Cooking with Hope: Create a guest-pleasing Christmas menu

Fruit cake

Fruit cake can keep for about 6 weeks at room temperature. Brush it every week with rum or simple sugar syrup to keep it as moist and tasty as the day it was baked.

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Published: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 17:05 PM.

This is a sample Christmas menu that should please most guests. The eggnog recipe can be doubled and it may also be made without alcohol. The raspberry-cheesecake crescent roll treat is just a delight. It is very nice for breakfast or brunch or even dessert.

The orange glazed shrimp may be served as a side dish, an appetizer or even an entrée. For an extra kick you can add a little chopped chili pepper to the sauce. The apricot sauce on the ham is very elegant and has a nice flavor. Make extra to use as a sauce if guests would like to have more.

The asparagus and cauliflower dishes can be prepared the day before and cooked on serving day. The sweet potato casserole is a lifelong recipe in my family.

As for dessert the Bundt cake will melt in your mouth. The fruitcake is very nice and is usually enjoyed by people who don’t even like fruitcake. It’s worth a try to make this recipe, you may find that you are asked for the recipe and to make it more often. It’ll keep for up to a year, if you keep it wrapped and brush it with rum or liquor or sugar syrup every week. It gets better and stays moist the longer it sits.



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