Think back to the most nostalgic of holidays in your past—the most memorable, the most enjoyable. Odds are they involved delicious food. You may remember the preparations, the mouthwatering aromas, the look of the food arranged on the table or the special tastes of the season. Whatever the memories, food usually plays a large part in the holidays. With that in mind, we have compiled a list of some of the best-loved holiday recipes that you may want to incorporate in your celebrations this season to create new delectable memories with your friends and family. And remember to include your kids in some of your food preparations. Cooking together is a great way to build lasting memories and your kids can even learn from it!

Thanksgiving

You probably have the turkey covered, but if not, here is an easy and tasty way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey from the Food Network. Now for the side dishes:

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Green Bean Casserole
This is a classic dish that has graced many of our Thanksgiving tables. The standard, go-to recipe uses a can of mushroom soup and a can of fried onions, but why not kick it up a notch and make yours from scratch this year? Here is a well-rated recipe courtesy of allrecipes.com.

 

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Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing
A Thanksgiving standard, the stuffing (or dressing) should complement and enhance the main dish. This recipe from epicurious offers simple ingredients with all the right herbs to give it that homemade, back-home taste that everyone wants at Thanksgiving.

Christmas

Christmas Cookies
While Thanksgiving is known for the turkey, Christmas is all about the cookies. From sugar cookies to gingerbread, this is the season to indulge in that homemade snack that takes you back to your childhood. It’s also a fun activity to do with your kids. Here are some tips on the best way to bake cookies with kids.

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Christmas cookies can be fancy or simple. Better Homes and Gardens offers a collection of all the favorites plus some fun and creative presentations for when you really want to make an impression!

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Christmas Breakfasts and Brunches
For many families, Christmas morning is when the celebrations start. That’s often when the kids, still in their pajamas, find and open the presents under the tree. So, many families make that time special with a family brunch or breakfast. Southern Living offers this selection of top rated brunch recipes, many of which you can prepare the night before.

Hanukkah

Known as the Festival of Lights, this Jewish holiday celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century B.C. Since the miracle that took place involved oil (a single day’s oil supply to light the menorah lasted eight nights), many of the traditional foods are cooked in oil, including latkas and doughnuts.  Use the experience of cooking and enjoying these treats to teach your kids the stories and traditions of this holiday.

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Potato Latkes
A specialty of Hanukkah, these fried potato pancakes can be served as an appetizer, side dish or even as a snack. Chabad.org offers a fun kid-friendly recipe. If you want to get serious with your latkes, and like them light and fluffy, try this recipe plus tips from PBS.org’s food site and Rachel Willen of FoodFixKitchen.

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Created in 1966, Kwanzaa celebrates the African harvest, observed from December 26 through January 1st. Meals during this seven-night celebration often include traditional foods from African countries or countries in the Caribbean and South America. Preparing such meals offers an ideal teaching opportunity for your children to learn about other cultures and traditions. If your family roots are from one of these countries, take the opportunity to teach your kids more about their family heritage.

Peri Peri Chicken

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Peri Peri African Chicken
This traditional African dish is spicy, but you can cool it down with some Greek yogurt and a salad. Here is a well-rated recipe from allrecipes.com.

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Creole Black-Eyed Peas and Rice
Also a favorite at New Years, this dish is nutritious and tasty. Here is another spicy and highly-rated recipe from FoodNetwork.com that includes cilantro and green onions for extra flavor!

Do you have a favorite holiday food that you enjoy every year? Let us know what it is in the comments section.

 


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