No matter what you celebrate this holiday season — Christmas, Hanukkah, Posada, New Year's Day — food is a key part of gatherings with family and friends.

No matter what you celebrate this holiday season — Christmas, Hanukkah, Posada, New Year's Day — food is a key part of gatherings with family and friends.

Dishes can define a tradition — golden fried Hanukkah latkes, saffron-scented Santa Lucia buns, Christmas cookies. They carry memories of past celebrations and the loved ones who prepare the holiday fare.

The Mail Tribune wants to know what recipes make the holidays for you. Share your recipes and the stories about what makes them special for your family, then we'll publish a collection of them next month in Ala Carte.

Please send recipes by Dec. 7 to aburke@mailtribune.com or Reader Recipes/Anita Burke P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501.