Holiday Entertaining Favorites

Brussels sprouts and tomato shooters

Looking for some new holiday recipes?   Here are some of my favorites………..


Six in Sixty

Need tips for a last minute holiday appetizer gathering?
Check out my Six in Sixty article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Six recipes that can be prepared in 60 minutes …. plus shopping time, of course!
Reward yourself with a glass of wine at minute 61!

Olives, Olives, Olives

Olives make the perfect quick appetizer.   Check out four fast and delicious ways to incorporate olives into your holiday menu.   Because of the recent popularity of olives, a wide variety of olive types can be found in both specialty stores and “big box” supermarkets.

Pigskin cheese ball close up

The Pigskin Cheese Ball – perfect for game day!

b99234812z.1_20140407151701_000_gs65iflh.2-0Main Course Suggestions – Beyond Turkey!
Try some of these terrific recipes for New Year’s Eve or as an alternative to turkey or ham for a holiday meal.

Rack of Lamb
For a special holiday dinner, try your culinary hand at rack of lamb.  The link above will provide you with a recipe plus tips on buying and preparing the lamb.   Remember, size is a big thing when selecting racks of lamb.   The lamb racks from “down under” in Australia and New Zealand will be smaller – 12 to 20 ounces each – making then perfect for two servings per rack.   However domestic lamb racks will be much larger – 1 1/2 pounds to 2 1/2 pounds – good for four servings each.

finished-chicken-medallionsChicken Roulade with Lingonberry Sauce
These individual chicken roulades can be prepared a day ahead.   The Lingonberry sauce is a nice alternative to cranberries

Boneless Duck Breast with Caramelized Apples and Bacon

salmon in grill pan

Salmon Wellington (on video)



Holiday Centerpiece Desserts

Sometimes a dessert and serve two purposes – the dessert part, or course – but also the centerpiece of your buffet area.

Here are three centerpiece dessert recipes you may want to try!


Candied Cranberry Black Forest Cake
Buche de Noel (Christmas Log Cake) with Maple Buttercream

Gingerbread Biscotti


Make Dessert Memorable!

From cookies (like the cherry Linzer cookies above) to a delicious make-ahead pie or tart, dessert is the last thing people will remember about the meal so make it special.   For this who are ambitious, and a bit artistic, try making my signature meringue swans.  

There’s even a video on my website to help you along!
Meringue Swans with Strawberry Sauce

Linzer Cookies (from my Edible Door Magazine article)

Turtle Tart (Caramel and Chocolate!)

Three-Layer Holiday Pie (Pumpkin, chocolate and cheesecake!)

Chocolate Cabernet Tart

Individual Baked Alaska


Holiday Soups

Winter Squash, Pear and Preserved Ginger Soup

Winter Squash and Maple Bisque

Winter White Vegetable Bisque

Yukon Gold Potato and Cheese Soup

Cream of Mushroom and Artichoke Bisque

Holiday Salads

Shaved Brussels Sprout, Pomegranate and Pecan Salad

Roasted Pear & Butternut Squash Salad with Apple Cider Port Vinaigrette

Avocado and Pomegranate Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Panzanella Salad with Avocado

Holiday Side Dishes

Butternut Squash Gratin

Zucchini, Red Bell Pepper and Tomato Gratin

Quinoa with Roasted Butternut Squash (Vegan)

Hasselback Potatoes

Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls

Herb Dinner Rolls






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