I can’t believe it’s January! Although this is one of my favorite months of the year, this year will be different–like it will be for everyone else in the world. And one of the things that will change is that I’ll have to host a Burns Supper for my family alone, hopefully before the kids return to college.

For those unfamiliar with this Scottish event, it’s a supper shared with friends to celebrate the birthday of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland and author of Auld Lang Syne (which was a poem before it became a song). Like many famous authors, he had a long, colorful career that included many political commentaries not always appreciated by the elite of the day. But one of the things he’s most famous for is writing and revising Scottish myths and legends in both English and the Scottish Gaelic, thereby making these works available to all.

Burns Suppers are normally held on January 25 in honor of his birthday and is one of the most important Scottish national holidays. It’s a day of traditional Scottish food where guests take turns raising glasses of whiskey to toast the bard of Scotland, often citing famous lines and quotes from Burns’ works. So in honor of his birthday, this month I will be offering some of my favorite recipes with the hope that someday soon we can all celebrate all of our birthdays with friends and family. In the meantime, may you all stay happy and healthy!


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