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The Ultimate Holiday Menu Quiz
by Staff
A variety of hors d'œuvres, hearty dishes, sides and desserts makes every holiday gathering a memorable one -- regardless of where you are or what you're celebrating. Test your knowledge about your favorite holiday lineups from around the world. We promise you'll want to come back for seconds!

During Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, families often make which of the following types of bread for their deceased loved ones?

  • a sweet type called "bread of the dead"
  • sourdough
  • bagels

Traditionally, what do people do to Christmas pudding before eating it?

  • They douse it with brandy liquor.
  • They light it on fire.
  • They douse it with liquor, then set it aflame.

What are latkes, and which holiday menu do they belong to?

  • homemade cakes, Yom Kippur
  • potato pancakes, Hanukkah
  • marinated artichokes, Rosh Hashanah

Around the holidays, you're sure to hear about figgy pudding while listening to holiday carols. Are there really figs in this well-known pudding?

  • yes
  • no, figgy pudding has no fruit in it
  • no, but a relative to the fig -- the mulberry -- is used

Jai is a common Chinese New Year dish. Which of the following will you NOT find in any Jai recipes?

  • nuts
  • vegetables
  • meat, poultry or fish

Relaxing and holding a cookout are popular ways to celebrate the 4th of July. Which popular cookout food may not have originated in the U.S.?

  • the hot dog
  • barbeque
  • the hamburger

In Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," which bird was the main dish on the Cratchit family's Christmas menu? (Hint: it's not the bird Scrooge bought them later).

  • chicken
  • goose
  • turkey

Sugary treats eaten for the Day of the Dead celebration are often made in what shape?

  • a human skull
  • a tombstone
  • a coffin

In England, what popular pies are left out for Santa, or Father Christmas?

  • custard pies
  • pecan pies
  • mince pies

Meats are a staple of many traditional holiday meals. Which of the following is NOT a meatless holiday alternative for vegetarians?

  • Tofurky
  • Tovenison
  • Tofu hot dogs

Beef stew is a well-known menu dish for which holiday?

  • Halloween
  • St. Patrick's Day
  • Mardi Gras

Why are cooked collard greens a symbolic item on New Year's Day menus?

  • Their deep green color symbolizes money and a better economic future.
  • They symbolize good health
  • They have no symbolic significance.

Which two foods are eaten during Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, to symbolize the beginning of a sweet year?

  • apples and honey
  • chocolate and pineapple
  • peaches and honey

Which food is the least likely to find its way on the Kwanzaa menu line up?

  • sweet potato fries
  • shrimp and grits
  • crème brulee

Which of the following probably was NOT eaten at the first Thanksgiving?

  • potatoes
  • corn
  • venison

Which country celebrates Easter by making dome-shaped cakes to symbolize the Orthodox Church?

  • Germany
  • Russia
  • France

Baklava is a dessert that's especially popular during which religious time period?

  • Hanukkah
  • Lent
  • Ramadan

Dwali, or the Hindu festival of lights, is celebrated with family, friends and food. What is in the Dwali dish kheer?

  • a milky pudding
  • fudge
  • a vegetable and curry dish

Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie are usually on most Americans' menus for which holiday?

  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Easter

In the U.S., which celebration features a cinnamon-like cake with a plastic baby hidden in the center?

  • Mardi Gras
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Easter