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Cardamom Ice Cream

Every year I scour through the recipes blogs, magazines, cookbooks, and look at the backs of boxes to find the best recipes for all of my holiday cooking. Then each Sunday Dinner in November, I start pulling out the recipes and practice making the dishes ahead of time so I know what to expect and I have good feedback from my own food critics.

Here are 5 of my favorite holiday recipes that always wow my guests.  These are recipes that are easy to pack up and bring to a holiday potluck or serve at your own special gathering.

Holiday Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes


These are a holiday favorite with a twist. Everyone loves cupcakes. They are easy to take to parties, lovely to stack and serve at home, and they don't take a lot of skill in the baking department.

These are easy to modify to give a little more or a little less spice.  You know what your family and friends will like.  Make it your own blend.

Chermoula Salmon

Chermoula Salmon

The holidays aren't limited to turkey or roasts.  These days a good salmon dish makes the headlines in my family.  I love this recipe from Piquant Post! This recipe for a Moroccan inspired pan-seared salmon teaches you the technique of pan-basting for faster cooking and for achieving a crispy layer on juicy fish. Serve over a bed of lightly dressed mixed greens or grains with plenty of lemon on the side.

Zesty Caramelized Carrots

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These carrots have been made so many times in my house.  Sometimes spicey and sometimes sweeter, depending on what I'm serving them with.  We always love the fresh baby carrots from the farmers market when we can get them.

They are always beautiful and wow my guests.  You can use lovely multicolored carrots for even more wow factor!

Green Beans with Shallot Vinaigrette


The same mushy green bean casserole year after year? No thanks!  This crunchy blend can be served hot or cold.  Take it to the potluck or serve it at your own gathering.  Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and oh so yummy!

Cardamom Ice Cream

Cardamom Ice Cream

Living in Seattle, trendy little ice cream shops are everywhere. Salt and Straw, BlueBird, Laughing Goat.  Cardamom ice cream is a favorite in these craft-made boutique shops. So I was thrilled to find this great recipe from Raw Spice Bar for making it at home and making enough to share with my holiday guests too!

What do you think about this collection?  Which ones will you try?  Do you have a special recipe you would like to share?

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