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Tantalizing Holiday Dinners!

POSTED December 12, 2017

Turkey is the go-to entrée for Thanksgiving meals, with 46 million birds consumed by Americans last month. It’s also a Christmas favorite, along with roast beef and ham, with the Hanukkah tradition of brisket following close behind.

For the most delectable entrees, Jillyanna’s Braised Brisket with caramelized onions and Belgian style stout is a fail-safe choice, holiday dinnersas is Apple-Walnut Pork Roast, from All Recipes, with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger, or the Food Network’s Ham with Raspberry Mustard, courtesy of Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond (and the recipe looks super easy, too!).

And if you haven’t had your fill of turkey, there’s always Martha Stewart’s popular Herb-Roasted Turkey with rosemary, thyme and a quart of apple cider!

Bring on the Sides

If you volunteered or were recruited to bring a side to a holiday dinner, there’s no end of choices both traditional and twisted for a memorable meal.

It’s almost impossible to mess up Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, especially with this recipe from Delish. Buy baby potatoes and plan on at least an hour in the oven with plenty of olive oil, garlic and rosemary.

Among the 25 family-favorite recipes for sides from Good Housekeeping are the Creamed Kale and Gruyere and Spice-Roasted Butternut Squash with cider vinaigrette. Traditional? Not exactly. But, definitely scrumptious.

holiday dinnerOkay speaking of scrummy, this Cream Cheese Asparagus Bundle recipe from Kristyn at Lil Luna is like having fresh bread and veggies all in one. But adding cream cheese and parmesan makes them both even better!

Blogger Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road has 35 more holiday sides to drool over, just in case you’re not a fan of asparagus. (Wait, is there such a thing?)

Here’s one we haven’t seen for the holidays: Bejeweled Rice from bon appétit. With pistachios, almonds, scallions, carrots and a cup of unsweetened dried fruit, this is one side dish that looks as awesome as it tastes.

Food and Wine may have the 35 most unique holiday side dishes to choose from in this list and, of course, they are most beautifully presented!

Finally, if you think Country Living might only suggest grits and cornbread for sides on the holidays, get a load of these Orange Carrots with Yogurt Dressing and toasted pine nuts. They look good enough to eat!

Crowd-Pleasing Sweets

This is the season that everybody puts on an average of seven pounds. If you want some holiday eating strategies go here, but we say weight gain schmeight gain – the holidays only come around once a year!

holiday dinnersIf easy appeals, Woman’s Day collected 57 simple holiday desserts, like Peppermint Oreo Truffles (with only six ingredients) to Red and White Chocolate Bark.

Red Velvet Cheesecake and Frozen Raspberry Pistachio Terrine are two festive desserts you’ll find in the Midwest Living collection of 35 family faves.

And if those don’t rock your jingle bell, try one of 100 best Christmas dessert recipes from Delish, like Gingerbread Trifle to Mini-Eggnog Cheesecakes, it will take you longer to scroll through the recipes than it will to make the dessert!

Crystal Valley Holiday Cookery!

 The state-of-the art kitchens in Crystal Valley were made for making meals for the holidays, and every other day! The floor plans available in the new homes of this master-planned community are suited to a variety of lifestyles, thanks to the foresight of D.R. Horton,  Kauffman Homes and Richmond American Homes. Available in both ranch and two-story designs, Crystal Valley homes are priced from the high $300s.


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