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KT says ...
Try pairing your Manchego with Quince Paste. It's really tasty!
12/08/2008 4:22:54 PM CST
Karen A says ...
My favorite holiday dish -- and the favorite of my friends and family -- is cranberry crunch. I learned to make it during a visit to Plymouth Rock so it couldn't be more American!It's a hot, crumbly, yummy dessert made with oatmeal, butter, brown sugar and cranberry sauce. Top it with vanilla ice cream. I actually prefer Whole Foods own brand of vanilla ice cream!
12/08/2008 8:37:35 PM CST
Rebecca says ...
Every Christmas eve, I look forward to cheese fondue in which we dip ham and french bread.
12/08/2008 4:04:10 PM CST
Sharon says ...
I was born and raised in Florida, which can sometimes lack the "Holiday Season" spirit. I moved to Pennsylvania three years ago, and began celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with my husband's family. The first year, and every year since, I've made my favorite dessert recipe: Pear Gingersnap Cheesecake. The crust consists of crushed gingersnaps. On top of that is a layer of thinly sliced pears and powdered ginger, and then the cheesecake filling. It's an elegant version of a classic cheesecake, and of course I buy all of my 100% organic ingredients from Whole Foods. It's a hit every year, and usually the only dessert to be completely demolished!
12/08/2008 3:16:01 PM CST
David says ...
I'll start off with a very simple holiday secret. For coffee after the meal, I add vanilla extract and some Pumpkin spice to the top of the coffee ground beans just before brewing. Great compliment to any dessert.
12/08/2008 11:33:42 AM CST
Claire says ...
Brandy butter. It's easy to make and tastes delicious. All the indulgence you need for the Holidays!
12/08/2008 11:34:06 AM CST
sara says ...
My favorite holiday appetizer has to be a delicious warm brie in puff pastry. Delicious crackers alongside and you are ready to feed a hungry crowd!
12/08/2008 11:38:40 AM CST
Stef says ...
Mulled wine cupcakes with chestnut butter frosting! http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2008/12/christmas-cupcakes-mulled-wine-cupcakes.html
12/08/2008 11:39:20 AM CST
Jessica says ...
Here's a tasty dish for a holiday party: Texas Caviar Chop fine: 1 small green or red bell pepper 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper 4 stalks celery 1 cup red onion In a small saucepan; Boil the following and then let cool completely: 1/2 c oil 1/2c cider vinegar 1/2 c sugar 1 t salt and pepper Pour over the chopped ingredients with 1 16 oz. can pinto beans, 1 15 oz can black eyed peas, 1 16 oz white corn all drained and strained. Chill at least 4 hours, serve with chips or as a side salad.
12/08/2008 11:41:19 AM CST
KBO says ...
My husband and I are still establishing our own holiday traditions with ourselves and our families. My new favorite easy party snack is cutting squares of puff pastry into small squares, topping them with carmelized onions and a shaving of parmesiano reggiano, then baking until the puff pastry is golden brown. Easy and delicious.
12/08/2008 11:42:10 AM CST
Debie says ...
My favorite and quick holiday party dish is Dried Beef roll ups. Take a slice of dried beef, spread a mixture of creme cheese and horseradish on it, layer in a scallion and roll it up. Let it sit in the fridge for about an hour, then slice in 1/2" slices. Platter rolled side up. Really tasty!
12/08/2008 11:42:38 AM CST
Nicole Franco Silva Bolanos says ...
My favorite holiday dish is a simplified version of Kurkkusalaatti (Finnish cucumber salad). The recipe is just sliced cucumbers, sour cream & fresh chopped dill, salt & pepper to taste. Not only is the dish delicious, it's light flavor is a reminder that the winter holidays are celebrating the rebirth of spring and warmer months on the way. A lighter dish is always refreshing in the midst of heavy winter fare, and also a reminder of my Finnish heritage at a time when all cultures and religions come together to celebrate.
12/08/2008 11:42:54 AM CST
Tori says ...
My favorite dish is the homemade cranberry sauce I prepare every year! I boil down two big bags of fresh cranberries, a 1/2 dark brown organic sugar, 2 cups maple syrup, & 3 cups of water until the cranberries burst and the liquid evaporates and thickens. Meanwhile, I mix up two cans of mandarin orange segments (with juice) and a bag of raw pecans in a blender until it forms a thick, nutty paste. I let the cranberry sauce cool (it boils for about 30 mins) and then mix in the mandarin-pecan paste and it makes for a rich, tasty sauce for tofurkey! :)
12/08/2008 11:44:02 AM CST
CandacitaBonita says ...
My favorite holiday dish is My Mom's cornbread dressing, but this year I gave the recipe to a friend who put a vegetarian spin on it. I must say the vegetarian method beat out Mom's original recipe.
12/08/2008 11:45:10 AM CST
Monika Woolsey says ...
My family always makes a Mexican Christmas salad, with oranges, apples, beets, sprinkled with coconut, pine nuts, and pomegranate seeds. And THEN, drizzled with tequila dressing. This is the dish that taught me that I actually love beets! Here's a recipe I Googled. Ensalada de Navidad (Mexican Christmas Salad) 2 large beets, peeled and sliced 1/3 pound piloncillo (about 2/3 cup small pieces) or 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar 6 whole cloves 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 medium-size tart green apple, cored and sliced Romaine lettuce leaves, rinsed and crisped 2 cups peeled, shredded jicama 1 medium-size red apple, cored and sliced 2 medium-size oranges, peel and membrane cut off, quartered and thinly sliced 1/2 small pineapple, peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced 1 large banana, sliced 3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds 3 tablespoons roasted unsalted peanuts 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts Tequila dressing (recipe follows) In a 2- to 3-quart pan, place beets, piloncillo, cloves, lemon juice, and 3 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat, cover, and simmer until beets are tender when pierced, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain, reserving liquid; let beets and liquid cool. Let green apple slices stand in beet juice until pink; drain and discard juice. Cover a large platter with romaine. Arrange beets, jicama, red and green apples, oranges, pineapple, and banana on top. Sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, peanuts, and pine nuts, and add dressing. Serves 6. Per serving: 272 cal. (30 percent from fat); 4.1 g protein; 9 g fat (1.2 g sat.); 46 g carbo.; 44 mg sodium; 0 mg chol. Tequila dressing. In a small pitcher, combine 1/3 cup each orange juice and white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons each olive oil and tequila, 4 teaspoons sugar, and salt and pepper to taste.
12/08/2008 11:45:46 AM CST
Everly says ...
1 large wedge of Brie 1 8oz block of cream cheese 2 round crusty loafs - sourdough is nice Chop up Brie and cream cheese and warm in a pan over med/low heat until melted together. Slice off the top of the loaf and remove the interior (leaving a bowl). Chop the second loaf of bread into bite-size cubes. Pour the cheese mixture into the bread bowl. Put the bread bowl with cheese into a 350 oven for 15 minutes or until the bread is warmed through. Serve with chopped bread (you can also add apples for dipping).
12/08/2008 11:47:32 AM CST
Angie says ...
My favorite holiday party dish is a crab spread accented w/ tarragon and lemon. It feels luxurious, it's not that bad for you, and I feel like I'm supporting our local Maine fishing industry when I use crab!
12/08/2008 11:47:37 AM CST
Megan says ...
I am vegan, so I often have to bring my own dishes to family gatherings. This Thanksgiving I made a few side dishes that my entire carnivorous family devoured: french green beans sauteed with olive oil, lemon zest, sundried tomatoes mashed sweet potatoes with maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, and chopped pecans They were both so simple, and complemented my Tofurkey roast incredibly well!
12/08/2008 11:55:17 AM CST
Serena says ...
I love warm, thick, creamy hot chocolate for the holidays! Pop on some marshmallows, and it's the perfect after dinner treat :)
12/08/2008 11:58:38 AM CST
Lisa says ...
My favortie dish is green bean casserole but made with organic foods and soy milk. Instead of milk use soy. Also use fresh green beans, organic mushroom soup, and the fried onions. This is lower in calories and great for those who are lactate intolerance. Lisa
12/08/2008 11:58:51 AM CST
kimberly says ...
my favorite holiday party dish is my father in law's eggplant parm. even tho i am jewish i have been celebrating christmas with my husbands family since before we even began dating (we were best friends). i was a vegetarian thru my teens and early 20's, and my now father in law always made eggplant parm especially for me, so that i could have a main course instead of just the sides. even tho i now eat meat and could eat the turkey he roasts, he still makes it for me every year- which i love, as its my ALL TIME favorite food. he isnt well and is planning on teaching me how to make it this year to make sure i can enjoy it forever....
12/08/2008 11:58:56 AM CST
Valerie Mitchell says ...
My favorite party dish is all about presentation :) Stuffed Whole Pumpkin :) * scoop the seeds out of a pumpkin or large squash * steam * stuff - for thanksgiving I used a Vegan rice and bean dish, I've also stuffed with something as simple as instant stuffing out of a box * Roast for about 1/2 hour Makes an impressive party dish in an edible serving bowl :)
12/08/2008 12:00:22 PM CST
jennifer says ...
easy pumpkin spice spread one container vegan sour cream one small can pumpkin puree (not pie mix) 1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spices, to taste blend in food processor or blender and serve with graham sticks.
12/08/2008 12:08:25 PM CST
Eylem says ...
I love Apple Pie and Bûche de Noël. Both are great for holiday parties, and if you can not bake one you can always purchase them from WFM.
12/08/2008 12:09:22 PM CST
Kamilah Rouse says ...
My fav holiday appetizer for Thanksgiving or Christmas are figs stuffed with goat cheese. I usually make half of them wrapped in bacon for those that like that sort of thing... and the rest are au naturale for the rest of us! The figs taste like CHOCOLATE! People love them and expect them from me every event. :) Ingredients: * 8 bacon slices * 8 firm-ripe fresh figs, trimmed and halved lengthwise * 1/4 lb aged goat cheese such as Bucheron or Pouligny-St.-Pierre * 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar * 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin * 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt * 4 oz mesclun (4 cups) * 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, or to taste * 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Preparation: Preheat broiler. Cook bacon in a large heavy skillet over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until most of fat is rendered but bacon is still pliable, about 10 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Remove 1 scoop of flesh from each fig half with small end of a melon-ball cutter and discard. Scoop cheese with same end of melon-ball cutter and just fill each fig half. Press fig halves together to form whole figs. Stir together brown sugar, cumin, and salt, then rub onto 1 side of each bacon slice. Wrap 1 bacon slice, sugared side out, around each fig and secure with a toothpick. Broil figs, bacon sides up, on rack of a broiler pan about 3 inches from heat, turning them frequently, until bacon is browned, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly, then discard toothpicks. Toss mesclun with lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste, then gently toss with oil. Serve figs with salad.
12/08/2008 12:09:40 PM CST

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