One of the most cheerful times of the year is based around The Reason for The Season, and extends from Thanksgiving, through Christmas and New Year family gatherings. When we gather as families, we tend to joyfully share our favorite foods around the family table. Lea and I have enjoyed sharing our favorite dishes over the years, and hope they bring joy to you and your family.
The traditional Christmas dinner in America features turkey with stuffing or roast beef, or ham, with mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. For dessert, pies, cakes, pudding or fruitcake. There are also regional favorites, and still others centered around the family’s heritage or religious beliefs. Click here for the recipes and cooking directions for some of our favorite Traditional Holiday Dishes.
Family get together or company party, a welcome addition to every gathering is the appetizer, a small plate or single bite of food served before the meal to stimulate the appetite. Some are hot and some are cold, but, they are all a delightful way to stimulate the appetite. We love those small bites on a toothpick! Click here for a listing, and the recipes, of some all-star treats.
Heart Warming Soups for the Holidays
Every day, home cooks hear, “what’s for dinner?” as hungry family members sneak a peek into bubbling pots and sizzling pans with anticipation. And, during the holidays, it seems there’s often a pot of delicious, heart-warming soup on the back burner to satisfy that urgent need for comfort food, or you just need a quick and satisfying meal to put on the table. Click here for a few favorite soup recipes that create that back-home feeling.
Salads add eye appeal to a table setting, and contribute delightful flavors to complement the main course and other side dishes. From vibrant fruit based salads to those based on meat or vegetables, salads can set the tone for the whole dining experience. Our holiday and wintertime salads range from plain to elaborate, basic to elegant. Click here to browse recipes for the salad that fits your needs.
The main dish of your holiday meal often deserves a special entrance into the dining room as everyone eagerly awaits its arrival. Whether you serve a fowl, beef, pork, lamb or other, you’ll want it to take center stage on your festive table. Click here for recipes for some of our favorite meat courses.
Some additional meat course links:
- Roasting is for the Birds!
- Pork Entrees for the Holidays
- Invite the Roulades for Dinner
- Smokey Beef Brisket
- Parmesan Beef Braciole
- BBQ Baby Back Ribs
- 5 Tips for Cooking Great Steaks
The complementary and contrasting flavors in side dishes elevate your meal into a memorable dining experience when they are thoughtfully added to the menu. From Green Beans with Pecans and Blue Cheese to Sour Cream and Horseradish Mashed Potatoes, and everything in between, your choices are nearly endless. Click here for some recipes to help you get your meal plan together.
One of our favorite gospel pastors over the years hosted many church dinners, and he used to say, “It’s too crowded to get to the food table, so I’m headed for the desserts! Besides, why save the best for last?” And, we always love it when our dinner hostess says. “Keep your fork!” while clearing the dishes. That means another something special is coming up. From pies, cakes, puddings, and other treats, we just know the meal is going to end on a fine note! Click here for some recipes to get you started with your dessert course.
From our home to yours:
We hope the holidays are filled with joy for you and your family, and that the time together becomes precious memories of togetherness. Our family, on Christmas Eve, after the children were tucked into bed, set about preparing for Christmas morning.
We adults set the breakfast table and prepared some casserole dishes that could be slipped into the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, just before the children arose, we would slip those casseroles into a slow oven and then join the children for gift opening. We started Christmas with Homemade Hot Chocolate with Buttered Toast, then, later, we took a break foran Egg Sausage and Cheese Casserole and Hash Brown Casserole, and topped it off with Christmas Morning Coffee Cake (Monkey Bread).