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Special Occasion Recipes for the Holidays


Here are some classic and creative menu ideas for your upcoming holiday dinners. Special occasion cooking does not have to be complicated, but it does have to be delicious!

Pepper-Crusted Beef Tenderloin

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There is nothing better than a roasted beef tenderloin when you want to splurge for a special occasion meal. Beef tenderloin is so easy to cook, incredibly tender, and when paired with a light "veal jus" sauce, you'll have a very memorable meal.

Roast Christmas Goose

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Tired of the same old Christmas turkey or ham? Then give this traditional roast goose recipe a try. The overnight brining ensures very flavorful and moist meat.

Classic Roast Prime Rib of Beef

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Perfect prime rib is an easy undertaking if you follow a few key steps. This prime rib recipe will work no mater what size roast you're using

Rolled Stuffed Pork with Dijon Pan Sauce

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This stuffed pork tenderloin is one of those recipes that looks very impressive to your dinner guests, but in fact is quite simple and easy to prepare. The herb and garlic stuffing is balanced by the sweetness of the currants, and pairs perfectly with the tender pork and light sauce.

Grilled Loin Lamb Chops

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The Middle Eastern-style spice and herb mix is the secret in this succulent lamb chop recipe. After being marinated and grilled, these loin lamb chops are tender, juicy, and flavorful.

Black Cherry Pork Tenderloin

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The pork tenderloin used in this delicious recipe is one of the easiest cuts of meat to cook. Also, the sweet and tangy sauce, made in the pan after the meat is cooked, pairs perfectly with the black pepper crust on the pork.

Seared Sonoma Foie Gras with Balsamic Reduction

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Foie gras, which means "fat liver" is one of the world's great culinary experiences. The flavor and texture is virtually impossible to describe. This extremely expensive product was once only produced in Europe, but there are now several great American sources for foie gras.

American Buffalo Roast

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Many higher-end grocery stores now sell buffalo meat right along side beef in the butcher case. Buffalo has a mild, delicious flavor and has only half the cholesterol of beef. This garlic-studded buffalo roast recipe is a great way to enjoy this healthy meat.
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