Four Holiday Side Dishes {Roundup}

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Holiday Side Dishes

Planning your holiday menu can be stressful because you don’t want to serve the same meats and side dishes over and over again, but you also want to serve some of your tried and true favorites. If you’re still struggling with holiday side dishes, our Social Fabric® Community members have shared some of their favorites with us and we’re happy to pass them along to you just in time for your Christmas feast.

  • Dress up your table with simple yet elegant Serrano Ham Wrapped Asparagus. Yoly from Savvy Mujer serves these up as either an appetizer at her holiday parties or as a holiday side dish with their meal.
  • Combine two traditional holiday side dishes into amazing Mashed Potato Stuffing Balls this holiday season. This holiday recipe from Michele at Just 2 Sisters is perfect for your Christmas dinner and would work perfectly to use up your holiday leftovers after the fact.
  • If you’re looking for something unique and healthy, this Pear and Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash recipe is exactly what you’re looking for. Kat from A Mom’s Impression walks you through this easy recipe idea step by step!
  • If you’re convinced you want to stick with a traditional meal, we highly recommend you follow this recipe for Perfect Mashed Potatoes from Becca at It’s Yummi. This recipe delivers perfect and creamy mashed potatoes every time!

We hope you enjoyed these recipes and we encourage you to try them all. If you liked these holiday side dish recipes, you might want to visit our Holiday Recipe section for more inspiration for your holiday meal. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you never miss a delicious recipe. Happy holidays!

Nothing Says Christmas Quite Like Cranberries {Roundup}

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Christmas Cranberries

Christmas Cranberries are a tradition this holiday season and these 4 mouth-watering cranberry recipes are just what you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking to make your own homemade cranberry sauce with a fruity twist or looking for a great breakfast idea with your favorite Christmas fruit, our Social Fabric® Community Members have you covered. Even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy these flavorful cranberry sides!

  • This Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce recipe from Melissa at How Does Your Garden Grow is sure to be a hit this holiday season. Packed with fruity goodness, this sweet side dish is sure to thrill your family and dinner guests.
  • Spice things up at the holiday dinner table with this Homemade Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Zinfandel recipe from Amy at the Savvy Saving Couple. This sweet and spicy mix will become a new family favorite for sure.
  • Sara from Major Hoff Takes a Wife swears that her quick and easy, make-ahead cranberry sauce is the Best Cranberry Sauce ever. After reading through the recipe and seeing the pictures, we can’t say we disagree. It even works great on your breakfast bagel!
  • Give your holiday guests a treat with this Cranberry Butter recipe from Danelle at Let’s Dish! Why butter your bread or biscuits with boring old butter when you can add this kind of flavor to your meal?

We hope you enjoyed these fruity and flavorful Christmas Cranberries holiday recipes. If you loved these ideas, be sure to check out our other Holiday Recipes for even more ways to make your holiday season perfect. And don’t miss a thing. Subscribe to our newsletter to receive a recipe a day delivered right to your inbox. Happy holidays!

How To Open a Coconut with One Tool

How to open a Coconut

How To Open A Coconut With One Tool

We’re rolling out a tip of the week series and this is our first Tip of the Week! Opening a coconut has frightened me for some time! I went on YouTube and Googled, “How To Open A Coconut” and found a few different videos. But the easiest way I found was pulling out the chef knife in my kitchen. Seriously, that is the only tool you need!…

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Unique Ideas for Your Holiday Meals {Roundup}

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Every year during the holidays, we all work hard on our menus for the big feasts ahead. If you’re tired of the same turkey or ham dishes year after year, these main dish ideas from some of our Social Fabric® members may just be the answer you’ve been looking for. These four unique ideas for your holiday meals are sure to make this year’s feasts shine above the rest.

  • If your family and guests do want a traditional turkey, but you’re looking for way to make a more flavorful recipe with a twist this year, this Oven Roasted Turkey Breast from Adriana’s Best Recipes is the recipe you’ll want to turn to. The flavorful glaze locks in the juices and this poultry dish will make their taste buds dance with pleasure.
  • If you’re looking for something totally new and different, you’ll want to try this Pernil (Roast Pork Puerto Rican Style) from Yoly at Savvy Mujer. This traditional Puerto Rican dish is packed with flavor and perfect for your holiday meal.
  • If you enjoy Latina flavors, give your turkey a makeover and serve up Adriana’s Turkey Fajitas recipe. These are easy to make, packed with protein and vegetables, and are sure to be a hit at your holiday dinner table.
  • Serve up your holiday meal with an Italian flair. This Turkey Tetrazinni recipe from Amiyrah at Four Hats and Frugal is a great idea for your holiday meal or to use up the leftover turkey from a traditional meal. It’s a one-skillet meal so clean up is a breeze!

We hope you enjoy these unique holiday meal ideas. If you’d like to see more recipes like these, be sure to visit our Dinner section. Like what you see? Don’t miss a thing! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive a free recipe per day right in your inbox. Enjoy and happy holidays!

4 Easy Holiday Dessert Recipes {Roundup}

holiday desserts, easy dessert ideas By now, you’re probably finalizing your menu for Christmas and already thinking about what you’ll be serving up at your New Year’s Eve Party this year. If you’re still stumped on a unique dessert recipe, our Social Fabric® community members have some easy holiday dessert recipes for you. The key to a stress-free holiday is in keeping things simple. These four dessert recipes are easy to make and absolutely delicious. You’ll enjoy the ease of these recipes, and your guests will be thrilled with the results.

  • Karly’s Easy Raspberry Scones will delight the palette with the taste of sweet raspberry filling covered in a tangy lime glaze. This recipe is so simple, no one will believe you made the dough in less than 5 minutes. This is one dessert recipe that you have to try!
  • Your guests won’t be able to get enough of Julie’s Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls so you better make plenty. These goodies only require a few ingredients and they are so easy to whip up. They make the perfect treat for your loved ones, or to give away as gifts.
  • Julie is a cheesecake lover so she was super excited when her Easy Cheesecake Rollups with Cinnamon and Sugar turned out so well. If you love cheesecake, you’ll love these too and so will your guests!
  • Instead of serving up a hot pie after a heavy Christmas dinner, why not serve up something sweet and icy like Censie’s Cranberry Ice? This simple dessert recipe is one of her family’s traditions and we’re sure that after you try it once, you’ll continue this tradition in your home too!

Whether you’re starting new traditions or just looking for an easy dessert recipe, we’re sure at least one of these is perfect for you. If you love these dessert recipes and would like to see more like them, be sure to visit our Desserts section, like us on Facebook, and join in on the conversation in our Google+ Community. Happy holidays!

Bacon-Wrapped, Smoked Tenderloin for the Holidays

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We’re full swing into the holiday season and by now, we’re all pretty tired of turkey. Why serve up another bird for your Christmas dinner when you can wow them with a tender and flavorful smoked bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin? Smoking a tenderloin is actually a lot less time intensive than cooking a stuffed turkey because you literally prepare it, wrap it, put it on the grill or smoker, and leave it alone for four hours and it’s ready to be devoured. That gives you plenty of time to fix your sides, relax, and just enjoy some time with friends and family while the meal cooks itself.

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This recipe is highly customizable because you can use whatever spices you’d like or your favorite rub. But the key to this recipe’s success is in the preparation. Tenderloin has a tendency to be a dry or tough meat if not prepared properly. But this tenderloin will never be dry and you can cut the meat with a fork. It’s that moist and tender.

Smoked Bacon-Wrapped Tenderloin
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • 1 high-quality cut pork tenderloin (4-5 lbs)
  • 5 strips bacon
  • 2 jalapenos (deseeded and cut in halves)
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 tbsp rub or seasoning of choice (more or less to taste)
  1. Heat charcoal in your grill until the temperature is between 190-210 degrees, then add hickory chips to the coals.
  2. Place your tenderloin on a large sheet of tinfoil and rub 2 tbsp of olive oil on the meat.
  3. Cover the entire cut (as heavy or light as you'd like) with your spices of choice.
  4. Weave your bacon over the tenderloin.
  5. Place the sliced jalapenos on top (optional if you like the added heat).
  6. Pour one more tbsp olive oil over the whole thing and cover completely with the tinfoil.
  7. Smoke on your grill or smoker for 4 hours at 190-210 degrees (never let it get under 190 or over 210, add wood chips to maintain temperature).
  8. Important Note: The internal meat temperature must reach a minimum of 145°F.

This meat pairs well with potatoes, corn, salad, and just about any other side you were already planning on serving for Christmas. Skip the traditional hams and turkeys for this Texas-Style Christmas meal. Your family will thank you and it will likely become your new tradition too. Happy holidays!

Really Homemade Italian Marinara and Turkey Meatballs {Low Sodium Recipe}

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Italian food is one of my guilty pleasures. I’m not a big eater and I’m incredibly picky. But toss a good plate of pasta with an amazingly flavorful sauce or a pizza my way, and I tend to eat until I’m ready to pop. But canned sauces and restaurant foods are loaded with sodium and a bunch of ingredients I can’t say, let alone spell. Those aren’t the things that I want to put in my body (in mass quantities), or into the bodies of my family. For that reason, I make all of my sauces from scratch. This Low Sodium Marinara and Meatballs over Angel Hair Pasta is a family favorite….

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Low Sodium Turkey Fiesta Soup

Turkey Fiesta Soup

If you’re like the rest of us, you’ve got leftover turkey coming out of every corner of your refrigerator. Want to give that tired old turkey a new twist? This low-sodium, heart-healthy recipe for Turkey Fiesta (Taco) Soup is simple to make and no one will complain about eating leftovers again! This soup takes about 10 minutes to prepare and you can let it simmer in the Crock Pot all day to let the flavors combine or you can cook it on the stove top for an even quicker meal that your family will love….

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10 Holiday Cookie Recipe Roundup

Holiday Cookie Recipe Roundup It’s a Holiday Cookie Recipe Roundup to share with family and friends! Are you getting into the holiday spirit with cookie sharing parties? Maybe you are hosting your very first party? Our Social Fabric® Community members are getting into the spirit of the holidays and sharing their cookie recipes with you! Maybe you’re giving at a local church function or your kids are in need of holiday treats to share with the class. No matter the occasion, we have you covered. Here are ten holiday cookie recipes you are going to want to prepare for family and friends

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Holiday Appetizers Roundup

Holiday Appetizer Roundup

It’s December and that means holiday parties galore. You’ll likely be attending office, neighborhood, or family parties, and you might even be hosting one of your own. Parties are all about good company, good times, and definitely good food. Whether it’s a sit down dinner party or just a casual gathering of family and friends, you’re going to need appetizers. If you’re looking for easy, different, and absolutely delicious holiday appetizer ideas for your next holiday party, you’ve come to the right place. We asked our Social Fabric® Community members to share some of their best appetizer recipes with us and the submissions made our mouths water. Here are 7 of our favorites that we wanted to share with you!…

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