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Easy Holiday Recipes

Updated on June 11, 2015

Easy recipes for any holiday or any celebration!

It doesn't matter what the holiday is. It could be Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukah, July 4th or any other ethnic or religious or patriotic occasion. Most of the time people celebrate these special days with family get togethers or neighborhood parties or both!

You can have a festive get-together just about any time of the day. Inviting friends and family over for cocktails and appetizers is a fabulous way to entertain for a shorter time.

Progressive parties are popular, too. It's so much fun to have appetizers at one house, the salad course at another, the entrée somewhere else and then move to another home for the dessert.

These recipes are tried and true. By me! So check them out and let me know what you think. Enjoy.

Photograph from my personal collection.

ALMOND PINECONES

I can't even tell you how old this recipe is but I do remember making it for the first time more than twenty years ago for an office party. I still have the magazine clipping (not dated) and this is the picture that accompanied it.

The Ingredients are:

1-1/4 cup whole almonds

1 Pkg. cream cheese (8 oz.), softened

1/2 Cup mayonnaise

5 bacon slices - crisply cooked and crumbled

1 Tablespoon. chopped green onion

1/2 teaspoon dill weed

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Spread almonds in a single layer in a shallow pan. Bake at 300 degrees (F.) for 15 minutes, stirring often, until almonds just begin to turn color.

Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise, mixing well. Add the bacon, onion, dill and pepper. Mix well. Cover and chill overnight.

Form mixture into shapes of two pinecones on a serving platter. Beginning at the narrow edge (or point), arrange almonds at a slight angle into the cheese mixture, pressing gently in rows. Continue overlapping the rows until all the cheese is covered.

Garnish with artificial pine sprigs and maybe a bow. Serve with crackers.

Makes 1-1/2 cups.

SHRIMP IN THE SHELL

This recipe is unusual but delicious and very easy to prepare. It's definitely a keeper.

2-1/2 pounds fresh unpeeled shrimp

4 cans beer

2 cloves garlic

1 bay leaf

2 Tablespoons celery seed

1 Tablespoon salt

1 Tablespoons lemon juice

6 peppercorns

1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

Place all ingredients in a large pot, except for the shrimp. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Boil for 4 or 5 minutes until the shrimp is pink. Drain the shrimp and place in a bowl with crushed ice.

Serve with Red Sauce Supreme or bottled cocktail sauce.

RED SAUCE SUPREME

Ingredients

1 bottle of chili sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1 Tablespoon horseradish

1 Tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

4 drops Tabasco

1 teaspoon salt

Dash cayenne

Method

Mix all ingredients well and chill. Serve with Cold Spiced Shrimp.

Cordon Bleu Appetizer Plates - For yourself or to give as a gift.

Amazon.com Review

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BIA Cordon Bleu White Porcelain 4.5 inch Square Crudite Plates - Set of 4
BIA Cordon Bleu White Porcelain 4.5 inch Square Crudite Plates - Set of 4

Product Features:

* Set of 4 small square plates for appetizers, tapas, and snacks

* Made of smooth, durable porcelain in an all-white glaze

* Each measures 4-1/2 inches square, 1/2 inch deep

* Safe in the microwave and dishwasher

* Matches square dinnerware from Cordon Bleu; gift-boxed

 
Antipasto Platter
Antipasto Platter

Antipasti

Easy, delicious and festive

This Holiday recipe isn't really a recipe, at all...it's excellent because it looks pretty and there's enough variety to suit anybody's palate. You can use as many or as few of the following suggestions as you like. You just can't go wrong. The trick is to make it look as decorative as you can...people will love choosing a few of the offerings. Some suggestions are:

Marinated pepperoni slices

Ham, cubed

Prosciutto

Salami

Artichoke hearts

Olives - a variety of stuffed ripe and green olives

Sun-dried tomatoes

Cherry or grape tomatoes

Diced fresh mozzarella or any cheeses you like

Marinated vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, carrot rounds, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, small whole mushrooms, etc.)

Some suggestions that aren't considered traditional antipasti but that would be delicious include:

Tiny sweet or dill pickles

Pickled okra

Pickled baby corn

Smoked oysters

Pickled herring

Vegetable sticks such as carrots, celery, peppers, zucchini, etc.

Fruit such as grapes, melon chunks, strawberries, pineapple

Crostini is the traditional offering with antipasti but you can use any type of cracker or bread sticks, French or Italian bread thinly sliced or cubed.

Have fun with this and your guests will be happy.

Video - Essential Tips for Holiday Cooking

This is a terrific video. It's short and sweet. There's a wonderful recipe for a shrimp appetizer that can be tweaked several different ways.

Do you have a favorite holiday? What are the dishes that you traditionally serve? I'd love to know...

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      Kimsworld LM 7 years ago

      Those Almond Pinecones are beautiful how delicious! They're so pretty you wouldn't want to eat them!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Nicely done; blessed.

      Merry Christmas to you!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      yum!...everything looks so tasty! those pinecones are too cool! this year is a bit of a right off for me...but I'm going to do it up big next year and will be back here for ideas!Thanks! and thank you for commenting on my breast cancer lens...I appreciate your support! :o)

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      Almond pinecones! I've never seen that before...how cool! Great recipes...and I do love this new winter theme! :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The easier the better. Thanks for the lens and information

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      puzzlerpaige 7 years ago

      I have always wanted to be a part of a progressive party you mentioned. Hopefully one day we will do it.

      And thank you gobs for sharing the Almond Pinecones. I remember seeing it a long time ago and thinking how nice it was. I had forgotten about it!

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      You know my dear -- I was just thinking about how much I love cranberries and how that would be something to explore more creative recipes for!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Very nicely done, Cheryl!

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      sarita 8 years ago from Hisar

      Good job done here.

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I think your bonbons would be fine for Easter! Just wanted to let you know that I've featured this lens on my new Easter Desserts lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      We used to have progressive parties in our neighborhood every Christmas, but as people moved on and others moved in the tradition faded out. Its sad to admit I don't know a lot of my neighbors. I need to do something about that.

      Great lens, and thank you for your kind comments on my Say Something Nice Lens.

      Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yummy. These all sound delicious. Thank you for some great Holiday recipes. Lensrolling to Broccoli Sausage Rice Casserole.

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      SimonSchwartz 8 years ago

      Wow. We don't celebrate Thanksgiving where I live (big :( ) but if you think that's gonna stop me from making some of these... you better think again Cheryl! 5*

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Your recipes make me wish that Thanksgiving was here already.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      Delicious recipes and you're right, why wait for the holidays? *****

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Your recipes sound wonderful!! Especially the shrimp dishes! Excellent lens!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yes, I would be happy to join you for Christmas brunch! LOL Okay, I'll have to use your recipes and do it myself. My husband would LOVE your husband's stuffing recipe. Wonderful lens - I love it! Blessed by a SquidAngel today!

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      Paula Atwell 8 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Great recipes here. Wonderful lens. Welcome to the Comfort Food Group.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      These recipes sound delicious. Thanks for stopping by the farm. The farm you went to sounds cool. My grandma used to have an orange tree farm (no animals) in Escondido which is close to San Diego. I grew up in Southern CA, orange county and later Riverside County. Lived in Temecula for a while also. I don't miss the heat, but I do miss CA.

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      NAIZA LM 8 years ago

      Uhmmm... Yummy! I love sweets not just for holidays! Awesome lens and recipes. * five!