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Holiday Countdown Recipe Swap

Hello Food52 community!
Now that the holidays (and the Secret Holiday Swap 2014) are in full swing, I wanted to countdown to the holidays and give the gift that keeps on giving: sharing your tried and true, most-loved family recipes.
I'd love to hear what makes it to your table every year, regardless of the trends and food fads!

Thanks in advance, and happy holidays all!

asked by Jr0717 about 2 years ago
21 answers 1867 views
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luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Union Square Cafe Brussels Sprout Hash (recipe on this site), a vegetarian main for my son and neice, pie or bread pudding. I love the maple pecan pie on this site and the cranberry ginger pear pie. Home made croissants or Danish pastry on Christmas morning.

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

We've had the same thing for Christmas dinner with our small family and another family for many years at my Mom's house in San Diego. Grass fed aged prime rib, Julia's creamed onions from the recipe published in the San Diego Union in the late seventies, goat cheese Yorkshire pudding from Silver Pallet and something orange and something green. Dessert changes and the wine collected by 3 different households is always extraordinary.

My brother builds a huge fire in the game room where football is on tv and many games of pool are played. We ply Thomas with enough wine so he finally agrees to play the accordion outside.

Good times for sure.

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Pegeen

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added about 2 years ago

Wow that sounds lovely! Especially the accordion :-)

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

Pegreen, the accordion playing always thrills everyone. He plays very beautiful music. The neighbors all hear it (they have heard him for years, so it's become their tradition as well) and clap and cheer when he's finished. It's lovely.

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added about 2 years ago

It sounds absolutely lovely. It sounds like your family really makes the most of the holiday, which is the way it should be!

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

I'm a Dodo bird. Thomas' mom just corrected me...he plays the bagpipes, not the accordion. I just love it when I mix up my nouns. :)

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added about 2 years ago

Susan, that's still not the average, every day type of instrument, which I think makes it all the more awesome!

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Susan W

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added about 2 years ago

So true Jr. :)

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added about 2 years ago

My family has been making these chocolate peanut butter balls for Christmas for as long as I can remember (and now I'm the designated ball maker.) http://hippyelfchick.blogspot...

And cinnamon basil chicken is my favorite dinner that I make every year for the solstice and/or Christmas: http://hippyelfchick.blogspot...

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added about 2 years ago

Your cinnamon basil chicken looks delicious, Christie. I saved the link so I can make it soon!

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Saved both of these - thanks!

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

Susan W - Bagpipes?! Awesome. I have family who play Uilleann pipes (Irish, smaller bagpipes) so I have an understanding of how difficult the instrument is. Your neighbors should be paying for the concert! Does he play Christmas carols?

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Susan W

Susan W is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 2 years ago

He plays haunting Irish music and something Christmas for my 87 yo mom. He doesn't play for long. Usually one of each. Always something to look forward to. :)

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 2 years ago

We have a big family and generally follow the tune of the host/esses. One constant is my mother's (bless her) James Beard recipe for a raw cranberry, orange, Cointreau relish. Goes with beef, pork or fowl. It's a beautiful red and orange jewel-toned dish.

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added about 2 years ago

I bet those colors are lovely! Very festive for the table in addition to being delicious, I'm sure.

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added almost 2 years ago

This is the most simple and delicious cookie, who has been a family tradition for ages. Not many ingredients and a lot of love to them :-)

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added almost 2 years ago

Sometimes the simplest cookies are the best. They look yummy, that's for sure. If you could, share the recipe?

Thanks!

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added almost 2 years ago

Yes, sure!

I can add this on my blog in english version. The adress is http://www.klisjehjemmet..., you can still find the post on the first page.

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added almost 2 years ago

Thank you!

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added almost 2 years ago

We've always made cinnamon raisin bread or a fruit cake. Since I went vegan recently, I've had to make some adjustments to the recipes. I am going to try a vegan cinnamon bread this year and see how it goes.
This recipe looks delicious: http://www.veganlovlie...

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added almost 2 years ago

That sounds like a great Christmas morning breakfast...warm, toasty cinnamon raisin bread and family - that's almost part of the definition of "Holiday". Let me know how the vegan version turns out!