Make the holiday brighter even if you aren't a wise man of cooking. These simple Christmas recipes will have everyone caroling your praises.
Absolutely the best pecan pie ever! What's more Southern than pecan pie? How about one that only takes 5 minutes to prepare?! Pecan pie even a New Yorker can enjoy...
A sweet squash dish great for a meal on a cold winter day.
I use an electric roaster for this bone-in ham recipe that my mother has been using since her childhood. Small changes may have to be made for making the ham in a traditional oven.
The sweetest treat of the Italian bakery. If you can't make it to Little Italy (or Big Italy) make it in your own kitchen.
This dish is a great holiday or normal everyday breakfast casserole.
My mother prepared this dish (along with another simple appetizer consisting of chilled cocktail shrimp stuck with festive toothpicks along side a dish of cocktail sauce) every Christmas as far back as I can remember. It is a creamy, savory blend of easy-to-find ingredients that showcases the rich flavor of the clams. Stay with the mentioned brands and you'll never be disappointed. Serve with Ruffles(R) Original potato chips.
Sweet mustard sauce for baked ham or chicken. My family can't get enough of every time I make it.
I found this recipe when my wife & I moved in to her childhood home after her mom died in September, 2004. This recipe was originally for prime rib, but it makes any decent cut of meat come out tender and juicy. The secret is searing it at high heat, then letting it slow roast in the oven. This is definitely worth the wait. An accurate meat thermometer is an absolute must to get this just right.
I got a Christmas Stollen recipie from a friend in hopes that I could recreate her mother's German Christmas Stollen. I made some modifications and omissions and she was, well, delighted! Below is the result. Do not be afraid to use your imagination for the fruits, and if you do not want the liquor, then don't use it, like walnuts rather than almonds, then use walnuts, you have freedom to do so. I would NOT use candied fruit however.
This recipe is easy to make and is a favorite in my family.
Rice dressing for a 10-12 pound bird.
This is our family's favorite Christmas cookie recipe from my wife's grandmother's collection of recipes. These are super easy to make with or without nuts... Plan on making 2 or more batches the first time, they won't last long!
I make this at the holidays, but it is pretty good any time. I got the recipe from my grandmother.
This super rich fudge is the perfect thing for any chocoholic!
This is a old family favorite using peach brandy rather than the traditional whiskey. The brandy imparts a sweet, creamy, and lighter taste.
I've made this cheese ball for years. I find the jarred dried beef to have the best flavor but you have to rinse it to remove much of the salt. This recipe works best if made at least one day in advance.
My wife's grandmother makes these every year around Christmas time ... don't last very long though!
This recipe always makes me think of Christmastime and my late Nana, because we made it every Christmas and New Year and continue to do so.
Chocolate-covered peanut butter delight!! Great for kids. If you don't have a double boiler, just use a glass mixing bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
My kids demand I make this every holiday which I gladly oblige. They don't know they are eating vegetables!