I love the holiday season! One of the fondest memories I have growing up is Christmas baking with my mom and grandmother. The decadent aromas permeating our home brought forth pure joy, excited anticipation and a magical ambiance. Now, I create new memories with my family each festive season as we bake trusted and loved favorites and test-drive new recipes. I recently got a new cookbook, Best of Bridge Holiday Classics, that offers a heavenly collection of recipes for all special occasions, but especially Christmas.
Best of Bridge Holiday Classics has an alluring cover that will draw you in and beckon you to open its cover. As you do, you can almost smell the sweet, aromatic spices used to create many of the enclosed 225 recipes. It’s a trusted source of heartwarming and palate-pleasing recipes that leave you feeling all cozy inside. It has all the essentials we require for all our entertaining needs. I like that it features more than just desserts like some holiday cookbooks. It covers every meal, snack, and gift idea with an oh-so-very yummy recipe.
The beginning of the book has Sample Menus that guide us and help simplify choosing that perfect recipe for a Holiday Brunch, Buffet Party, Traditional Holiday Meal, A Snowy Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve Banquet, and Vegetarian Celebration. Or you can pour over and ponder each recipe and create your own spread.
I admit that with many cookbooks, I jump right to desserts or vegetarian recipes. But with this book, we savored every page, and every recipe, and tried envisioning how each would taste. We wanted to try all the recipes at once because they sounded so good. We actually ended up making a lot of them, but I’ll share some of my family’s very favorite ones, but I’ll warn you, you may salivate!
With a frosty nip in the air, coming home to a hot bowl of soup is very comforting. The Classic French Onion Soup is a meal that will thaw your loins and satisfy your tummy. It’s hearty and filled with lots of family-favorite ingredients. We actually used vegetable broth and the suggested tip to add more flavorful zing. The second time we made this soup, we used pumpernickel bread instead of baguette, and it turned out delicious, who knew? We really enjoyed making it as much as eating it!
The holidays are not the same without copious snacks, treats and sweets. I personally prefer to make more bars, cookies, and muffins, instead of having dishes of candy around. The Crazy Crunch is ideal for a munchie snack, it’s loaded with lots of nuts and popcorn that form into clusters of ooey-gooey ambrosial goodness. I also threw in a handful of organic raisins, you can add any dried fruit, nut or seeds for a variety of flavors. This recipe was by far the biggest hit in my home, everyone loves it. We’ve decided to make this recipe, put it in festive jars, and give it as a Christmas gift.
We also loved all the recipes for dips and spreads, my personal favorite is the Sun-Dried Tomato Dip. It tastes great with fresh veggies, chips, crackers, and pretzels. I seriously could go on and on about the scrumptious recipes included in this holiday-inspired cookbook.
Best of Bridge Holiday Classics is one of those books you’d rather buy for someone than loan it out. With this book in your home, it’s easy to create wholesome dishes, spread some festive cheer and create new fond memories. That’s what the holidays are all about! I absolutely recommend this book for all-year use, it’s awesome! HaPpY HoLiDaYs!
Disclaimer: I received products to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.