Refreshing, parsley-loaded tabbouleh reminds me of Christmas in Tallahassee, Florida. Confused? Strange as it may seem except for just a few Christmases when I couldn’t make it home, I’ve celebrated the holiday with pita, hummus, and tabbouleh for as long as I can remember.
How did this Southern girl end up celebrating Christmas with the dishes of the Middle East? When my parents first moved to Tallahassee in the early 80s, they didn’t know anyone. My brother and I were quite young at the time and when Christmas rolled around the thought of traveling was a little too much to bear so they decided to celebrate at home. Three other families were in the same predicament and a Christmas day tradition was born.