Christmas magic isn't coming through that chimney. You'll need to make your own in the kitchen. But the best holiday recipes aren't necessarily complicated, they're just soul-warming.
So first, check out the five foods that could ruin Christmas -- you need to know what to avoid. After that, you can get down to the business of making the food that will save your Christmas.
5. Hot Chocolate/Drinking Chocolate. It's Christmas morning and you've got a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows slowly melting on top. It's one of the finest breakfasts of the year.
4. Parker House Rolls. Light and fluffy, it's the part of the steak house that even vegetarians can enjoy. In this case, you will certainly want to fill up on bread.
3. Shortbread Cookies. These aren't ageless butter cookies in a tin. Shortbread is crumbly and sweet. Even better, you probably only need to buy cake flour, you'll have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry.
2. Indian Pudding. A staple in the Northeast that hasn't migrated to the Midwest. Indian Pudding is a creamy mixture of cornmeal, milk, molasses, corn syup, ginger and butter. This dessert dates back to colonial times and is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
1. Shatto's Pumpkin Spice Eggnog. The pumpkin pie in a glass bottle debuted last year, along with the dairy's line of cheese. It's a holiday flavor available only for a limited time. Shatto just started selling pour spouts, so you can drink straight from the bottle.
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