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October 31, 2018
6 Must-Have Holiday Recipes

6 Must-Have Holiday Recipes

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

The holidays will be here soon, and that means serving special dishes with seasonal flavors, including pumpkin, cranberry and apple. Truth be told, maple is one of my all-time favorite fall flavors! I thought it would be fun to combine maple and Hood Cream in a delicious dessert that you’d be happy to have on your holiday table.   

These Maple Cream Pie Squares are just like a pie, minus the traditional crust. I opted for a walnut crust to keep them gluten-free, but feel free to use a regular pie crust instead. Whatever works for you! In addition to its great taste, this festive dessert can be made ahead. When it’s time for dessert, just take it out of the refrigerator, frost, garnish and serve.    

I’m using Hood Cream on my holiday menu in so many ways. Here are some of my favorite dishes to serve to family and friends. Happy Holidays! 

Cream of Corn Soup I adore soup and think it’s a special way to kick-off a meal. Cream of Corn Soup is warm and comforting on chilly fall and winter days, and this version is especially creamy and satisfying. To save time, use vegetable broth and frozen corn. 

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing I love homemade dressing (I never buy bottled), blue cheese and iceberg lettuce – so this combination is for me. There is nothing like the crunch of a forkful of iceberg lettuce covered with this creamy blue cheese dressing. Your guests will think you spent hours on this salad, but you won’t. It takes just 20 minutes from start to finish. 

Pork Loin with Apples You’ll probably want to skip the traditional turkey entrée when you find out how flavorful pork is with apples and a creamy, savory gravy. Pork loin is one of the most convenient, fuss-free cuts of meat. Be sure to buy the unmarinated kind to get the full effect of all the flavor in this recipe. 

Creamy Herbed Potatoes I am not the potato masher in the family, but I do buy the groceries, and when I want super creamy potatoes, they must be mashed with Hood Cream. I love the addition of horseradish because they give potatoes just the right amount of kick.  Hint: Use Yukon Gold potatoes for extra creaminess. 

Caramel Apple Cake I’m all for saving time in the kitchen during the holidays, but I won’t compromise on taste. And you don’t have to either! This cake begins with a yellow cake mix, but nobody will be able to tell it’s not from scratch. The caramel sauce is scrumptious and so is the whipped cream topping! 

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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