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Make It Home for the Holidays


Make It Home for the Holidays

It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to give those you love a home-style holiday celebration! Just head into the kitchen and whip up some of these tasty treats—including recipes from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM employees and renowned Southern chef Paula Deen—and no matter where you live, you’ll bring them a taste of home for the holidays!  

McCann Family Famous Rice Pudding

Recipe Courtesy of Jim McCann, Founder This is a McCann tradition and a dish that Jim always looks forward to each holiday season. Try it for yourself and see how easy it is to bring an old-fashioned favorite to your holiday table. Makes 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1 1/4 cup cooked rice, cooled
  • 1 cup seedless raisins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Dash of nutmeg

Directions

  1. Combine eggs, sugar and salt in a bowl and mix well. Gradually add milk, rice, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Pour into a buttered 1-quart casserole dish.
  3. Set casserole dish in shallow pan and pour hot water in pan until it reaches 1inch in depth.
  4. Bake at 325 F for 1 1/2 hours or until set.
 

Joe’s Kickin’ Christmas Chili

Recipe Courtesy of Joe Tura, Senior Copywriter This recipe is based on one our copywriter Joe found in a fireman’s cookbook, and it’s a big hit every year at our office holiday celebration. This recipe makes 4 quarts of delicious chili—enough to feed your entire family during the hectic holiday season! Make approximately 4 quarts

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef (chuck preferred)
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 16-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 24-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped (without the liquid)
  • 1 8-ounce jar green chili salsa
  • 1 4-ounce can green chili peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 12-ounce can pinto beans
  • 1 12-ounce can red kidney beans
  • 1 12-ounce can black beans
  • 3 12-ounce bottles or cans of beer (golden preferred)
  • 1 tablespoon hot red pepper sauce
  • 2 pounds cheddar cheese, grated

Seasoning Mixture

  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons fresh-ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all the seasoning mixture ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, brown the meats together over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and half of the seasoning mixture.
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions get soft.
  5. Drain the excess oil from the pan and set the meats aside.
  6. In a large pot, combine the tomato sauce, salsa, chili peppers, tomato paste, whole tomatoes, beef stock, beans, beer, and red pepper sauce. Mix well.
  7. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for 15 minutes.
  8. Stir in the browned meat and the rest of the seasoning mixture. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 1/2 hours.
  9. Stir in the cheddar cheese, and continue simmering for another half hour.
  10. Serve hot, in warmed bowls if possible, and enjoy!
 

Sweet Treats From Paula Deen

Merry Christmas from celebrity chef Paula Deen! In celebration of her favorite holiday, this best-selling author brings her trademark Southern charm and incomparable talent to two delicious and decadent cookie recipes that are out-of-this-world fabulous and easy to prepare. Enjoy the recipes, and as Paula herself would say, “Merry Christmas, y’all!”  

Stick to Your Teeth Chocolate Cookies

Recipe Courtesy of Paula Deen Makes 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1-ounce squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs, finely ground
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 24 shelled walnut halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using a double boiler, melt the chocolate in a medium-sized bowl. Add the milk and stir until the mixture thickens, approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the crumbs, salt, nuts, and vanilla. Stir until well-combined. Work quickly, as the mixture will become stiff.
  4. Using a spoon, drop the mixture into rounded teaspoons onto a prepared greased cookie sheet.
  5. Place half a walnut on top of each cookie.
  6. Place cookies in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove cookies from oven and quickly transfer onto waxed paper to cool.
 

Savannah Cheesecake Cookies

Recipe Courtesy of Paula Deen Makes 25 squares

Ingredients

Crust
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 stick butter, melted
Filling
  • Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or almond extract
  • Fresh berries and mint leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, pecans, and butter in bowl.
  3. Press crust dough into an ungreased 13 inch by 9 inch by 2 inch pan. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  4. For filling, beat cream cheese and granulated sugar together in a bowl until smooth, using a handheld electric mixer. Add eggs and extract, and beat well.
  5. Pour over crust.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. Cool completely. Cut into squares before serving.
  8. Decorate tops with berries and mint leaves.
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