10 Feast Day Food Traditions You Can’t Miss this Fall

  1. Cherries

September 3 is the feast of St. Gregory the Great. His feast is associated with cherries. One year, on the feast of St. Mark, St. Gregory was overwhelmed with a craving for cherries and a hill of cherry trees was miraculously full of the fruit. End the summer with a big bowl of cherries.

 

  1. Polenta

You love Italian food. On the feast of St. John XXIII, October 11, enjoy one of his favorite. A break from pasta will be a welcome change. You can even take your favorite marinara and meatballs and spread it over this healthy alternative!

 

  1. Biscotti 

On the feast of St. Francis of Assisi treat yourself to some almond biscotti and coffee. St. Francis didn’t treat himself to much, but he was known to have enjoyed an almond cookie very similar to biscotti.

 

  1. St. Hildegard cookies

If you live liturgically, you might fix plenty of food that represents a saint but this is your chance to eat something that was created by the saint. St. Hildegard cookies are named after St. Hildegard because it's her recipe. They must be pretty healthy, because she suggested them to be eaten to slow ageing and increase intelligence. Order them here and enjoy them September 17.

 

  1. Blackberries

Blackberry desserts for the feast of St. Michael stem from a fascinating legend. So, here’s the story: When St. Michael threw Satan out of hell, he fell on a blackberry bush. The devil, upset about being expelled from Heaven, turned and spit on the blackberry bush giving the blackberry its bitter taste. Do you need some ideas for desserts? Check out these suggestions at Food and Wine.

 

  1. Kremówka papieska

Papal cream cakes aren’t new to Poland, and variations exist all over Eastern Europe. In Slovenia, it's known as Bled Cream Cake. These cream cakes became papal cream cakes during the pontificate of St. John Paul II when it became known as one of his favorite desserts. You know you’re going to snack through October. On October 22, do some of your snacking with St. John Paul II. Here’s how: Kremówka papieska.

 

  1. Yemas de Santa Teresa

Yolks of St. Teresa are candied egg yolks and believed to have been eaten by St. Teresa of Avila. You can find these throughout Spain, but, if you’re lucky, you might be able to find some prepared in a Carmelite convent. If you’re not in Spain on October 15, just whip them up at home. Click here!

 

  1. Miodek turecki

On the feast of All Souls, treat yourself to a candy specific to Krakow, Poland. This caramelized nutty candy is sold outside of churches and cemeteries on All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Make it at home this year. Click here to learn how and get some other good international ideas for Halloween. 

 

  1. St. Michael’s goose or St. Martin’s goose

Both the feasts of St. Michael, September 29, and St. Martin, November 11, are traditionally celebrated with a goose. A goose on either of these feasts would be a delicious way to enjoy the flavors of fall. And if you are observing St. Michael’s Lent, a large dinner on the feast of St. Michael would be a terrific celebration and prayer of thanksgiving to this special saint. Here is a wonderful recipe.

  

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