I recently happened upon a mention of an old Irish custom of celebrating New Year’s Day as the Day of the Buttered Bread. What a marvelous idea, I thought. Good bread and good butter are two of the best things to eat in Ireland, no matter what the calendar date. (Photo: Danny Ghitis for The New York Times)
Chalka -- Polish Chalka is a slightly sweet, eggy braided raisin bread (raisins are optional). Chalka is often served at Easter and Christmas. It's especially great for ham sandwiches -- the sweet and salty combination is unbeatable. Yum - leftover Easter ham idea!