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    What are some of your favourite christmas recipes? (keeping in mind flavour counts more than tradition)

    Please share ( recipes as well if you have any)!

    I would like to bring something home cooked with me to dinner this year and could use some guidance
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    It's kiiind of a tradition, but also tastes really good...
    Cookies! All sorts. Either decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or just about any kind of home-baked cookies. They make a really great holiday treat.
    Also, don't know if it's just me, but cinnamon... cinnamon cookies seem Christmas-y to me.

    As for non-sweets, cheesy bread makes a really good Christmas dinner side dish. Or just an every day side dish. The point here is, cheesy bread is really good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 21lux View Post
    Cookies! All sorts. Either decorated sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, or just about any kind of home-baked cookies.
    Not home-baked, but I could literally eat the cookie dough for these raw:



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    @ OP: My mom and I make a cake now that my grandma taught to us. During the holidays we like to keep my grandma's recipes a tradition so we do a lot of that. It's like a pistachio pound cake. I might post the recipe when I go home for winter break.

    Because we get turkey on Thanksgiving, for Christmas dinner we usually have a ham steak. Otherwise we basically take Christmas dinner as Thanksgiving round 2 - green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce.

    Not on the day of, but around this time of the year I love hearty warm food. I'll have any kind of stew. Vegetable, beef, all that good stuff.
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    Stuffed shells with ricotta and spinach baked in marinara
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    A smoked ham that has been glazed in a series of dijon mustard, brown sugar, bourbon, and milled/crushed gingersnap cookies.

    Pumpkin Mushroom stuffing, which isn't my recipe but I use a pumpkin bread recipe from a friend of mine that's somewhere finely between a cake and bread. I put the recipe on my cookbook somewhere. Pumpkin Mushroom Stuffing with fresh chives, tarragon, parsley and rosemary And that's the stuffing itself. It takes 2 days to prep the ingredients (i.e. turning the cake into overly dried out croutons) but my family likes this combo of recipes so much I have to cook it every Thanksgiving and/or Christmas now, whichever one I end up home for.

    Black Bean Brownies with Dark chocolate chips

    aaand I make a great peachy apricot chutney out of four easy ingredients which is also in my cookbook somewhere. That chutney + some cheese + a dried sausage + crackers is like an appetizer before Christmas dinner. It's best when you let it all settle for a couple days before digging in.

    I make an olive sable (sort of like a sweet/savory cookie that sort of wanted to be a cracker when it was a kid) as well that people really enjoy, and you can freeze the pre-made dough ahead of time.

    Warm fresh chocolate chip cookies made by my mom are my favorite though.

    This year for Thanksgiving (I made enough for Christmas too) I made a cranberry sauce. It was my first stab at it, and everyone liked it a lot if they happened to already like cranberries.

    1 1/3 cup red port
    1/3 cup orange juice
    A little less than 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
    1/2 vanilla bean cut down the center
    1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    8 dried figs cut into small pieces and de-stemmed
    1 6" long stem fresh rosemary sprig, leaves attached to the branch still
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract or vanilla paste
    1 12oz bag cranberries
    3/4 cup sugar

    All the ingredients before the last two get combined in a pot. Boil it until the sugar and everything dissolves and stuff gets nice and hot. Reduce the heat and simmer about 10-15 minutes. Take the rosemary out, mix in the rest and crank up the heat to medium, stirring occasionally until the cranberries burst open.. 6-10 minutes. Once they're nice and softened up, turn off the heat, and use a potato masher to mash the mixture up into a thicker, richer paste. Alternatively you can blend half of it and then return it to the pot. Or blend all of it if you want it super creamy smooth. Either way, let it cool off completely, stick it in the fridge, and serve cold. This can be made like a week in advance too.
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    Do you plan on bringing something sweet or something savory?

    My favorite Christmas food ever is banket.



    It is this amazing Dutch almond roll ... ughhh. So good.

    Recipe here.
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    Also, butternut squash dauphinoise is an amazing side.

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    Christmas season food (when visiting parents):
    • Spicy oven-baked chex mix with Worcestershire and Tabasco
    • Mexican wedding cookies
    • Festively shaped sugar cookies with icing


    Christmas season food/drink (with friends and without parents):
    • Ginger snaps
    • Hot buttered rum
    • Mulled wine/cider
    • Winter beer


    Christmas Day food:
    • Southern-style brunch: Country ham or bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs, drop biscuits with apple butter
    • Chinese food (ordered on Christmas Eve) for dinner: Szhechuan eggplant, kung pao chicken, twice-cooked pork, vegetable lo mein


    Will share recipes if I can find them online -- a lot of this stuff is only on paper, and at my folks' house
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    Christmas season food (when visiting parents):
    • Spicy oven-baked chex mix with Worcestershire and Tabasco
    • Mexican wedding cookies
    • Festively shaped sugar cookies with icing


    Christmas season food/drink (with friends and without parents):
    • Ginger snaps
    • Hot buttered rum
    • Mulled wine/cider
    • Winter beer


    Christmas Day food:
    • Southern-style brunch: Country ham or bacon, cheesy scrambled eggs, drop biscuits with apple butter
    • Chinese food (ordered on Christmas Eve) for dinner: Szhechuan eggplant, kung pao chicken, twice-cooked pork, vegetable lo mein


    Will share recipes if I can find them online -- a lot of this stuff is only on paper, and at my folks' house
    That southern-style brunch sounds really good. I'm tempted to try it out this year.
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