Holiday Favorites


Looking for some inspiration for your holiday cooking?   I have rounded up some favorite holiday recipes for your culinary review!

From appetizers and salads to entrees and desserts, here are some quick links to some of my holiday “all-star” recipes.   Enjoy!



Think “Frozen Assets”
Your most important appliance may not be your stove or refrigerator.   Dust off that freezer that is lurking in you basement or garage and fill  it up with some frozen appetizers.  Your arsonal of “frozen assets” are just waiting to be called to action of a holiday party assignment.

Click to see my Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on creating make-ahead appetizers that can be frozen. 


Pig Skin Cheeseball

Everyone likes a cheeseball, especially when its shaped like a football and covered in bacon.


Gazpacho “Shooters” with Shrimp
Don’t settle for shrimp cocktail when you can make these simple gazpacho shooters that were featured in Chef Milligan’s Labor Day Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.   Use small shot glasses of any size and simply pour in the gazpacho and garnish with a cooked shrimp!


Crostini Bar

Have your guests do the prep work!   Offer a crostini “bar” which various toppings and toasted French bread slices.
Along with traditional toppings, try sliced pears and bleu cheese or pomegranates, honey and goat cheese.

Brussels sprouts and tomato shooters

Six in Sixty

One of Chef Milligan’s favorite Milwaukee Journal Sentinel articles was her “Six in Sixty” feature.  Six appetizers that can be prepared in 60 minutes, with one minute to spare to have a glass of wine before you open the door for your guests!
Take a look at these easy to prepare quick appetizers.


Charchuterie Platter with Olives

Head to the deli and grab some interesting sliced meats, cheeses and sausages.   Set them out on a
decorative board along with toasted bread slices.    Hit the olive bar and grab a mix of your favorites.   Make a

tapanade, marinate the in olive oil or put the on top of some feta cheese for some quick bites.

Soups and Salads


Maple Butternut Squash Bisque

Chef Milligan’s most requested soup of all time – her Maple Butternut Squash Bisque.
You can’t go wrong with this heart-warming soup for a holiday first course.


Winter White Vegetable Bisque

A great winter soup, this vegetable bisque is made with parsnips Yukon gold potatoes and cauliflower.
Garnish with a drizzle of basil oil and garnish with frizzled sweet potato.


Tuscan Tomato Soup

Even though it may not be tomato season, you can still make a delicious tomato soup.   Garnish with a French bread
cheese crouton.


Shaved Brussels Sprout and Pomegranate Salad

Brussels sprouts are not just for a vegetable course.   Shaved sprouts tossed with pomegranates and walnuts make
a terrific holiday salad course.


Roasted Pear and Butternut Squash Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

Pre-roast the pears and squash a day ahead.   The dressing can also be prepared ahead.



Beet, Cara Cara Orange and Goat Cheese Salad

The Cara Cara orange, available December through April, is a newer addition to the American citrus market. Sometimes referred to as a red navel, the Cara Cara is a cross between the Washington navel and the Brazilian Bahia navel.  Try them with roasted beets and goat cheese for this colorful salad.


Try something different this holiday season.  How about a delicious rack of lamb or duck breast for a holiday dinner entree?
You can even “fancy up” a chicken breast by making a chicken roulade (rolled stuffed chicken breast) finished with 
a colorful lingonberry sauce.

Chicken Roulade with Lingonberry Sauce


Rack of Lamb

finished duck

Caramelized Apple Stuffed Duck Breasts

Grain Stuffed Acorn Squash

Need a vegetarian entree for the holidays?   Try this delicious grain-stuffed acorn squash.
Watch a video of me making this great entree with its own edible container – the squash!


Even it your dinner has a few “bumps on the road,” a great dessert will make your guests forget all of your
minor culinary mistakes.   Here are some recipes you may want to try

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Door County Cherry Linzer Cookies


Buche de Noel
Christmas Log Cake

It looks harder than it is!   This impressive cake is actually a chocolate cake made in a jelly-roll pan (or a cookie sheet pan with sides) then filled and frosted with an easy chocolate buttercream.   Meringue mushrooms and some rosemary finish the dessert.


Triple Layer Chocolate Pecan Pumpkin Pie

Add all three types of pies into one so your guests don’t have to decide.

Lemon Lovers Tart

Lemon Lover’s Tart

Three layers of lemon – lemon zest is in the shortbread crust following by a layer of homemade lemon
curd then a topping of baked lemon custard.

Hickory syrup creme brûlée

Winter Spiced Creme Brûlée

Add some winter spices like cinnamon, cloves and ginger to give a creme brûlée a touch of the season!

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2 Responses to Holiday Favorites

  1. Lorraine says:

    Hi Terri,
    I am very impressed with your website and the demo for the Salmon Wellington. I heard about but missed your interview Larry Meillor, and signed up for your emails because I love to cook and didn’t want to miss an opportunity to learn something new. Do you ever give classes in Middleton or Madison? I’m sure I will become one of your biggest fans. Happy New Year.

    • Chef Terri says:

      I may get out to Madison some time this year. There are a few places that have asked me to do classes…..just didn’t have the time to get out to the area last year.

      Milwaukee isn’t THAT far away! Maybe you could come to one of my classes at the Milwaukee Public Market. I am in the process of putting new classes on my website this week through May.

      Hope to meet you sometime in person.

      Chef Terri

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