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A Happy Holiday Feast


Photography by Nina Gallant and Styled by Sunny Ricks

Whether the table is set for two or 20the food served family-style or multi-course, the holiday feast is one of the best parts of this short-lived season. Yet, without proper preparation, anticipatory stomach growls can quickly turn into knots for the home cook or bakerHere’s the good news: Pitfalls are easy to avoid with a few bits of knowledge. So, here are our best tips, tricks, and cheese-filled dishes—your recipe for festive success awaits. 

Ingredients Matter

Most recipes simply call for a stick of butter or a few large eggs, but once you get to the grocery store, you’re often faced with further decisions. Sweet cream or cultured butter? Organic or free-range eggs? Heavy cream or whipping cream? Find the answers here.

The Ultimate Guide to Leftovers 

If the party is winding down and you’ve still got heaps of food, it’s time to pack it in, er, up. Whether you divvy up your bounty among your guests or keep it all to yourself is up to you, but here’s how to do leftovers right. 

Ultimate Cheesy Dishes

From Roasted Harissa Chicken with goat cheese to Preserved Lemon Ice Cream with crème fraîche for dessert, there’s always room for more cheese in your holiday dishes.

Roasted Harissa Chicken with Herbed Pistachio Goat Cheese

Chicory Salad with Brown Butter Vinaigrette and Smoked Blue Cheese

Rye Crispbreads with Labneh and Hot-Smoked Salmon

Gougères with Ossau-Iraty and Piment d’Espelette

Preserved Lemon Ice Cream with Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Bettina Makalintal

Bettina Makalintal is culture's former editorial assistant. With a background in the food industry and as a bike mechanic, she can often be found biking in search of new donut shops.

Polina Chesnakova

Polina Chesnkova is a Seattle-based food writer, cooking class instructor, and the author of Hot Cheese: Over 50 Gooey, Oozy, Melty Recipes.

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