit to the Cove into their holiday traditions. Just as special foods carry associations and emotions of holiday traditions and shared history, special places like Crystal Cove can do the same thing.



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