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Maple Bacon Braised Greens, a solid veggie side for the holiday table

Maple Bacon Braised Greens, a solid veggie side for the holiday table

This is an easy recipe that gets its flavor from a couple of choice ingredients and a cooking technique called braising. Braising refers to cooking something, usually meat, using two techniques: dry heat, like frying or sauteing, and wet heat, which happens when you add liquid to the pan or pot and let the ingredients cook down even more.

In this case, I sauteed some bacon, onion and garlic in a skillet, using the bacon grease to fry the aromatics, then added greens.

Recipes for your Christmas Eve feast

Recipes for your Christmas Eve feast

My family doesn’t get into Christmas meal planning the same way we get into Thanksgiving preparations. But we do go nuts on Christmas Eve, assembling a smorgasbord of different indulgences and eating them throughout the evening.

There must be pigs in a blanket, mini hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury biscuit dough, two things we never eat during the year but without which it would not be Christmas Eve. Also on the dining room table are chips with salsa and some sort of cheese dip, potato skins, meatballs or mini hot dogs simmering in a warm barbecue sauce, some sort of fruit or vegetable, a wheel of Brie melted with nuts and dried fruit, and loads of cookies.

Here are some suggestions for ways to make your Christmas Eve spread an all-out nosh fest.

The ultimate Christmas cookie platter, from ginger to chocolate to shortbread

The ultimate Christmas cookie platter, from ginger to chocolate to shortbread

'Twas two weeks before Christmas, 
the holiday was coming soon,
and a food blogger was working on a sweet post for you.
But with too much holiday cheer on her mind, 
she forgot to click "save and publish" in time.
So these recipes may be a little bit late, 
But who cares there's enough butter and sugar in them to  satiate.


My rhyming may be off, but you get the idea. I meant to post this sweet collection of Christmas cookie recipes on Thursday, but instead it's been sitting here just waiting to be shared with the world.

So here we go! Five cookies that would make for a perfect lil platter this Christmas season. These recipes cater to my cookie platter dreams: something chocolately, something savory, something almondy, something overly festive. It gets the job done!

Ginger Crinkles are the simple Christmas cookies you need

Ginger Crinkles are the simple Christmas cookies you need

These cookies take 10 minutes to make. No exaggeration. And you would never know it from how delightful they appear right out of the oven, all crinkly and sugary and brown.

I have about four cookie recipes that always make the Christmas cookie rotation every year, and this is one of them. They are simple but very flavorful, and even days later retain a nice chew without getting crumbly. They are perfect for dunking into morning coffee, which you will need if you also find yourself burning the midnight cookie oil every other weeknight in December. Ah, holiday times.

First Christmas cookie recipe of the season: Grandma's simple shortbread

First Christmas cookie recipe of the season: Grandma's simple shortbread

Hi, friends! It's been a while. It's that time of year. I am making it up to you by sharing a cookie recipe. My husband and I have already begun making Christmas cookies, and I have already begun my annual ritual of eating at least two per day. 

This is one of those recipes I make every year, because it holds a special place in my Christmas-loving heart. They are the cookies my Grandma Stark was famous for.