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Sara says ...
My favorite holiday dish is to mix a jar of apricot preserves with finely minced 1-2 jallapeno peppers (more for their color and a bit for their heat), pour over a wheel of brie and bake until bubbly; serve with cubes of french bread. Yum!
12/11/2008 3:48:13 PM CST
Darren Marshall says ...
One thing I like to make as a main course for the holidays is my ham glazed with molasses and blood orange. I mix the juices of the oranges w/ molasses , add slivers of the peel on the ham with the cloves , and glaze with the blood orange and molasses mix. The smell goes through my place like an old-fashioned holiday pomander and evokes the memories of Christmases past.as an appetizer , I do cheese and crackers with a champagne cheddar rolled in ground chestnuts , and a swiss with smoked pepperoni.Add a veggie platter with a cranberry and brie dip , voila!
12/11/2008 4:05:00 PM CST
joey ericsson says ...
I will always love the old classic veggie platter with dip inside a bellpepper.
12/11/2008 4:10:16 PM CST
Kristina Packard says ...
My favorite holiday dish is the antipasta platter. We always have smoked cheese, salami, olives, roasted red peppers, and goat cheese. Also, some Proseco and wonderful dry wines.
12/11/2008 4:12:50 PM CST
Pat Atkinson says ...
My favourite way to welcome Yuletide guest is by offering them a cup of mulled wine and a homemade shortbread cookie (likely flavoured with sage and topped with a smigeon of cheddar). Here's my family's recipe 1 lemon 1 orange 1 bottle of medium to full-bodied red wine A pinch of grated nutmeg Cloves (poke approximately 10 into the orange before submerging the fruit in the wine.) 60ml / 2 fluid oz of Triple Sec or cognac 60g / 2oz light brown sugar 2 cups of Green tea (already steeped) 4 cinnamon sticks Instructions Cut the lemons into slices. Poke the cloves into the orange. Pour the red wine into saucepan (or crockpot) and gradually heat. Add fruit slices, orange, nutmeg, cloves and Triple Sec / cognac. Keep an eye on the mixture and wait until it becomes hot to the touch but doesn't boil. Blend in sugar and green tea Pour into clear glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon. Make sure to have a roaring fire in the fireplace and seat your happy guests before it. Merry Christmas!
12/11/2008 4:20:29 PM CST
ruth says ...
My favorite holiday dish is a homemade avocado dip. Yummy and a big hit. Avocado mixed with low fat yogurt. Spread this on toasted Italian sliced bread. The best ever.
12/11/2008 4:26:47 PM CST
Heather says ...
Sweet and sour meatballs, sliced in half, served on toasted baguette slices is always popular at my house.
12/11/2008 4:37:24 PM CST
Rachel Cara says ...
My fave holiday dish that I've made it a dairy free Pumpkin Pie. You can take any recipe really and substiture Soy or Rice Milk. I also like to use a whole wheat pie crust, gluten-free are good as well for those with allergies.
12/11/2008 4:56:31 PM CST
Carla Arias says ...
My wonderful husband's most requested appetizer has to be my "Beef Tenderloin Bites" which are actually very simple to make. Cube filet mignon steaks in generous 1" squares. Place in a bowl and toss quickly with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil, some cracked black pepper, a little sea salt and garlic powder. Set aside. Cube roasted red peppers (from the Whole Foods deli) in same size pieces as the tenderloin. Toss these with additional olive oil, pepper, salt and garlic. Place on a baking sheet and broil for about 2 minutes per side. The meat will be nicely browned on the outside and still succulent on the inside. Squewer one piece of beef together with one cube of pepper on festive toothpicks and serve immediately. I usually serve with a nice pesto dipping sauce purchased at Whole Foods. Goes quickly, especially by your male guests!
12/11/2008 5:04:22 PM CST
saritha says ...
Sweet Dessert - Kesari 1 cup wheat soji(Indian grocery) 1&1/2 cup Sugar 1/2 cup ghee/Butter. 1&1/2cup water 10 Dry grapes 10 Cashews 2 Cardamom pinch of vanilla essence. Take a pan, add 2 tbsp of ghee fry dry grapes,cashews and cardamom for garnishing. fry the wheat soji with 2 tbsp ghee and add sugar,water cook for 8 min. Add vanilla essence,fried dry grapes,cashews,cardamom. Ready to serve I love this dessert. Let me know how it goes. Thanks Saritha
12/11/2008 5:12:49 PM CST
Paula says ...
With my German and Slovak heritage, the holidays are filled with heavy, comfortable foods. To balance it, my mom always roasts pecans with a little salt until they are dark and fragrant. For almost 30 years she's been filling up the same dark red glass dish and offering it to friends and family who have overdone it on the other treats made with sugar, dough or sauerkraut. In comparison, roasted pecans are surprisingly light and refreshing!
12/11/2008 5:23:03 PM CST
Niurka says ...
My favorite would be sweet beans.Its a Dominican served around Easter but some make it during Christmas time.
12/11/2008 5:33:16 PM CST
Betsy Bowman says ...
Cranberry Chutney (sold at WF) on a block of 365 cream cheese. A nice soft goat cheese works well too and adds a bit of tartness with the chutney. Goes well with any cracker, but my favorite is Back to Nature's Sesame Ginger Rice Thins. Makes a nice gluten-free addition to appetizers. Easy and quick to do and ingredients can be kept on hand. The Cranberry Chutney adds a nice touch of red color to holiday parties.
12/11/2008 5:37:42 PM CST
Betsy Bowman says ...
WF Recipe for Quinoa Egg Bake with Thyme and Garlic is one of my favorites. I decided that it would make a wonderful appetizer. I made it according to the recipe and let it cool in the refrigerator for several hours. Then I cut it into small squares (about 1 inch) and placed each square on a decorative mini cupcake liner. Easy to do and was a hit with my friends at happy hour. This freezes well too. You can do part of the casserole in small pieces and the rest in larger pieces for a meal.
12/11/2008 5:57:16 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
A nice ice cream and expresso coffee. Then have all the toppings ready. My kids love to do this with hot chocolete also. So we start with the ice cream in the bottom of the cup and then add the expresso..........enjoy.
12/11/2008 6:08:21 PM CST
Camellia says ...
I LOVE THE BITE SIZED BROWNIES AT WHOLE FOODS. WHOLE FOODS IS A REALLY GREAT PLACE FOR ALL KINDS OF APPETIZERS AND DIFFERENT TREATS. EVERYTIME I SERVE ENTREES I GET FROM WHOLE FOODS, PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME WHATS MY SECRET. FOR TRUELY DELICIOUS AND INFALLIBLE TASTING APPETIZERS, WHOLE FOODS IS THE PLACE TO GO.
12/11/2008 6:25:32 PM CST
Meryl Gerner says ...
This is very tasty and couldn't be easier to make. Take a brick of plain Philadelphia cream cheese and spread green jalapeno pepper jelly over it and serve with crackers. You'd think it would be extremely hot, but it's not.
12/11/2008 7:09:01 PM CST
gail says ...
Mushrooms stuffed with lobster, great appitizer! lobster, parm cheese,ritz crackers a touch of fresh minced garlic, bake 20 mins.+/- yummy!!!!!
12/11/2008 7:12:26 PM CST
E. Basta says ...
Our favorite family appetizer tradition is papaya mango salsa. It is super easy to make with papaya, chopped tomatoes, lime juice, lime zest, chopped cilantro, and add some crackers and you are done. We try to eat more vegetarian meals for our health and Whole Foods is just the place to get organic fruits and vegetables.
12/11/2008 7:17:21 PM CST
helenlam says ...
My favorite holiday party dish is Chinese sticky rice. In my family this dish is only served on the following holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chinese New Year.
12/11/2008 7:18:02 PM CST
Sophia says ...
My favorite holiday dish is my aunt's sweet mashed potatoes with pineapple chunks. Yum!
12/11/2008 7:27:41 PM CST
Grainne says ...
My fav appetizer is a deluxe veggie tray... filled with sugar snap peas, grape tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, mushroom, red, yellow and orange pepper... best thing is the Catalina or any red french dressing.
12/11/2008 7:35:26 PM CST
Deborah says ...
Growing up my Great Grandma and then Grandma would make something called cherry soup. It is a family recipe that has tart cherries, cinnamon, dumplings. It is thick and wonderful and so yummy!
12/11/2008 7:44:05 PM CST
Stacey says ...
This was my first time watching "The Secret Ingredient". What I got out of it was putting all the pieces together... from shopping to presentation. Sometimes, I get in the store adn have all of these great ideas and then have no clue when I get home! One of my favorite holiday dishes, my greek grandmother's recipe, is the Greek cheese pita. It is an appetizer consisting of a phyllo triangle with feta cheese and a few other ingredients. Since I discovered Whole Foods, I find you feta cheese to be the best around. I used to go to my local Greeks market but Whole Foods feta is so fresh and always available. I wanted to share this story because now Whole Foods has become part of my family tradition during the holiday season!
12/11/2008 8:35:12 PM CST
Jen Anderson says ...
My daughter was just diagnosed with Crohns putting Chirstmas cooking into a tailspin - but we are finding/inventing many alternatives to keep it normal and fun but healthy for her. Fresh fruit cobblers with apples and pears topped with wheat free granola is great warmed and we brought some along with apple cider sorbet to garnish it to a party and shared it with everyone. A major hit!
12/11/2008 8:56:18 PM CST

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