The Christmas Kitchen

The Gift of Your Authentic Self

November 30, 2012

“To be a good host don’t pretend to be other than what you are.” Emily Post 1922 I would say that would be true of being a guest as well. I think one of the most important parts of hospitality is learning to find your own style and feeling good in your own skin both […]

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Christmas Rice Pudding

November 28, 2012

Serving up Love. Christmas Rice Pudding. The top of this pudding is custard and the rice settles to the bottom…and the whole thing is amazingly yummy! We lost this recipe for almost eight years and tried about twenty-five other rice-pudding recipes, but could never get it so creamy and yummy. While working on my cookbook […]

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Creamy White Turkey Enchiladas

November 24, 2012

This is one of my favorite make-ahead recipes—and a fabulous way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey.  A perfect “white” enchilada recipe. Originally this recipe came from Beverly Wendt by way of her daughter, my friend Susan Kennedy. I’ve changed it up a bit as I like my Enchiladas to be more spicy and black beans […]

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Gingersnap Sweet Potato Casserole

November 21, 2012

Talk about a wonderful change up for a Sweet Potato Casserole! Mackenzie my daughter found this recipe and made it her own. It was fantastic. (Though she did tell me pealing 20 pounds of potatoes and 15 pounds of sweet potatoes today was no small task!) The gingersnaps add such a fun flavor. Not to […]

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Creamy Corn Casserole

November 20, 2012

Creamy Corn Casserole. Just like your Mama used to make. Originally I got this recipe from my dear friend Tracy Hoogenboom who simply is a fantastic cook. I added the chilies for more of a kick and cumin for a bit more Mexican flavor. I make this for Thanksgiving every year…it is always everyone’s  favorite […]

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Cranberry Guacamole

November 20, 2012

I was a guest on a TV show years ago and watched a chef whip up this special holiday version of one of my favorites. I think I ate the whole bowl by myself! Since then, I’ve changed it up to suit my own tastes. I love the Christmasy colors as well as the spectacular […]

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A Holiday House-Raising and Gingerbread on the Side

November 19, 2012

Start a New Tradition! This is a beloved activity in our house. Every Thanksgiving evening, we gather to make these fun gingerbread houses. Because I typically have a large crowd over for Thanksgiving, we like to divide into family teams (one family per house), but you could do this any way you want. If you’re […]

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French Apple Cake

November 15, 2012

This recipe was given to me by my sister Terri Sue Johnson . It was a breathtaking experience! I added a few more spices because I like it with a bit more snap. It was a hit from the first time I brought it for a women’s event. The women were actually drinking the caramel […]

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A Seasonal Sip Blushing Mulled Wine

November 13, 2012

                                                               Holiday Central The key to making your holiday dreams come true In so many ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And when the holidays roll around, the kitchen is—or should be—Christmas Central. Your kitchen is your number-one resource for holiday celebration and decoration. It’s your comforting place to nurture relationships—with people […]

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Simple Tips for a Orchestrating a Stress-Free Christmas Dinner

December 21, 2011

Open your eyes: the possibilities for sharing the best meal of the year are endless.

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