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    Christmas Ornament Christmas is an annual holiday that marks the birth of Jesus. It is celebrated by most (but not all Christians), and has in modern times also become a secular holiday.

    Christmas Day is the date on which the birth of Jesus is marked.
    • For most Christian denominations (and secular celebrations), it is observed on December 25th.

    • The Armenian Apostolic Church observe it on January 6th.

    • Many Eastern Orthodox Churches use the Julian Calendar for calculating the dates. As a result, they celebrate on the Julian Calendar's December 25th, which currently is January 7th in the Gregorian calendar.
    Many special foods are prepared and eaten during the period around Christmas, and there are also many traditions associated with it.

    Some Christmas recipes and dishes include:
    • Barszcz - This Polish dish is the Polish version of borscht. It is a soup made from red beetroot, onions, garlic and other vegetables. Although meats are sometimes added, on Christmas Eve a vegetarian version of soup is eaten with small dumplings (uszka). The dumplings are filled kapusta kiszona (the Polish version of sauerkraut) or mushrooms.

    • Christmas cake - This is a fruitcake originating from British cuisine. There are many different variations on the basic idea, but is usually a rich fruit cake, often covered with marizpan, and then a hard white icing.

    • Christmas pudding - This a traditional British recipe. It is a steamed dessert eaten which is usually eaten on Christmas Day, but because it keeps very well, and maturing is said to improve the flavor, is traditionally prepared many weeks in advance of Christmas. Christmas pudding is made from suet (congealed fat) with dried fruit and nuts mixed in, and alcoholic beverages (such as brandy) are poured into it, in order to add moisture. Christmas pudding is often eaten with brandy butter (a sauce made from unsalted butter, sugar and brandy), cream or custard.

    • Mince pies - This is a traditional British recipe for small pies (about the size of a cupcake). In historical times, actual meat was used in these pies, but today, the pies are filled with minced fruit and nuts (chopped raisins, currants, apricot, cherries, walnuts, etc., with spices in suet). Mince pies are traditionally eaten with brandy butter (a sauce made from unsalted butter, sugar and brandy).

    • Pasulj - This is a traditional Serbian recipe. It is soup made from beans.

    • Pumpkin pie - This is a dessert made from a pie crust filled with a pumpkin-based custard. The custard is usually flavored using spices such as cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Pumpkin pie is usually eaten at Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and is traditionally served with whipped cream.

      Pumpkin pie

    • Roast chestnuts - Roast chestnuts are a popular dish in the Winter in general, and during the Christmas period in particular.

    • Sarmale - This is a Romanian recipe for cabbage rools. The rolls are stuffed with ground meat, rice and onions, and are often eaten on Christmas Eve and at Easter. Serbian cuisine has a similar dish, known as sarma, which is eaten at the same times of year.

    • Sült - This Estonian dish is jellied meat, and is usually eaten with sauerkraut. Estonians generally eat the dish during the Winter months, but especially at Christmas.

    • Turkey - Roast turkey is very popular in many countries as the main dish of Christmas dinner (the main meal of the day, often eaten at lunch time though).

      Roast Turkey

    • Vánocní cukroví - This is a Czech recipe for cookies. The cookies are usually attractively decorated.

      Vánocní cukroví - Christmas Cookies

    • Vánocka - This is a Czech recipe. It is a cake made from eggs and butter, and also contains raisins and almonds. Lemon rind and nutmeg are also used to flavor the dough. The dough is then made into braids, these are stacked, and then finally the cake is cooked.

    • Yule log - In some countries, large logs, known as "Yule logs", are burned at Christmas. This tradition dates back to pre-Christian times, when the Winter solstice was known as "Yule". In cookery, Yule logs, are a dessert, usually chocolate flavored, made in the shape of a log, that is inspired by this ancient tradition.

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    Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites (Seasonal Cookbook Collection)

    By Gooseberry Patch

    Gooseberry Patch
    Hardcover (1 pages)

    Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites (Seasonal Cookbook Collection)
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    The Christmas season brings swirling snowflakes, cookie swaps and caroling parties, not to mention church programs, gifts to wrap and Christmas dinner with the whole family. You'll need a helping hand, so why not put your slow cooker to work?

    Slow-Cooker Christmas Favorites features recipes for every holiday occasion from brunch to dinner, from party time to dessert. Invite your best friends for a hearty breakfast of Cinnamon-Raisin French Toast and Brown Sugar Sausages before an all-day shopping trip. Plum Good Sausages & Meatballs and Festive Cranberry Warmer will make your tree decorating party merry!

    As the days grow shorter, put dinner on the table in a jiffy with Busy-Day Spinach Lasagna, No-Fuss Chicken Dinner or Corn & Sausage. We haven't forgotten Christmas'll be one to remember with Honey-Dijon Ham, Old-Fashioned Scalloped Corn and Grandma's Cranberry Sauce! Cherry Chocolate Heaven, Apples & Cinnamon Bread Pudding and other desserts are sure to bring any meal to a scrumptious conclusion, and they're all slow-cooker simple.

    You'll also find a chapter filled with sweet memories of Christmases past. It's sure to put you in the spirit of the season. This year, take it easy and leave the work to your slow cooker, while you have the merriest Christmas ever!

    Cooking for Christmas (The Food Lovers' Library)

    By Josceline Dimbleby

    Paperback (108 pages)

    Cooking for Christmas (The Food Lovers  Library)
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    Each Christmas is a performance, which everyone in the family will compare with every other Christmas and if you are the cook, you are the person most responsible for its success. In order not to disintegrate completely under the pressure, here is a book that will give you all the confidence you need to manage not just Christmas Day, but Boxing Day and the duration of the festive holiday too. Rather than a prescriptive 'day by day countdown' the author sensibly suggests you sit down with a pad and pencil, and plan each meal 'down to the last Brussels sprout'. It may be an effort, but it will be the only way to relax, enjoy and survive the coming onslaught. Over 50 mouth-watering recipes are given, including classics that the author's following still makes today: feather-light cheese biscuits, red velvet casserole of beef, and turkey au gratin with almonds. The turkey stuffings here are superlatively good - particularly the veal, lemon and parsley - and the orange pastry for mince pies is the best and crumbliest you will ever make. Ideas for leftovers, cold cuts, salads and what wine to drink with what are also included.

    Christmas Cooking From the Heart (Better Homes and Gardens, 10)

    By Lisa Kingsley (Editor)


    Christmas Cooking From the Heart (Better Homes and Gardens, 10)
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    Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies

    By Irma S. Rombauer & Marion Rombauer Becker

    Hardcover (128 pages)

    Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies
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    Christmas and cookies are inseparable. The mere mention of baking cookies conjures up memories not just of tantalizing aromas and great tastes but of warm kitchens and good times with family and friends. Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies brings together in a single volume 75 indispensable cookie recipes and more than 25 recipes for holiday extras. That's more than 100 recipes, half of which are brand new. This book also offers a sneak preview of the revision of Joy of Cooking, the first in more than two decades.

    Written with clarity, humor, and a dedication to detail that has always set the Joy of Cooking apart from all other cookbooks, this book will teach anyone from the person who has never baked a single cookie to the experienced home baker how to turn out a perfect cookie every time. A treasure trove of information, this book contains basic instructions on measuring ingredients, handling and shaping cookie doughs, and decorating cookies, supported by helpful line drawings every step of the way. Recipes include the full range of cookies from the simplest one-pan bar cookies like Chocolate-Glazed Toffee Bars and Scottish Shortbread to those that are dropped onto a cookie sheet (don't miss the new Monster Cookies) to Christmas production numbers like Spritz that are piped through a press. On the familiar side are recipes for chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and sugar cookies. Brief but precise directions ensure that the brownies will be fudgey and moist, the chocolate chips chewy, and the sugar cookies meltingly tender. On the novel side are such irresistible new entries as Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars, Tuscan Almond Biscotti, and Chocolate Mint Surprises.

    Among this Book's unique features:

    • A full-color photograph of every cookie
    • Brand-new recipes for reduced-fat cookies that taste wonderful
    • An easy-to-make gingerbread house
    • Storage suggestions that help you plan your baking time when conipany is coming
    • Recipes for eggnog, mulled cider and wine, and three kinds of homemade hot chocolate
    • A section on extras-a California fruitcake for the 90s made with dried fruits and nuts, a plum pudding Charles Dickens would have loved, Stollen, Chocolate Truffles, Bourbon Balls, Candied Popcorn, and more.
    For sparkling additions to any weekday or for a splendid display of special party presentations, the new Joy of Cooking Christmas Cookies is the only cookie book you'll ever need.

    Christmas with Southern Living 2017: Inspired Ideas for Holiday Cooking and Decorating

    By Editors of Southern Living

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    Released: 2017-10-10
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    Nobody does Christmas like Southern Living, and for over 30 years, Christmas with Southern Living has been helping you create memorable holidays for family and friends. For 2017, Christmas with Southern Living is completely new, with all of the menu and d├ęcor ideas that you've come to expect, along with more than 100 recipes especially created for holiday cooking, baking, entertaining, and gift giving. This year's edition features five complete theme-based entertaining chapters - Christmas on the Farm, on the Block, at the Lake, in the Mountains, and by the Sea - including menus and decorating ideas for every corner of your home, as well as tips and tricks on surprising ways to use leftovers, serve dishes, and more!

    With over 200 all-new full-color photographs to inspire you, as well as holiday decorations for inside and out, including tabletops, wreaths, trees, centerpieces and mantles, Christmas with Southern Living 2017 is your go-to resource for everything you need to make your holiday memorable and spectacular.

    Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook: For the Best Christmas Ever

    By Jamie Oliver

    Flatiron Books
    Released: 2017-10-10
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    Jamie Oliver s Christmas Cookbook: For the Best Christmas Ever
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    Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food, and new ways to love those leftovers.

    It's everything you need for the best Christmas ever.

    Inside you'll find all the classics as well as tasty alternatives, including: salmon pate, apple and squash soup; roast turkey, goose and venison; nut roast and baked squash; best roasties, baked mash, parsnips, glazed carrots, four ways to do sprouts; gravies and cranberry sauce, meat and vegetarian stuffings; turkey risotto; Christmas trifles, pavlova; chocolate logs, Christmas cake, mince pies, gingerbread, baked camembert, smoked salmon bilinis, hot buttered rum and many, many more delicious recipes.

    "I've got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails, and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers. You'll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I've designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it'll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal.

    I haven't held back. This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan."

    ~ Jamie Oliver

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