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Home for the Holidays - a special time where we share a meal with friends and family. For many, it's a custom, a family tradition. A great feast is often prepared - a labor of love, borne of tradition that often includes secret family recipes. It's a lot of work, and we tip our toque to those daring to plan and do much of the cooking. We've been there; we know it can be a bit frenzied at times. So much to do, so little time; perhaps a bit of well intentioned unsolicited advice; there just aren't enough burners on the stovetop.  We can't help with the stove, but we can help you delight your guests and enhance your joy of cooking for them. How about trying Brad"s turkey and brine recipe -  virtually guaranteed to result in a moist, beautiful, and delicious bird. Check out some MTG family gravy favorites and some of our recipes for side dishes.  This year, maybe you plan to prepare a gourmet restaurant meal for the holidays featuring lamb, veal, or beef and complemented with an elegant sauce.  See what we have in store for you by visiting our pantry and exploring our Family Recipes, or buy some sauce.  From the MTG family to your family - Happy holidays.

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Recipe: Garlic and Mustard Crusted Standing Rib Roast Au Jus

A holiday classic that will fill your home with tantalizing aromas. Carve it tableside, pour a French Bordeaux or a California Cabernet Sauvignon, and let the celebration begin!

Recipe: Hazelnut-Crusted Potato Balls

Graisse de Canard Gold adds a special touch - a delicate flavor - to these festive potato balls. You can make them ahead and keep them warm in a slow oven.

Recipe: Herb-Crusted Leg of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce

The flavors of garlic, rosemary, and thyme permeate this succulent roast lamb. For a festive meal, serve it with some simple roasted potatoes, green beans tossed with walnuts and walnut oil, and that bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel you've been saving for just the right occasion.

Recipe: Herbed Stuffing with Mushrooms

Savory browned mushrooms and the scent of fresh and dried herbs make this stuffing one to remember. Save some--if you can--to enjoy with a little leftover gravy!

Recipe: Herbed Stuffing with Sausage

A classic stuffing, flavored with herbs, onion, sausage, and apple and moistened with our Glace de Volaille Gold--it's the perfect accompaniment to your gorgeous holiday bird.

Recipe: Honey Glazed Root Vegetables

These hearty and colorful root vegetables coated with a savory sweet glaze make a superb side dish for a simple autumn dinner or a festive holiday meal.

Recipe: Horseradish Smashed Potatoes

The kick of horseradish in these creamy, chunky smashed potatoes makes a delicious addition to almost any holiday meal--serve with a holiday bird, roast beef, salmon, or pork.

Recipe: Julia's Carrots

Now this is how to cook carrots: follow Julia Child's lead and simmer them slowly in a sweet-savory mixture of brown stock (our Glace de Viande), butter, and a little sugar. The liquid is cooked down to a deeply flavored, shiny glaze that coats the tender carrots. They're the perfect complement to a holiday roast, although you may be tempted to just eat a plate of them with no accompaniment at all. Julia would probably approve.

Recipe: Kale with Caramelized Shallots

Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables around. This hearty green has a great, earthy flavor--a little sweet, a little peppery, with slightly bitter edge. It's delicious braised with sweet, caramelized shallots, a little garlic, and a generous drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil.

Recipe: Lamb Wellington

A twist on the classic "Wellington" dish--using lamb instead of beef and won ton wrappers to stand in for the puff pastry (yes, they work beautifully!), but keeping the classic paté and mushroom filling and the red wine and mushroom sauce. This dish will earn raves from your guests as an elegant first or middle course, or you may double it and serve two apiece as a substantial main course.

Recipe: Lobster Bisque

Try your hand at making this extraordinary soup. Rich and creamy, with complex layers of flavor and plentiful chunks of fresh lobster, it's worth every ounce of effort required. Serve it in elegant small portions as a first course, or increase the portions a bit and serve it as a stunning main dish.

Recipe: Luxurious Turkey-Mushroom Risotto

Never again will left-over turkey be thought of as mundane once you feast on this delectable risotto. Sautéed white mushrooms and onions along with Arborio rice become creamy yet al dente as turkey stock is slowly stirred into this traditional Italian dish. Then add splash of white wine, diced turkey, and Parmigiano. If you're in a flamboyant mood, you might shave on fresh white truffles. For the rest of us mortals, this is already a heavenly celebration that must be served immediately.

Recipe: Madeira Sauce

This classic sauce made with a sweet, smoky fortified wine from Portugal has an amazingly complex flavor but very few ingredients. It's the sauce of choice for Beef Wellington or a simple roasted beef tenderloin, and it's the perfect complement to game, lamb, poultry, roasted vegetables, or pork, especially an Easter ham. You can substitute other fortified wines like Marsala or Port for different but equally luscious results.

Recipe: Maggie's Rice Pilaf with Butternut Squash, Pine Nuts, and Dried Cherries

The savory sweetness of butternut squash is highlighted by tart dried cherries, fresh sage, and crunchy toasted pine nuts in this delicious cold-weather rice dish. It's a perfect side for roast chicken or lamb with rosemary.

Recipe: Maple and Apple Cider Brine

Try a different brine for this year's holiday turkey! This one will transport the flavors of dark, sweet maple syrup and tart apples into your beautifully browned bird.

Recipe: Mushroom Gravy

The deep, savory mushroom flavor of this gravy beautifully complements potatoes, noodles, roasted vegetables, and roasted meats and poultry.

Recipe: Mushroom Ragout

Succulent mushrooms cooked slowly with red wine, garlic, and our mushroom essence, with deep flavor notes from some surprise Asian ingredients. This chunky sauce is delicious over grilled veggies, chicken, pork, steak, or salmon--or with pasta or rice.

Recipe: Our Hoppin' John

This traditional Lowcountry dish is served on New Year's Day to insure luck and prosperity in the coming year. Its roots are in African, French, and Caribbean cuisines that came together in the American South. There are many tales that explain how Hoppin' John got its name, but no one seems to agree on which one is correct. It's also nearly impossible to get southern cooks to agree on how it should be made. Hoppin' John is usually served with braised collard greens (also considered lucky) and a fat square of golden corn bread to soak up the juices. Here's our version:

Recipe: Pepper-Crusted Rack of Venison with Morel Sauce

Juicy venison chops with a crunchy, cracked pepper crust played against the taste of sweet venison meat and woodsy morels are definitely worth celebrating. With our Glace de Gibier, this heady sauce is ultra simple! Sautéed carrots and steamed broccoli florets, or brussels sprouts, would nicely complement this luxurious dish.

Recipe: Pork with Cherry and Port Wine Sauce

Frankly, it almost doesn't matter what you put underneath this ambrosial sauce… Even if it won't make a silk purse of a sow's ear, the full-flavored combination of dried cherries, port, and Jus de Poulet Lié Gold certainly transforms mundane pork cutlets into celebrity fare. Serve this sauce with turkey, chicken, veal, or duck, as well.

Recipe: Potato Parsnip Gratin

Tender potatoes, Gruyére cheese, the earthy flavor of parsnips, and rich cream all come together to make this dish a perfect comfort food--equally at home next to your Thanksgiving turkey or a humble pot roast.

Recipe: Prime Rib with a Peppercorn Crust and Madeira Sauce

A grand roast perfect for a special occasion or a Sunday supper: succulent, tender beef with the spicy crunch of peppercorns and silky Madeira sauce. Serve it with mashed potatoes and a bottle of your favorite hearty red wine and wow everyone around your table!

Recipe: Prime Rib with a Peppercorn Crust and Madeira Sauce

A grand roast perfect for a special occasion or a Sunday supper: succulent, tender beef with the spicy crunch of peppercorns and silky Madeira sauce. Serve it with mashed potatoes and a bottle of your favorite hearty red wine and wow everyone around your table!

Recipe: Pumpkin Risotto

This recipe was shared with us by our friend Diana Baur, innkeeper of the Baur Bed and Breakfast located in the idyllic, rolling hills and vineyards just outside Acqui Terme in the Piemonte region of Italy. This region is a cooks’ treasure: terrific wines, black truffles, hazelnuts and of course risotto. Folks here have a real passion for cooking. We love this recipe and hope you will too. Thanks, Diana!
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