Christmas Favorites: Pookie’s Christmas Ice Cream Cake

I was raised in a family that loves tradition, especially when it comes to the Christmas holidays. Our house was trimmed with a giant, real Douglas fir tree, colorful Christmas decorations could be found in every corner, and throughout the season my mother would play Christmas records every morning to wake us up for school.…
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Christmas Dinner: Succulent Prime Rib Roast

Herb-Encrusted Prime Rib Roast is the perfect main course for Christmas Dinner (or any dinner, in our opinion). Succulent and full of flavor, prime rib always makes a statement. Several years ago, we made a bone-in prime rib roast for Christmas, but have since followed the advice from our local butcher at Meats by John…
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Christmas Favorites: Tony’s Norwegian Meatballs

When you’re married to one Sicilian, and mother to another, it’s easy to become infected by their passion for all things Italian. In fact, I often refer to myself as an I.B.M. – Italian by Marriage. But my grandfather, Don Mathison, was 100% Norwegian and proud of it, and every now and then we find…
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Christmas Favorites: Peppermint Bark

Peppermint Bark is the very first treat we make to kick off the holiday baking season, and Gio and I have been making it together since he was two years old, just like my mom did when I was growing up. This is a great recipe to try with kids as it’s easy, affordable, and…
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A Christmas Favorite: Apple Sausage Breakfast Wreath

Christmas Brunch is one of our family’s favorite holiday traditions, and this Apple Sausage Breakfast Wreath is always a crowd pleaser. It’s beautifully festive, easy to make, and delicious… and today it’s also our featured Christmas Favorite. We first shared this recipe in our weekly newspaper column in The Forum back in December, 2013, and…
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