The Seasoned Traveler

Recipes and remedies using herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients from the world's pantry

A Festive Recipe Roundup


Happy Holidays

From my busy kitchen to yours, I’m sending all of you my wishes for happy holidays and festive feasting. Wherever you spend the holidays, bon appétit, bon voyage, and happy seasonings!

Here I’ve gathered up my favorite holiday dishes, from starters to main courses to desserts, all the way to magical morning breakfast ideas. Enjoy! ~Laura

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Simple to Sensational Starters

From Top, Left to Right:

Baked Camembert with Thyme & Drizzled Honey

Shrimp in Kimonos

Pear, Gorgonzola & Thyme Crostini

Roasted Eggplant, Ricotta & Tomato Crostini

Mussels in White Wine with Thyme, Fennel, Leek & Carrot

Duck, Pear & Pomegranate Lettuce Wraps

Festive Feasts

From Top, Left to Right:

Seared Duck Breasts with Red Wine Cherry Sauce

Vanilla-Saffron Risotto and Pan-Seared Scallops

Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Loin Over Creamy Smashed Pumpkin

Pork Tenderloin with Coriander-Spiced Prunes

Ginger, Lime & Cilantro Shrimp Noodle Bowls

Lemon, Saffron & Paprika Roasted Chicken Thighs

Decadent Desserts

From Top, Left to Right:

Gingerbread Cake

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Red Currant Syrup

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Warm Butterscotch Sauce

Cardamom Ice Cream with Warm Ginger Drizzle

Nigella’s Chocolate Cloud Cake

Poached “Sticky Pears” with Orange-Date Glaze and Cardamom Whipped Cream


IMG_5779And, if you’re feeling brave (these are tricky but delicious little buggers):


Burnt Caramel Custards

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Magical Mornings

From Left to Right:

Swedish Tea Ring with Cardamom & Cherries

Swedish Pancakes with Sweet Clementine Sauce

Chocolate Banana Cinnamon French Toast


Author: Laura Haugen

Writer, Traveler, Foodie

11 thoughts on “A Festive Recipe Roundup

  1. This reads like the menu at a 5 star restaurant. Everything sounds (and looks) so delicious. If it were a menu I don’t know if I could pick just one. Happy Holidays Laura!

  2. Absolutely wonderful, my mouth is watering.

  3. What a wonderful roundup…all lovely suggestions for the holidays and beyond.

  4. Oh, how fabulous it all looks! Happy New Year and all the best in 2014!

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