• Arizona's Family holiday recipe book - Table of contents

    From soups to side dishes, appetizers to desserts and, of course, a drink or two, check out these fantastic holiday recipes -- from our family to yours!

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    Lauren Reimer's Breakfast Quiche (from her Grandma Fern)

    This is a favorite holiday brunch for the Reimer family! 

  • Sweet Provisions Apple Pie Recipe

    What better way to celebrate the holidays than with a delicious sweet treat from the Common Ground Culinary family of restaurants. 

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    Jaime Cerreta's Egg Thing

    Egg Thing is a Christmas and Easter must at the Cerreta household. We make it at the end of the eve and enjoy the morning of the big day. This tradition started in high school and has never stopped. This is an easy recipe I've been able to make myself -- much to my friends' delight!

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    LiAna Enriquez’s Smoked Pozole (Posole) -- The Simple Version

    I always make this soup during some of the “cooler” holidays. Every year I kick off the “Pozole Holiday Season” on Halloween. My family already knows and looks forward to the big pot of Pozole simmering on the stove Halloween night.

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    Cameron Ridle loves Paula Deen's Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding

    It's a hit on Paula Deen's website (almost a five-spoon rating) and it's my holiday request every year!

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    Brandon Lee digs Easy Pumpkin Pie Bars (from The First Year)

    "This recipe is a cross between pumpkin pie bars and pumpkin cake." 

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    Yetta Gibson suggests Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos (from Sugar & Soul Co)

    "These Thanksgiving Leftover Nachos are a great use for all that extra food sitting in your fridge after that big Turkey Day meal!" 

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    Carissa Planalp's Grandma’s Ambrosia

    I’m a single woman with a cat. I’ve never had to take on Thanksgiving cooking. Sure, I’ve followed some box instructions before, helped out in the kitchen, but as far back as I can remember my grandmother has served up her ambrosia for turkey day.

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    Kylee Cruz's Chocolate Dessert Pudding

    I have the biggest sweet tooth so for me the best part of any holiday meal is always dessert. My family has been serving this layered chocolate pudding for as long as I can remember.

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    Nicole Crites' Cheesy Potatoes

    This is my favorite Thanksgiving and holiday side dish! It’s so easy and so delish -- warm cheesy goodness that is pure comfort food!

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    Ian Schwartz's Elote (aka Grilled Mexican Street Corn)

    I'm not an expert cook, so when I do, I try to keep it simple! This isn't a family recipe handed down from a relative, but it is one made often at family functions. It's my take on Elote, grilled Mexican street corn.

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    Lina de Florias' Fraisier Fruit Cake

    My family loves fruit and sweets. This one is a mix of both and is light enough to be the end note to a full meal.  

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    Morgan Loew's Commando Steak

    This could be the GOAT (greatest of all time) steak. And it is more evidence that everything tastes better with bacon grease on it. What’s fun about the “Commando” steak is that it’s best when cooked on a grill over an open fire.

  • April Warnecke's Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes

    I used to be the “rolls girl.” You know, the one the family asks to bring the rolls because she can’t be trusted to cook. But this recipe changed that.

  • Mark McClune's Pork Chili Verde

    This is a great fall/winter cool-season soup that we make. I found the recipe on HeatherChristo.com, and then made even easier by using the Kirkland brand pre-made pulled pork that you get at Costco.

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    Javier Soto's Champurrado

    Champurrado is a chocolate-based, warm and thick Mexican drink. I started the tradition a few years back making it for my family after having it for the first time. It was so good I immediately asked for the recipe.

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    Jessica Parsons' Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

    Those of you who know me know that I'm not much of a chef. But I do love me some chocolate. I have a huge sweet tooth! And, what are the holidays without a few sweets and chocolate goodies?

  • Drinks always look best with a nice coaster. This one is a Gaudi souvenir from our summer trip to Spain! (Source: Olivia Fierro)

    Olivia Fierro's Cranberry Margarita

    If you watch "Good Morning Arizona," you know that I have no skills in the kitchen. Holidays don't change that (but I can set a pretty table) so I'm often assigned to assist on cocktail duty. 

  • Tess Rafols' Lemon Buttery Chicken

    There's nothing like having family and friends over for the holidays. I found this recipe a few years ago on www.DamnDelicous.net. It's always a hit during gatherings. The buttery-cream sauce is amazing; you'll want to drink it!

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    Donna Rossi's Struffoli (from Mama's Rossi's Italian Kitchen)

    These were always in our house at Christmastime. And they are a favorite today of some very special people in my life.

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    Chandler man's cooking innovation, Poultry Mate, cooks Thanksgiving turkey faster

    Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, a Chandler entrepreneur created a cooking mechanism that is proven to help you cook your bird faster.

  • Fall soup recipes from U.S. Egg

    Americans eat more than ten billion bowls of soup each year! Soup season is here and U.S. Egg wants to share recipes from its new soup menu!  

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    Gina Maravilla's Broccoli-Cheese Casserole (courtesy Sheri Torelli)

    My kids don't care for green bean casserole and I have found this to be a good substitute. They love anything with cheese and it's a nice comfort food for the holidays. 

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    Sean McLaughlin's Heavenly Ginger Snaps (thanks to his mom and some Iowa nuns)

    Tummy-aches…cramps. Who needs a sour stomach when the holiday food blitz is about to begin? I found an all-natural, delicious solution to those belly-busters, courtesy of my mom and some Iowa nuns!

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    Royal Norman's Corn and Cilantro Soup

    We started using this -- actually, we make a “double” -- around the holidays in the '80s. We leave it in a crock pot so whenever anyone is hungry with all the trips and stuff that’s going on, they can dig in.

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    Ashlee DeMartino's Sugar Cookies (from her Grandma Nora)

    My mother was born and raised in the south, my father was born and raised in upstate New York. To say cooking is a good old past time is an understatement in my crazy BIG family.

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    Ashlee DeMartino's Sicilian Rice Balls

    I have 100 of holiday items my crazy big family makes, but this is one of my favorites. You see these on the menu at restaurants as Arancini.  

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    Kris Pickel's Chocolate Bourbon Balls (for grown-ups only!)

    This one is for adults only. Why should kids get all the holiday sweets? I had my mom dig out an old recipe from when I was a kid. We were never allowed to eat these but I remember my older sister making them as gifts for adults.

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    Jared Dillingham's Almost Guilt-Free Pumpkin Cheesecake

    This is a favorite because it’s (almost) guilt-free, but also really good. I try a lot of recipes that are supposed to be “healthy versions” of classic favorites, and this is one of the best.

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    Heather Moore's Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Boats

    In our house, the most-requested appetizer is something I’ve made for our gatherings at the station – Jalapeno Boats.

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    Heather Moore's favorite turkey tip

    Ever since Rob, one of our photographers, taught me how to brine a turkey, I’ve never gone back! It was the best turkey experience I’ve ever had, and everyone raved about it. So juicy and tasty, and the smell! Yum! 

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    Heather Moore's Cornbread Casserole

    It’s super easy and delicious! I decided to try out this dish from Allrecipes.com one year and everyone loved it – so it’s become part of the holiday spread. There is rarely any left.

  • Paul Horton's Bolognese and Pasta (well, his mother-in law's)

    Here's the thing, this is my favorite holiday meal my mother-in-law makes. I never knew there were this many things in it. No wonder I loved it so much. Now I appreciate it even more! 

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    Lindsey Reiser's Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

    These are always a huge hit at work potlucks or holiday parties; people go CRAZY for them! They are simple to make and a crowd-pleaser, so I always bring a batch to holiday events!

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    Kim Quintero's Pecan Cheesecake Pie

    My mom has made this recipe every Thanksgiving since I was a kid. I love pecan pie and I love cheesecake, so this is pretty much the best of both worlds.  

  • Lindsey Reiser's Cauliflower Tahini Bites

    Around the holidays, we stuff ourselves with rich food. This is a healthy vegetable side dish to wow your guests with! 

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    Tahini

    Made as described this recipe is Paleo-diet friendly, soy free, dairy free, gluten free, and grain free. 

  • Mashed Black Truffle Cauliflower

    Mashed Black Truffle Cauliflower 

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    Celebrate Boston Cream Pie Day with this fantastic recipe! (and a little history lesson)

    "Let’s celebrate the cake with an identity crisis! Boston Cream Pie is a chocolate frosted, custard filled cake that is loved by millions."

  • Family Game Day Foodie: Cardinals vs Buccaneers

    It’s been a week of sports ups and downs, but there’s always one thing that brings all sports fans together and that’s game day food.

  • Junior Chef sisters Nyah and Kaya make traditional Indian dishes

    Junior Chef: Pav Bhaji Recipe - A Classic Indian Street Food

    Sisters Nyah and Kaya love to cook traditional dishes from India with their whole family. Today these junior chefs are sharing one of their favorite recipes with us, Pav Bhaji.

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    Junior Chef: Gran's Chocolate Chip Cookies From Down Under

    Thursday's Junior Chef, Lexie Farina, whipped up her famous chocolate chip cookies, a family recipe all the way from Australia.

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    Junior Chef: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

    Junior Chef week continues on "Good Morning Arizona" with the return of Jillian Russell and her household famous Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. She also showed Olivia the "proper" way to eat a cupcake. Chances are you're been doing it wrong all your life!

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    Junior Chef: Aviva's Tacos

    Junior Chef Aviva Schnitzer showed Scott Pasmore one of her favorite meals -- tacos. She offers some great alternatives to help you "make it your own."

  • Recipes for the Campisi Junior Chefs

    Recipes for the Campisi Junior Chefs

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    Chef Dad’s 10 Minute Marinara

    For a decidant sauce to top your favorite pasta, try making Chef Dad's 10 Minute Marinara! 

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    RECIPE: Chef Dad's Dreamsicle Cream Pie

    This cream pie brings back such memories of being a kid.

  • These healthy breakfast cookies are great for on-the-go! (Source: 3TV)

    Healthy Breakfast Cookies

    "It's everything good and healthy that you would have in a breakfast," Melody Larsen, the owner of Sassy's Cafe and Bakery, said. "We're just doing it in cookie form. ... You can feel good about sending your kid to school having that for breakfast."

  • Chef Dad’s Drop Biscuits

    Chef Dad’s Drop Biscuits

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    No Bake Sugar Free Cheesecake

    "This recipe has no added sugar so it is great for Diabetics," recipe poster Penny Lipchen says. "It is a favorite in our house. I first tried this recipe as a regular dessert and later tried it without sugar and found it to be just as good."

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    Rum and Chocolate Cheesecake

    "This vegan cheesecake tastes wonderful just as it is without any decoration," recipe poster Winnie Yeung said. "You may wish to arrange halved strawberries or other fruits around the rim and sprinkle chopped nuts in the center."

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    Creamsicle® Cheesecake

    "This fabulous cheesecake will remind you of Mayfield® creamsicle ice cream with every bite you take!" recipe poster Twinstar said. "I love it!"

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    No Bake Cheesecake

    "Very easy recipe and light texture," said recipe poster Jill M. :Great summer dessert recipe. To make 2 pies, multiply recipe by 1.5."

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    Nutella® Cheesecake

    "This recipe is for Nutella® lovers and chocolate lovers alike," recipe poster LauraBeatty said. "This is VERY rich, so cut into small slices."

  • Seafood Lasagna

    Recipe poster Jeanette calls this, "A different twist on lasagna for the seafood lover. Great served with garlic bread." 

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    Vegan Lasagna

    Check out this vegan version of an Italian favorite. Recipe poster Jessica says it's "VERY good." The caps are hers. 

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    S'mores Lasagna

    "This is a recipe all the whole family loves," recipe author Olivia Patrick says. "It is quick, easy, and just like eating a big s'more!"

  • Apple Lasagna

    Recipe author Linda Correia described this as a "perfectly unusual dessert to complement your Italian dinner!" 

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    White Cheese Chicken Lasagna

    Recipe author Lisa Humpf describes this as "a chicken and spinach lasagna with a creamy white cheese sauce." She says it perfect for a pot luck and adds that her kids love it.

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    No-Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

    "Looking for a low-carb dinner to satisfies your Italian food craving? Look no further!" recipe poster a_cook says. "This lasagna is perfect in the summer with your garden-fresh veggies and herbs, or in the winter when you need a comforting meal. You won't even miss the noodles in this one!"

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    Slow Cooker Lasagna

    "This recipe is so easy, you might think that you are doing something wrong," recipe author Kimirin said. "It is delicious!"

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    Lasagna Cupcakes

    Kim Piper, the author of this recipe, calls these nuggets of goodness "Italian cupcakes."

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    Pasta cooking basics

    Making pasta is one of cooking’s easier tasks. It’s something most people claim to be able to cook — anyone who can boil water. Still, there are a few simple tricks to master.

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    Lasagne Verdi al Forno

    Recipe poster Arianna says this recipe is from her home in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. "This lasagna made with spinach pasta cannot be beat," she says. "It's excellent if you want to impress some guests, or even yourself. It may be a bit time consuming, but it's well worth the TLC you put into it."

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    Lasagna Roll Ups

    "This is a good freeze and eat later meal," according to recipe poster Bettie. "It uses tofu, but you'd never know it! My cooking co-op loved this recipe! You can individually freeze the roll ups on a cookie sheet and place in a freezer bag."

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    Momma's Poor Man's Lasagne

    "Simple and quick comfort food made for us as kids by my Momma," according to recipe poster VH. "Good for making large batches and freezing. An inexpensive alternative to traditional lasagne."

  • Recipe: Chef Dad's Italian Pasta Salad

    It's a taste of Italy that you can have right in your own kitchen. We take a look at what goes into Chef Dad's Italian Pasta Salad. 

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    The Mexican Food Diet by Maru Davila - Guacamole de Spa recipe

    Guacamole is a very healthy and satisfying snack. It can also be a great side dish. Make sure you skip the chips. Healthier choices to have with guacamole are fresh vegetables.

  • How microwave pasta: You need to adjust your cooking time!

    Sometimes it's just too hot to fire up the stove to make pasta. This is just one of many instances in which a microwave comes in quite handy. 

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    Tuna Antipasto Salad Bowl

    When the weather gets hot, this big salad is great for supper. This part antipasto, part tuna pasta salad is a family favorite. With some crusty bread, it is a meal all in itself. It is easily adaptable to your family's preferences. 

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    Refreshing Summer Squash Salad

    Great dinner for the summer.

  • (Source: Krysie via Allrecipes)

    Zesty Cold Chicken Pasta Salad

    A quick, easy, tasty, and colorful chicken pasta salad that looks as great as it tastes. Serve at room temperature or cool for at least 1 hour.

  • (Source: Levi Ruiz via Allrecipes)

    Strawberry Gazpacho

    Classic gazpacho using strawberries instead of tomato.

  • (Source: George Doyle Gamber via Allrecipes)

    Cold Beet Soup

    Lithuanian Saltibarsciai: This Lithuanian family recipe from the old country makes an awesome summer soup!

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    Honeydew Blueberry Soup

    A cold soup of honeydew and blueberries. Top with whipped topping, if desired.

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    Summer Bean Salad

    Enjoy the fresh flavors of summer's best in every bite of this easy, colorful salad!

  • (Source: Giardino via Allrecipes)

    Summer Chickpea Salad

    Delicious and inexpensive, this is a breeze to whip up. You will love this sunny salad packed with seasonal tomatoes, basil, and garlic. 

  • (Source: Sarah via Allrecipes)

    Summer Salad

    Great for a light lunch when you are rushing around. Made with summer squash, this is a great twist on salad. 

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    Easy Summer Gazpacho

    The fresh taste of the sauce shines through with the addition of fresh cucumber, bell peppers, tomatoes, and basil. Add as much hot sauce as you dare to create the perfect cold soup for hot summer. This recipe is also gluten free.