Culinary no-no #499

Thinking about what to serve for Christmas dinner?

Here are some great suggestions (with no apologies whatsoever to vegans).

Cornish game hens are the perfect protein for Christmas dinner because they cook up quickly and are packed with flavor. Get the recipe.

Roast Cornish Hens

Roast beef gets a special upgrade with this kicky recipe. The trick is making sure the jarred horseradish is squeezed as much as possible; it'll have more liquid than you think. Get the recipe.

Horseradish-Crusted Beef with Roasted Potatoes and Shallots

Part of this recipe can be done up to 2 days ahead. Wrap airtight and refrigerate. Cut and wrap onion for compote and prepare orange sections up to 2 days ahead. Refrigerate covered. Get the recipe.

Pork Loin With Cherry-Orange Compote

With a roast goose this beautiful your family and friend will still be sighing well into the new year thanks to this tastes-as-good-as-it-looks Christmas dinner centerpiece. Get the recipe.

Orange-Rosemary Roast Goose

Add flavor and offset the saltiness of ham with this sweet glaze that's made by boiling down pomegranate juice and cornstarch, then stirring in maple syrup and coarse-grain mustard. Get the recipe.

Maple-Pomegranate Glazed Ham

Need some sides.

Toss dried fruits such as apricots, figs, or raisins in with the apples for an added touch of sweetness. Assemble this casserole up to a day ahead, and simply cover and chill.  Get the recipe.

Apple-Walnut Stuffing

This veggie side is full of flavor and texture!  Get the recipe at Jo Cooks. 

Italian Roasted Mushrooms and Veggies

Not a fan of marshmallow-covered sweet potatoes? Go the savory route with these mashed potatoes that feature rosemary-roasted pecans. Get the recipe.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary Pecans

Add a little seasonal sweetness to your usual potato gratin with butternut squash. Get the recipe.

Potato and Butternut Squash Gratin

And how about…

These marvelous mini cheesecakes, with a sweet pecan topping and buttery shortbread crust, are perfect to serve guests at a holiday dinner party or to give away as a gift. Get the recipe.

Mini Cheesecakes with Sugared Pecans

These creamy bourbon- and rum-spiked after-dinner treats are perfect for enjoying during the holiday season, or on any cozy night in. Get the recipe.

Chocolate Eggnog Floats

Add a touch of elegance to your dinner table with this gingerbread cake that is decorated with a simple cinnamon and cream cheese frosting and topped with yummy gingerbread cookie trees.  Get the recipe at SuperGolden Bakes.

Gingerbread Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

This Christmas sangria is the perfect festive drink that will put everyone in the holiday spirit.  Get the recipe at Cake 'n' Knife.

Christmas Sangria

Whip up a batch of this family friendly cranberry and orange holiday punch that is made with natural agave and club soda for a refreshing taste.  Get the recipe at The Gunny Sack.

Cranberry Orange Holiday Punch

All of these and other menu ideas and their recipes come from Woman’s Day.

Not easy cooking up these yummy dishes. Let’s focus on just a couple.

First, the goose. Part of the 35-minute preparation includes:

Rinse goose inside and out, then pat dry with paper towels. Remove visible fat. With the tip of a small knife, prick the skin all over (do not pierce the meat), tie the legs together with kitchen twine and tuck the wings underneath the bird.

Four (4) hours later your goose is cooked. Now, that stuffing.

You can make it a day ahead of time, but it will take 25 minutes to prepare and 75 minutes to cook.

What’s that?

You say you’re looking  for something a bit easier?

Less time-consuming?

This guy has a suggestion.

That’s London-born Theo Michaels who first gained fame during Masterchef 2014. Michaels made it to the semi-finals.

His specialty is modern Greek cooking. Michaels is an author, has appeared on several TV shows,  and is a regular on BBC Radio’s Weekend Kitchen with Nick Coffer.

Michaels’ super quick and easy Christmas dinner?

Let’s go the video!

“This is literally four inches of steaming Christmas dinner in a mug. And it tastes really good – so good, in fact, that my wife has had it for lunch several times since I developed it.”

Oh, and Michaels doesn’t mean just Christmas.

Wonder how that would go over with guests.

No need to employ any over-analyzing here. From my perspective I believe the British have a word for this.



Last week’s no-no  was overall a very complimentary piece about Kwik Trip that did include my subjective view about their coffee. Not hot enough.

I did receive some prompt and very cordial feedback (two voicemail messages) from a Kwik Trip official who said they were checking into their equipment.

He mentioned that Americans like their coffee hotter than Europeans do. Kwik Trip’s answer to the Starbucks higher end (European-like) selections is their relatively new Karuba Gold espresso drinks. Should Kwik Trip prepare the Karuba Gold products too hot it would scald the milk.

I get that. For the record I always purchase their Royal Kona coffee.

Also for the record. I still love Kwik Trip. Maybe even more.


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