Thanksgiving may get all the glory, but the Christmas holiday isn't exactly a slouch when it comes to good food. Is there anyone who doesn't love traditional Christmas recipes like tender prime rib, candy-coated gingerbread houses or buttery sugar cookies? And unlike Thanksgiving, the Christmas recipe season lasts throughout the month of December, so you've got countless opportunities to indulge. Work party? Serve up a rum punch. Book club brunch? Turn it into a cookie exchange. Christmas Eve by the tree? Bring on the rich, creamy oyster stew. Of course, everyone looks forward to the main event: Christmas dinner, traditionally a large roast (crown beef or ham are always a hit) surrounded by hearty sides like mashed potatoes and glazed carrots. The only thing better is the Christmas cookies that follow.
Gravy may not make or break the turkey dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but there's no doubt a boatful of rich, flavorful gravy to pour over the turkey, dressing and potatoes is really the finishing touch. And despite all the intimidating talk about perfect gravy being an art form, learning how to make turkey gravy is really quite simple.
Set out the cucumbers and toppers and let your guests assemble their own appetizers.
Grapefruit's flavor refreshes beyond breakfast time and is good for you any time of day. It delivers a super surge of vitamin A and C in this healthy salad when combined with watercress and avocado.
When holiday displays start to pop up in store windows and the sounds of carols fill the air, eggnog aficionados everywhere get a little giddy at the prospect of finally getting to indulge in this creamy, custard-like beverage that only shows up on store shelves around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Often spiked with rum, bourbon, brandy or other spirits, eggnog is a quintessential holiday treat. But you don't have to be at the mercy of holiday marketing to enjoy it. Once you know how to make eggnog yourself, you can enjoy it year-round.
These Scandinavian almond cookies are baked in molds. Look for the molds at specialty cookware shops, online, and in catalogs.
Dried cherries and sage tucked under the skin of the turkey breast give each serving a hint of sweetness and a fabulous herb flavor.
Why limit making butter cookies only during the Christmas season? Decorated in a variety of colors, these sweet bites will suit any occasion.