I adapted a Bundt cake recipe to create this layer cake. Cranberries, walnuts and homemade frosting make it taste so delicious that you'd never guess it starts with a convenient cake mix. —Sandy Burkett, Galena, Ohio
BOTH my sister-in-law and I both make this for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We both are aware that the other will have it on her menu, but we make it anyway. It’s a family favorite, which has become a tradition for holiday meals.
Appealing apple slices peek through a tangy ruby-red cranberry sauce in this simple but extraordinary side dish. Whether I use this recipe for a holiday dinner or to spark up a Sunday supper, it wouldn't be a feast without a bowl of beautiful and delicious Paradise Cran-Applesauce!
-Sallie McQuay, Sayre, Pennsylvania
You'll love the sweet-tart flavor and beautiful ruby-red color of this chunky fruit salad from Katy Jarvis of Bear Creek, Wisconsin. "It's great served with a Thanksgiving turkey or with most any kind of meat," she writes.
A lovely red color and nice tangy flavor make this relish a hit whenever I serve it. It's great at Thanksgiving and Christmas - or any time. I keep frozen cranberries on hand so we can enjoy it year-round.
-Maureen Alexander, San Jose, California
The unique flavor of this chutney complements turkey, pork and duck. At holiday time, I make a big batch so I have some to serve, some to share and some to freeze. To make a quick appetizer, blend up 1-1/2 cups, pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers.
"This makes enough punch for many parties," assures Carolyn Zimmerman of Fairbury, Illinois. Her convenient recipe creates a syrup you can refrigerate or freeze, then stir into four different refreshing thirst-quenchers.
"A traditional treat for Christmas and Thanksgiving, this recipe was my great-grandmother's," relates Nona Dumas of Wilmar, Arkansas. "It was serve in a parfait glass along with the meal. We children thought it was really special to be able to eat ice cream before we were through with our vegetables!"
Whats a holiday meal without at least one jolly gelatin salad chock-full of fruit and nuts? My mother made this one for every holiday, and now my husband says he can't imagine Christmas without it!
-Kristi Jo Chiles
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
After I've served this cake, guests never leave my house without requesting the recipe. The sweetness of the butter cream sauce balances beautifully with the cake's tart cranberries. —Jeri Clayton, Sandy, Utah
Bourbon adds bite to this holiday standby, packed in a small heavy-duty glass storage container with a tight-fitting lid. Wrap in a vintage tea towel or cloth napkin, cinch with ribbon and adorn with small ornaments. —Becky Jo Smith, Kettle Falls, Washington