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Christmas celebrations are based on traditions, including family foods and the holiday feast. Many of us spend a great portion of our time cooking, baking and, the best part, eating our finest recipes, some of which have been passed down through many generations, others that will provide future traditions. It is time well spent because we get to do something very special for those we love, as well as for ourselves.


The Christmas Eve menu I chose is a festive meal featuring Roasted Cornish Game Hens. With a make-ahead appetizer, as well as easy side dishes and dessert, you can enjoy the celebration along with your family and guests. The Christmas breakfast menu, including eggs, raw-fried potatoes, sausage and/or bacon and a delicious cranberry-orange nut bread, is based on what my mother served every Christmas morning after the presents were opened. The Christmas dinner buffet, featuring baked ham with sides and a dessert that can be prepared ahead, is another old tradition that can be served as a family sit-down dinner or a convenient offering for visitors making the rounds. All of the menus come with preparation notes and each recipe with similar options. Additionally, you will find links to my favorite Christmas cookies recipes, homemade gifts from the kitchen and menus for New Year's Eve and day. If you do not find what you are looking for, use the search box above or browse the Recipe Files for many more choices. No matter what holiday you celebrate during the winter season, get cooking, set your most festive holiday table and enjoy.


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Additional Christmas Pages

Christmas Cookies

Homemade Gifts from the Kitchen

New Year's Menus
Christmas Tree Photo

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Homemade Cheese Ball
served with crackers


Roasted Cornish Game Hens


Wild Rice Pilaf


Roasted Brussels Sprouts


Harvard Beets


Walnut and Chocolate Chip
Brownie Pie


Preparation Notes

This is an easy, festive and delicious menu that will delight your family and guests. Make the cheese ball one or two days ahead and refrigerate. In the morning, clean and refrigerate the sprouts. Later in the day, make the pie and store at room temperature. If serving with whipped cream, make that and refrigerate. The game hens, rice, sprouts and beets take about the same amount of time. See the recipes for details. While they are cooking, place the cheese ball and crackers where guests can help themselves as desired. While the hens are resting, make the pan sauce. Arrange the meat and vegetables on individual plates, drizzling the hens and rice with sauce. After the main course, serve the pie topped with whipped cream.


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Fresh Orange or Tomato Juice
(Spiked with gin or vodka, if desired)


Mom's Fluffy
Scrambled Eggs



Raw Fried Potatoes


Homemade Breakfast Sausage
and/or
Maple-Glazed Baked Bacon


Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread


Assorted Fruits and Berries


Coffee, Tea and/or
Hot Chocolate

Preparation Notes

On Christmas Day, my mother always served a hearty breakfast after the presents were opened. She made a beautiful table setting using her red depression glass. Eventually, I took on the tradition. Like Mom, I alter the menu on occasion, but the basics of eggs, meats and quick breads or breakfast cakes remain. This is an easy menu, most of which can be made that morning with little effort. The cranberry bread can be baked one or two days ahead, cooled, wrapped in foil and refrigerated. The fruit and berries can be prepared as desired and refrigerated the day before. Christmas morning, place the cranberry bread at room temperature to remove the chill. Fry the potatoes, cook the sausage or bacon and make the eggs. If necessary, they can all be kept warm in a very low oven for a short time. If desired, serve the juice cocktails spiked with a little gin or vodka and the cranberry bread with softened or whipped cream cheese.


Christmas Dinner Buffet

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Brown Sugar and Mustard
Glazed Ham



Dinner Rolls
or
Small Sandwich Buns


Baked Macaroni and Cheese
with Bell Peppers



Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch


Seven-Layer Salad


Assorted Christmas Cookies


Classic Eggnog


Coffee, Tea and/or Hot Chocolate

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Preparation Notes

This is a simple, informal menu with items that can be prepared the day of or before the event, storing and reheating dishes as needed. That is a plus for those who receive guests who are obligated to visit several relatives or friends at indefinite times. Like my mother before me, I always make cookies several weeks before Christmas so I can serve them any time during the holiday season. Make the eggnog and beans several days ahead and refrigerate. Prepare the salad the day before, cover and refrigerate. If desired, the ham can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated. Slice and serve at room temperature, or cover and gently reheated in the oven in a little of the cooking juices. Serve with the rolls or buns and your favorite condiments so guests who prefer to do so can make little sandwiches. The macaroni and cheese can be made that day or assembled and refrigerated up to two days ahead, then baked when needed. To accentuate the holiday theme and make cleanup quick and easy, purchase festive paper plates and cups for serving. That is it. Relax and enjoy the day.



Roasted Cornish
Game Hens


Roasted Cornish Hens Recipe Photo

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Baked Macaroni and Cheese with Bell Peppers

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe Photo

Apies Cookies
(Butter Cookies)


Apies Cookies Recipe Photo


Merry
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Christmas!