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And my annual tradition is to make New Orleans-style muffuleta sandwiches.

The bread that gives this sandwich its name isn't easy to find outside of New Orleans. It's not actually that special - just a big flat sesame-seeded roll, rather like a Kaiser roll. But I like authenticity so I make my own (pictured).

The other distinctive feature is giardinera salad, which is Italian chopped pickled vegetables, capers, and olives. I don't know about anywhere else, but that's fairly easy to get locally. I got mine from a store around the corner, in fact.
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What about Paczkis (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C4%85czki)? Not exactly a health food, but many are consumed today.
However I do like Paczkis and it's not uncommon for me to have more then one.
Some bakeries have Paczkis on "sale" for the whole week.

I remember in grade two and/or three (and possibly a few other grades) the class was treated to pancakes for Pancake Tuesday.
 
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In my case, it's because I'm about 300 miles due East of New Orleans, and they're famous for their food. The fact that they're also the main Carneval in the USA is actually just an excuse in my case, since I'm not of the Catholic persuasion.

I don't know of any major Polish presence in Florida. Closest thing seems to be Slavs and recent immigrants from the former USSR. But if a basket of Paczkis showed up on my doorstep I think I could be persuaded to bring them in.

Back before Thanksgiving I made kolackis. They're big in Texas, although I've never seen any around here. My wife got instantly addicted.
 
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