The Food Dish
When I think of Christmas day, I think of twinkling lights, presents under the tree, and Santa Claus, of course! But when I think back on waking up on snowy Christmas mornings as a child at Mom and Dad’s house . . . I remember breakfast.
My family goes all out for breakfast on Christmas morning, but we keep the cooking to a minimum. (Don’t be so surprised—it is actually possible.) It’s a tradition that has carried on for years in my family and has even slipped into my own little family’s tradition now that I’m married.
One of our Christmas morning staples is apple cinnamon French toast with vanilla syrup. It’s a delicious, gourmet breakfast with practically no hassle, which makes it perfect for Christmas morning. This meal is fantastic! Just put it together the night before, leave it in the fridge, and slip it in the oven while you open Christmas presents and enjoy your other holiday traditions. By the time you’re ready to eat, it will be ready for you to dive in.
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
This is yet another way to be a Zucchini Houdini by using up the harvest from those prolific zucchini plants. This creamy, Southwest soup would make the perfect ending to a chilly fall day.
2 medium zucchini
1 medium onion
½ tablespoon dried parsley or 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Add some sugar and spice to your holiday with these 8 flavorful twists on hot chocolate you simply have to try!
What would the most wonderful time of the year be without everyone’s favorite chocolatey beverage? As the snow blows in with December, try warming your home and family with some of these unique and tasty hot chocolate variations!
This is the perfect main course for a special-occasion dinner. Easy to prepare, delicious, and pretty, this dish is one we often turn to when we want something extraordinary. It’s easy to double, and why not? The leftovers are just as amazing the next day!
Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 20-25 minutes
How long should my turkey cook for? What’s the best way to thaw a turkey? While ordinary questions like these flood the Butterball Turkey Talk Line® every Thanksgiving time, there are plenty of hilarious hang-ups that have the hotline experts coming back year after year!
As amateur cooks across the nation try to take on turkey, things don’t always end in golden brown deliciousness. That’s why in November of 1981, Butterball gathered their first force of six home economists to answer what turned out to be 11,000 turkey-related questions. Today the Butterball Turkey Talk-Line® now utilizes over 50 experts including Spanish speakers and men – a first this year – to answer more than 100,000 questions from distressed turkey chefs and chefs-in-training around the world.
Here are just a few quirky questions that the turkey hotline experts at 1-800-BUTTERBALL have fielded over the years:
• One caller asked if, after storing her turkey outside in colder than 40˚ F weather, it would be safe to eat. Unfortunately, an unexpected storm blew through and the turkey was lost in 10 inches of snow!
• Some callers have come up with very creative—and questionable—methods of defrosting the fowl, asking the Butterball experts if it’s safe to do so with an electric blanket, in the aquarium with the tropical fish, or even in the tub with their children!
• Hotline experts kindly explained to one caller that fresh turkey does not need to be thawed.