It is no mystery that much of the pleasure we draw from customs and traditions associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas depends on them going away for the rest of the year. You don’t see Christmas lights around in April, for instance, and you’re not eating pumpkin pie in May. Thanksgiving and Christmas have managed to escape some of the numbing cycle of availability and overexposure that plague other beautiful things—such as strawberries and tomatoes—by making themselves scarce.
Like the cherished holiday ornaments and decorations we forget after Christmas—only to be surprised and delighted when we unpack them again—holiday recipes, too, have a way of fading from consciousness. As in, “Oh, look! Here is that iced fig bar recipe I haven’t made in years!” Recently, we had a similar experience clicking through the recipes on our website. It was like déjà vu all over again. We found a whole bunch of recipes just perfect for the holidays. So let us reach into the stocking of Christmas past and pull forth some favorites. These are by no means strictly “day of” or “eve” offerings. They are also informal office potluck, party dress cocktail soirée, small family dinner, and big noisy bash.
Take a scroll down the page. A click on an image takes you to its recipe.