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"Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire"

Well... not actually.

I would hope we all have fond memories of holidays past.
One of my favorites is really quite simple. My dad would bring home a bag of chestnuts.
He would cut off the the tips or make an "x" cut on the side and boil them for 20 minutes.

And then he would spread out layers of newspapers, drain the chestnuts and dump them onto the papers.
With knife in hand and a salt shaker close by, we would peel the chestnuts, talk, and eat chestnuts together.

It wasn't until much later in life that I ate roasted chestnuts in New York and Paris,
but to this day, a pot of boiling chestnuts bring back fond memories of my dad.
He died when I was 13 years old. When you are 13 years old, you think your parents will never die.

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Guest 27-Dec-2011 15:54
I remember selling roasted chestnuts in front of my store in Paul Bunyan Village. It was Christmas time and I had them in bags on the roaster to the side of the heat. I had them at 50 cents a bag. People were buying them a lot. Once I had to go back inside the store to wait on a customer and when I came out there was a lady in a fur coat taking a bag without paying for it. I said something about their not being free and she kept walking and saying she thought they were and never paid me. Fifty cents was kinda high I guess. The only bad memory I've had with chestnuts.
larose forest photos26-Dec-2011 21:32
Food really does evoke memories, and often memories associated with people. Thanks for sharing yours with the text and lovely photo.
Mairéad26-Dec-2011 21:07
Yes, it's funny how foods can be so evocative - there are many dishes that I associate with my mum who died when I was 19.
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