Don’t know what to make for Christmas or another Holiday you celebrate? If you have my cookbook, here are some menu ideas( Appetizers-desserts and gifts) for you to choose from depending on your taste and guests needs. Have guests/family that have health or food issues? Here is a delicious tasting menu that is great for everyone including: Vegetarians, Vegans, Meat eaters, people with Food Allergies, Diabetes, Celiac’s(Gluten Free), Autism etc..
If you are not in the mood for cooking, you can order delivery or take out too, but there’s nothing like creating memories with homemade holiday dishes!Besides, the house does not smell the same with take out.
We usually had a Turkey, baked Ham or Roast in my home. I remember all the wonderful smells that filled the house. From Christmas morning pancakes to the Ham covered in cloves and pineapple-Yum! A few other things that come to my memory that were so enjoyable growing up, are various dishes that relatives would bring, including smoked salmon dip, candied yams, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, holiday cookies, fudge, brownies, chocolate truffles and more! This year, we are breaking tradition and having Chicken or Shrimp Curry! So, do what you like and enjoy it.
The first apartment I had when I moved away from home, I decorated my first Christmas tree with plaid bows, a plaid taffeta skirt, strings of popped corn and cranberries-made by yours truly, and puffy red hearts! I threw my first party and remember the smell of hot apple cider with an orange studded with whole cloves and cinnamon sticks. The smell wafted down the stairs which brought everyone running! What are your favorite food memories and smells that bring them back? Hope you will try a few of my recipes and that these menus make it easy and memorable for you and your loved ones.
See the Thanksgiving article below for timelines and leftover ideas.
Appetizers/Snacks: Hummus(pg. 112) with raw veggies, olive assortment, roasted/spiced or herbed nuts. Crab Cakes(pg.31), Swedish Meatballs(pg.61), Cranberry Sauce(pg.97) as a side or Pour over Toffuti “Cream”Cheese with Glutino crackers or wheat free bread for an appetizer
Beverages: Flavored Water(pg.151), Mojito(pg.160), Champagne(my favorite Veuve Cliquout), Pomegranate juice with sparkling water. For dessert drinks: Hot Chocolate(pg.154), Ginger Lemon Tonic(pg. 153), Chai Tea(pg.148)
Soup/Salad: Pureed Vegetable Soup(pg. 123) Butternut Squash in nice, Caesar Salad(pg. 125 “Parmesean”pg.114)
Main Course: Roasted Turkey(pg.54) and Gravy(pg.106), Rack of Lamb(pg.52) with Reduction Sauce(pg.103), Vegetarian Mushroom Pot Pie(pg. 48)
Vegetable: Candied Sweet Potatoes(pg.70), Mashed Potatoes(pg.78), Scalloped Potatoes(pg.90),Cornbread Stuffing(pg.110), Carrots and Parsnips(pg.72)
Green Vegetable: Roasted Brussel Sprouts(pg.68), sautéed Kale, Swiss Chard or Spinach(pgs. 86-88)
Dessert: If it were up to me, this is where we would start! You could really make any of the desserts in my cookbook, No Wheat No Dairy No Problem and they would all work. Here are some ideas:
Pie: Apple(pg.169), Sweet Potato Pecan Pie(pg.275), Pecan Pie(pg.244), Pumpkin Pie(pg.256)
Cake: Pumpkin Cheesecake(pg. 252), Pina Colada Cupcakes(pg.250) Buttercream Frosting(pg.173), Gingerbread Molasses Cake(pg.218)
Tart: Lemon Meringue(pg.227), Key Lime Meringue(pg.221), Raspberry Linzer(pg.229)
Chocolate: Fondue(pg.183), Mousse(pg.190), Truffles(pg.193), Fudgy Brownies(pg.213)
Cookies: Rugelah(pg.263), Shortbread(pg.266), Thumbprint(pg.278)
A la Mode/Ice “Cream”: Vanilla Bean(pg.282), Pumpkin(pg.254), Dark Chocolate(pg.196)
Show Stoppers/Over the Top: Tiramisu(pg.280) don’t make if it’s raining, Chocolate Covered Cream Puffs(pg.198)
Gifts for Guests or Hostess: A copy of my cookbook(order on PayPal from this site) with a celophane bag filled with Chocolate Truffles(pg.193), Fudgy Brownies(pg.213), or cookies, . Great project for the teenagers/kids or petite gourmets in your family!
Most things can be made ahead of time except the chocolate mousse, meringue or Tiramisu(don’t make either if it’s raining), green vegetables and salad. See the Thanksgiving article below for timelines and leftover ideas.
Happy Cooking and eating. May all your days be healthy and happy! With Love and Blessings, Lauren