Festive Food Freebies By Hilary Williamson (updated December 2016)
Starting to plan those annual holiday feasts for a crowd of family and friends? As always, the days are slipping by far too fast, and planning and preparations loom large. If your usual selection is getting stale, dip into festive freebies - a mouthwatering mix of recipe samples found in cookbook excerpts or on chef's sites. Here are some that appealed to me, but by all means explore these sources yourself for enticing edibles (note that in many cases, you will need to open the excerpt in the page the link takes you to, and scroll down to find the recipe).
Open the festivities with a Champagne Cornucopia (from Hachette Book Group's Thoughts for Food). Try some of Lucia's Killer Sangria from The Cooking Club Cookbook's excerpt (click on 'Read an Excerpt' below the book cover to access it). Pair that with IHeartNaptime's Family Friendly Sangria for the younger crowd; it's not just for summer sipping. And if it's chilly outdoors, warm up your guests with James Beard's Hot Spiced Wine.
For a multi-course feast, a lighter (but still succulent) finish might be wise - like Jamie Oliver's Saffron-poached pears. Still too much to handle? Then go for an even subtler ending with James Beard's Syllabub or Champagne Sorbet.
And if you want to go truly traditional get tips from our millennial feature, Christmas Recipes Recycled (though ingredients might be a bit tricky, especially housing and handling the cow). So, branch out this year; try some of these festive food freebies or find others online; eat a little, drink a little, and you'll find that being merry goes with the territory.
Whatever your faith, all of us at BookLoons wish you joy - and good grub - during the holiday season and in the year to follow. Bon appetit!
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