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Take pleasure in vacation cooking with FOX 13s favourite festive recipes

This vacation season, FOX 13 helps convey some cheer to your kitchen with a few of our favourite recipes.

Kelly Chapman’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

This bread is additional moist, loaded with pumpkin taste, and studded with chocolate chips. Serve barely heat with a smear of butter for a scrumptious seasonal deal with.

Kelly Chapman

Kelly Chapman’s Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
15 ounces (1 can) canned pumpkin
1/2 cup canola oil
2 massive eggs
1 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 levels. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the flour, brown sugar, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and baking powder to a big mixing bowl and whisk to mix.
  3. To a smaller bowl, add the pumpkin, oil, and eggs, Whisk nicely to mix.
  4. Pour the pumpkin combination into the dry elements and stir till simply mixed.
  5. Stir within the chocolate chips.
  6. Unfold the batter into the ready loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes or till a tester comes out clear.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes within the pan earlier than eradicating to a wire rack to chill fully

Ideas and Notes from Kelly
Retailer, tightly wrapped, on the counter for up 2 days or within the fridge for up 7 days. For longer storage, slice the bread and wrap individually. Retailer in a freezer bag for as much as 3 months. Thaw on the counter in a single day earlier than serving. To rewarm slices of bread, warmth within the microwave for 10 seconds.

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April Baker’s Pecan Stuffed Dates

For those who’re searching for a vacation appetizer that may please any crowd, look no additional!

8 oz. dates
30 pecan halves
10-12 bacon slices


  1. Preheat oven to 400 levels
  2. Stuff every date with a pecan half.
  3. Minimize each bit of bacon into 3 items and wrap one piece round every date. Safe with a toothpick
  4. Bake till bacon is crisp – about 12-Quarter-hour
  5. Drain grease and serve!

Damon Yauney’s Rum Balls

I normally eat greater than I cook dinner on the holidays! However right here is certainly one of my favorites that’s straightforward to make. Teetotalers beware, there’s no baking so the alcohol doesn’t cook dinner out!

2 cups vanilla wafers
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup rum, whiskey or brandy
Further powdered sugar for rolling


  1. Crush vanilla wafers into advantageous crumbs.
  2. Combine all elements nicely.
  3. Roll by teaspoonful in powdered sugar.
  4. Put in coated tin (plastic container, and many others.) and refrigerate. (No baking required!)

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Allison Croghan’s Pet Chow

I have been making this recipe since highschool. It is enjoyable across the holidays and even all 12 months spherical. We used to make it for one another every time we had a birthday at college. Regardless of the identify, it is for people solely – do not feed it to your canine! Retailer this in an hermetic container and you’ll want to not over-stir or smash all of the items. Take pleasure in!

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Allison Croghan

1 stick of butter
1 cup of creamy peanut butter
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 field of rice chex cereal (corn chex cereal will work, too!)
Powdered sugar
Giant bowl with a lid
Giant clear paper bag from the grocery retailer (one you’d carry groceries in)


  1. Soften the butter on the range prime. As soon as melted, combine within the peanut butter and chocolate chips and stir till all melted and creamy
  2. Pour chocolate combination over the chex within the massive bowl. Stir to ensure it is evenly coated
  3. Pour some powdered sugar into the paper bag, add the chocolate coated chex, and shake
  4. Add powdered sugar till you assume it is coated evenly

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Amy Nay’s Lime-Pear Jell-O Salad

That is my absolute favourite at household events and is initially from my Grandma Bonnie Nay. This one is so excellent for Christmas tree molds served individually – that is my favourite approach to serve it for vacation events.

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Amy Nay

2 – 6 ouncespackages of Lime Jell-O
2 Quarts of Pears
16 ouncescream cheese
2 pints whipping cream


  1. Drain your pears and put the two cups of the liquid from the jar right into a bowl
  2. Warmth 4 cups of liquid (your pear juice and a couple of cups of water)
  3. Dissolve gelatin and funky in fridge till syrupy.
  4. Mix collectively pears and cream cheese in blender. Then add to Jell-O till blended nicely.
  5. Whip the cream till it varieties tender peaks. Fold into combination, then pour into both a 9 x 13″ pan, a bowl or molds.
  6. Chill for at the least 8 hours then lower into squares or serve from bowl or current on a dish and embellish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

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Morgan Vance’s Apple Walnut Salad

This salad is at all times a should for us to stability out all of the heavy stuff at a vacation meal. You’ll be able to personalize this recipe to your liking by including extra of no matter elements you like. No actual measurements right here, simply no matter feels proper!

Romain lettuce or spinach
Honey Crisp or Gala apples
Pink onion
Feta cheese
Balsamic French dressing
Olive Oil


  1. Put your leafy greens of alternative in a bowl with chopped apples (the crisper the apple, the higher)
  2. Add as a lot pink onion as you want, add somewhat at a time till you get your required ratio
  3. Throw in some walnuts. Pumpkin or sunflower seeds are additionally nice additions
  4. Incorporate crumbled feta into the salad
  5. Add balsamic French dressing to your liking. You too can combine in some olive oil for some added taste.

Rhineer Household’s Inexperienced Bean Casserole

This tasty facet dish is Jeff Rhineer’s mother’s recipe! Serve it up along with your favourite entrée for a traditional vacation feast!

2 Tablespoons butter
2 cloves garlic minced
1/2 cup finely diced onion
8 oz. mushrooms diced
3 cups rooster broth
3 cups contemporary inexperienced beans
10 oz. can mushroom soup
1/4 cups Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Crispy Fried onion strips


  1. Saute garlic, onion and diced mushrooms in 2 Tablespoons of butter on the range
  2. Deliver rooster broth and inexperienced beans to a boil and cook dinner inexperienced beans till tender. Drain the broth, then place inexperienced beans in a baking dish
  3. Combine collectively mushroom soup, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and pour over the baking dish. Add within the garlic, onion and mushrooms from the range.
  4. Prime the casserole with crispy onion strips and bake at 350 levels for 20 minutes

Click on right here for a printable model of Morgan’s apple walnut salad and Jeff’s inexperienced bean casserole

Kerri Cronk’s Raspberry Cream Cheese Pie

This deliciously creamy pie is an effective way to finish any vacation meal!

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Kerri Cronk

Graham Cracker crust
8 ouncescream cheese
1-1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups contemporary raspberries
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons water


  1. Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1 cup of heavy cream and beat till fluffy
  2. Add remaining cup of cream and beat on excessive till thick.
  3. Pour combination on graham cracker crust and chill
  4. In a small sauce pan on the range, mix raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and water – convey the combination to a boil, then let it simmer for 3 minutes.
  5. Cool the raspberry preserves earlier than pouring them on prime of the pie.
  6. Maintain pie chilled and revel in!

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Jenny Hardman’s Charcuterie Board

I’m no chef and if you recognize me, you recognize cooking is a uncommon event at my home which is why charcuterie boards have turn into certainly one of my favourite issues. They’re a fantastic crowd pleaser plus they’re straightforward to assemble.

There’s no proper or fallacious purpose in relation to your board – assemble what you want and group issues collectively nevertheless they greatest match and are visually pleasing. I like to make use of small bowls for issues which might be free and can fall off or objects which may be somewhat messy.

For Thanksgiving and events the place meat is the primary occasion I sometimes don’t embrace cured meats on my board. I love to do fruits and veggies, nuts, popcorn, snacks, cheese, and many others. For events with out a major meat I add an assortment of cured meats.

Be happy to succeed in out to me on social media, @jennyhardmantv. Cheers and have enjoyable along with your board creations!

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Jenny Hardman

Ben Winslow’s Simple Egg Nog

Want somewhat somethin’ to get you thru the stress of the vacation season? I don’t actually cook dinner, so this can be a very easy recipe.

Egg Nog (no matter model or taste you need)
Bourbon (once more, any model you want will do)


  1. Purchase your favourite seasonal egg nog
  2. Combine in your bourbon of alternative with the egg nog to your style. No actual measurements right here, strive somewhat at a time till you get your required taste. Joyful Holidays!

Have a contented vacation season and revel in cooking a few of FOX 13’s favourite recipes! For those who strive any of those recipes, you’ll want to ship us a photograph or tag us on social media!

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