1. Cranberry Crunch
This cranberry sauce/brown sugar/rolled oats/shredded coconut dish comes from one of our favorite cookbooks, Fort Lauderdale Recipes. The book, copies of which can be found at the local history museum at the Historic New River Inn, contains recipes dating back to Fort Lauderdale’s settler days – including one simple-but-tasty holiday cranberry dish.
2. Latke pumpkin pie
Food writer Molly Yeh invented this Christmas/Hanukkah mashup dessert and you can get the entire recipe on her website, mynameisyeh.com. All we’ll add is that anybody who can combine the deliciousness of latkes with the awesomeness of pumpkin pie deserves, at minimum, the Nobel Prize.
3. Baked Prosciutto and Brie
Bake some baguette bread, brie, apple slices and prosciutto for a gooey treat. There are a number of variables on this one; some recipes add apple butter, others honey or jam. Sweeten as you like or leave it as it is.
4. Maple Bourbon Eggnog
Need a drink? The good people at Publix recommend this twist on a classic holiday beverage, and who are we to argue with them? Add a tablespoon of maple syrup to 5oz of eggnog. Then add 2oz of bourbon (or more if Uncle Earl’s watching the news and getting mad) and a sprinkle of nutmeg on top. Naturally, you can also leave out the bourbon for a festive beverage the whole family can enjoy.