First Course - Appetizers:
Appetizers served before dinner in living room
Tom and Jerrys
This is a wonderful recipe. It is a Christmas tradition for my family.
Cranberry Salsa Dip with Cream Cheese
Cranberry Holiday Spread
What could be easier and more delightful than a shrimp cocktail to start off your meal?
If it is crab season, substitute fresh crab for the shrimp in this dish.
Third Course - Salad:
My all-time favorite salad is the Caesar Salad. To many, including myself, this is the King of salads.
Following is my delicious low-fat version of Caesar Salad. I promise you that your guests will never know the difference!
I make this low-fat and easy-to-make version all the time. I serve this salad with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
Low Fat Caesar Salad Recipe
Fourth Course - Palate Cleanser:
This granita would be refreshing and delicious served during Christmas dinner.
Lemon Rosemary Sorbet
Another delicious and refreshing sorbet to serve your guests.
Fifth Course - Main Course:
Classic Prime Rib
My family loves prime rib, and it has become our traditional Christmas dinner every years.
Trifolato in Italian comes from the name for truffle in dialect "trifola," and means prepared like a truffle, that is, cooked
with garlic and parsley in olive oil. I adapted this from an old Italian recipe. My husband and I really like these mushrooms.
Imagine - perfect popovers that never fail! The addition of baking powder is the secret to this recipe.
Sixth Course - Dessert Course:
of your choice:
Old-Fashioned Mincemeat Pie
This has been my favorite holiday pie since I was a little girl. My grandmother, Mabel Myers, used to make her own
Pecan Pie -
Chocolate Pecan Pie -
Fig Pecan Pie -
Pecan Praline Pie
The only way these delicious pecan pies could be better tasting is to serve it warm and top with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Fantastic Lemon Meringue Pie>
This lemon meringue pie is exceptional.
It wouldn't be Christmas without a plate of some of your family's favorite Christmas cookies.
Christmas Cookie Recipes
Bar, drop, molded, rolled & chocolate cookies.
Secrets To Making Perfect Cookies
Everything you ever wanted to know about cookies (such as history, types of cookies, how to mail, etc.)
How To Have A Successful Holiday Cookie Exchange or Cookie Swap
The cookie exchange or cookie swap tradition has been around for many years.
Etiquette, Entertaining, and Party Planning Help
Learn how to cook the
Perfect Prime Rib.
Check out all of Linda's
Beef Recipes using various cuts of beef.
Cooking With Wine
Dining Etiquette Guide - Restaurant and Dinner Party Manners and Etiquette.
Check out all of Linda's wonderful
Dinner Party Menus (includes recipes)
Simple Rules for Planning a Dinner Party
Buffet & Party Safety -
Organizing Your Buffet Supper
What is a Recipe? - Learn how to follow a recipe, why some recipes do not work, and about Mise en Place
Appetizer Recipes - Hors d' oeuvres, Starters, Amuse-Bouche, and Snacks
Appetizer Hints - How many appetizers to make for your party?
Food Safety Pages. Check them out!
Buffet and Party Safety
Also includes what to do if your guests have been delayed at least an hour
Golden Rules of Food Safety
IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! If you have any question in your mind about the freshness or safety of eating a food product,
throw it out. It is better to be safe than sorry!
Picnic Safety Tips
There is nothing more American than the picnic. Picnics can take on many forms, such as the community picnic, friends and neighbors, tailgate parties, or
ball games. There is also one sure thing at every picnic-lots of good food. The important point is to have safe and healthy food, not food that can
cause food borne illness. Always prepare and store food properly.
Summer Safety Tips
Summer is the time for barbecues and picnics. The biggest party crasher at summer picnic and buffets is food borne bacteria. You can't see them
and you can't taste them, but you sure can feel them if illness occurs hours or days later.