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Holiday Recipes and Menus

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Linda Larsen
The holidays stretch from Halloween to New Year's Day. These ideas, tips, recipes, and menus will see you through the entire season. When it comes to the holidays, everyone is trying to save time and money. These articles will help you by providing easy holiday recipes and menus, make ahead foods, gift ideas, and entertaining menus and plans, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.

Bookmark this page, as every time I write a new holiday article I'll add it to this list!

Holiday Recipes and Menus

  • Christmas Dinner Menus
    These menus are perfect for Christmas dinner. From traditional ham to roast turkey, you'll find delicious and easy recipes to help you celebrate the holiday.
  • How NOT To Cook a Turkey
    Improper food handling is the number one cause of food illnesses and fatalities. These are the unsafe methods for turkey cooking that you should not use.
  • Cook Turkey From the Frozen State
    This is how I cook my Thanksgiving turkey, ever since Dr. O. Peter Snyder, Jr. sent me these instructions. And I've heard from lots of readers who love this method too.
  • Freeze Ahead Holiday Foods
    These easy recipes are perfect for the holidays. A few minutes of reheating in the microwave, and you can entertain!
  • All About Christmas Cookies
    All you need to know about making the perfect cookies for Christmas.
  • Christmas Breakfast Menus
    These fabulous menus for Christmas breakfast are perfect and delicious.
  • Top 10 Christmas Cookies
    These cookies are the ones I must make every Christmas. They cover all the wonderful flavors of the holiday season and make a fabulous cookie tray. Try them!
  • A Cozy Christmas Eve Dinner
    Sometimes it seems the anticipation of Christmas is better than the day itself. This is my favorite Christmas Eve dinner.
  • Christmas Memories
    No matter where you live or how old you are, Christmases from your childhood have a special glow about them. Food always plays a part in these memories.
  • Favorite Holiday Recipes
    These very special recipes are the ones I make every holiday season. Enjoy.
  • Gifts From Your Kitchen
    There's nothing like a personalized homemade gift to add warmth to the holidays. And by making your own gifts, you're going to be saving a lot of money!
  • Top Ten Tips for Making the Best Cookies
    With recipes from my Cookie and Candy Recipe Box and these tips, you'll make the best Christmas and holiday cookies ever!
  • Tree Trimming Appetizer Party
    A tree trimming party is a great idea for completing one chore, celebrating the season, and easily entertaining a crowd of friends.
  • Freeze Ahead Holiday Desserts
    Make these delicious and simple recipes for cakes, cookies, pies, and desserts ahead of time and freeze them for holiday celebrations.
  • Holiday Crockpot Recipes
    Your crockpot can be your best friend during the holiday season with these fabulous recipes.
  • Make Ahead Appetizers
    This fabulous collection of make ahead appetizer recipes should see you through the holiday season.
  • Five Ingredient Holiday Recipes
    For last minute entertaining, or just to make the season easier on you, this great collection of five ingredient holiday recipes comes to the rescue!
  • Special Holiday Dinner Menus
    Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or just the winter solstice, these easy and delicious holiday menus feature some of my best recipes for entertaining family and guests.
  • Make Your Own Mixes
    Homemade mixes make a wonderful holiday gift; personal, personalized, and very inexpensive!
  • Holiday Cookie Exchange
    Host a holiday cookie exchange this year and you will spend a lovely, cozy time with friends.
  • Alternative Christmas Menus
    Smaller families, people who have to work on Christmas Eve or Christmas day, and those who just don't want to cook can all serve these menus with pride.
  • Christmas Dinner Menu
    This traditional dinner is elegant, delicious, and fun to make. It will become part of your family's holiday tradition.
  • Make Your Own Christmas Gifts Email Class
    If you're trying to spend a little less on Christmas presents this year, why not pull together a few gift baskets or individual presents from your kitchen? These five lessons will show you how to assemble several baskets to give a bit of your heart this holiday season.
  • My Grandmother Clara's Recipes
    My Grandmother Clara was a spectacular cook; these are a few of my favorite recipes.
  • My Grandmother Matha's Recipes
    My Grandmother Matha was the best cook ever, and these are her recipes that I treasure. From Parker House Rolls to Peanut Cakes and Chocolate Sundae Pie, you'll find old fashioned, heirloom recipes that are worth every single calorie.
  • Christmas Breakfast Menus
    Let's face it, Christmas morning's focus is presents, not breakfast. But you have to eat! These easy recipes, many make-ahead, will let you serve a slightly fancy breakfast with ease.
  • Holiday Help Lines
    Did you know that there are many home economists waiting to help you with any food question, just a phone call away? This list of help lines deal with questions about turkeys or any food question you can think of!
  • Top 10 Recipes for Leftover Ham
    Ham is the most common Christmas leftover. And ham sandwiches can get boring very quickly! So enjoy these easy recipes for using this wonderful meat in creative ways.
  • Christmas Leftovers
    Too many candy canes? This article is here to help, with wonderful, imaginative, delicious recipes that will use up Christmas leftovers in ways that will delight your family and friends.
  • More Christmas Leftover Recipes
    And more quick and easy recipes for using Christmas dinner leftovers, whether you had ham, turkey, chicken, or roast beef.
  • Easiest New Year's Party Menu
    Shop, chop, and eat! That's all it takes to make this fun and fancy New Year's spread for all your family and friends.
  • Fondue for New Year's Eve
    What if you don't feel like braving the roads, the crowds, and the noise for New Year's Eve? Stay home - and serve this cozy retro dinner menu.
  • New Year's Open House
    A New Year's Open House is an old fashioned way to entertain that's easy on the host and hostess.
  • New Year's Soup Buffet
    Not to comment on the economy or anything, but soup is more than a last resort: it is inexpensive, nourishing, and delicious. A soup buffet is the perfect way to entertain.
  • Halloween!
    Creepy, crawly foods will give you the edge when it comes to this fun and scary holiday.
  • Halloween and the First Snowfall
    This weekend's worth of menus and recipes highlights fall foods and comfort foods.
  • Eyeballs and Spiders and Brains Oh My!
    More creepy ideas and fun foods for your Halloween party.
  • Thanksgiving, Step by Step
    Sign up for my email class and learn about each course of Thanksgiving dinner, one day at a time.
  • My Family's Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner
    This is the menu we eat every year at Thanksgiving. It includes cherished family recipes and is, I think, the perfect meal.
  • Let's Talk Turkey!
    This is all you need to know to plan and prepare the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Thanksgiving Recipes and Menus
    This hub has all you need to know about Thanksgiving dinner on one page. Bookmark it to study as we get closer to this American holiday.
  • Turkey Breast Recipes
    Cooking a turkey breast is an easy way to scale back Thanksgiving for smaller families or groups. And it's easy!
  • Thanksgiving Crockpot Recipes
    Most of use our crockpot to cook one or two dishes for Thanksgiving. But did you know that you can cook almost an entire Thanksgiving dinner in the crockpot?
  • The Easiest Traditional Thanksgiving Menu Ever!
    This super simple, mostly make-ahead menu is one to serve when you want the traditional foods for your Thanksgiving feast, but are a beginning cook or just don't have the time or energy.
  • Alternate Thanksgiving Ideas
    Find recipes for Chandler's Thanksgiving meal (you know who I mean), Calvin Trillin's preferred meal, and scaled down treats that are simple and delicious.
  • Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
    And, the next few days, your refrigerator is stuffed full of leftovers! Find creative, easy, and delicious ways to use that food to feed your family and guests during this busy shopping weekend.
  • More Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes
    Thanksgiving is probably the biggest 'leftover' holiday of the year. And what leftovers! Tender turkey, lots of mashed potatoes, roasted sweet potatoes, stuffing, gravy ... the possibilities are almost endless!
  • Top Ten Leftover Turkey Recipes
    These recipes are fabulous and easy ways to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey.
  • Easy Hanukkah Dinner
    This simple and festive dinner features a roasted chicken and creamy potato bake. Yum.
  • Salmon Hanukkah Dinner Menu
    Salmon is the perfect dish for entertaining. In this wonderful menu, it's served with super creamy scalloped potatoes and wonderful sugar cookies for dessert.
  • Hanukkah Menu
    Roast Chicken and potato latkes made a delicious and easy to make celebration menu.
  • Celebrate Hanukkah
    Celebrate the season of light with this simple menu. Brisket of beef cooks all day in your crockpot, an unusual and colorful vegetable salad is made ahead, and Almond Sponge Cake with Raspberry Sauce is a beautiful ending to the meal.

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