'Tis the season! Chat with Chowhounds about your favorite Christmas traditions: restaurants open for the holiday, family meals, go-to baking recipes, and more.

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that's not right. With cookie season well under way (and almost over!), follow our tips to ensure your sugar cookies are beautiful inside and out...

Holiday Cooking Fails, 2020 edition!

by truman 19 hours ago

We’re heading into the annual year-end cookathon, which is probably going to look a little different this year thanks to COVID. Despite that, food must be made! And... mistakes will be made along t...


Holiday Treats 2020

by sallyt 6 days ago

Hi everyone, let's talk about making candy, cookies, treats, etc. for yourself, family, friends and neighbors, whatever your cause for celebrating may be! Even in this SD time, I plan to dr...

Holiday Treats 2019

by sallyt 12 months ago

Hi everyone, let's talk about making candy, cookies, treats, etc. for yourself, family, friends and neighbors, whatever your cause for celebrating may be! ANY kind of edible treat is fair g...

Jewish Christmas at Peony in Oakland Chinatown

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

Last year our family celebrated Jewish-Christmas at Peony with a traditional Cantonese banquet. Previously I’ve had yum cha here, and this was my first time for dinner. Though the restaurant was fu...

Charcuterie Chalet for the Holidays

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 days ago

As artfully arranged cheese and charcuterie grazing boards https://www.instagram.com/p/B4tGWiAB6DR/ grew in popularity, the new trend for crafting these bites into do-it-yourself structures mimicki...

Murray's Steamed Fruit (Christmas) Pudding And Rice Pudding recipes

by MikeyMadness 12 years ago

This recipe can also be found at the link at the bottom, but I noticed a mistake in the ingredients list, so I thought I'd reprint it here. This recipe has been published multiple times, including ...

Holiday Buñuelos @ Valdez Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

On the first sign of chill in October, I stopped by Sr. Valdez's Hot Dogs estilo Mexicali cart (Market Street @ Ivy Street) in Salinas for a champurrado. The milk chocolate-flavored corn drink is m...

Steaming ham

by lanilu 9 months ago

Has anyone out there other than me use a pasta pot with insert to steam ham in? I have a large pasta pot that I have been using for over 25 years to steam ham when the oven is full of turkey and ...

Christmas Pork Dinner

by JBN 12 months ago

I have a 2-part question. I would like to make this recipe for Roast Pork: https://www.thekitchn.com/juicy-and-tender-roasted-pork-loin-the-easiest-simplest-method-251998 But I'm thinking of us...

Feast of the Seven Fishes

by fourkorz 12 months ago

We are traveling to Coronado and celebrating Christmas away from home with my son's girlfriend. She is very close to her East Coast Italian family that celebrates the Feast of the Seven Fishes on ...

Pot Roast Fail?!

by NShewmaker 11 months ago

Hi All, I have never made pot roast before and picked this up at Trader Joe’s last night. I followed the directions and browned it and put it in the oven for the appropriate amount of time. At o...

Chinese Christmas Day

by energystar 12 months ago

Looking for a Chinese Restaurant for Christmas day. Looking for Chinese not Thai and Chinese, fresh good food. Any suggestions. I live in Palm Beach

Your Christmas Eve Dinner.

by emglow101 7 years ago

We always have Chinese take out for our Christmas eve dinner. It's been going on for years now. All of the family will gather at my nieces house. Beautiful table setting,food,wine,hot chocolate aft...

Stuffing Question

by walker 11 months ago

For the first time, this year I'm mixing up the stuffing (I always do a double recipe!) ahead of time and will freeze it until day before, will then put it into the fridge. I've already cut and to...

Christmas Eve Dinner

by riley09 12 months ago

Hello! I’m forgoing the traditional Christmas dinner and making a buffet style dinner instead. My main dishes are a hearty meat lasagna with bechemel, cabbage rolls and an applewood smoked ham....

Toronto Restaurants open for dinner Xmas day?

by Bogiato 11 months ago

Hi everyone, Looking for suggestions on restaurants in downtown Toronto that are open for dinner, take a reservation for 4-5 people and are NOT the following: - on OpenTable or Bookenda - At a...

Time length to marinate pork

by pagal 11 months ago

So, I’m making some Vino D’Alhos on Christmas and I want to give a nice long marination. If I start today, it will have 7 days, which seems...like a lot. Is there any danger marinating something to...