This year, the table features herring four ways, "Christmas Fish," rye and country breads, and three vegetable salads—beet and bean, potato and mixed vegetable, and seasoned mushroom. There's one dish that breaks with custom: an Italian seafood salad. That's a nod to the one Christmas Eve I spent in Venice.
Wait?! This photo shows only ten, not twelve, dishes on the table. The other two dishes—another herring preparation and hot, mushroom koldūnai—still were in preparation when I took this photo.
Verona, Wisconsin, December 24, 2011. Each dish has a piece of plotkelė on it.