Holiday dinner recipes for an Old-Fashioned Christmas

by Melinda

These two recipes are packed with flavor that simply can’t be found in a can. And although you’ll spend a bit more time preparing these Christmas dinner recipes … you and your family will be happy you did.


Christmas is about the memories we create as much as anything. And taking a few extra minutes to create mouth-watering dishes for the holiday meal is a big part of making precious memories.

Why not recruit some help while you’re preparing these dishes? After all, the kitchen is one of the favorite places for the family gather. Make Christmas memories while cooking.

If you’re ready for a shift from the standard green bean casserole (which I love, by the way), here’s another simple way to fix delicious green beans:

Pearl Onions to Bedeck Green Beans

After you peel 1 cup of the tiniest white onions, pierce the ends crisscross — it keeps them from coming apart while they cook. Simmer them gently in salted water for 10 minutes. Drain.

Place 2 packages frozen cut green beans in saucepan; join the onions to their emerald companions. Cook together in boiling salted water 8-10 minutes for a courtly blend of flavors, and only 70 calories per serving.

I’ve just shared a recipe with you that’s more ART than anything else. Not because it’s difficult to make, but because it tastes so darn good. I mean downright yummy. And it’s easier on the waistline too.

Next comes a Christmas (or Thanksgiving) cranberry relish recipe that puts others to shame.

Cranberry Relish

1 pound cranberries
2 oranges, cut up
1 cup sugar
1¼ cups light com syrup
2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½teaspoon cloves
1 cup blanched almonds, slivered
1/3 cup diced candied ginger

Force cranberries and oranges through your food chopper, using a medium blade. Add remaining ingredients, and mix well. Store in refrigerator. Let stand several hours before using to blend flavors. Makes 6 cups.

There you have it. Two unique recipes from days-gone-by to make your holiday dinner more memorable than ever. Find more old-fashioned Christmas recipes plus traditions, stories and games in the premium edition, Olde-Time Christmas Crafts, Games & RecipesA lot of love went into it.

One more thing. Halloween is only two days away. Here’s a post I wrote last year with a touch of fun for Halloween.

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