Holiday Food Is Not For Me

Dated: October 29 2018

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I may lose some friends for what I am about to say but…I do not like holiday food…at all!!  GASP!

I know that it is tradition, I know it has been done for years, I know that your grandmother’s is the best, but I don’t like holiday “favorites” and never have.  Am I horrible, or what?!?

If you’re like me and love cooking but would rather mix things up a bit for the holidays, please see some recipe ideas below.  I have included appetizers, sides and cocktails (because, lets be real). 

I left out desserts.  I do think this is the one area that tradition is best. 


Hot Mulled Cider - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/hot-mulled-cider-recipe-1914496

Spiced Cabernet -https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/spiced-cabernet-recipe2-1944728

Sparkling Ginger Cider - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/sparkling-ginger-cider-recipe-2103488

Cranberry Champagne Cocktail - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/cranberry-champagne-cocktail-recipe-1957530


Cranberry Brie Bites - Https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a56610/cranberry-brie-bites-recipe/

Cheese Ball Bites - https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a50204/cheese-ball-bites-recipe/

Parmesan Crusted Brussels - https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55370/parmesan-crusted-brussels-sprouts-recipe/

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Pull Apart Bread - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/caramelized-onion-and-bacon-pull-apart-bread-3561249

Veggies and Dip with a twist - https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/green-crudites-with-yogurt-dill-dip-3363814

Cranberry Orange Chutney - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/spiced-cranberry-orange-chutney/

Roasted Brussel Sprout and 3 Cheese Crostini - https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/roasted-brussels-sprouts-3-cheese-crostini/


Cauliflower with Parmesan and Panko Crumble - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/roasted-cauliflower-with-parmesan-panko-crumble

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic and Pancetta - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-garlic-and-pancetta-104566

Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Stuffing - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/skillet-stuffing-with-italian-sausage-and-wild-mushrooms

Rosemary and Garlic Potatoes - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/rosemary-and-garlic-roasted-potatoes-357469

Potato Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/potato-salad-with-7-minute-eggs-and-mustard-vinaigrette-56389652

Scalloped Potatoes - https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/old-fashioned-scalloped-potatoes-10270

Cheesy Brussels Sprout Casserole - https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/thanksgiving/recipes/a44632/cheesy-brussels-sprout-casserole-recipe/

Maple Bacon Carrots - https://www.delish.com/cooking/a19625150/maple-bacon-carrots-recipe/

Blood Orange Salad - https://www.thekitchn.com/colorful-recipe-sicilianinspired-blood-orange-salad-167371

Pear, Arugula and Blue Cheese Salad - https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-arugula-pear-and-blue-cheese-salad-with-warm-vinaigrette-salad-recipes-from-the-kitchn-26054

Fried Turkey is the Way to Go!!

Fried Turkey Injections - https://www.thespruceeats.com/top-turkey-injection-marinade-recipes-336445

Other Ideas for Holiday Get Togethers

  • Italian

  • BBQ

  • Street Tacos

  • Nosh fest all day with appetizers and snacks…this is my favorite because you can play games all day, snack all day, be silly, open gifts, and play with toys

  • Seafood boil

  • Explore other cultures favorite Holiday meals

Holidays can be stressful crazy and fun!  How will you be enjoying yours?  What are your favorite recipes?Image title

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Jessica Gold

Originally from the Northwest Houston Area, but has lived in Austin for the past 18 years. She loves to see how much Austin has changed over that time.She attended the University of Texas – Hook ‘....

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