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Our Favorite Christmas Recipes

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Dec 7 4 minutes read

Something sweet, Something savoury Something selfless!

Our homemade Scotch Shortbread and much more.

Food and giving: The holiday season is naturally a time when both figure prominently. We gather to share meaningful meals with family and friends and we wonder how best to give back to the less fortunate.

With that in mind, here are some ideas for enjoying the season and for helping others, centred around the idea of food.

First off, here’s an Arnett family favourite: Homemade Scotch Shortbread


— 1 cup butter
Sift together
— 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
— ½ cup sifted icing sugar
— ¼ teaspoon salt

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Blend the dry ingredients into the butter. Pat the stiff dough into an ungreased 9x9-inch baking pan and press edges down. Pierce with a fork through the dough every ½ inch. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. Cut into squares while warm.

This recipe makes approximately 20 squares. Enjoy!

Favourite Christmas recipes found online

Not sure where to start with your holiday meals? The Food Network offers 90 mouth-watering meals, appetizers, side dishes, desserts, treats, drinks and more. The hard part won’t be finding enough ideas, it will be narrowing down the choices!

Allrecipes also packages a pile of recipes into handy categories to choose from, including cookies, appetizers, breads, breakfasts & brunches, cakes, main dishes, food gifts and more. Presented in a Pinterest-like form, there are reviews, nutrition facts, printable instructions and lots of photos. Allrecipes is a food-focused social network created for cooks by cooks.

And Country Living offers more than 100 easy ideas for holiday parties and holiday dinners, including the perfect eggnog and classic Christmas cookies. Yum!

No time to prep?

If you’re short on time but still want to put on a fancy Christmas spread, there are options for ordering a turkey dinner with all the fixings that you simply pick up and bring home. While you’ll need to act fast to see if there are still spots available to reserve, the likes of Bytown Catering, NAC’s Le Café (must order by the 19th), Epicuria and Whole Foods are serving multi-course meals for eight-people-plus from about $200-$300.

Giving back to our community 

The Ottawa Mission

And if you want to help the less fortunate this year, there are many ways to give back. The Ottawa Food Bank is always in need and is holding a special Holiday Food Drive with many suggestions on ways to help. Or, as this recent article suggests, simply giving cash can be the best way to help the food bank since the charity can turn a $1 donation into $5 worth of food.

The Caring and Sharing Exchange puts together upwards of 1,000 Christmas hampers for families in need each year, delivering care packages in time for Christmas. Or you can make a cash or gift donation to Toy Mountain (and if you want to volunteer for the charity, check here). And although The Ottawa Mission has already hosted its Christmas dinner, there is still plenty of need. 

These are just a few of the many services, charities and groups that can use your help. If you have the time or the resources to assist, your efforts will certainly be appreciated.

From our family to yours, we wish you a joyful and rewarding holiday season and the very best for the new year.

Enjoy the Holiday season !

Check Out Our Previous Holiday Blog Posts Here 

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