Ode to Christmas Past Recipes

Ode to Christmas Past Recipes

Food & Drink

Ode to Christmas Past Recipes


With Thanksgiving done, it’s never too early to start thinking about menus for your holiday meals and events. It’s a busy season and we thought we’d give you a head start with some of our favorites from years’ past—before we move into this year’s 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and A Hallmark Christmas.

These recipes cover the full rage of entree, sides and, of course, desserts. Make the adults’ table as fun as the kids’ table this year!

Smoked Ham with Country Apple Butter Glaze

Smoked Ham with Country Apple Butter Glaze//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

This impressive Appalachian-inspired smoked ham is slow-roasted wrapped tightly in foil for tender juicy ham, and then finished with a rich savory-sweet basting glaze made with ham drippings reduced to a sticky-sweet glaze simmered with apple cider, Dijon mustard, apple butter and brown sugar.  Recipe here.

Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans
Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans

Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

Refrigerator Pickled Green Beans are the perfect antidote to a rich ham dinner. These crunchy pickled green beans add a craveable tangy-sweet flavor note to our Appalachian Christmas dinner menu. This recipe makes two pints, which is enough for a crowd or several small gatherings.

Fried Potatoes and Onions with Thyme
Fried Potatoes and Onions with Thyme

Fried Potatoes and Onions with Thyme//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

Fried Potatoes and Onions with Thyme are just the difference you need when considering potatoes for the holidays. This goes perfectly with a ham dinner, and is a beautiful skillet dish. For leftovers, if there are any, throw in some of your ham and make it a main dish. Recipe here.

Maple Bacon Fried Apples

Maple Bacon Fried Apples//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

Maple Bacon Fried Apples with Cranberries conjure up images of iron skillets and the smells of savory bacon mixed with sweet and tart Granny Smith Apples. You’ll be glad you gave it a try! Recipe here.

Baking Powder Biscuits

Butter and Baking Powder Biscuits//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

The key to making featherlight biscuits is minimal handling of the flaky, crumbly dough. They’re unbelievably easy to make, bake in minutes and are a perfect addition to a hearty breakfast, savory dinner or an afternoon snack. Recipe here.

Christmas Plum Pudding

Plumb Pudding//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

This plum pudding has been a popular holiday dish going back to the days of Charles Dickens and Ebenezer Scrooge. This Christmas plum pudding makes a delightful holiday dessert, putting you in the mood to go out caroling. Recipe here.

Norwegian Butter Cookies

Norwegian Butter Cookies//Photo: Lance Mellenbruch

A crisp fragile buttery cookie sprinkled with powdered sugar makes this a family favorite for the holidays. Recipe here.

Watch for many more recipes coming your way to help you put your best foot forwforover the holidays.




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