Christmas Cooking For Dummies
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Whether you're having breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning, make it easy to prepare. Here are some inexpensive ideas for feeding your family on Christmas Day.

  • Set out a glass bowl of granola, pitchers of juice and milk, a platter of fresh fruit, a bowl of vanilla yogurt, and a basket of muffins or breakfast pastries from the bakery. Make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, and you’re ready.

  • How about bagels, smoked salmon, and cream cheese? Add a platter of sliced tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, some lemon wedges, and a sprinkling of capers.

  • Prepare a breakfast casserole the night before and just shove it in the oven in the morning.

  • For a sweet fix, offer some cream cheese mixed with honey, raisins, and chopped walnuts. This is great spread on whole wheat bagels. In fact, making cream cheese spreads is easy. Try chopped sundried tomatoes, fresh herbs, or classic chive — you name it.

  • Make a big batch of oatmeal and serve with a buffet of add-ons: dried fruit, nuts, coconut, diced apples or pears, sliced bananas, applesauce, cinnamon, yogurt, milk, sunflower seeds, and mini-chocolate chips, if you’re feeling decadent.

  • If you just can’t handle making breakfast first thing, serve juice and coffee and yell, “Presents!” really loud. No one will notice the lack of food.

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Dede Wilson, CCP, contributes to Bon Appétit and Pastry and Design magazine and to NBC's Todayshow. She is also the Food and Entertaining expert for

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