From Our Table to Yours

The holiday season is around the corner and for many it’s a time to gather around the table with friends and family for some quality time and some quality food. Each of us has our own favorite and special recipes that warm our soul, so we asked YOU what fills your heart (and belly) this time of year. We’re here to share the delicious results, as well as some of our own favorites! Here are some classic and fun recipes to try out this holiday season:

Vietnamese Egg Rolls

A delicious staple in Bordie Danielle’s house around the holidays.

Cranberry Chutney

This is not your average cranberry sauce!

1 lb. fresh cranberries (or 1 bag), 1 cup sugar, ½ cup brown sugar, ½ cup golden raisins, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 ½ t. ginger, ½ tsp. ground clove, ¼ tsp. ground allspice, 1 cup water, 1 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped apple, ½ cup chopped celery,

Simmer berries, sugars, raisins, spices with 1 cup water uncovered in 2 qt. pot over medium heat, stirring until juices are released (about 15 min.). Reduce heat, stir in remaining ingredients. Simmer uncovered till thick…about 15 min. Refrigerate up to 2 weeks. Can be frozen.

Miriam’s Chocolate Bundt Cake

This rich cake recipe goes all the way back to the early 20th century and has been passed down through the generations! If you want to stick to the original recipe go with the chocolate frosting, but we found that a regular cream cheese icing  is more balanced.

Moist Chocolate Cake:

1 ¾ cup flour, 1 cup milk, 2 cups sugar, ½ cup veg. oil, ¾ cup dark cocoa, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 ½ tsp. baking soda, 1 cup boiling water, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 2 eggs

350 oven.  Combine dry ingredients.  Add remaining ingredients, except boiling water.  Combine. Beat at med. Speed for 2 min.  Remove mixer and Stir in boiling water.  Pour into greased bundt pan or 13 x 9 pan.  Bake 35 min for 13x 9..a little longer for bundt. Test to see when done.

Cream Cheese Frosting for Cake:

18 oz. Cream cheese softened, 1 tsp. vanilla, dash salt, 5 cups 10x sugar (approx. 1 box), ½ dark cocoa, 2 Tbsp. Milk or as much as needed

Combine cream cheese, vanilla, salt, and mix till blended.  Add combined sugar/cocoa. Alternate with milk until light and fluffy.  Spread over cooled cake.

Maple Butter Tarts

The resident Canadian on the BORED team, Maddie’s house smells like maple most of the year – but especially around the holidays. Butter tarts are a classic Canadian recipe, and the addition of maple is just *chef’s kiss*.

Gravlax Bar

It just wouldn’t be New Years Day without gravlax (Scandinavian-style cured salmon). And the best part about this dish is you really can’t mess it up – it’s simple, customizable, makes you feel fancy, and is very, very tasty.

You’ll need: gravlax, of course (if you can’t find it locally, you can make it yourself – but smoked salmon and/or lox will be equally delicious!); an variety of bagels, fresh or lightly toasted (Maddie recommends Montreal-style, so hit up Myers if you can); cream cheese; and an assortment of toppings (capers, red onions, dill, chives, avocado… do you!).

Arrange everything on some lovely cutting boards/bowls/serving dishes, and cheers to the season!

Bacon Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts 

Submitted by Kyle Challancin 

Kyle, a member of the Student Life marketing team shared his families maple infused recipe!

For this recipe cut up pre-cooked bacon, slice fresh brussels sprouts in half, and drizzle with olive oil and a good pinch of salt. Toss the bacon into brussels sprouts and please on April lined baking sheet. Spread the brussels sprouts evenly and drizzle them with maple syrup. Cook brussels sprouts for 35 to 40 minutes at 400° (About 25 minutes if you use frozen brussels sprouts).


These potato pancakes will knock your socks and are amazing to top off with sour cream and/or applesauce! Make sure when frying to leave your windows open!

Ginger Snap Cookies

Submitted by Hailey Rosenfield

An aunt’s recipe for hungry a student! Ginger snap cookies are delicious and a great treat if you like something sweet and a bit spicy! (submitted by Hailey Rosenfield)

2 cups of sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ cup of butter ¾ cup molasses 4 ½ cups of flour 4 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. ginger 1 tsp. Cloves 2 tsp. Cinnamon

Cream butter in a large bowl. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses. Add dry ingredients. Roll dough into balls and then roll into sugar. Place on greased or lined cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 7 minutes, until just cracked on top. Remove carefully from the pan or slide parchment paper onto the counter so that they stop cooking. Let cool on the paper or on a rack. The important thing about these cookies is NOT to overcook them. If you want chewier cookies, make larger balls (Like the size for chocolate chip cookies). If you do this size, you get about 50 cookies. If you make them smaller, like large marbles, you get up to 130 cookies. The smaller ones need less cooking time than what is listed.

Raspberry Pistachio Linzer Cookies 

These sweet treats are a a grandpas favorite holiday sweet and they are the prefect balance of nutty and fruity.

Turkey Spring Rolls

Submitted by Aoi Tischer

This is a great recipe if you have extra turkey or just want to make a snack with the family!

2 lbs ground turkey, cabbage, carrots, onions, soy sauce and oyster sauce

Cook all of these in a pan and add the sauce, put them in an egg roll wrapper and fry!

Pumpkin Cookies

Submitted by Kyleah Benoit-Primus

This recipe stems from family bakery classic, and it is amazingly delicious.

Ingredients: 3 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup pumpkin purée, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1tsp baking powder, 1 tap cinnamon

Frosting: 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup milk (add more as needed)

Directions 1. Preheat to 350 2. Mix sugar and butter 3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients 4. Add the dry ingredients 5. Use an ice cream scooper to scoop balls onto tray 6. Bake for 9-12 min 7. Take out and cool for 5 min 8. Dip in frosting and let cool on cooling rack.

Best Holiday Pancakes

Submitted by Hannah Magee

These pancake have a bit more spice and have been refined for the first breakfast!

Dry ingredients: 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

Wet ingredients:1 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of oil

Mix wet ingredients then poor slowing into the dry ingredients, mix until combined. Flip pancakes when the bubbles on the top pop. Enjoy pancakes.