Feasting for Christmas (A Grocery Geek Giveaway)

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: momofknt@

I love holiday dinners. Just looking at the mountain of potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, and squash makes my mouth water and puts ten pounds on my hips!

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy? Mmmmmhmmmm. Pumpkin Pie? Absolutely. Pretzel Berry Dessert? Yes, please. I’ve been cooking up Christmas dinner for the last 15 years or so and experience tells me that all those goodies can add up!

So, I wanted to bless somebody with a little extra Grocery Geek cash. You can use it now to build your pantry or save it for the holidays and feel free to load up on sweets and eats.

One LifeasMOM reader will win a $50 gift card to the grocery store of her choice.

To Enter:

Tell us your favorite dish to make at Christmas!

Giveaway will be open until Sunday, July 31st at 8 pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Disclosure: My grocery budget very graciously provided for this giveaway. I have not been compensate to post this giveaway.

 

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  1. My favorite dish is a green bean variation that we call “Swiss Beans”. It’s French style green beans, topped with a white sauce and Swiss cheese, baked until bubbly. Yummmmm…. and all my non-green bean loving boys will eat it!

  2. My favorite dish to make on Christmas for breakfast is my Christmas Morning Casserole. My favorite dish to make for dinner on Christmas is Sweet Potato Casserole (no marshmallows please!) :)

  3. Oh…choosing one is so hard!! A new favorite I have made the past two years is pesto corn. You take a package of frozen corn (defrosted), mix in some pesto and grated cheddar cheese, and pour into an 8×8 dish. Cover with saran wrap and microwave and you have a simple but DELICIOUS side to accompany your Christmas dinner:)

  4. Next to Buche de Noel (2 flavors, chocolate and vanilla, unless I can sneak maple into the vanilla), blond Christmas cake, and pink icing cake, I absolutely must have Cinnamon Buns CHristmas morning and Boxing Day ribs for Boxing Day! (Boxing Day is big in our family, it is the day after CHristmas Day) Everything else is kind of negotiable.

  5. homemade cinnamon rolls on christmas morning for breakfast!! my brother and i both have families of our own now and carry out this tradition :)

  6. Emily Jo says:

    Green bean casserole! I make it in a crockpot so it makes my christmas morning go soooo easy and I can just hang out with the kiddos!

  7. my favorite Christmas dish would be my Gram’s mashed potatoes and gravy – followed closely by cheesecake. YUMMO!

  8. Kristiana says:

    I make cinnamon rolls or baked French toast for breakfast. It’s all Chinese for Christmas dinner! Cashew chicken is one of my family’s favorites.

  9. Arena Thompson says:

    Overnight baked french toast for christmas morning breakfast!

  10. It’s never a holiday meal without homemade dinner rolls with lots of melty butter. :)

  11. Jennifer says:

    Hmmm kinda cliche, but I adore stuffing!! All kinds, homemade, from a box it doesn’t matter, I could seriously skip everything else and eat my weight in stuffing…..and maybe chess pie <3

  12. Cheese danish for Christmas Morning
    I make about 10 of them for friends and family

  13. I’m a fan of from-scratch cooking, but my holiday dinners aren’t complete without green bean casserole – the kind with cream soup all over the beans, topped with crispy fried onions – because the holidays are for a little indulgence. :)

  14. Christy says:

    Pumpkin roll, most definitely. And homemade hot cocoa on Christmas morning.

  15. I think my favorite is my fruit glazed ham. It is an Amish recipe that I found about 6 years ago and has always been my favorite since. Goes great with my homemade eggnog and apple sausage stuffing. Yummy.

  16. Mmm…it’s not Christmas without making my great-grandmother’s homemade raw cranberry salad recipe.

  17. My favorite dish to make at Christmas is rice pilaf. It’s my Armenian family’s tradition.

  18. I’ve got a new favorite: Grasshopper Pie. Delicious! My five year old daughter still asks for it, and we haven’t had it since Christmas…although I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t make it now. Hmmm.

  19. Emily M. says:

    My favorite dish to make at Christmas is sweet potato casserole – minus the marshmallows. :-)

  20. Cranberry sauce to go with the roast turkey

  21. Lynette says:

    Turkey! Turkey! Turkey! Oh, and Mashed Pootatoes….and the gravy…gotta have the gravy…..and rolls….hmmm…..rolls….actually my absolute favorite thing to make is Monkey Bread for breakfast that morning…..enjoying the morning and all it entails, while Monkey bread is baking in the oven – filling the house with cinnamon/sugar goodness – while we enjoy family time together. Yep, Monkey Bread has to be hands down the winner!

    Thanks for the give-away!

  22. wonderful warm bread and butter

  23. i think my favorite has to be the prime rib that my aunt makes or the seafoam salad that my grandmother makes… yummy!!!

  24. My favorite dish is the turkey. We only eat turkey at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since my parents are in their 80s, I always cook it and virtually the entire dinner and take it to their house an hour away.

  25. My favorite Christmas dish is actually a new recipe I started making last year, it’s a Pumpkin Cream Trifle…..AMAZING!

  26. Every year for as long as I can remember, my mom, sister and I have made M&M bars. It’s one of those traditions I keep now that I have my own family to cook for at Christmastime!

  27. mac-n-cheese!

  28. I make a dish called Christmas Fruit Salad. We love it. It’s just cubed apples, OJ concentrate, chopped pecans and crushed pineapple. Maraschino cherries may also be added, but we leave them out.

  29. I LOVE stuffing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhh…I may have to make some now, November is too far away!

  30. Heather says:

    Cranberry-Apple Casserole. Yum!

  31. My favorite dish to make is monkey bread for breakfast. I make it up the night before, refrigerate, then put it in the oven as the kids are getting up. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Oh pumpkin pie for sure. Or maybe stuffing. Or turkey. Shoot, I can’t pick just one!

  33. Melanie says:

    Prime Rib from our local butcher is the best! Definitely a once a year treat :-)

  34. Green Bean Casserole is a definite! And I’ve been making sweet potato casserole from actual sweet potatoes (verses canned). The smell of baking the sweet potatoes first fills the house with a most yummy smell – even to my non-sweet potato eating family.

  35. Charity says:

    My favorite thing to make for Christmas dinner is garlic mashed potatoes. However, my family’s favorite thing is Corn Casserole. I have 2 teens and tween so I usually have to make 2 batches!

  36. I think our favorite dish would be the cinnamon rolls Christmas morning. :)

  37. Diane G says:

    Turkey & dressing is the absolute best!

  38. Michelle says:

    Love making homemade Cheeseballs for crackers! Also, really love making Swiss Vegetable Casserole or Cornbread Dressing.

    And I’m 9 months pregnant, so now I’m hungry for all that holiday food. *face palm* lol

  39. Stuffing.

  40. Every year as a kid I was in charge of making the mashed potatoes so every year I look forward to peeling, boiling and mashing potatoes- a job most dread!

  41. My favorite dish to make,( eat, reheat and eat the next day, etc…) is cheesy potatoes. I know simple but my favorite food for holidays, or anyday :)

  42. Claudia N says:

    I like to make “Binuelos” and “Ponche ” on Christmas.

  43. My favorite Christmas dish to make are cheese danishes from scratch for Christmas morning!

  44. I love to make my potato salad and devilled eggs for our family get-together on Christmas.

  45. Sarah B says:

    Swedish Porridge!!!

  46. My favorite dish is green bean casserole…it’s so old school, but I LOVE it so. :)

  47. Colleen says:

    i make choc chip banana bread for all my neighborhood friends.

  48. Amanda C. Kost says:

    So, my favorite treat to make for Christmas dinner is chocolate pie from The Pioneer Woman. It’s super good. Hey Jessica, I got together with Janel last weekend in SB and she told me about your blog. It’s awesome! I can’t wait to go through your past posts and do some serious digging into your recipes. Keep up the great work.

  49. Jessica Grimes says:

    Corn puddin’ :D

  50. Michelle Y says:

    I guess it would have to be Christmas cookies!!!! I love making them and eating them :)

    Still working on my Christmas dinner dishes…I’ve only hosted one Christmas dinner thus far!

  51. We call it “Green Fluffy Stuff,” but I’m sure it has a real name – it’s got mini marshmallows, cool whip, pistachio pudding mix, pineapples, and sometimes nuts.

  52. Stephanie says:

    Hi

    I am fairly new to your website but have enjoyed reading and gaining all these great ideas.

    My favorite dish for Christmas is my Mom’s homemade noodles. I only eat them once a year and they are so wonderful.

    Many blessings to you! Thanks for all your hard work on the blog.

  53. My favorite thing to make at Christmas time is cranberry relish from fresh cranberries and oranges. My Grandma used to make it & it always makes me think of her :)

  54. Mmmm…..green bean casserole, but from scratch!

  55. My favorite holiday item to make is scallops wrapped in bacon. We have it on Christmas eve each year.

  56. Suzanne says:

    I host brunch every year. I love to make an egg casserole – sits in the fridge overnight and pop it in the oven Christmas morning. It has been a hit for the last 6 or 7 years.

  57. danie smith says:

    Being one of the younger kids (at 32, still considered a kid in my Italian family), I usually am stuck bringing butter, or making horseradish for the family dinner. I LOVE Christmas morning with my hubs and two little ones and I love to make a yummy breakfast casserole the night before and pop it in the oven while we open gifts.

  58. Cutout cookies with the wee ones! :-)

    Thank you for entering us.

  59. Kristen says:

    Christmas cookies for dessert!!! Oh and I guess mashed potatoes are the best!!! (can you tell I love to eat the food that isn’t so good fo rme)

  60. Jennifer H. says:

    I make my grandmother’s homemade macaroni and cheese for my husband’s family get-togethers every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The cheese is so expensive in that quantity, so I watch sales and stock up in the months ahead!

  61. Jenetta Hettrick says:

    most requested dish is my pumpkin cheesecake pie and my award winning apple lattice pie…also, my fav is my homemade stuffing with toasted pecans and cranberries…mmm….making me drool just thinking about it haha.

  62. My family does a big Italian feast every Christmas Eve and I always look forward to it… such delicious foods! (I also look forward to the English toffee and coffee I always munch on during the gift opening. :))

  63. I love making party potatoes or a close second is an amazing relish tray. I love to pull out the olives, various pickles, carrots. Makes my mouth water!

  64. It’s a toss up between the ham or sweet potatoes.

  65. For Christmas (not baking) I love to fix my
    Grandma Maggie’s relish. It uses cranberries, pineapples, oranges, apples, cranberry Jell-O, and pecans. Yummy!!!

  66. Evelyn R says:

    My favorite is sweet potato casserole with a brown sugar and pecan crumb topping……no marshmallows!

  67. It’s not Christmas dinner unless there’s green bean casserole, but with cheese soup instead of mushroom. It’s amazing…

  68. I love baking sugar cookies with the girls. Also my husband’s Grandmother’s Surprise Salad. I pretty much only make during the holidays.

  69. our family loves having a holiday brunch. homemade cinnamon rolls are a must. my favorite part to prepare is the egg casserole – slices of hard-boiled eggs layered with fried & crumbled bacon, crushed potato chips and a creamy velveeta cheese sauce. last year we ate 4 9×13 batches of this. it’s a favorite!

  70. It’s gotta be cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast!! Yummy!

  71. My favorite thing to make is rows and rows of appetizers for our Christmas Eve feast!

  72. Hmmmm….decorated sugar cookies done by the whole family and given as hostess thank you gifts!! It’s very personal and we package them with the recipient in mind.

  73. My favorite dish to make on Christmas is Poppy Seed Roll. And it is a tradition to make it with my dad. :) I also love making buckeyes and fudge to give as gifts as well.

  74. I love making (and eating) hashbrown casserole!

  75. Pecan Pie. I only make it during the holiday season because it’s a bit of a calorie, cholesterol, and pocketbook overload. But it’s oh so good!

  76. Stephanie says:

    We always make sausage balls for Christmas breakfast. It’s the only time the whole year that we have them and we all wait patiently (not) while they are baking in the oven. As soon as they are done, we start popping them in our mouths. We make enough so that we can snack on them all day long!

  77. Michele says:

    I love making green bean casserole and peanut butter blossom cookies at Christmastime. Though I don’t think the cookies are an actual dish! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

  78. My favorite thing to make is pizzelles. It’s an instant reminder of watching my grandma make them (using cast iron over her store) to making them with my sisters while we watched Christmas movies (with a pizzelle maker) and then with my husband and now with my children. Priceless.

  79. My name is Kris and I am a turkey aholic- anything turkey, turkey turkey but what I bring is the stuffing balls and a killer pumpkin walnut pie

  80. Kristy Winters says:

    My favorite dish to make is a dish my grandma started making when my mom was young. She was a single mom with 4 kids to care for and very lil money and made a variation of lasagna called Italian Rice but w/o riccotta cheese and subbed lasagna noodles for rice. When I started family Christmas dinner @ my house I decides it was the main meal every year to honour my grandma.

  81. On Christmas Eve I make a Greek dinner with chicken kebobs and rice pilaf with the tossed salad. But what everyone looks forward to is the spinach pie. Yum

  82. Green rice, baby!!!! :)

  83. All time family favorite, “Cream of Mushroom” soup. Make it on Christmas Eve so it’s nice and thick for Christmas Dinner. It’s a must have!

  84. Shannon H says:

    I like to make french toast or eggs for breakfast.

  85. Deanna G. says:

    I love making butter cookies! :)

  86. My family’s favorite Christmas meal is my Egg Nog Overnight French Toast. We started it one year when we were running out of eggs & milk, but had leftover egg nog and decided to give it a try. It was yummy, and eventually I converted my family to doing an easy overnight version using french bread. The egg nog soaks into the bread overnight, and when it bakes, the sugars in it form a caramel-y substance on the bottom. So, very very good.
    It’s the first recipe of my own to become a family tradition. I’m kinda proud of it :)

  87. So hard to choose just one, but maybe hashbrown casserole.

  88. Shannon says:

    My favorite dish is homemade sausage stuffing with chestnuts.

  89. Charity L. says:

    I always like to make trifle at Christmas with angel food cake, vanilla pudding, banana pudding, cool whip, sliced strawberries and bananas. Light and delicious.

  90. we love to have green bean casserole for christmas dinner : ) it’s all of our favorites. My personal favorite is my grammy’s rum raisin sauce for her christmas ham.

  91. Stephanie says:

    Silly as it sounds but I HAVE to have cranberries from the can :-).

  92. My favorite thing to make or eat as Christmas is truffles and cake balls!!! Delicious!!

  93. my favorite thing to make for Christmas dinner is DESSERT! Cookies, cheesecake, and pies have all made appearances in years past.

  94. My favorite thing to make for Christmas is cookies. I have 4 or 5 regulars and try 2 or 3 new kinds each year.

  95. I love that my gma make her cookies. She always makes choc chip for my dad, mint choc chip for me and pecan toscas for my bro.

  96. Danielle says:

    My favorite dish to make is posole, with all the cabbage, cilantro, onion, and radish fixings!

  97. Sue Rogers says:

    Spritz cookies! Not really a dish, but I have been making them for 28 years and my kids would have a fit if I didn’t make them!

  98. Michelle says:

    My favorite thing to make at Christmas (and it is the ENTIRE family’s favorite, including my aunt and cousins) is Swedish Meatballs. It is the recipe that my mom used and it is written to serve 12 (and I double it every year!). It means Christmas to my family. My Swedish grandmother used to make them when I was a kid, then my mom started making them, now it is me. And not only are they good for Christmas dinner but they are awesome as leftovers, if there are any!!

  99. I love making the turkey!

  100. Carrie R. says:

    I love to bake so cookies and quick breads are always on the agenda during Christmas time! I make Toffee Bars, Pretzel Kisses, sugar cookies and more! I also like to bake Butter Pecan Poundcake and Sausage Balls for Christmas morning. We eat these while opening gifts then make a big breakfast later in the morning.

  101. My husband always makes hashbrown casserole for Christmas dinner. Usually, I do all the cooking around here, but he knows I try to make things healthy, so he insists on doing this recipe his way. It involves a whole stick of butter, a whole tub of sour cream, a n entire 8 oz shredded cheddar, and who knows what else. But it is gooooood!!

  102. Sarah R says:

    I love that we’re talking about Christmas in July-I plan early. My favorite dish to make and eat at Christmas is homemade cranberry sauce.

  103. Turkey & stuffing are my favorite to make.

  104. Your picture makes me really hungry :) I love stuffing and making my Grammy’s famous potato recipe…. Potatoes Del Monaco.

  105. I suppose it’s not really a “dish”, but I love baking Christmas cookies. All kinds of cookies! :)

  106. Rebecca Scott says:

    Definitely the turkey = ) Thanks for such a fun day of posts!

  107. Carey Rivers says:

    My favorite dish is the collard greens I make. I personally cannot stomach them. However, my Mom & my husband’s parents began comng to our home on Christmas Day after our 1st child was 2 and we said no more traveling. They all grew up eating them and I knew missed having them with their parents from holidays inteh past. Saw I taught myself how to cook them and perfected my recipe. They rave and rave every year and I can tell each bite takes them back to thier past and that’s what makes it worth it to me.

  108. My favorite thing to make for Christmas is sopapilla cheesecake for breakfast.

  109. My favorite thing to make at Christmas is cookies

  110. Not really a “dish” but cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast is a tradition we look forward to. Christmas dinner is still “handled” by my mil ;-) .

  111. Date pudding…a recipe passed down from my husband’s side of the family. Yum!

  112. Catherine says:

    Corn casserole! (I guess it’s also called corn spoonbread… but whatever it is, it’s tasty :)

  113. I so love making … and eating!! … broccoli rice casserole!!

  114. Michele Laramay says:

    My favorite dish is twice baked potatoes. We only have them on Christmas Day. I also like that I can make them a day or two ahead, then just slide them in while the pork loin roasts. Yum.

  115. We like to have cinnamon rolls or monkey bread for Christmas morning.

  116. I love to make cookies at Christmas but my dinner dish is a really yummy corn pudding.

  117. My favorite is stuffing. Mmmmmmm. . . I can just taste it now!!!

  118. Potato gratin. I don’t have to do the heavy lifting when it comes to Christmas cooking because I’m in the younger generation, but I make a mean potato gratin and I’m always asked to make it. I love to, because I get to use my mandoline :) And the recipe uses oodles of cream, butter, gruyere and rosemary, so you know it has to be fantastic!

  119. Jessica says:

    The turkey!

  120. My favorite dish to make is my Mamaw’s Shoepeg Corn casserole. Yum!

  121. I don’t know if I can limit myself to one favorite dish. I love all the holiday sweets, the turkey and ham dinner with all the fixings, breakfast casserole on Christmas morning. It’s all so good!

  122. My hubby is an amazing cheesecake-maker, and we have a great recipe for pumpkin cheesecake that we take to family Thanksgivings & Christmases. It’s kinda like pumpkin pie, only creamier, served great warm or cold!

  123. Strawberry Pretzel Salad! I make it at every holiday – but typically only holidays – so it’s a special treat for us!

    Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  124. I always look forward to making some concoction of fresh cranberries, oranges, and gelatin. Tart and tangy in a “heavier” food season.

  125. Meredith C. says:

    Green bean cassrole. I have been trying to make it a new way every year and have found a few new recipes that I love

  126. It’s not the holidays without corn souffle. It’s two kind of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, cheddar cheese and various other things and it’s my favorite!

  127. sarah v. says:

    Hmmm…..I would have to say either the turkey or sweet potato casserole.

  128. Brandette W. says:

    Hmm, that is so hard to decide! I think it ties between the pumpkin pie and the turkey!!

  129. I always make a pie called Toll House Pie…basically a big chocolate chip pie. Love it!

  130. Nichole says:

    home-made ice cream – something my dad always did with us growing up. He would even break up a candy cane(s) so we’d have home-made peppermint stick ice cream. Yum.

  131. You made my mouth water for green bean casserole – that’s our favorite!

  132. Elizabeth says:

    Favorite Christmas dish…probably cranberry orange relish to go with the ham we always have!

  133. Baked mac n cheese!

  134. Hollie Paine-Dodge says:

    “Ginger cookies.” A handed-down recipe from my beloved Grammy. She and her sister finally put together a “recipe” of sorts at our continued begging. Now that I’ve made them all these years, I understand what she meant when she said that the dough just “felt right.” They’re almost non-perishable, super kid-friendly, virtually indestructible, and fantastically delicious!

  135. My favorite is sweet potato casserole & homemade rolls. Each of us in our family have certain favorites that we have to make!

  136. Cheryl M says:

    There is a apple, sage sausage & nut stuffing that I love to make; it’s not too mushy. But I also like the french toast bake I made for breakfast last yr….now I need to go find that recipe. LOL

  137. Kate M. says:

    My favorite meal to make for the holidays is my make ahead french toast casserole. I make it the day before & then Christmas morning I just pop it in the oven & breakfast is served : )

  138. Theresa says:

    What a generous giveaway. My favorite recipe is my mother-in-law’s cinnamon bun recipe – I love that I gained new traditions when I got married!

  139. Marissa says:

    We don’t make a dinner but everyone brings an appetizer. We also bring a tray of sweet treats. I love to make spritz cookies.

  140. Jessica says:

    I have yet to host a Christmas dinner, but I am looking forward to starting traditions with my husband and son. One I hope to carry on from my family is cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning which seems to be a very popular one.

  141. Mom23boys says:

    Every Christmas, we eat a delicious pile of slow-cooked barbecued ribs. mmmmmm!

  142. Kendell says:

    Last year I made the turkey and got rave reviews.. so I think I’ll stick to what I know. Gimme THE BIRD. :)

  143. Our favorite goodie is ‘peppernuts’ from my grandma’s recipe. We do enjoy us some great mashed potatoes with cream cheese & sourcream and real butter with homegrown potatoes. Lisa

  144. Jill H. says:

    For Christmas morning, cereal encrusted french toast, with brown sugar and pecan glazed bacon….

  145. Kristen D says:

    My family goes all out for Christmas dinner and we order a prime rib roast from a local place in town. It is marinated and it is the very best thing I have ever eaten in my life!!! mouth watering now!

  146. Salmon baked with pancetta…mmmm….

  147. My favorite Christmas food is Saffron Bread. It’s a Swedish bread made with saffron and decorated with raisins. Very yummy with a hot spiced tea!

  148. Pumpkin pie.

  149. my fave christmas dish is for breakfast–easy cheese souffle. :) yum!

  150. sweet potato cranberry quiche! (we call it “The Quickie”)

  151. Homemade Cinnamon Rolls for Christmas morning. It’s nice to smell them baking Christmas morning and a good cup of coffee to enjoy.

  152. Jessic Forbeck says:

    I make twice baked potatoes every year. So yummy!

  153. My favorite dish – turkey!

  154. German knoedel!

  155. My favorite is cornbread dressing!

  156. Andrea D says:

    My fave for Christmas and Thanksgiving both is green bean casserole. We always gotta have it!

  157. Hmm for Christmas….got to love a honeybaked ham with homemade rolls…

  158. Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes. My Dad and I make them together every year. :)

  159. Stuffing. Totally delicious.

  160. My uncle’s green bean crockpot casserole…with Velveeta (makes it so creamy and doesn’t taste cheesy) next to mashed potatoes and eat them together…oh and my mil’s rolls, and stuffing….okay I love Holiday meals:)

  161. It’s a toss up between cornbread dressing and scalloped corn.

  162. kat amber says:

    i love to make heavenly hash dessert

  163. Joellen says:

    I love to make the apple pies and green bean casserole.

  164. My kids all have different favorites. So I’m going to go with Turkey.

  165. green bean casserole, but I love eating pecan pie

  166. My favorite time is baking Christmas cookies. We get together as a family and make batches and batches of different types of cookies and candy. The kids love decorating the sugar cookies.

  167. I love to make sweet potatoes in the crock pot!!!

  168. Stuffing! Or maybe Sweet Potato Casserole. Too many good things to choose!

  169. Rachelle R says:

    i love baking apple pies..but baking anything in general for the holiday is always fun!

  170. Red Velvet Cake!

  171. I love making your pumpkin rolls!

  172. Katherine C says:

    We have a breakfast egg and potato casserole for breakfast every Christmas morning. It is a favorite that we make on Christmas eve!

  173. Rachel Hodges says:

    Our family always enjoys Chicken Divan on Christmas, we use a recipe that has been passed down through my Dad was a little boy. It is so yummy!

  174. My favorite dish to make is something new! Every year I like to try ONE new dish, that’s my tradidtion and I love it. Last year I made a Turducken! Did we think it was great? Worth the money (not cheap) or all my effort even? Good enough to try a second time? Nope, nope and nahhhh. It was something different and that alone made it fun. But, I think we’ll be eating a plain ‘ol turkey again this year. Speaking of this year…. new stuffing? I’ve always wanted to try it with nuts and cranberries!

  175. Hard to choose! But I think oatmeal rolls, or any stuffing that’s been cooked in the bird.

  176. There are so many holiday foods we adore. I am not sure what a true favorite would be! Probably the baked goods, the piles and stacks of baked goods. I adore baking and at Christmas I tend to go a wee bit crazy with it all. ;)

  177. Awesome giveaway!

    I love making green bean casserole! LOVE IT!

  178. Baked mac n cheese with a lattice crust!

  179. Sweet potato casserole. Hands down. It’s my mother in laws recipe and my husbands favorite. Nothing like sweet potatoes, brown sugar & pecans. Yum.

  180. Emily D says:

    Both my husband and I grew up enjoying pigs in a blanket, also called stuffed cabbage (depending on what side of the family you grew up with)

  181. jeannie says:

    I like making ( and eating) green bean cassorole. Christmas and Thanskgiving are the only times of the year I make it and my family and I love it.

  182. Carrie Phelps says:

    My favorite holiday dish to prepare is the homemade pies!
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  183. I really look forward to the traditional Swedish feast my mother in law puts on for the family on Christmas Eve. I also really love to make Christmas breakfast with egg casserole and gingerbread waffles. What a thoughtful, kind giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  184. My favorite one is “poutine” and I don’t mean fries and gravy. It’s a traditional acadian dish made with grated potatoes and pork. It’s a family affair, with about 7 people in the kitchen prepping. Memories….

  185. my favorite is Monkey Bread for breakfast.

  186. maureen keim says:

    I always make a Christmas ribbon salad,I use a pretty glass bowl and have layers of red,white and green jello(one layer each-middle is the white layer,w/ cream cheese,cool whip,lemon jello) YUM, Also i love Chocolate chip pecan pie!!!

  187. Mine would have to be pumpkin pie because I know its the last time I’ll have it for months and months!

  188. Green bean casserole and Grandma’s stuffing have to be part of dinner.

  189. Andrea R says:

    I love making … oh gosh…then eating Monkey Bread on Christmas morning… the next fav would be christmas cutouts….

  190. Maralee Garrison says:

    My favorite dish to make and have is homemade Lefse. Growing up I always looked forward to having it on the dinner table at Christmas. My grandmother and mother taught me how to make it. One Christmas my husband bought me a Lefse grill and all of the tools necessary for making Lefse. Now every Christmas season my kids and I make homemade Lefse. Our family tradition carries on and the Lefse is my favorite Christmas dish.

  191. Mac and cheese and ham for dinner, blueberry pie for dessert.

  192. My favorite is sweet potato casserole.

  193. Every year for Christmas, our feasts center around a “ham in a bag.” My MIL is from TN, and she shared her easy, yummy ham recipe with me years ago. Everyone who eats it says “this is the best ham I’ve ever had!” (I never share just how easy it is to prepare, but for you I will!) You place your bone in ham in a paper grocery sack and fold it closed. Place it in a pan with just a little water in the bottom and cook it overnight in the oven at 225. We put ours in after we have everything all put together under the tree and awaken the next morning to wonderful aromas filling the house. We pull the ham out of the oven, enjoy our gift opening, and then slice a few pieces to enjoy with our Santa pancakes. I have a Santa shape pancake mold that I use and then top with cherry pie filling for his hat, whipped cream for his beard and hat trim, and banana slices and choc chips for the eyes. We slice up the rest of the ham we save for later in the day. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without a ham in a bag around our house!

  194. My favorite dish to make is pumpkin pie :)

  195. A few of our favorites: cheese balls, chocolate peanut squares, green bean casserole and egg nog.

  196. Heather E. says:

    My favorite dish to make is Swedish meatballs. My husbands family are strong Swedes and Norwigens so this dish is right up their ally!

  197. Christine S says:

    Garlic mashed potatoes!

  198. I make “Martian Salad”, as my brother and sisters called it. It’s a lime jell-o salad that my mother used to make. My kids don’t even all love, but it means so much to me that I make it anyway!

  199. Sally McQuaid says:

    sweet potato casserole. Its creamy mashed sweet potatoes covered in a brown sugar, pecan strussel. Its more like a dessert its so sweet.

  200. zalyndia powell says:

    Sweet potatoes with pecan praline is my favorite! I coould skip everything (except homemade rolls!). Btw, thanks for the Christmas book!

  201. Melissa says:

    Christmas cookies, mac and cheese, cheesy potatoes and ham! :)

  202. Michelle says:

    My favorite thing to make and eat at Christmas is my English Toffee! Yummy!

  203. I love to make sweet potato souffle & green bean casserole!

  204. My side of the family has traditional ham or turkey dinner. I make my mother inlaws christmas dinner.

    Standing Rib Roast and creamed potatoes are the stars of the meal!!

    I also usually serve my home canned green beans, a cold dish- it varies year to year, hot rolls with butter, cranberry sauce.

    Yummmmmmy!!

  205. Keisha C. says:

    My favorites are corn pudding and sweet potatoe pie :-)

  206. My favorite dish to make is the recipe for my mom’s sticky buns! Ugh, I think I just gained 5 pounds thinking about them!

  207. My favorite is a Christmas Wreath Molded Salad using my grandmothers tupperware mold straight out of the 60s. It has been served on our Xmas table for as long as I can remember. It wouldn’t be Xmas without it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  208. My favorite Christmas dish to make and eat is our “Christmas Pull Apart” for breakfast. It’s a great way to get the morning started after we read the REAL Christmas story!

  209. Crissie says:

    We love to have garlic cheese grits and sausage balls on Christmas morning!

  210. we love lasagna

  211. I know this makes me weird but my favorite Christmas dish is Julia Child’s sticky fruit cake. It’s SO GOOD. Expensive but well worth it. The kids don’t eat it, of course, but that means more for me!

  212. My mom always made cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning–mmmm. We’re never in our home at the holidays, but I do enjoy Christmas baking in our own home before we travel. Love Russian tea cakes most!

  213. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    My favorite dish to make for the holidays (besides apple slab pie, which by the way is adding many pounds!) is rye bread dip. I can eat the whole thing and it is one of the things that people always request from me!

  214. Pecan pie!! :)

  215. Every Christmas we make cracker toffee to put on our cookie plates. The buttery, chocolatey candies are so good, and our neighbors think we slaved over them.

  216. Michelle G says:

    Our Christmas dinner would not be complete without the homemade pierogis we have every year. They are pillowy pockets filled with potato and cheese. Then we sautee them with butter and onions. They are delicious and we look forward to them every year.

  217. Vanessa says:

    I love to make a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning with crescent rolls, sausage, eggs, cheese, potatoes, and peppers and onions.

  218. What a nice give away!! Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite holiday dish to make is my mushroom sage stuffing. I am allergic to celery (I know, who is allergic to celery – it is like 98% water) so it is hard to find a stuffing recipe. But I found one that uses wild mushrooms and is so very good!!

  219. I make the stuffing my grandmother made. It’s called Najifka. Chechoslovian (ugh – spelling) stuffing. It’s just not the holidays without my grandmother’s stuffing.

  220. shannon says:

    At Christmas, I mostly enjoy making lots of different types of cookies, a chocolate cookie with a melted Andes mint is probably my favorite. My favorite dish though would be sweet potato casserole. Yum.

  221. This is a tough one. I love cooking for Christmas! My favorite is probably making my grandmother’s sweet potato casserole with candied pecan topping.

  222. Jennifer S. says:

    Christmas Eve we have a pot roast that has been cooking in the crock pot all day. It’s cooked with beef broth and onion soup mix and served with mashed potatoes and gravy. Not fancy, but a memory from childhood that I have kept for my family. PLus, it simplifies the meal so we can enjoy our church service.

  223. Wendy Welch says:

    My favorite dish to make is chicken and dressing. I love the way the sage and onions smell when it’s cooking.

  224. Jennifer says:

    Ham!!!

  225. My husband’s family is polish and so every year we have a BIG pierogi-making day in preparation for the big family Christmas Eve feast. We make literally hundreds of pierogi. I had never had one before I met my husband and now I love them and couldn’t have a Christmas without them.

    I also love making Christmas breakfast for my family. It may change from year-to-year but I still love thinking of something special to make.

  226. Faith Dossett says:

    One of the dishes I make that always goes over well is corn with cream cheese & green chilies. Drain 2 cans of whole kernel corn, add 8 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 stick of melted butter, and 1 can of green chilies. How simple, how delicious, how quick!

  227. Heather Kruger says:

    I love to make cinnamon rolls! The Pioneer Woman has a great recipe that makes lots for the whole family! :)

  228. My son and I love to make a variety of cookies at Christmas time. It wouldn’t be Christmas dinner without stuffing and sweet potato casserole.

  229. It would be a tie between a sweet potato casserole (since we only have it on the holidays) or my daughter’s mocha cheesecake. Thanks for the giveaway!

  230. karen miller says:

    My favorite dish to make is for christmas brunch it is an egg and cheddar cheese quiche.

  231. My new favorite thing to make is pumpkin bread pudding! Yummy!

  232. Janet Shei Vickers says:

    My favorite dish is corn casserole!

  233. My husband’s family makes “Best Ever Salad,” a lime jello and cool whip yumminess. I think my favorite dish though is still the classic green bean casserole.

  234. Holly McKinney says:

    Our favorite recipe to make for Christmas are krumkakes which are Swedish horns made on a special iron (stovetop). Butter, sugar, eggs, flour, milk, flavoring so they are crispy and rich!

  235. My favorite is called Butterscotch Delight. It involves pudding, whipped cream and cream cheese. :)

  236. We make a prime rib roast for Christmas, we only make it once a year and we all look forward to it.

  237. I love sweet potatoes! So my favorite Xmas recipe is sweet potatoes in the slow cooker. Throw in some coconut and butter and cinnamon and nutmeg and it’s delcicious! Thanks for a great giveaway, my mouth is watering from reading all these comments!

  238. MichelleH says:

    Christmas morning breakfast here is Jesus’ birthday cake. We prepare it on Christmas Eve and it’s become a respite from the rushed feeling that can take over if we don’t guard against it. That makes it one of my favorite Christmas food traditions.

  239. From the time I was 12 (I am now 33!) I have been making the homemade cranberry jelly. I learned from the best – my grandmother, and now consider myself to be the expert at it :)

  240. Thank you! My favorite dish is a grated sweet potato casserole. I also love the latkes we have at Hanukkah.

  241. Melissa says:

    We always made a Swedish tea ring early in the morning and then have biriyani (an Indian dish dish) at lunch…yes, we are an international family! :)

  242. My favorite Christmas dish would have to be green bean casserole. The regular, off the side of the french onion container recipe. For some reason we only make it at Thanksgiving and Christmas so I still look forward to it every year!

  243. Sweet Potato casserole!!

  244. Jennifer says:

    Buttery Bread Machine Rolls!!

    I also love making “teacher plates” with my kids. We put in things like Muddy Buddies, Poor Man’s Toffee and Lazy Woman’s Fudge. It’s so fun to do with the kids and the teachers love it!

  245. Ohh, how we love some sweet potato casserole around here!

  246. sweet potato casserole is my favorite, but my family would disagree, theirs is cola ham

  247. My favorite Christmas dish to make is cheesy has brown potatoes! It has been something me mom has been making since we were kids and a tradition as a new mom that I am excited to continue with our children.

  248. I make Oreo truffles for the snack table at our family Christmas party. They go quickly so I always make a double batch!

  249. We have a few Christmas celebrations – my favorite is the hash brown casserole that my husband and I enjoy while the kids enjoy their unwrapped gifts after the initial morning chaos. For dinner, I love the mashed potatoes. For our extended family celebrations, I always make a double batch of whoopie pies and we hide them from my brothers and nephews so its a big game for them to find them and sneak them so some are missing when I go to put them on the dessert table.

  250. It wouldn’t be Christmas without our family’s favorite turkey recipe. Cooked turkey that has simmered in a sauce of canned soups, milk and butter. It’s tender and moist… yummy :)

  251. Tammy from Ca says:

    One of my favs is cranberry bliss bars.If you ever had one from Starbucks you know just how yummy they are.The recipe I found is very close to it. Another one I’ve been making for almost 29 yrs of marriage is pecan tarts. Every Christmas it’s a must.

  252. Lauri W. says:

    We tend to do a large Thanksgiving and keep Christmas meals simple. My favorite dishes are special breakfast dishes. I usually make an overnight French toast casserole and sometimes a Cracker Barrel style hashbrown casserole. Other times, it’s an easy to eat quiche or cinnamon rolls — good to snack on all morning while we open presents!

  253. I make an “almond roca” or English toffee recipe that is out of this world!

  254. Ashley F says:

    My favorite dish to make during the holidays would have to be a tie between green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. My mouth is watering just typing about them =)

  255. Hmmm, just one? I can’t decide between cookies and cinnamon rolls.

  256. My favorite is oyster soup and appetizers on Christmas Eve.

  257. I normally do not host Thanksgiving, so I like to make a big turkey for Christmas!

  258. sue chibana says:

    My favorite Christmas dinner has been a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

  259. Gretchen Lee says:

    I love to make Christmas sugar cookies with my mom :)

    Gretchen

  260. Melissa says:

    Our families favorite Christmas meal treat is homemade banana pudding. This is not the from a box jello pudding creation. This is the wonderful artery clogging egg yolk and cream cooked on the stove over low heat and then bananas, nilla wafers, and homemade whip cream. It’s so great it is a long standing family tradition.

  261. Donna L says:

    Cranberry Sauce! It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it can be made ahead of time!

  262. I love to make my Grandma’s quiche every Christmas. It’s something she’s made for Christmas breakfast as long as I can remember, so when I’m not at her house for Christmas, I like to make it. :)

  263. Nancy Lundy says:

    My favorite dish to make at Christmas is my sweet grandmother’s chicken & dressing. She was the most amazing cook & almost never used a written recipe – if she did she always altered it. One year Grandma made the recipe & just threw the things in the pot as usual. My mom & aunt caught the ingredients in their hands & measured them so we’d have a written recipe to hand down. It’s my husband’s favorite dish. Makes me think of her each time I make it.

  264. My favorite is Christmas morning cinnamon rolls. I love the way they make the house smell yummy and warm. And of course, they have to be the homemade kind with lots of butter, cinnamon, icing, and sugar:-)

  265. Danielle Budd says:

    I’m always in charge of the desserts. So i always make a few classics, apple pie and pumpkin, but last year I made an Chocolate Toffee Torte, it was gone before I even got a slice…I guess i have a new classic!

  266. Donna Oda says:

    Cornbread Stuffing!

  267. I love to make baklava and eggnog tiramisu – both delicious show stoppers!

  268. Sweet potatoes with butter and brown sugar…yum!

  269. LOVE making Christmas cookies with my boys! Also, love making a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. :) Both items have become a tradition in our home.

  270. We are big cheesball fans in our house — we make 3 different kinds!

  271. I make Pecan Pie from my grandmother’s recipe. It’s the best pecan pie! There isn’t a pecan pie anywhere that comes to close to being as good as this is!

  272. My mom’s dressing!! There is nothing like it. I am going to have to learn how to make if before she can no longer do. I will not be able to survive Thanksgiving without it!

  273. We make german pancakes and monkey bread foor breakfast! love them both!

  274. Tiffany says:

    Love our sweet potato casserole….from the fresh baked yams all the way to the yummy marshmallow top. :)

  275. Melanie says:

    My favourite dish at Christmas is still sweet potatoes! Paula Deen / Emmitt Smith style. Lots of butter and brown sugar and nuts carmalized on top. Then marshmallows. It’s really more of a Christmas dessert……who needs pie after a helping or two!

  276. My favorite dish at Christmas is Turkey!

  277. Kimberley says:

    Homemade stuffing! Yum!

  278. Homemade apple pie.

  279. Miranda says:

    I like making a pear gorgonzola salad with roasted shallot vinaigrette. It is a nice foil to all the rich holiday dishes.

  280. We do a huge fish feast on Christmas eve… LOVE me some crab legs and butter!!!

  281. Michele says:

    We go out of town to visit family for the Christmas holidays so I don’t have to cook. I enjoy making all different kinds of cookies especially molasses.

  282. Homemade apple pie! As soon as I smell it I am filled with wonderful Christmas memories…

  283. One of my favorite things is my moms cranberry salad. She grinds up cranberries and mixes them with grapes and whipped cream. Yummy!!

  284. I have one dessert that I ONLY make at Christmas- (That way nobody ever gets tired of it, and they always look forward to it!) Amy’s Secret-Recipe Dream Bars. I lost the recipe for a couple of years (gasp!) and couldn’t find one online that was close enough to pass muster, so when I found the recipe last year everyone was excited!

  285. M'Laura says:

    I love to make bacon green beans! I simmer the beans with diced onions for a few hours, then mix in a couple pounds of bacon (cooked, drained, and crumbled), let that simmer for about one half hour, and finally add in some brown sugar to taste:) It’s always a favorite that I only make for the holidays…

  286. Carleen says:

    It’s so hard to choose just one but I LOVE my mom’s mashed potatoes and gravy. mmmm!

  287. Honey Ham or peas with those little onions are something I always look forward to! Plus that’s the only time we buy peppermint or pumpkin ice cream…yum!

  288. Amber Taylor says:

    Hashbrown casserole!

  289. Melissa says:

    Wow! I don’t know if I can choose a favorite! I do love homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast. I love, love, LOVE cranberry sauce (even from a can!). I LOVE bread in any form. Oh, and then there is stuffing!!!! I’m sorry; I just can’t decide!

  290. I love to bake LOTS of cookies. Not really a dish, but fav in our house.

  291. It’s not really part of the ‘big meal’ – but cheese straws just mean Christmas to me! That’s about the only time of year we have them, so for me they have become symbolic of that time of year.

  292. I love to have sour cream coffee cake on Christmas morning. It’s a family tradition made with my grandmother’s recipe.

  293. It used to be mt Mom’s cresants and sweedish tea rings. I am now gluten intolent and cannot duplicate those puppies and so my new favorite has to me the cranberries – which I loved before as well :).

  294. I love to make homemade apple pie…its about the only time where I make the dough from scratch…although, I am realizing that its not that hard and is much healthier if I do it myself! Thanks for the giveaway!

  295. Liz Anderson says:

    Our large family takes on thanksgiving by parting out the sides. I’m your Waldorf Salad, Dinner Rolls or Green Bean Casserole got-to girl, but my actual love is preparing the turkey, all golden and succulent. I cook one for our household to feast on after the feast. There’s nothing like turkey leftovers!

  296. I love what we call “green salad” and no it’s not lettuce! The real name is Seafoam Salad, but we never use that term. It’s a jello salad made with lime jello, pears and cream cheese. Sounds strange….but it is amazing. If you don’t like it, you can’t join our family!!!

  297. Jessie C. says:

    We love sweet potato casserole.

  298. This is a difficult question. I have so many favorites. I have to say my favorite has been a meal made for the homeless. It just blesses my heart knowing they are fed a home cooked meal just like my family. I started just a few years ago, but I’d use this to bless others.

  299. I’ve never really had to make anything for Christmas but I love having ham!

  300. The stuffing. We try to make it from scratch now. Soooo delicious.

  301. My favorite is my mom’s peanut butter balls (also called buckeyes). Wouldnt be xmas without them.

  302. Christine Parker says:

    We’re Italian… so we make homemade spinach and meat ravioli — YUMMY!! We only have them at Christmas!

  303. My favorite is a special dessert bar my dad’s mom used to make every Christmas. Now I make it every year – we call it Nanomi Bars, but that’s not actually the name. It’s a chocolate/coconut bottom layer, custard in the middle and melted dark chocolate on top – cut into bars. YUMMY! And since I only make them at Christmas, they are super special!

  304. Slow cooker brown sugar spiral ham…yummy

  305. Mary E.S. says:

    I always make the Giblet gravy and a Corn Casserole. We do a buffet style Christmas with all the family and everyone brings a dish.

  306. Christina Burrell says:

    I love to make pumpkin pies and chocolate pecan pies at Christmas time.

  307. Well, I have two. The first is a Cinnamon and brown sugar jelly-roll type of cookie that has been a family tradition for over 100 years. We make it the night before and have to eat one for good luck first thing Christmas morning. The second is a tradition I began for my family after a friend came up with the best Holiday Sweet Potato casserole ever! Mmmmmm. Interestingly, both recipes are topped with pecans, mmmm.

  308. Broccoli casserole. I am the only one who likes it, so I make it for myself as a special holiday food. Of course, I love all the other things also! For the last couple of years, I have made your Christmas tree scones in the morning. They are very good!

  309. My husband grew up on “boiled to death” vegetables, so his family always asks me to make the veggies at Christmas dinner!

    I like to make cauliflower gratin at Christmas dinner. It’s really funny when someone thinks it’s the mashed potatoes and gets an extra-big scoop. ;o)

  310. Kelly Perry says:

    cinnamon bun.

  311. Pamela J says:

    It is not Christmas here without cutout sugar cookies to decorate. They just taste better when you’ve personally selected the toppings. :)

  312. Does a dish full of cookies count as a dish? :-) One thing I love about Christmas foods are Christmas cookies!! There are so many to choose from. One of my faves is Mexican Wedding Cakes. So rich and delicate. I get so excited making cookies I usually end up going overboard and make at least 10 different varieties. I love to see a dessert table at Christmas and see all of the different cookies and candies that everyone makes. MMMMMMMmmmmm

  313. tamales!

  314. I love to make Jello Salad.

  315. Our newest Christmas food tradition is having lasagna after Christmas Eve service (the early one at 5). It’s just our little family of 4 and then we watch a Christmas movie together. Its a nice quiet evening before the gift-fest the next day.

  316. Candied Sweet Potatoes

  317. Allie Zirkle says:

    For Christmas, I do love Mexican for dinner (enchiladas). Sticky buns and potato casserole for breakfast are musts!

  318. We have a couple of favorites. We love to have homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. We also love to make Sugar Cookies and decorate them!

  319. This is merely a side dish, but we love cranberry salsa. The color is so seasonally table-perfect!

  320. My favorite dish is our traditional sweet potato casserole. I always make 2 just so we can have leftovers. DEElish!

  321. Melanie says:

    I think sweet potatoes have to be my favorite to make and eat!

  322. I’m with you…turkey, mashed potatoes and tons of gravy!!

  323. We love sweet potato wedges with lots of butter and brown sugar. Mmmmm.

  324. Sweet Potato Casserole!

  325. Vanessa says:

    Mashed potatoes with gravy.

  326. Orange Marmalade Coffee Cake for Christmas morning breakfast is my favorite Christmas recipe. Pecans, cinnamon & orange yumminess!

  327. I love to make ‘Church Windows”. They’re basically colored mini marshmallows coated in chocolate then covered in coconut. Yum!

  328. So many choices – I’ll have to go with a beautiful medium rare rib roast. Thanks for the giveaway.

  329. My favorite dish is from an old cookbook from women that I knew from church when I was growing up It’s for whipped potatoes and it has sour cream, a stick of butter, cheddar cheese and seasonings. The dish is always scraped clean. The best thing to me is that I can make them the day before and heat them on low in the crockpot, then serve them piping hot by keeping them on warm!

  330. BethAnn says:

    Thanksgiving is really our big holiday meal, but Christmas lunch, after we are all done opening the seemingly endless pile of gifts is Hogmaw. It’s a PA dutch recipe. If you have never had, it’s ground sausage, carrots, potatoes and cabbage with some spice that’s stuffed and baked in a hog stomach. My mom usually makes 3 stomachs. They are filling and delicious. since it’s not a formal meal, we usually just eat off of paper plates and stand around looking at the piles of stuff! Great memories!

  331. Roxanne says:

    I love to make breakfast casserole or cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning!

  332. kathy w says:

    Our favorite for Christmas is prime rib.

  333. I love to make Pioneer Woman’s chocolate sheet cake!

  334. kathy w says:

    We like to celebrate St. Nick’s Day, early in Dec. with the stockings filled with fruit, candy and small toys.

  335. My Nana’s cranberry salad, not because it’s easy or fast but because I love it so much and am the only one willing to make it. :)

  336. Alethea G says:

    When I was a little girl, my mom made persimmon bread and persimmon cookies on Christmas eve. We would wake up on Christmas morning and have persimmon bread for breakfast. Now that I am a mom, I make persimmon bread for my kids for Christmas morning. In the Midwest Persimmons can be hard to come by, so for us, persimmon bread is a real Christmas luxury.

  337. I like to make homemade chocolates, like turtles and peanut butter cups.

  338. Kim in AZ says:

    My favorite must-have treat at Christmas is homemade toffee. We make batches and batches and share with friends and family. Our favorite, less savory item, would have to be homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning – or sweet potatoes. yummy

  339. We like to try new things a lot during the holidays (and other times!) but a favorite that we always have is definitely good old mashed potatoes and gravy! I add garlic and cream cheese to the potatoes and it makes them delicious! Thanks for all of your hard work on such a great blog!!! I love to read your thoughts and ideas. :)

  340. I always make baked corn for a side. It’s my favorite dish!

  341. I love to make a really yummy roast beef for holidays. We don’t have a lot of red meat usually, so it’s a special indulgence. Thanks for the giveaway!

  342. My grandma’s cookies- buckeyes especially :)

  343. Green bean casserole. We love it but it seems like it is a holiday dish. And some type of yeast rolls they are special too.

  344. Bubble wreath for breakfast and Parker House rolls for Christmas dinner – yeast breads made without benefit of the bread machine. A special holiday tradition from my mom.

  345. Janelle says:

    My favorite thing to make is chicken parm – we have had an Italian Christmas for years!

  346. I make something different every year but my all time favorite was a dessert, a chocolate cherry cheesecake! I even posted the recipe here: http://www.pennysaved-pennyearned.com/blog/2010/12/december-decadence-cheesecake/

  347. Elinore says:

    My mom’s cheesy potatoes. YUM.

  348. Jessica says:

    I’ve got two….one from each grandma.
    I always make my maternal grandma’s fruitsalad (which my mom used to make & then forget that she had left it out on the porch on top of the washer, unitl the end of the meal :)….and last year for the 1st time I made my paternal g’ma’s pizelles w/ her pizelle maker. They tasted just like hers & brought me right back to my childhood!

  349. Bourbon Sweet Potatoes….SO GOOD!!!!

  350. Christy says:

    Oh goodness, how do I choose. I would say making homemade sugar cookies for Christmas with my kids. It is so much fun, very messy but oh so fun. We love making all the different shapes, and tinting the icing different colors, and the sprinkles oh my. But the best part is eating them with kids with hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies!!!! Love that time of year.

  351. I look forward to making my husband’s grandmother’s Apricot Ring. Every year it gets a little better but it will never be as good as hers.

  352. Melinda P says:

    Mashed potatoes and gravy! Especially when there is sour cream mixed in, and some cheddar cheese melted on top… oh my I’m getting hungry now, LOL…

  353. I love to make sweet potatoes with a corn flake topping (kind of like a casserole)! It’s a recipe I found on All Recipe and it is fabulous. Corn pudding is a very close second. Yum yum my tummy is ready for the holidays to come!

  354. I love Christmas Dinner! We splurge once a year and make a big prime rib roast! It’s so yummy! I look forward to it for months!

  355. bridget says:

    my favorite is broccoli cheese casserole. it has velveeta, rice, broccoli. yum!

  356. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without my mom’s sausage casserole and fruit salad for breakfast!

  357. Georgette says:

    Mashed potatoes and gravy.

  358. Annmarie W. says:

    I’m not a big sweet potato person, but I know many others in my family like them. So I found a wonderful sweet potato soup recipe that seems to be a hit…I like it & others do too!

  359. My favorite dish to make at christmas would have to be the pumkin roll! I so love how rich and creamy the filling is and the presentation is so pretty. It’s a tricky dessert and a little time consuming but it’s worth it!

  360. For over 50 years (and probably earlier than that, a traditional family dish for our home is my daddy’s Lanes Cake (our version of “fruit cake”! The six layers of this made-from-scratch cake is filled with a raisins, toasted pecans, toasted coconut, butter and white wine mixture. Best when made at least 24 hours in advance, tightly wrapped. Oh! The aroma when it’s unwrapped for Christmas dinner!

  361. I love making snow jellow! It is a beautiful white jello topped with cherry pie filling. A nice festive treat alternative to chocolate and sugar cookies.

  362. debbiek says:

    My favorite holiday food is my mom’s dressing :)

  363. Allison says:

    My favorite thing to make is the Jello ribbon salad! All the pretty christmas colors! :)

  364. One of my favorite things about Christmas has to be going to see The Nutcracker. So my favorite dish to make for Christmas has to be Sugar-Plum Tart :)

  365. Rita Bell says:

    Welll, typical Rita, my favorite dish to make at Christmas is actually Christmas cookies! Haha! I’ve been making them with the kids since the oldest was 2. Plain sugar cookies cut in Christmas shapes and decorated to the hilt! It is one of our favorite things in the whole world.

  366. Andrea Watts says:

    I love making Million Dollar pies!

  367. Maureen says:

    There are soooo many. The one I most look forward to is chocolate almond pinwheel cookies, because I don’t make them any other time of year.

  368. I like mashed potatoes with lots of butter and gravy :) :) Greetings from Oregon, Heather :)

  369. Snickers Salad – it has whip cream, vanilla pudding, snickers bars and fuji apples it is great!

  370. Oh…just one thing?!? I know that my husband’s favorite thing for me to make at the holidays is an array of hot dips. Hot sausage dip (with cream cheese AND sour cream in it being #1). Spicy Jezebel dip (apricots, pineapple, horseradish & creamcheese) being #2. Not that I blame him, they are soooo good.

  371. My absolute fav is Cream Cheese Pecan Pie!!!! Never enough!! ☺

  372. With all the family gatherings the kids have to go to, and all of the turkeys and hams they have to eat, we have prime rib for Christmas. Everyone’s favorite seems to be the cheesy au gratin potatoes. I use shredded hashbrowns and I saute’ the onions in with the butter when making the roux. Then add cheese. I use colby jack, cheddar, and american. The onion flavor goes through the whole dish and is delicious.

  373. Our family looks forward every year to our tradition of eating brussel sprouts at Christmas. We do not eat brussel sprouts all year until Christmas. It is a festive, green bit of celebration to remind us of what we actually are celebrating during that time and how much we should be grateful for.

  374. Not really a “dish” – more of a treat. One that my in-laws won’t let me attend Christmas dinner without: homemade caramels.

  375. Danielle says:

    One of my favorite treats for Christmas is homemade chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake!

  376. Dawn Davenport says:

    I love to make Mexican food for Christmas day! It was my family’s tradition growing up and I’ve started doing the same for my husband and daughters. I also love the Christmas baking/candy making!!

  377. Every Christmas morning I.make Apple French toast bread pudding. My parents got the recipe at a B&B years ago and it has been a staple ever since.

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  378. I love to make Christmas candy!

  379. Our Christmas dinner is not complete without pear salad. It’s a recipe from my aunt’s collection and is more like a mousse than a salad. Sounds weird, but it is so good!

  380. Christy says:

    Since I was a child, we always had pigs-in-a-blanket on Christmas Eve. It’s not fancy, and it’s not an actual Christmas day meal, but it’s my favorite!

  381. Okay, this is a warning that this is a weird one :)
    My dad’s family has had this tradition of not using gravy but having noodles instead. It is basically wide egg noodles that are cooked in the turkey dripping and extra stock. That’s it! It is served over mashed potatoes, on its own, or flooding the plate. My husband thought it was weirdo, but he loves it now. I think it must have evolved from some dumpling recipe from our German heritage???

  382. My favorite Chritmas dish is my uncle’s sweet potato casserole, no marshmallows just a crunchy brown sugar and pecan topping. It’s a Christmas Eve tradition for my mother’s side of the family and then I”ll make one to take to my in-laws on Christmans Day!

  383. Quiche Lorraine for breakfast. It makes perfect leftovers for the rest of the day :)

  384. Kristin Peterson says:

    My favorite Christmas dish is something my German grandmother made every year growing up – a roast beef dish called Rouladen. I’ve made it once and my mother made it last Christmas. It’s very tasty!

  385. liz talbot says:

    I love making homemade monkey bread for Christmas! It’s my favorite!

  386. My favorite recipe to make is white & dark chocolate bark with cranberries and cashews! Hmmm. . . I think I am going to have to make some now!

  387. Joanna M says:

    Plain old mashed potatoes are my favorite holiday food

  388. Elizabeth says:

    We do a braised beef short ribs over homemade pasta! It’s delicious and we only indulge in it for Christmas!

  389. We love making green bean casserole or homemade rolls!

  390. SHARONA says:

    Mirliton Dressing (pronounced melitawn dressing) and hummingbird cake ( which we call Jesus’ birthday cake)

  391. The ham and all the fixings moms pink fluff salad and my sisters green beans casserole all taste great together
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  392. We always have fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. Our favorite holiday dessert is Pumpkin Cobbler with fresh whipped cream. Yum!

  393. My favorite dish to make at Christmas is turkey and stuffing!!!

  394. My favorite dish to make at Christmas is Green Bean bundles. Amongst others :)

  395. Amanda Johnson says:

    Greenbean casserole

  396. Oh I thought I’d through my name in the bowl a post & dream right. For us favorite Christmas food has to be my MIL’s Haitian Shrimp rice oh its so good just thinking about it making my mouth water! Thanks for the chance.

  397. I don’t make anything. There’re so many Italian women in that kitchen… best to just eat and enjoy!

  398. HeaTher w says:

    Sweet potato casserole with marshmallows baked in the oven, mmmm, makes me wanna go buy some now ;)

  399. Corn pudding is our family favorite!

  400. Jennifer C says:

    My favorite dish to make and eat is whipped potatoes. I’m usually lazy and during the rest of the year will only smash the taters but for Christmas it’s special. I take the time to make smooth and fluffy whipped ones! YUM!!

  401. We always have crab legs on Christmas Eve. The children look forward to it the most!

  402. Joanie Dilbeck says:

    I love making twice baked mashed potatoes. They were always my favorite growing up and now I get to make it for my own family!

  403. Mandy F. says:

    I can’t go without good ol’ green bean casserole! : ) Nothing says Christmas dinner like a huge scoop right next to a slice of turkey!

  404. Boiled Custard! Oh, I must say sweet potato casserole also!

  405. Sweet potato casserole

  406. Sausage balls & fudge!! :)

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