Santa’s North Pole Cookbook, an International Delight {with Giveaway}

by Michelle M

With Christmas fast approaching, I am searching for something different to make that will maybe become a tradition in our house or maybe just be a fun conversation piece. Couple my love of cookbooks with this obsession to always have something new to cook, and I’m digging Santa’s North Pole Cookbook: Classic Christmas Recipes from Saint Nicholas Himself by Jeff Guinn.

The book is a small paperback that doesn’t just include recipes for unique Christmas dishes from around the world from the North Pole to Sweden to Ghana. I will fully admit that I would never make every recipe in this book, such as the Capitone Fritto from Italy (Festive Fried Eel) or Kutya from Poland (wheat porridge). I’m ok with that though because I never make any recipe in any cookbook I own. There are over 70 holiday recipes in this cookbook, plenty for anyone to find some they just can’t wait to try.

Part of the fun of cookbooks for me is looking at what options are out there and how various chefs have put together flavor combinations so that I can later use those inspirations in my own cooking. I’m intrigued with the use of poppy seeds with walnuts and honey in the Kutya, for example, and may use that in another dish down the line.

This cookbook doesn’t have any photos of the dishes, which is something I greatly love in cookbooks, but it has some of my favorite other characteristics. Many of the dishes specify what they go well with, so you know to make the Kissel (cranberry puree) with the roast goose or turkey or Christmas Fufu (mashed yams) pairs nicely with Doro Wat (also in the book) or any other poultry dish. The recipes also include how long they take to prep and cook, along with how many they serve – definitely handy bits of info to know.

But I think my favorite part of this book is actually the stories behind each recipe. Before the ingredients and directions begin, each recipe has information on its origin, as well as much of the traditions of the country where it originated. I find that information fascinating, as I always love to know the story behind each recipe. There are also “Lars Says” tips for just about every recipe from Lars, the official North Pole chef. He has hints about how to make recipes turn out and other tidbits of information interspersed to make the cookbook even more interesting and useful.

As for me, you’ll know it’s my house come Christmas morning when you can smell the Varm Rökt Lax Med Smör (hot smoked salmon with savory butter). We just might have to put our holiday plum pie cookies for Santa the night before, too – just to see if they’re as good as the ones he gets in the North Pole.

We have a copy of Santa’s North Pole Cookbook to give to one of you (U.S. only). Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below, starting by telling us what your favorite Christmas dish is. The winner will be announced in our column on January 7.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I received a copy of this book for review. I was not otherwise compensated, and all opinions remain my own.

Written by 5MinutesforBooks contributor Michelle who is currently debating which recipe to try first. See what else she’s cooked up with her Tasty Tuesday’s on her blog Honest & Truly! or follow along on Twitter where she is also @HonestAndTruly.



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Michelle is a stay at home mom of Mister Man (8) and Little Miss (6). When she's not out volunteering or running children to therapy or practices, you can find her in the kitchen or on her personal blog Honest & Truly where there's always a good story or new recipe or at her review blog Honest And Truly Reviews. You can also connect with her on Twitter.

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1 June December 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Wild rice stuffing is one of my faves.

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2 Anne December 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Squash with cranberries.

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3 Jessica Z December 23, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Yams are one of my favorites

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4 Azslyn Cole December 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

my favorite holiday dish is honey ham =}

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5 Jessica T December 23, 2012 at 11:31 pm

A norweigen Christmas tradition – Romagrout!

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6 amyc December 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

My mama’s Ham is my favorite.

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7 DEBIJOT December 24, 2012 at 7:04 am

love pecan pie

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8 Jane m December 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

I make walnut chocolate toffee crunch!

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9 Steph December 24, 2012 at 10:09 am

My favorite holiday dish is cheesecake.

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10 Imane December 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

Wild rice with mushroom and grated Parmesan on top

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11 Don December 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

Green bean casserole is so good during the holidays.

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12 Erika December 24, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I love bread pudding! Thanks!

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13 Misty Smith December 24, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I like making Deviled eggs for every holiday.

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14 Marianne S. December 25, 2012 at 4:05 am

anything my mom cooks!!!
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15 Mozi Esmes Mom December 25, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Anything anyone other than myself cooks! Last night we had Chinese… :)
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16 angie December 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm

the ham ranks among the top

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17 Amanda Rauch December 25, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Of course any kind of sweet is great, but I really love my homemade stuffing!!

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18 mrsshukra December 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Stuffed duck is something we only have at Christmas!

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19 Daniel M December 26, 2012 at 12:14 am

turkey is my fav

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20 katklaw777 December 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

My Grandmas Polish Cheese Blintzes…yum!

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21 debbie December 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

I make a dark chocolate peppermint ice cream cake that is really good.

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22 Samantha Remington December 26, 2012 at 11:53 am

I love vegan lasagna for the holidays.

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23 Mandala December 26, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Christmas ham and pumpkin pie :)

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24 Tanya ~ The Chatty Mom December 27, 2012 at 4:12 am

A side dish that is part of my Norwegian heritage…Surkaal (a sweet & sour cabbage). It is ridiculously good with a Christmas roast!!! (my hubby does not agree. lol)

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25 Lori D. December 27, 2012 at 11:23 am

Turkey & all it’s other tasty companions.

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26 Fenny December 27, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Seafood and sushi.. :D

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27 paige aka mrs. bacon December 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Twiced baked potatoes and sweet potato casserole
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28 Beth C December 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Cherry cheesecake is a favorite dessert.

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29 Garrett December 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

Ham & scalloped potatoes are so good.

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30 Jennifer Thomas December 28, 2012 at 11:16 am

I made a corn casserole this year that we all love!
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31 Staci A December 28, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Love cinnamon rolls!

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32 JohnZ December 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm

My wife makes a mean Christmas meatloaf
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33 Melissa P. December 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

I love my moms stuffing.

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34 Angela E. December 29, 2012 at 11:08 am

I like all of it, but going to say the green bean casserole.

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35 nannypanpan December 29, 2012 at 12:53 pm

mashed potatoes with gravy
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36 Patricia Wojnar Crowley December 29, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I enjoy green bean casserole!

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37 drina m. December 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Anything with sweet potato, squash or cranberries!

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38 Noreen December 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Pumpkin cheesecake or sweet potato pie
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39 Brittany December 29, 2012 at 11:09 pm

My favorite is pumpkin pie

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40 Shari December 30, 2012 at 12:02 pm

It’s not a dish, really, but rather an appetizer that we only have during the Christmas holidays — sausage balls! LOVE them. :)

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41 Leslie Galloway December 31, 2012 at 1:28 am

I love tipsy sweet potatoes best, and I used to work with Jeff Guinn! I’d love to have one of his books!

How fun.

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42 Chuck December 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

Any type of stuffing and pumpkin pie.

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43 Laura January 1, 2013 at 4:27 am

Fudge! You just can’t beat fudge during the holidays!

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44 Van January 1, 2013 at 2:35 pm

I like all the different types of cookies during the holiday season.

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45 Laura Bradley January 1, 2013 at 4:37 pm

choco chip pecan pie

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46 Stephanie January 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Potato Candy! The holidays are the only time of year my family makes it and it is soooo good! More of a dessert than a dish, but still delicious!

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47 Shelly Leatham January 2, 2013 at 12:49 am

sweet potato casserole with pecan topping
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48 christie January 2, 2013 at 1:31 pm

prime rib with baked potato and mint swirled brownies for desert.

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49 tiffany lane January 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

sausage cheese balls

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50 Paula Michele Hafner January 2, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I also vote for Potato Candy. I love that stuff but it can be a bit of a pain to make :)

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51 Denise S January 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Honey glazed ham

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52 carol s. January 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm

I make a Christmas Salad where all the ingredients are red, green and white.

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53 Karen January 2, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Buttermilk pie. Thanks for the giveaway.

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54 Linda White January 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Turkey and Dressing!

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55 Sandy VanHoey January 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I love the complete turkey dinner with the stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc

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56 Caitlin McClure January 2, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I love yams

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57 carol gentry January 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I love my brocolli dish.

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58 Amanda K. January 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

I absolutely love pumpkin pie!

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59 Karen Gonyea January 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Green Bean Casserole :)

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60 Candis Binkley January 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Ham baked with pineapple slices and whole cloves.

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61 Kate F. January 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I like a turkey dinner.

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62 Danielle Lima January 2, 2013 at 6:48 pm

the buffet of christmas cookies after dinner

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63 Miranda Ward January 2, 2013 at 7:21 pm
64 hazel January 2, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Turkey and dressing!

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65 wendy rozema January 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

sugar cookies are my favorite!!

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66 Teresa LaFountain January 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Sausage bread with spicy Italian sausage and mozzarella cheese rolled into a bread dough….it’s yummy right out of the oven.

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67 Lara Cooper January 2, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Christmas M&M cookies!

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68 Lucy Schwartz January 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

There is a cookie that came from my grandmother who came from Croatia, it is Kipfel. It has a soft cream cheese dough and a cooked walnut filling. It is a putsy cookie to make but well worth the effort.

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69 Ciara B. January 2, 2013 at 9:59 pm

can’t beat honey glazed ham

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70 Kathy S January 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Garlic mashed potatoes

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71 Tana Ung January 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Honey/Hawaiian ham!!

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72 Jessica Gatewood January 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

My aunts famous Marconi salad

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73 renee walters January 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

I love green bean casserole! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy New Year!

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74 Melanie N. January 3, 2013 at 4:18 am

Roast duck is my favorite holiday dish.

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75 Michelle W January 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

My favorite are potato pancakes the morning after the holiday meal

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76 sheila January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

green bean cassrole

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77 sheila January 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

sweet potatoes with marshmallows

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78 McKim January 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

stuffing from the turkey.

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79 Michael Capp January 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

Green Bean Casserole

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80 Julie Jones January 3, 2013 at 10:45 am

Stuffing on Thanksgiving and sometimes for Christmas too. =)

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81 Eileen Burke January 3, 2013 at 11:07 am

Sausage stuffing is my fave!

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82 sandra January 3, 2013 at 11:16 am

i like pumpkin pie

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83 Leslie S. January 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love fudge at the holidays.

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84 EMMA L HORTON January 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm

NEW YORK CHEESECAKE

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85 Charlotte Padgett January 3, 2013 at 12:21 pm

I love candied sweet potatoes.

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86 Sheryl January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Homemade Peppermint Bark

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87 Lori Hart January 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I like my green bean casserole or any cornbread stuffing
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88 Michelle L January 3, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I like Christmas decorated cupcakes

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89 Kristy Thiel January 3, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I love sweet potatoes with marshmallows and brown sugar!

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90 Melissa P. January 3, 2013 at 7:12 pm

My mom’s pork dressing

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91 laura ari January 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm

My favorite holiday dish is spanakopita

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92 kathy pease January 3, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I love cornbread stuffing

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93 ryan minton January 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

swedish meatballs

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94 Valerie Taylor Mabrey January 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

pecan pie
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95 Melanie Montgomery January 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

I love potato salad!

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96 jeni lutz January 4, 2013 at 10:16 am

pumpkin pie and candied sweet potato’s

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97 Jill January 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

my mom’s stuffing!

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98 Susan Ladd January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

My is a Orange Slice Cake I make each year for my family – it takes 3 days but it is yummy. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :) Thanks !!!

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99 Geri Nyland January 4, 2013 at 11:48 am

My son loves ham…

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100 tina page January 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

tamales on xmas eve

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101 Jason January 4, 2013 at 3:03 pm

My mom’s smoked sausage stuffing

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102 Audrey griffis January 4, 2013 at 3:05 pm

i enjoy a good apple pie

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103 Karen January 4, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Turkey and stuffing

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104 Racheal January 4, 2013 at 4:38 pm

green bean casserole.

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105 Ed Nemmers January 4, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Mom’s Spritz Cookies!

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106 Dee Hadley January 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Turkey and dressing!

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107 RoseAnn Gage January 4, 2013 at 6:19 pm

My favorite holiday food is ham.

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108 Stephanie Larison January 4, 2013 at 8:05 pm

Peppermint cheesecake that my mother in law makes…mmmm! lol

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109 Gianna January 4, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I love pumpkin cake roll.

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110 Barbara Stenby January 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

pumpkin cheesecake i only make it once a year

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111 Megan Parsons January 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

candied sweet potatoes!

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112 Saver Sara January 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

The stuffing my in-laws makes is my favorite

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113 Michael DiRenzo January 4, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Green Bean Casserole…yummy

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114 Jennifer Paige January 4, 2013 at 11:01 pm

I love Turkey. I can’t go a Christmas without it.

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115 Kayla January 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Mine is Stuffing!

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116 Miz Vickik January 4, 2013 at 11:13 pm

My favorite is Polish kielbasa

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117 Kerrie Mayans January 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm

Pecan Pie is my favorite holiday dessert.

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118 Rachel Newman January 5, 2013 at 1:11 am

I love Christmas ham!

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119 Richie Cooper January 5, 2013 at 1:13 am

peppermint cake is the best for Christmas.
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120 michelle dement January 5, 2013 at 1:27 am

i love green bean casserole

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121 Renee G January 5, 2013 at 1:33 am

I love mashed potatoes and gravy.

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122 Michelle Tucker January 5, 2013 at 4:16 am

Cranberry orange bread is my favorite holiday dish.

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123 Candace Butler January 5, 2013 at 8:22 am

I look forward to making candy at Christmas. I love to make caramels, peanut brittle and anything candy.

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124 Natalie January 5, 2013 at 8:23 am

We love having stuffed potatoes thru the holidays

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125 Erin Cook January 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

green bean cassorole

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126 Diana Hatch January 5, 2013 at 9:34 am

I love pumpkin pie

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127 amy delong January 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

mashed potato’s
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128 KATHY DALTON January 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

sugar cookies go hand in hand with thhoe lidays and i love them

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129 Kathleen M Smith January 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

Turkey is my fav

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130 Deborah January 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

Not a dish, but dark chocolate!

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131 Carmen January 5, 2013 at 11:41 am

I love Green Bean Casserole!

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132 Trevor January 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

sweet potatoes with brown sugar

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133 Denise January 5, 2013 at 11:48 am

stuffing for sure

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134 Charlene Shaver January 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

Pecan pie is my fave :)

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135 Sandy V. January 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I like to make ham glazed with lots of brown sugar, honey, and mustard.

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136 Tammy January 5, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Bacon Cheddar Potato Casserole. Yumm!
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137 latoya January 5, 2013 at 1:33 pm

green bean casserole

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138 Vikki Billings January 5, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Green Bean Casserole

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139 jenny January 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

I like the turkey and stuffing.

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140 Samii Meyer January 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I love pumpkin Pie

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141 Kat Emerick January 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm

I love making Candied Yams.

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142 Claire
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Stuffing or apple pie.

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