Holiday Special – Festive Feasts for Christmas

Christmas_TreeThe holidays are full of fun and a busy time. It’s also a delicious time with special meals, traditional holiday treats and new culinary discoveries. Friends and family are coming and going, stopping by for a couple of hours or a couple of days. In case you are feeling a little frantic, I’d like to offer a little help to help you make sure the food on your table will delight your friends and family. I’ve got menu ideas and links to the recipes for Christmas Eve, a bountiful Christmas morning brunch and a delicious Christmas dinner. Just in case there is an open house on your calendar, I’ve added links to two cocktail party menus.

Seafood is traditional on Christmas Eve. Think cozy and at least somewhat traditional New England with with Mac & Cheese with Lobster & Sundried Tomatoes or Nana Nye’s Prize Winning New England Fish Chowder. Want something more continental? Try my Mediterranean Seafood Stew. How about spicy with Caribbean Seafood Stew?

Add a salad … Butternut Squash Salad would be delicious. Maybe you’d prefer Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes or Roasted Mushrooms. Or try Fennel & Feta Salad.

For dessert … you could try a Nye family tradition with Aunt Anna’s Pecan Pie or start your own with Ginger Crème Brûlée, Apple Bread Pudding or Bananas Foster.

Want to take your Christmas Eve dinner up a notch? How about a beautiful Feast of Seven Fishes? I’ve got a delicious tapas or small plates menu and links to the recipes for you.

Moving on Christmas morning, are you looking forward to a Festive Brunch. It’s a great way to start the day … especially if your morning starts at 5 am … or earlier.

Christmas_Cheers_01But save some room for Christmas dinner. If turkey is on your menu, I’ve got some tasty suggestions for you. Not to worry if you’d rather go with roast beast. I’ve got you covered with a delicious menu for beef or pork tenderloin.

And finally … for your holiday open house, I put together some helpful hints and not one but two fun and fabulous cocktail party menus.

Oops – one more thing! If you haven’t yet had the chance, it’s not too late to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with your kids or grandkids baking cookies, cookies and more cookies. (And yes, its okay to bake Christmas cookies after Christmas.)

Have a very Merry Christmas with family and friends! Bon appétit!

For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

What will you be cooking for the holidays? I’d love to hear from you. Let’s get a conversation going.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2012/em>
For a complete list of and links to all the recipes on this blog Click Here!!

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