Favorite Holiday Treats

The holidays are here and the season of entertaining is upon us. For the ultimate guide to delicious treats, we reached out to some of our favorite chefs, design experts & mixologists who have graced our showrooms to ask what their signature food or drink is to make this time of year.

Michelle Slatalla, Editor for Remodelista, makes double batches of this Chocolate Bark (above) to give to friends throughout the holiday season. “It’s a great gift for hosts and with the short ingredients list and simple packaging recommendation, nothing could be easier or more appreciated.”

Jaime Derringer of Design Milk loves these Seven Layer Bars. “These are my favorite snacks to make for the holidays but I usually sub the butterscotch for more chocolate chips or peanut butter chips!”

Grandbaby Cakes author and blogger Jocelyn Delk-Adams couldn’t just pick one favorite. “Thanksgiving and pie are synonymous and my Brown Sugar Chess Pie is a fun and easy play on the classic chess pie with its perfectly chewy filling and flaky crust. For those who are more traditional, my Pumpkin Pound Cake with Brown Butter Glaze (below) features spices that allow the pumpkin to shine through. Plus, the brown butter glaze is literally the best icing on the cake!”


Don’t go through the holidays parched! Chad Ralston of American Spirits Whiskey recommends the Wasted Words Reprise (below), featuring Chartreuse liquor that “offers a more herbal profile great for the cool (and sometimes damp) Georgia winters.” Another classic cocktail is the Chamomile Toddy. “I first discovered tea at age seven, when a friend’s grandmother prepared tea for us in metal-bottomed cups, as was the custom in her native Ukraine,” Chad said. “It was not a pleasant sipping experience! My tastebuds just weren’t ready for the bitterness of tea. Fortunately, my tastebuds have matured over the years, paving the way for enjoying both tea and brandy, especially when combined in this winning winter recipe.”

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Kate Arends of Wit&Delight loves the Winning Hearts and Minds Cake  from Orangette. “I made this cake during our first New Year’s Eve in our new house. We were celebrating all of the possibilities that lay ahead of us in 2015, and reminiscing on the year that had passed. It’s an incredibly rich, dark chocolate cake, that needs to be savored and enjoyed; much like life.”
If sweets aren’t for you, don’t fret. Carla Hall, two-time Top Chef finalist and co-host of The Chew, recommends her Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese. “It is one of the quintessential, Southern celebration dishes.  The slow cooker lets the texture come out perfect and lets you cook passively.  Plus, during the holidays, it can be really helpful, when coordinating a meal, to make a dish not using your oven.
Ryan McNally, author and creator of VivaItalianMovies.com, suggests this easy Pork Loin with Fig and Port Sauce. When you’re pressed for time during the holidays, this outstanding dish courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis is relatively easy to prepare, tastes delicious and presents well. “Fresh rosemary livens up the classic pork loin, and the decadent fig and port sauce adds further fun and festiveness to the proceedings. Pair it with Valpolicella, a tremendously tasty red wine hailing from Italy’s Veneto region, and you’ve got a delicious meal. Buon appetito!”

Ingrid Abramovich, writer of ELLE DECOR’s newest book, The Height of Style: Inspiring Ideas from the World’s Chicest Rooms, is a native Montrealer and consequently, a big fan of maple syrup—and not just for pancakes. “Traditionally, I love to make batches of Maple Leaf Cocktails, but this year, I may mix it up and add the Gin ‘n Jews cocktail from The Art of Living According to Joe Beef.  The recipe combines gin, lemon juice, an egg white, and that kosher classic, Manischewitz sweet wine. Just mix and shake until frothy. It should go perfectly with latkes (potato pancakes). I use russet potatoes when making Claudia Roden’s recipe (below); it’s a classic.”


What are your favorite holiday treats to make?

Photos by Lindsey Love, Jocelyn Delk-Adams and Shutterstock.

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