We love a big, rich breakfast casserole in the South, especially on Christmas morning, and Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole is a delicious, hearty choice. Get a jump start by cooking the sausage the night before, and placing it in a plastic zip-top bag to chill overnight. You’ll be one step ahead on Christmas morning, giving you time to enjoy the […]
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Looking for a truly special holiday poundcake? Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake is one of our all-time favorites. It’s a stately cake, crowned with a snowy layer of coconut, and enhanced with a touch of bourbon. Garnish it with easy sugared cranberries and rosemary for a truly dazzling dessert. Cream Cheese-Coconut-Pecan Pound Cake Makes 10 to 12 servings Total time: 3 hours […]
There’s still time to bake, and these beautiful, melt-in-your-mouth cookies are well worth the time. Raspberry jam is the traditional filling, and its tart sweetness complements the buttery shortbread cookies. Use 2 different-size star cutters to create the dramatic look. But if these don’t squelch your cookie-baking enthusiasm, try one of our other favorites.
Brrr! The weather outside is frightful in much of the South, and a cup of something warm and creamy beckons. We’ll take Chocolate Latte, thank you. Curl up on the couch with a cup, and bask in the cozy glow of the Christmas tree–you’ve earned a sweet reward.
Everyone needs a doable side dish that will impress family and friends at Christmas dinner, and for our money, Fennel-and-Potato gratin is just the thing. If you like to dress up the table at the holidays, as we do, serve the gratin in a silver-plated casserole holder, which Santa will surely bring you if you ask him (very) nicely.
A simple, stellar appetizer sets the tone for a pull-out-the-stops holiday dinner party. These Pancetta Pear Crisps from Chapel Hill cookbook author Sheri Castle are a great example of a dish that combines wow factor with ease of preparation. They’re stylish, and a perfect combination of sweet and salty, tender and crisp.
Holiday treats don’t come much easier than these no-bake bourbon balls, requested by Mary Robinson of Macon, Georgia. They make a large batch, so they’re great for parties or gift giving. They do, err, pack a slight punch, so be judicious when sampling them!
Meghan Alpern of Matthews, North Carolina, says she’s always at a loss estimating food and drink for their annual Christmas gathering, where she serves heavy hors d’oeuvres. She says, “We seem to overestimate food and underestimate beverages.”
Our food staff loves to make as many dishes ahead as possible, especially for the holidays. So when Christine Pratt-Whitaker of Bradenton, Florida, asked for a foolproof turkey gravy, we immediately thought of Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy.
If you prefer a fruitcake that’s more cake than fruit, then White Fruitcake, requested by Tammy Coleman of Acworth, Georgia, is one you’ll love. It’s lightly studded with candied cherries, pineapple, and raisins, brightened with citrus zest. The Orange-Bourbon Glaze is a nod to the tradition of soaking fruitcakes in liquor, but you can substitute more orange juice for the bourbon […]