Seasonal Sundays (Week 52) Christmas Week

A quick read, a just-before-Christmas edition filled with last-minute ideas for appetizers, Christmas morning and a not-to-miss winter salad. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. Happy Holidays to All!
Seasonal Sundays ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and ideas.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays!

Tis the season! The halls are decked, strings of street lights blink red and green, sweet singing in the choir. Snow is glistening and Jack Frost nips at our noses so the fire is so delightful. With any luck, Mommy’s kissing Santa Claus, we’ll all be home for Christmas and faithful friends will gather near. Soon enough, the night will fall silent, upon the midnight clear. We’ll hear the bells on Christmas morn, our finest gifts we’ll bring. Joy to the World!


Pick One is for those of us overwhelmed by life's unending choices. If that resonates, then check out this one recipe and then call it a day. It's one that I think could make the most difference, the one I hope will become a regular in your kitchen, as it is in mine.

Apple Yogurt Salad♥, a wintry salad, apples with Greek yogurt, tangerines, fresh mint and a touch of cardamon.

Winter salads are a special thing and this is one of my stand-by salads during the winter. Perfect for Christmas morning? Yes! A festive supper? Yes! Just because? You bet.

I always include pomegranate seeds, this is helpful, The Quick & Easy Way to Remove the Seeds from a Pomegranate.

Seasonal Showcase: Festive Holiday Appetizers

Smoked Salmon Spread, ♥, just smoked salmon plus a few pantry ingredients.

I'm plain bad at appetizers, it's not a skill that comes naturally. But over the years, I've collected recipes that suit: last-minute and make-ahead, mostly pantry ingredients, not too fussy and most of all, appreciated!

Ideas for Christmas Morning ...

Overnight Coffeecake ♥, easy, adaptable coffeecake recipe, mix it the night before, bake to serve hot and fresh in the morning.

I offer three simple pieces of advice for Christmas morning: make ahead, make ahead, make ahead.

Thinking Ahead to New Year's?

LOL I'm just trying to get through today, the day we host my husband's extended family, a wonderful annual tradition.

But I know some of you have it all together, here's a head start.

More for New Years ... next week.

Just Updated!

Gourmet Chocolate Mocha Cookies ♥, decadently chocolate-y, laced with espresso, almost like a brownie cookie or a fudge cookie. Wonderful with a glass of cold milk. Recipe, insider tips, nutrition & Weight Watchers points included.

Text Me Back!

I'd love to hear from you. Comment, send me a quick e-mail via, dot-dash in Morse code, build a fire for smoke signals, launch a message in a bottle, send a Christmas letter, whatever.

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Quick Suppers are Kitchen Parade favorites and feature recipes easy on the budget, the clock, the waistline and the dishwasher. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. If you make this recipe, I'd love to know your results! Just leave a comment below.

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Alanna Kellogg
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