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Smart Talk: Chef Donna Desfor with Christmas and holiday recipes and ideas

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 17, 2013 11:04 AM

What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

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After all the presents are unwrapped Christmas morning, the attention will turn to dinner.  That usually means families gathering for one of the biggest, if not THE largest, sit down meals of the year.  Often, the Christmas dinners provide the most memories of the holiday.

Sharing time with loved ones is a special part of the Christmas dinner but so is the food.  Will it be turkey or ham this year?  Maybe the main course is unique to your family or your family's background.  What about desserts and sweets?  Christmas day can be a great time to experiment with a new recipe.

On Wednesday's Smart Talk, Chef Donna Marie Desfor joins us with a few Christmas dinner ideas and tips and to answer your questions about holiday cooking.

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Chef Desfor brought “eggnog cake balls with chocolate ganache” and “cinnamon bun bunt cake” to sample before the show

We’d like to share your holiday recipes as well.  Submit a recipe on the comments below.  We’ll try to share it on-the-air and direct our audience’s attention to your recipe.

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Comments: 6

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-18 09:26

    Steve writes in via Facebook:

    My Christmas memory is starting the meal off with Italian Wedding soup, followed by ravioli...meatballs...sausage...etc. Super delicious dinner! Super awesome memories!!!

  • Lisa img 2013-12-18 09:34

    I had to laugh when you mentioned what happens when a usual dish is forgotten. I'm not sure why, but one year at either Thanksgiving or Christmas, my aunt and uncle decided not to make mashed potatoes with the turkey. I think their thought was that we had enough food, but my cousins, siblings, and I were all teenagers at the time and were absolutely horrified and not very gracious about it. We felt it was absolute sacrilege. We did have stuffing and gravy, but it in no way made up for the lack of mashed potatoes. Nearly forty years later we laugh about it, but no one has ever forgotten something so vital as mashed potatoes again. And the stuffing better be in the bird, not that horrible fake stuff!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-18 09:36

    Bunny writes on the WITF Facebook page:

    Tell Donna her favorite cookies are pecan tassies!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-18 09:49

    Ken from Manchester weighs in on Scott’s call for favorite holiday music:

    A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaralde.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-18 09:58

    Peter weighs in on favorite Christmas Songs via email:

    A must-hear song that makes me tear up is John Lennon's song to his young son - "SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS".

    Baking prunes in cognac and apple and pear cubes in a large crispy phyllo "package" as dessert for Christmas dinner. You can buy prunes marinaded in cognac in a jar at specialty food shops such as Mandros in Lancaster.

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-12-18 10:05

    Peter weighs on on favorite Christmas music via email:

    A must-hear song that makes me tear up is John Lennon's song to his young son - "SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS".

    Baking prunes in cognac and apple and pear cubes in a large crispy phyllo "package" as dessert for Christmas dinner.

    You can buy prunes marinaded in cognac in a jar at specialty food shops such as Mandros in Lancaster.

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