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Favorite Christmas Cookies

Christmas Cookie Recipes
Over 100 favorite family cookie recipes.

Secrets To Making Perfect Cookies
Everything you ever wanted to know about making cookies. Remember, If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right!


Holiday Parties

Thinking about hosting a holiday dinner party or an Holiday Open House this year?

Dinner Party Menus and Recipes

Holiday Open House Menu Ideas

Make-Ahead Holiday Brunch and lots of recipes for Brunch Dishes

Dining Etiquette Guide

Restaurant and Dinner Party Manners and Etiquette

Simple Rules For Planning A Dinner Party

Organizing Your Buffet Supper - Planning Ahead Creates a Great Gathering

Favorite Holiday Beverages

Tom and Jerry BatterTom and Jerry Batter
This is a wonderful recipe, and it is a Christmas tradition for my family.

Mexican Egg Nog (Rompope)Mexican Egg Nog (Rompope)
This is a favorite holiday drink in Mexico, and since Rompope is strong and sweet, it is meant to be sipped in small glasses.

Irish CoffeeIrish Coffee
It might sound like an ancient recipe, but Irish coffee was a 20th Century invention. Learn the history of this spirited coffee and how it is made. Check out the easy-to-make authentic recipe.

Holiday Appetizers

Cheese PlatterLet the festivities begin with these tasty appetizers!

Check out my favorite Appetizer Recipes. Lots of appetizer recipes from easy-to-make to gourmet.

Appetizer Hints
How many appetizers to make for your party.

Vegetarian Appetizers



Perfect Prime Rib Roast (Standing Rib Roast)

Learn how to cook the Perfect Prime Rib Roast for your Christmas dinner this year.

perfect prime rib roast

What is a Prime Rib Roast?

A tender cut of beef taken from the rib primal. A Prime Rib Roast is also often referred to as "Standing Rib Roast." It is very tender, flavorful, and expensive. A slice of uncooked prime rib roast is really a "rib steak" which includes the "rib eye" portion.

A full prime rib/standing rib roast is seven (7) ribs, close to 15 pounds, and enough to feed a crowd of 14 or more people (depending on how big of eaters they are). The term "standing" means the bones are included in the roast, thus the roast can stand by itself. A rib roast comprises of seven ribs starting from the shoulder (chuck) down the back to the loin.

au just juiceBeef Au Jus - Au Jus Beef Juice
Au Jus is a French term meaning "with juice." The term is used to describe the serving of meat, most often prime rib roast, surrounded in or served with a container of the natural juices that were produced as drippings while the meat was being cooked.

Yorkshire Pudding

Yorkshire Pudding
A traditional English side dish to Prime Rib Roast is Yorkshire Pudding, a puffy pop-over like pastry made with the hot drippings from the cooked prime rib.

Southwest/Mexican Christmas:

Mexican Americans and others have put their own gastronomical twist on Christmas meals.
These are some of the foods many consider a Christmas meal in the Southwest. Check out more great Southwest Recipes.


Biscochitos/Bizcochitos - Anise Seed Cookies

Tamales - How To Make Tamales

Enchiladas (Rolled Enchiladas)

Menudo - Mexican Tripe Soup

Bunuelos- Mexican Style Doughnuts - Buņuelos are served for numerous festive occasions and celebrations, from Christmas and Thanksgiving, to birthdays and baptisms.


Biscochitos - Anise Seed Cookies - Usually every Christmas gathering in New Mexico serves these wonderful cookies. As the Original Mexican Wedding Cookie, these gourmet treats were cut in the diamond shape because the diamond signified purity for the wedding.


Tamales - Though not “native” to New Mexico, tamales have been adopted by the state and are very popular. Numerous adaptations have been made on the basic tamale, including vegetarian tamales, chicken tamales, and even chocolate tamales.


Enchiladas were a typical ranch house food early on, replicating the Mexican kitchen’s custom of almost always having food on the stove. There may be as many ways to prepare enchiladas as there are ideas about where they originated.

Enchiladas - Rolled Enchiladas

Enchiladas with Green Sauce

Mexican Tripe Soup (Menudo) - Menudo is a traditional Mexican Christmas recipe featuring tripe, hominy and spices. I have been told there is an old wives tale about how menudo can cure a hangover. 

Great cooks use a Cooking Thermometer as their guide - NOT a clock.

Internal Temperature Cooking Charts - meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and casseroles

A cooking or meat thermometer should not be a sometime thing. A cooking thermometer can be used for all foods, not just meat. It measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, breads, baked goods, and/or casseroles to assure that a safe temperature has been reached and that harmful bacteria (like certain strains of Salmonella and E. Coli O 157:H7) has been destroyed. Foods are properly cooked only when they are heated at a high enough temperature to kill harmful bacteria that cause food-borne illness. Use it every time you prepare foods like beef, pork, poultry, roasts, hams, casseroles, meat loaves, egg dishes, and even your baked goods. If you don't regularly use a thermometer, you should get into the habit of using one.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, internal temperature is the only way to gauge whether food is sufficiently cooked. USDA research reveals that the "color test" can give consumers misleading information about the safety of the foods they are preparing, since cooked color varies considerably. For example, freezing and thawing may influence a meat's tendency to brown prematurely.


Cooking and Meat ThermometerLearn how to read and use an Internal Meat and Cooking Thermometer.

Cooking thermometers take the guesswork out of cooking, as they measures the internal temperature of your cooked meat, poultry, seafood, baked goods, and/or casseroles, to assure that a safe temperature has been reached, harmful bacteria have been destroyed, and your food is cook perfectly.






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