Dec 192012

A Week in the Kitchen with Carol

IMG_1575cropMerry Christmas, everyone! I am hosting Christmas this year. I’m excited to spend time with my family. The outside decorations are done. The tree is up and decorated. Now the menu planning begins.

We are having brunch this year – so much fun! I still plan on serving a ham but we’ll have some breakfast recipes along with some of the traditional lunch recipes. Here’s my menu so far:

Grandma’s Cinnamon Rolls (from the Big Book of Freezer Cooking)
Spiral Sliced Ham with a Spicy Honey Glaze
Broccoli and Ham Frittata
French Toast Casserole (from the Big Book of Freezer Cooking)
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries
Steamed Broccoli
Crispy, Cheesy Potatoes (from the Members area)
Fresh Fruit Salad
Homemade Baguettes

This year I am also going to make some edible table decorations. I usually use candles and flowers but I thought it would be fun to try something different this year. I am so exited to try these out.

Fruit Trees


This little Santa is so cute. I think they will put a smile on the face of all the little ones visiting. Click here if you would like to make some for your Christmas celebration:



Bonus Recipes

Here’s two new recipes that I will be making for our family’s Christmas Day gathering! Enjoy!

IMG_1623Broccoli and Ham Frittata

This is a nice change from a regular Vegetable Frittata. I like the broccoli and ham combination. When make this recipe I use turkey ham, skim milk and 2% reduced fat cheddar cheese. It turns out great!


2012-11-22 16.22.25Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Cranberries

This recipe is a new family favorite! I got this recipe from my good friend Dave Herrington. When you cook the Brussels Sprouts in the apple juice and add the cranberries and bacon, they take on a whole new flavor. They’re not your every day side dish anymore!

Closing Comments from Carol

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas. Enjoy the recipes!

Do you have any recipes that you would like to share? I’d love to try and share them with everyone. You can post your recipes on the 30 Day Gourmet Facebook® fan page or click here to send me an email. Or do you have any other topics that you would like me to cover? Click here to send me an email. I enjoy hearing from you!

Have fun in your kitchen!


Carol Santee

Carol is the co-author of the Big Book of Freezer Cooking and the author of 30 Day Gourmet’s Slow Cooker Freezer Favorites, Freezer Lunches To Go and Healthy Freezer Cooking eBooks. She is a computer information specialist and works for a computer software company.

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