Holiday Desserts: Finnish Cloud Pudding

[Editor's Note: I love learning about traditional holiday desserts from other cultures, so I loved reading about this Finnish dessert from Sofya of The Girls' Guide to Guns & Butter. Though Sofya hails from Azerbaijan, her mother-in-law has Finnish roots, and Sofya made this dish as a nod to Dawn's heritage. Not only is it delicious, but on Christmas, it's served with a special surprise tucked into the pudding's interior. Read on to find out the secret! --Genie]...more

Holiday Party Fare: Winter Panzanella

[Editor's Note: No matter what the season, I'm a fan of panzanella. The vegetable flavors shine through, accented by a tangy vinaigrette, and the croutons soak up the dressing until they're a perfect mix of crispy and soft. This seasonal version is perfect for a satisfying, yet healthy, main course or hearty side dish. --Genie]...more
This looks amazing! I have a great butternut squash pizza recipe you might ...more

Christmas Eve Beer Cheese Soup

[Editor's Note: I still remember my very first bowl of Beer Cheese Soup. A friend made it for me, and I was smitten on the first bite. Creamy, cheesy, tangy and delicious...I became a lifelong fan. That's why I love Laura's story about how Beer Cheese Soup is a holiday tradition in her home...but also a dish that shows up just because, sometimes. --Genie]...more
@laurakrier It's a plan. Can't wait to make it on Christmas Eve. Good luck with the goose - I ...more

Festive Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip

[Editor's Note: This fun dip features plenty of cranberries, with some cilantro and jalapeño for some extra kick. It's bright and festive, and something a little different to serve at a holiday gathering. In fact, I've already added all the ingredients to my grocery list—it's the perfect appetizer for my book club meeting on Wednesday night! --Genie] Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip....Hold the Wood Chips....more
I have been making this for years and just posted it last week too. It is seriously the hit of ...more

Pomegranate and White Chocolate Mousse Pie

[Editor's Note: Pomegranates are in season right now, and they are highlighted beautifully in this light and airy pie from Tracy of Sugarcrafter. It's an unusual option, but a perfect ending to either a holiday meal, or any special dinner this time of year. --Genie]...more
It looks delicious! And it's inspiring. I want to make pie now!more

Holiday Desserts: Pomegranate Poached Pears

[Editor's Note: Though pears are often poached in red wine, this version of this elegant dessert uses grape juice, pomegranate juice, and the juice of a clementine to deepen the pear's flavor and add a rich color to the fruit. It's a vegan, gluten-free dessert that is unexpected, free of added sugar, and quite healthy at a time of year when over-indulgence is the norm. --Genie]...more
That looks so good! I might have to try it. more

Holiday Party Fare: Herb Rubbed Beef Roast

[Editor's Note: Annie of Phoo-D recommends this beef roast as a perfect centerpiece to a Christmas dinner, but I'd serve it at any big holiday gathering, no matter what you're celebrating. The key is to buy the best quality beef you can, preferably from a trusted butcher. With such a simple preparation, the fantastic beef flavor will really shine through. --Genie]...more
We have ham for Christmas most of th e time. Every now and then a crown roast.more

Holiday Vegan Pumpkin Tunnel Cake

[Editor's Note: This tunnel cake is a modern update of a retro dessert. The original tunnel cake was a Pillsbury Bake-off-winning entry in 1966, but this version is updated to accommodate vegans with a holiday sweet tooth. It may look complex on first glance, but it's sure to please your non-dairy and non-egg-eating guests around the table. --Genie] Pumpkin Tunnel Cake w/Lemon-Ginger Creme Cheeze Filling, Caramel Sauce, & Toasted Pecans, for the Holidays ...more

Holiday Party Fare: Vodka-Infused Cherry Tomatoes & Dipping Salts

[Editor's Note: I'm always looking for inventive party appetizers, and this one caught my eye. It would be great to try this in summer, when tomatoes are at the peak of season, but if you can find good grape or cherry tomatoes in the grocery store, this would be a fun way to serve them as a pre-Thanksgiving bite, or an appetizer at any holiday party this season. --Genie] Vodka Infused Cherry Tomatoes...more
Staple of my New Year party table. Just warn people about the vodka. It sneaks up on you.more

Dry-Brined Roast Turkey

[Editor's Note: If you haven't decided how you're preparing your Thanksgiving turkey this year, this method definitely deserves your most serious consideration. Dry brining is easier to manage than a wet brine—it requires a little less space in the refrigerator, for one thing—but has the net effect of producing an unbelievably delicious bird. Check out Kate of Savour Fare's tips and technique for your best bird ever. --Genie]...more