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holiday

Nibbles

Mom’s Rum Balls

When I was little, I remember mom making these rum balls for holiday parties. Made from crushed Nilla wafers, chopped nuts, cocoa, and light rum, they’re not for kids (but that didn’t stop us from sneaking one when the adults weren’t looking).

Cookies

Candy Cane Blossoms

Bake these soft sugar cookies, rolled in red or green sugar sprinkles until just done, and then press a peppermint-striped Hershey kiss into the top of each cookie. They’re the perfect holiday project for a child eagerly awaiting Santa’s visit.

Yield: 3 dozen cookies Total time: 3 hours
Dips

Mom’s Cranberry-Avocado Salsa

Salsa is standard party fare, but this fresh, holiday-themed version with chopped jalapeño, red onion, avocado, cranberries, and cilantro is a delightful surprise. It went quickly when mom took it to a recent holiday get-together.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 20 minutes
Vegetarian

Butternut Lasagna

If you’re looking for a nice, fall- or holiday-inspired main dish, try this vegetarian lasagna. Layers of sliced butternut squash, puréed pumpkin, crème fraîche, fontina, noodles, and sage make this a decadent dish worthy of Thanksgiving or dinner for friends.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Vegetables

Cider-Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Bacon

2016 was the year of the Brussels sprout in our house. Towards the end, we were roasting them almost weekly, so when we were asked to bring a green vegetable for Thanksgiving, it was a no-brainer.

This recipe feeds a crowd (we probably could have halved it for a buffet for 10 people) and travels well. Heat bacon-sprinkled baking sheets until sizzling hot, add Brussels sprouts, cut in half and tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast until tender. Drizzle with a glaze of apple cider, brown sugar, and vinegar.

Yield: 10 servings
Breakfasts

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

We didn’t host Thanksgiving this year, and we were only traveling locally, so we had time in the morning to try a special dessert. These pumpkin pancakes laced with chocolate were easy and delicious. I admit to using more chocolate chips than the recipe called for.

Yield: 6 pancakes Total time: 20 minutes
Cakes

Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake

This cheesecake, with a gingersnap crust, pumpkin filling, and salted caramel sauce, is a beautiful holiday dessert, and serves enough to take to a party.

Yield: 10 to 12 servings Total time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Cookies

Jamy’s Chocolate Buttons

These cookies contain 13 oz. of three different kinds of chocolate, but only 1/4 cup of flour. I’m not sure how that works, but they’re delicious.

Yield: About 40 cookies
Soups

Juliette’s Cream of Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

A great holiday bird deserves a great second act. Use the leftovers for this fantastic soup.

Yield: 6 servings Total time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Condiments

Poultry Pan Gravy

Every holiday bird deserves a side of homemade gravy.

Yield: 2 cups