Christmas Food & Drink Ideas

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Orange-Passion Fruit Mimosas for Christmas Morning

Orange-Passion Fruit Mimosas are ideal for Mom and Dad to enjoy on Christmas morning. You can easily double or even quadruple this recipe if you’re having a lot of adults over. One 750 ml bottle of champagne [more…]

White Truffle Bean Dip

This white truffle bean dip is perfect for your Christmas or holiday gathering. But this creamy dip is so quick and easy, you’ll make it more than once a year. The recipe can be made up to 1 day ahead, [more…]

Baked Brie with Roasted Apples for Your Christmas Party

This baked Brie with roasted apples is warm, gooey, delicious, and easy to make. Served with chunky homemade applesauce, it is a perfect appetizer for you Christmas or Thanksgiving party and is sure to [more…]

White Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is French for Christmas log. This dessert with the fancy name is found in every pastry-shop window in France during the month of December. It’s simply a yellow sponge cake rolled around a [more…]

How to Assemble and Decorate Your Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is a special Christmas desert made of yellow sponge cake rolled around a cherry and white chocolate filling. After you have made the cake, and the fillings, follow the steps here to assemble [more…]

Wild Rice Dressing with Golden Raisins and Pecans

Wild rice provides a welcome change from the standard bread dressings that make their way onto holiday tables every year. The sweet and savory flavors in this dressing accent many main dishes, but goes [more…]

How to Make Cranberry Relish

Here’s another twist on cranberry sauce to try at this year’s holiday dinners. Spiced Cranberry Relish calls for cardamom and cloves, fairly potent spices with flavors that pack a real punch. You only [more…]

Fusilli with Caramelized Onions and Kalamata Olives

This quick meal is perfect for the busy holiday season. Throw it together after a late evening of Christmas shopping, and serve it with a salad. Fusilli is the perfect pasta shape to grab a hold of this [more…]

Horseradish Sauce for Your Christmas Prime Rib

The sharp bite of horseradish goes great with your Christmas rib roast. This tangy, creamy sauce is a perfect foil to roast beef. Make it the morning of your meal so that the flavors have time to meld. [more…]

Citrus Breakfast Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Granola

It may be Christmas morning, but you and your family still have to eat. Citrus fruit salad with yogurt and granola is a light, easy breakfast that doesn’t leave you slaving in a hot kitchen. This dish [more…]

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…]

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