A Holiday (Gathering) to Remember

The end of the year holiday season is probably one of my most favorite times of the year. It’s when I do my best work in the kitchen entertaining and making treats to share. One of the reasons why it’s so special to me is because of the holiday tradition I started with family for Christmas. Instead of hosting a large family dinner, we all get together for Christmas morning brunch. It’s stress-free and easy to get ready. I prep everything the night before- and just pop the dishes in the oven to bake while we’re opening gifts. EASY PEASY. Major shouts to pre-made pie crusts, if that’s your thing. Baking doesn’t have to be a chore with resources like pre-made shells around the corner. 

For the holiday meal,  I serve up some of my best dishes and jokes,  we dine, exchange gifts and celebrate the fun that is family. Nothing says love like a home cooked meal- to me. Cooking and serving tasty treats is how I share my love for others. A tasty punch(with or without libations) isn’t so bad either.  A belly fed is a happy belly. So in this tradition, I’m sharing 3 recipes to consider when planning for your holiday gatherings. The three recipes below pair well with a delicious fruit salad or kid friendly fruit kabobs. 

However you celebrate this season, do it with something delicious!  Happy planning, mamas!

Cranberry Orange Punch
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1600 calories
308 g
0 g
3 g
8 g
0 g
3323 g
127753 g
234 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
3323g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1600
Calories from Fat 22
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
4%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 127753mg
5323%
Total Carbohydrates 308g
103%
Dietary Fiber 9g
36%
Sugars 234g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
6%
Vitamin C
408%
Calcium
34%
Iron
48%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Half Gallon Orange Pineapple Juice
  2. Half Liter Cranberry Soda
  3. 2 Cups Rose Champagne or Sparkling Sweet Wine* can be omitted
  4. 1 Cup of Ginger Ale
  5. 3/4 cup Fresh Cranberries (frozen cranberries will alleviate the need for additional ice)
  6. 1/2 orange Sliced in Wedges
Instructions
  1. Combine Orange Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Soda, Ginger Ale and Champagne
  2. Stir lightly to combine
  3. Add in cranberries
  4. Garnish each glass with an orange wedge
  5. Serve and Enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe is made with Champagne or Sparkling wine, which can be omitted.
  2. For additional spark without the alcohol, stir in sparkling or seltzer water,
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fat
3g
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carbs
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Honey Ricotta Scones
Yields 6
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
37 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
22 min
Total Time
37 min
323 calories
38 g
33 g
16 g
8 g
8 g
113 g
250 g
5 g
1 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
113g
Yields
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 323
Calories from Fat 137
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
24%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 33mg
11%
Sodium 250mg
10%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 5g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
20%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups all-purpose flour + dusting (White Lilly is my go to)
  2. 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 Cup Ricotta Cheese
  5. 2 Tablespoons Chilled Shortening
  6. Half Stick Chilled, Diced Butter
  7. 3/4 Cup Buttermilk
  8. Honey to Drizzle
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in the shortening and butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Fold in Ricotta Cheese
  5. Gradually stir in milk until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl.
  6. Turn out onto a floured surface.
  7. Shape and fold dough to combine.
  8. Cut scones with a knife or biscuit cutter of your choice. I typically get about 8 scones in one batch.
  9. Place scones into a Cast Iron Skillet
  10. Bake for 15 to 22 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.
  11. Drizzle with honey.
  12. Serve and Enjoy!
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fat
16g
protein
8g
carbs
38g
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Classic Quiche Lorraine
Serves 6
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
45 min
413 calories
18 g
232 g
30 g
18 g
12 g
158 g
709 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
158g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413
Calories from Fat 265
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 30g
46%
Saturated Fat 12g
61%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 232mg
77%
Sodium 709mg
30%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 1g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 18g
Vitamin A
13%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
23%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 9-inch Piecrust, baked
  2. 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  3. 6-8 slices bacon, cooked crisp, crumbled
  4. 6 eggs
  5. 1-1/4 cups half-and-half
  6. 1/2 tsp. Salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  8. 1/8 tsp. Paprika
Instructions
  1. Pre-Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Sprinkle cheese and bacon evenly in bottom of piecrust.
  3. Beat together, eggs, half and half, and seasonings until well blended.
  4. Pour filling into pre-baked pie crust.
  5. Bake until the center is set, around 35 minutes.
  6. Check doneness by inserting a knife into the center of pie- if it comes out clean, it's done.
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fat
30g
protein
18g
carbs
18g
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