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Rudolph’s Holiday Cider

Submitted by: Ian Conrad, Halifax

“Why is Rudolph's nose so red? This delicious hard cider is a warm hug on a cold night. Perfect to settle your brain before a long winter’s nap. ”

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Scottish Shortbread

Submitted by: Juliane Landry, Quebec City

“This recipe has been handed down from generation to generation. I learned it from my grandmother, I made it with my mother, and now I’m continuing the tradition with my two-year-old daughter. It’s always been a big favourite!”

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Seafood Bouillabaisse

Submitted by: Tracy Rands, Halifax

“It's simple, delicious, and warms you right up on a cold winter's day. And it has wine in it.”

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Seven Avocado Jingle Guac

Submitted by: Sean Payne, Saint John (NB)

“Guacamole is delicious! It's not particularly Christmas-y for many, but I feel it's the perfect treat to enjoy with friends and family beside the tree. Its beautiful green hue goes nicely with traditional holiday decor, and it pairs with turkey just as well as it does red corn chips. ”

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Shortbread-Sugar Cookies

Submitted by: Alison Crocker, Toronto

“My Mom made this recipe every Christmas when I was growing up and she still makes it to this day! I always like cutting out the shapes and decorating the cookies with icing and sprinkles. ”

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Soft Lemon Drop Cookies

Submitted by: Kristen Hawker, Halifax

“My sister and I have been searching for the perfect lemon drop cookie for years. This is our adaptation of the best recipe we found. ”

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Soft Pretzels

Submitted by: Hockey Fan, RES PUBLICA

“This recipe for homemade chewy pretzels comes from Sigmund Pretzelshop owner Lina Kulchinsky (via”

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Sugar Cookies For Decorating

Submitted by: Tamara Little , Vancouver/Victoria

“At Christmas 2013 I decided to teach myself how to decorate cookies. Each batch is a unique experiment, guided by amazing online resources including blogs and Pinterest. These two recipes are adapted from I made these cookies with the recipes below and am going to try the new cute little cookie cutters this weekend!”

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Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Submitted by: Christin Roper, Halifax

“They're absolutely delicious! The splash of brandy gives the cookies a nutty undertone that pairs well with the sweetness of the icing. Make sure you wait until the icing is completely dry before packaging or serving - about 8 hours, or more if you can!”

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Suitsulõhega kasukas (Estonian Layered Salad with Smoked Salmon)

Submitted by: Katrin Sermat, Montreal

“A variation on rosolje, a popular dish that is an essential part of the Estonian Christmas Eve buffet table. Originating in Russia in the mid-nineteenth century, rosolje was quickly adopted by the Estonians and is still popular today. Unlike rosolje, which is stirred to blend before serving, the kasukas version is made and served in a big glass bowl that shows off all the layers, like a trifle. The beets give it a dramatic pink hue. Traditionally, the salad is prepared with matjes herring, a Scandinavian pickled herring—not to be confused with rollmops or other styles of pickled herring. If you don’t like herring or can’t find it, smoked salmon works well. ”

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Swedish Almond Cake

Submitted by: Katrina Adamo, AXON New York

“I've always been surrounded by Swedish culture, as my ancestry is half Swedish and I grew up in New Sweden, Maine. Making this cake every holiday season helps me feel more connected to my family of the past and the present.”

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Swedish-Style Salmon

Submitted by: Christophe Sanders, RES PUBLICA

“This is simple comfort food. The Swedes traditionally make it in the summer, but I find it works just as well in the winter. Serve for lunch or dinner with potatoes, a green salad and a glass of white wine.”

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Sweet and Spicy Almonds

Submitted by: Jann Goodwin, Halifax

“This is a recipe I received from former colleague who always brought these in to the office to share around Christmas time. I have had success with it... but she had it nailed. Hers were always the best.”

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