Gobble! Gobble! Our Favorite Holiday Recipes

The Holidays have finally arrived!  There are so many things we can give “Thanks” for this year; family, health, business and friends, but all of us here at Image wanted to take a moment to reflect on one of the most important parts of the holiday season… the food!

Pull up a seat at our table and find some inspiration this year… before fading off into that tryptophan coma…

Dena Howell’s Caramel Apple Martini

  • Vodka
  • Butterscotch Schnapps
  • Green Apple Pucker
  • Crushed Ice

Drizzle a martini glass with caramel, mix in a shaker 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz butterscotch schnapps & 1 oz pucker with the ice, shake and pour, garnish with a slice of apple.

Diana Mueller’s Quick & Yummy Mashed Potatoes

The taste of homemade mashed potatoes without all the work!

Serves 10

  • 2 packages Costco Mashed potatoes – cooked to package directions
  • ½ stickof Butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Garlic Salt to taste
  • 8 oz. chive cream cheese
  • Fresh Parsley

Combine all of the ingredients above and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve.

Paul Church’s Wild Rice Cranberry Stuffing
(courtesy: Woman’s Day)

My wife Zaleen and I make this every year – it’s a hit with our hodgepodge of guests!

http://www.womansday.com/recipefinder/wild-rice-cranberry-dressing-recipe-wdy1113

Scott Cornelius’ Sweet Potato Chipotle Gratin
(courtesy: Sunset Magazine)

This is one of our family’s favorites.  Enjoy!

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-chipotle-gratin-10000000659277/

Kelly Kucera’s Almost Famous Pumpkin Bread

I devised this recipe while watching the movie, Almost Famous, hence its namesake!

  • 1 stick unsalted butter (melted)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup dark rum (Captain Morgan)
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (Libby’s)
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 375°.  Melt butter in microwave.  Add sugar and mix until combined.  Add eggs, vanilla, milk, rum and pumpkin and mix until smooth.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Whisk together to remove any lumps.

Add flour mixture to wet ingredients a little at a time, mixing throughout.  Grease a 9×5” loaf pan with butter, including all sides and bottom.  Pour batter into loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Have a favorite recipe?  Tweet me @kellykucera.

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