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Overnight French Toast for Christmas Breakfast

If you love French toast but don’t want to be chained to the stove on Christmas morning, Overnight French Toast with Orange-Maple Syrup is the recipe for you. You make the French toast the night before [more…]

Fix-Ahead Bacon for Christmas Breakfast

This is a great way to fix bacon ahead of time. Fix it on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning, you just pop it into the over. You can serve it with Over-Night French Toast or mix up pancakes while it [more…]

Spinach and Chevre Breakfast Frittata

Christmas morning often means brunch with family. This easy Spinach and Chevre Frittata is a great way to feed eggs to a crowd on Christmas morning. You bake this frittata in the oven, freeing you up for [more…]

Christmas Brunch Fruit Smoothies

Smoothies make a real treat for Christmas brunch. You freeze the fruit for this overnight so whipping the smoothies up on Christmas morning, is a snap. The soy-based version is worth trying at least once [more…]

How to Make a Christmas Candy Garland

Kids love to help make these candy garlands to decorate the home for Christmas. The garland can be draped on the Christmas tree, over a mantel or a doorway, or any other place where you would like a colorful [more…]

How to Make Cinnamon Stick Votives

Christmas is a great time to get kids involved in holiday craft projects. Help them make these inexpensive glass votives decorated as gifts for their teachers. The cinnamon sticks used to decorate the [more…]

How to Make Gingerbread Muffins

These gingerbread muffins make great holiday treats. Make a basket to give a Christmas gifts, or keep them hander for afterschool treats for the kids. Kids can mix and stir and seem to love placing the [more…]

How to Make Yorkshire Pudding for Roast Beef

If you are planning a prime rib roast for Christmas dinner, Yorkshire pudding is a perfect accompaniment. Yorkshire pudding batter can also be used to make popovers. You can serve either to sop up the [more…]

Stollen with Marzipan

Stollen with Marzipan is a Christmas-season specialty This stollen is a yeast bread that’s filled with a fruit-and-almond paste. The recipe makes three loaves, so you have one or two to eat and at least [more…]

How to Build Your Gingerbread House

After you have baked your gingerbread according to the gingerbread template and created the icing, you are ready for the fun part — putting your gingerbread house together. So put on your hard hat and [more…]

How to Scent Your Home with Christmas Cheer

Because smell is a powerful sense, you can use this simmering concoction to decorate the air for Christmas! You may bring this to room temperature, cover, refrigerate, and use again. Eventually the scent [more…]

Pumpkin Toffee Cheesecake

This creamy pumpkin cheesecake is a special treat. Serve it at Thanksgiving or at a Christmas gathering and be prepared to get compliments. It sits on a gingersnap crust and is crowned by a creamy sour [more…]

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a holiday classic. Christmas or Thanksgiving meals may not be complete without one. But this is not your average pecan pie. It’s still rich and gooey, but it has chocolate added for good measure [more…]

How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Although you can buy ready-made pie crusts, making your own is easy and they’ll taste better too. Use this recipe during the holidays — or any time — for making pies. This recipe can be used for two pumpkin [more…]

Shopping List for New England Dinner for Ten

No doubt about it, planning a menu for a crowd is a lot of work. This menu for a classic New England holiday meal will feed ten people. It includes oyster stew for an opener, turkey and stuffing as the [more…]

Preparing the New England Dinner for Ten

Cooking a full meal for ten requires a lot of work and most of all good organizational skills. Several components of these recipes can be made way ahead. After you have gone shopping for the ingredients [more…]

Shopping List for a White Christmas Dinner for 20

Take the stress out of shopping for this White Christmas party by printing this shopping list and taking it with you. The menu is simple and you can prepare some items ahead to make the day of the party [more…]

Planning and Preparing a White Christmas Dinner for 20

Preparing this Christmas dinner for 20 doesn’t have to be stressful. With the menu all ready for you and the shopping behind you, you can make several items ahead of time so that you won’t have as much [more…]

Gingered Pear Sauce

To make this gingered-pear sauce, make sure the pears are ripe to take advantage of their flavor, which will intensify upon roasting. This sauce goes great with ham. The technique of roasting works fantastically [more…]

What Is Christmas?

You probably know that Christmas is celebrated on December 25. In the United States, families distribute gifts that Santa Claus left under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Many attend church services [more…]

How to Make Pear-Almond Trifle

This pear-almond trifle makes a show-stopping dessert for your Christmas gatherings. Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients or the assembly instructions. This pear trifle is easy to make and [more…]

How to Make Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

Cranberry bread has become a Christmas tradition. This cranberry bread is the easiest bread you’ll ever make. Double the recipe, so you make extra loaves for gifts. To make it a family Christmas activity [more…]

How to Make Yuletide Biscuits

Biscuits are easy to make and these Yuletide biscuits are great for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner in place of store-bought breads. But you can serve them with almost any dinner or brunch to add [more…]

How to Make Sugar-Frosted Fruit for Your Christmas Party

Sugar-Frosted Fruit is simply fresh fruit that’s coated with egg white and then coated with sugar. The fruits are crystallized and look beautiful mounded in a glass bowl or on a pedestal. They can be eaten [more…]

How to Make Cranberry Cider Sorbet

Cranberries are associated with the meals that are typically served for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Fresh cranberries are available during the fall months and they complement the flavors of turkey and [more…]

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