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"One of my favorite holiday dishes is a seafood gumbo. I'm from Louisiana and this dish is a staple there. It keeps you warm on a cold day, it serves a lot of people (perfect for a Christmas party) and it's delicious." (Recipe follows.)
- Make a roux as follows: Chop 2 medium onions and 1 bell pepper. Set aside.
- Use 1 cup of oil to 1/2 to 3/4 cup of flour (all-purpose only)
- Heat the oil first to medium high and add the flour. Lower the heat. Stir constantly until the flour begins to brown. A good roux may take 30 to 45 minutes to make. Constantly scrape the bottom and pull up the darkening flour so that it won't burn and blacken. As you gradually blend it in, the roux will turn to a nice rich brown. The color of peanut butter is what you need for a seafood gumbo. A darker roux, which are cooked longer are used in other Cajun dishes, like chicken and sausage gumbo, which is really good as well.
- When your roux has reached the desired color (peanut butter) add the chopped onions and bell pepper. Sauté about 1 minute to mix well and add water and cook on medium heat for about an hour.
- Season to taste with red pepper, salt and black pepper.
- Add the seafood and cook for about 20 minutes.
- Serve over hot rice and enjoy!
- Sauté 2 onions and 1 bell pepper in a small pot and set aside.
- Put a gallon and a half of water and heat (but not to a rolling boil).
- Add half the jar of Pat's roux to the water and stir constantly so that the roux mixes with the water. Add the onions and bell pepper to that and cook on medium heat about an hour. Be careful, it could bubble over if the fire is too high.
- Add all of the seafood, except the crabmeat, and cook 20 minutes. Add the crab meat and cook an additional 5 minutes.
"My must-have Christmas dinner is my home-cooked replica of my grandmother's dinner which consists of roast turkey, cornbread stuffing, giblet gravy, mashed potatoes, candied yams, creamed peas, cranberry sauce and pecan and coconut pie. I start cooking two days before Christmas. Farrah (Fawcett) and I always made the pies on Christmas Eve from her mother's recipes. Now I make them alone on Christmas Eve and it's the time I miss her most of all."
Melissa Joan Hart
"My must-have dish is my grandmother's French silk pie which is basically like a chocolate mousse. It is a must-have every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can't eat it when I'm pregnant because it is made with raw eggs so I'm super excited for this year."
"I make a special pistachio salad — I think it's grandma's special recipe. It's lime Jell-O and whip cream and marshmallows and all the things that we shouldn't have. But we get to have it on Christmas."
"We have a family tradition to do a prime rib for the holidays. It's an herb crusted prime rib with a touch of garlic."
"Every Christmas we go to my parents' house, who have been married for 43 years. My mom makes an Italian feast like you've never seen. She's got an Italian course which is mainly different types of fish dishes. Then, she makes an American course after that... usually turkey and ham. So we'll eat until we're in a food coma.
"I love making cookies, the basic and really yummy sugar cookies. We put a white frosting on the cookies as a glaze, and then we use food coloring to paint on the cookies. We do this for Halloween, Hanukkah and Valentine's Day. It's fun, because you can do this for any holiday. You just use different cookie cutters to make the proper shapes for the holiday."
"Schokoladen Suppe mit Shlachsahne was our German holiday Christmas tradition. My grandma would make it, and it was so awesome! It's chocolate soup with whipped cream for breakfast. Could you imagine being a kid and getting served chocolate with whipped cream for breakfast?! It doesn't get better! That was our Christmas Eve morning tradition."
"I'm really looking forward to eating some tenderloin and roast potatoes!"
Boil red potatoes until they are almost done and then put them on a cookie sheet. Take a spatula and smash them down (they should still have their round shape). Drizzle olive oil on them and season with salt and pepper. Finish them in a 450 degree F oven for about 15 minutes until the edges are crunchy. They are so good!"
"One of my favorite things to make to entertain company is a soda bread with chocolate, a candy orange peel and walnuts. It is really easy to make, as you don't have to wait for the bread to rise. It is a quick bread. I found out about the recipe, because when I was a child, my dad baked a lot and really had a lot of patience for letting the dough rise. I didn't [laughs]. I always really liked soda bread because of that."
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