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Simple Food Ideas for a Jolly Holiday Season

Published: December 1, 2011

It's difficult to believe that the holidays are upon us once again, but it's time to start the preparations. You can make this year's festive season stress-free and memorable with some simple food ideas.

Holiday FoodThe holiday season should be about having a good time with your friends and family and not about feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Take some pressure off your gatherings by preparing dishes ahead of time that only need to be reheated before serving.

Do you have friends and family who also like to cook? Ask them to bring an appetizer or side dish to give you more time to prepare an impressive main course.

One idea is to cook a 10-to-12-pound baked ham in the oven, baste it with a mixture of ½ cup brown sugar and six tablespoons Dijon mustard. Brush the mixture on about every 20 minutes.

For an irresistible dessert, boil two cans of condensed milk in a pot of water for two to three hours. Carefully remove and cool. When you open the cans you'll have homemade milk caramel that can be spread between layers of chocolate cake or used as a dip for fruit or brownies.

Your home will smell like the holidays with this mixture simmering during your gatherings: cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves, lemon slices, orange slices and always enough water to cover.

Take a deep breath and allow all your senses to enjoy this holiday season.

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