Tradition: Holiday Throwdown

We have lots of traditions at the holidays.  One of those is our family cooking throwdown over New Years. We get together with our girls and their significant others each year right after Christmas and through the New Year. We often go somewhere “beachy” although this year we will be at one of their houses due to scheduling challenges for travel. During our trip we select a night and a theme and each of the 4 couples compete for the coveted Throwdown Champ award. The prizes vary between puzzles (we always do a puzzle together on this trip), a game or something that someone has donated as a prize.

There are 8 of us so we crowd into a small kitchen where eight of us cook simultaneously







And some of us have made an escape for a task…DSC_0363

We have competed with pasta, pizza, sliders and appetizers. We have eaten well during these competitions!






We have had awesome foods like the year our Italian competitor made a KILLER vodka sauce for their pasta. We have had the not so good beer cheese dip that ended up a weird consistency.

We have had fun more than anything though...





We cast ballots in the voting booth (the bathroom) and we vote on taste, visual appeal and originality.

So we like to eat so we have incorporated that hobby into a fun, holiday tradition. Let another Holiday Throwdown begin!!!


What are some of your holiday traditions?

Happy Unleashing during the Holidays!


One thought on “Tradition: Holiday Throwdown

  1. This sounds like a lot of fun! I go to a cookie exchange every year (and now my girls do the junior division). A bunch of us friends make 6 dozen cookies and we vote for best tasting and best display…it is a ‘fierce’ competition and lots of fun. We then load up on lots of different cookies to take home. They are meant to last until Christmas, but in my house, they usually don’t last that long 😉 We’ll blame hubby and kids (wink).

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