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"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into
enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a
home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

~ Melody Beattie

You know what December means...
Deck the halls, and all that jazz!
Big Easy Christmas (Chef John Besh)
Christmas with all the Trimmings!
Christmas Candy Collection
Christmas Cookie Colleciton
Christmas Desserts to Die For
Christmas Goodies
Appetizer/First Course:
Baked Crab, Brie and Artichoke Dip
Beef Tenderloin Roasted in an
Herb-Infused Salt Crust

Dad's Perfect Prime Rib
Roast Tenderloin of Beef with
Mushroom, Onion and Wine Sauce

Georgene's Fluffy Rolls
Dried Fruit-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
w/ Roasted New Potatoes and Bacon-
Sherry Vinaigrette

Marmalade-Glazed Ham with
Pineapple Relish

Spiced Baked Ham w/ Sweet Potatoes
Viennese Christmas Goose with Red
Cabbage and Potato Dumplings

Crispy Roast Duck w/ Roasted Vegetables
and Orange Brandy Sauce

Side Dish:
Camembert-Asparagus Bread Pudding
Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes (PW)
Gratin Dauphinois (Chef Joël Robuchon)
Southern Oyster Casserole
Chef Keegan's Crab & Mushroom Bisque
New Orleans Oyster & Artichoke Soup
Petite Marmite (The Christmas Soup)
Roasted Beets with Walnut
Gorgonzola Dressing

Spinach & Artichoke Casserole
Sweet Stuff!
Amaretto Pound Cake
Ambrosia Cake
Chocolate Cherry Trifle (Nigella)
Chocolate Chunk Pecan Pie
Chocolate-Orange Bûche de Noël
Christmas Lane Cake
Christmas Mincemeat Cake
Christmas Trifles
Coconut Cream Pie
Eggnog Chesecake
Eggnog-Pecan Pound Cake
German Lebkuchen Cake with
White Chocolate Frosting

Gigi's French Apple Pie
Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts
Gingerbread, Rich, w/ Candied
Ginger and Lemon Glaze

Hootie’s Eggnog-Walnut Pie
Michele's Awesome Fruitcake
Pears Poached in Mint Tea with
Dark Chocolate Sauce

Plain Ole Dixie Chocolate Pie
Rum and Pecan Creole Spice
Cake (Chef John Folse)


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Our recipe collection includes hundreds of family recipes passed down
through the generations, as well as a vast personal collection from a
variety of sources, including major food publications and innumerable
cookbooks (many of which are now either out of print or very difficult
to locate). Like all cooks, we have accumulated some favorite recipes
from unknown or long-forgotten sources as well. Every possible effort
has been made to identify the source of each recipe and to give credit
where credit is due.

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WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Appetizer/First Course: Antoine's Oyster Stew
Featured: Roquefort Dip with Apple, Endive and Celery Hearts
Favorites: Holy Guacamole!   Salsa Collection    Layered Mexican Dip
Southern Sausage Balls    Deep South Cheese Straws    Liptauer Spread
Shrimp Dip    Spinach and Artichoke Dip    Union Square Cafe Bar Nuts

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  ChocolateChocolate-Orange Bûche de Noël
Featured Recipes: Chocolate Cherry Trifle (Nigella Lawson)
Double Chocolate Bread Pudding w/ Salted Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Grand Marnier Éclairs     Did somebody say Reese's?!?!?
Classics: Brownie Bonanza!   Molten Chocolate
   Laurie Colwin on Chocolate     Truffles    7 Chocolate Sauces    Perfect Ganache    Tiramisu (Chocolatier)
Extra: The 16 Most-Frequently-Asked Questions About Chocolate

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Beef/Veal: Beef Tenderloin Roasted in an Herb-Infused Salt Crust
Featured: Roast Tenderloin of Beef w/ Mushroom, Onion and Wine Sauce

Julia's  Beef Sauté w/ Red Wine, Mushrooms, Bacon & Onions
 Classics: Beef Wellington      Boeuf a la Bourguignonne
Beef Saté with Spicy Szechwan Sauce     Chateaubriand
Steak Diane    Traditional Braised Brisket

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Beverage:  Twelve Drinks of Christmas (New Orleans)
Featured: Christmas Eggnog Collection     Holiday Spiced Wine
New Orleans Libations     More New Orleans Libations 
"Martini Magic" Pearl Onions, Olives & Lemon Rind in Vermouth
Classics: Classic Cocktail Collection     Bloody Mary Collection
Daiquiri Collection    Margarita Collection    What to drink?

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Bread: Georgene's Fluffy Rolls
Quick Bread: Laurie Colwin's Parmesan Sesame Biscuits
Double-Corn Tex-Mex Cornbread w/ Cheese and Green Chiles
Yeast Bread: Stollen     French Mixed-Grain Bread    Serious Baguettes
Yummy Muffins: Big, Beautiful Muffins (master recipe with variations!)
Marion Cunningham's Raw Apple Muffins     Morning Glory Muffins
MamaBear's Marvelous Carrot Muffins  
Don't miss: New Orleans French Bread     French Country Bread Series

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes) Breakfast/Brunch:  Christmas Morning Breakfast
Featured: French Toast Casserole w/ Praline Topping
Favorites: Baked Blueberry-Pecan French Toast with Blueberry Syrup
Classics: Cheese Blintzes    Blueberry Pancakes    Eggs by Julia
Eggs Benedict   Stuffed Pain Perdu   Grits Deserve a Better Name!

  Cake: German Lebkuchen Cake with White Chocolate Frosting
Rum and Pecan Creole Spice Cake      Ambrosia Cake

Eggnog Cheesecake      Eggnog-Pecan Pound Cake
Amaretto Amaretti Chocolate Cheesecake      Mincemeat Cake
Food Feature: In Pursuit of the Perfect Cheesecake
Classics: Great American Cakes    Cake Fillings & Frostings
Perfect Ganache    
Ultimate Chocolate Cake Collection
Favorites: Let them eat cake!    Black Forest Cherry Cake    Praline Cake
Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake w/ Citrus Shortbread Cookie Crust
Michele's Bourbon Pecan Pound Cake     New Orleans Jolt Cake
Mammy's Hummingbird Cake     Gigi's Old Dominion Pound Cake

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Cookies: New Orleans Christmas Cookies
Christmas Cookie Collection      More Christmas Cookies
Featured: Pfeffernuesse     Gingerbread Cookie Cutouts
Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies
    My Spiced Almond Biscotti
Favorites: Positively-the-Absolutely-Best-Chocolate-Chip Cookies 
Palm Beach Brownies with Chocolate-Covered Mints     Lemon Bars
Brownie Bonanza!     Gigi's Pecan Pie Squares     Classic Shortbread

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Fish: Trout Forestière (Forellen Jaeger Art)
Favorites: Fish à la Grecque     Trout Amandine (John Besh)
Salmon with Moutarde de Meaux and Tomato Beurre Blanc
Classics: Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish      Pompano en Papillote
Salmon en Papillote (Julia & Jacques)      Shrimp-Stuffed Flounder
Salt-Crusted Whole Baked Redfish     Trout Amandine (Galatoire's)

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Fruit: Pears Poached in Mint Tea w/ Dark Chocolate Sauce
Christmas Ambrosia Collection     Christmas Trifles
Gingered Confit of Apples and Pears      Oodles of Oranges

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Main Dish - Leek, Bacon and Goat Cheese Polenta Torte
Emeril's Favorite Choucroute Casserole    Quick Cassoulet
Favorites: New Orleans Po' Boys      Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Pasta: Chef Tyler Florence's Ultimate Lasagna
Classics: Fettuccine Alfredo     Spaghetti Carbonara (Marcella Hazan)
Matching Pasta to Sauce    Rao's Sunday Gravy with Braciola, Meatballs
Favorites: Rigatoni in Woodman Sauce    Meatballs & Sausages w/ Rigatoni
Food Features:  Everybody Loves Lasagne      Fresh Egg Pasta

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Pork: Dried Fruit-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin w/ Roasted New Potatoes
Featured: Marmalade-Glazed Ham with Pineapple Relish
Emeril's Spiced Baked Ham with Sweet Potatoes     Monte's Ham
 Favorites: Herb Crust Pork Loin with Onion Gravy (Bill Neal)
Standing Pork Roast with Fresh Herbs (Chef Susan Spicer)
Ham in Coca-Cola     Roast Rack of Pork (Wolfgang Puck)

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Poultry: Viennese Christmas Goose w/ Red Cabbage, Potato Dumplings
Featured: Crispy Roast Duck w/ Roasted Vegetables and Orange Brandy Sauce
Classics: Coq au Vin (Nigella)    
Roast Chicken w/ Root Veggies  
New Orleans Chicken Bonne Femme    
Immortality of Fried Chicken

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Salad - Sautéed Apple Salad w/ Roquefort, Baby Greens and Walnuts
Roasted Beet and Portobello Mushroom Salad
Cranberry Salad     Spinach, Pear & Green Bean Salad w/ Riesling...

 Julia's Authentic Caesar Salad    Cobb Salad     Salade Niçoise
Greek Salad Collection!    
Ultimate Spinach Salad    Salad Dressings

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Seafood - Ragout of Prawns and Scallops Esplanade
Featured: Biloxi Boiled Shrimp     Louisiana Crab Cakes (Windsor Court)
New Orleans Oysters Polo     Rao's Shrimp Scampi
Favorites: Mr. B's New Orleans Barbecued Shrimp
Shrimp Chippewa     Shrimp with "Gazpacho" Sauce
Shrimp with Thai Lemongrass Marinade

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Side Dish - Gratin Dauphinois (Chef Joël Robuchon)
Featured: Chef John Besh's Crawfish Cornbread Dressing 
Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes (PW)     Uncle Frank's Oyster Dressing
Classics: Mac and Cheese w/ Variations     Mashed Potatoes w/ 4 Variations 
Barbecue Beans    
Polenta Pure and Simple     Potato Lovers Unite! 
Fettuccine Alfredo    Risotto 101 (Lidia Bastianich)    French Potato Gratin

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Soup - New Orleans Oyster and Artichoke Soup
Featured: Petite Marmite (The Christmas Soup)
Michele's Broccoli, Zucchini and Leek Soup & More Favorites!

Classics:  Black Bean Soup (Craig Claiborne)     Gumbo Galaxy!
Julia's Velouté Cream Soups    Oodles of Onion Soups
Potage Parmentier      Prize-Winning Chili     Basic Stocks

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes)  Vegetables - Roasted Beets w/ Walnut Gorgonzola Dressing
Featured: Green Bean Casserole a la Pioneer Woman
How green is your bean?    
 Spinach and Artichoke Casserole
Gigi's Creamed Peas, Mushrooms and Onions     Rao's 4 Basic Veggies
Classics: Eggplant Gratin, (Patricia Wells)     Ratatouille Riot
Food Features: Asparagus: The Royal Vegetable     Awesome Avocado
Elegant Eggplant     Marvelous Mushrooms     Tantalizing Tomato

WB01507_.gif (516 bytes) Surprise! - Chef John Besh's Big Easy Christmas
Featured: Christmas Desserts to Die For: Tidewater Trifle, Creole
Christmas Trifle, and Christmas Bread Pudding w/ Amaretto Sauce

Last Minute Gifts from the Kitchen: Chocolate-Almond Sauce,
Coffee-Caramel Sauce, Chocolate-Walnut Rum Balls, Christmas
Turtles, and Pecan Toffee

Classics:  High Tea     Fabulous Fondue 3 Ways!    Gigi's Napoleons
Profiteroles     Trifle with Me!

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Wolfgang Puck’s Christmas Apple Pie      Dixie Chocolate Pie
Favorites: Texas State Fair Pecan Pie    
Best Cherry Pie 
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