Gardiner Family Recipes We Use During Christmas

Gardiner Family Recipes We Serve During The Christmas Holiday

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Popular recipes for the holidays

The holidays are here again and we are all looking for new tasty recipes to try and share with family and friends. Many of you know that I am a vegetarian and I stay away from sweet treats, but my family has not joined me as of yet. I am trying to wean them away from the bad stuff, but in the meantime, these are recipes that have been popular throughout the years. Enjoy!

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Baked Egg Casserole

I worked with a lady who brought this in for a potluck. It is an easy recipe to make, and my family looks forward to this every holiday.


  • 10 eggs
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pint small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 lb. Monterey Jack cheese or Colby Jack (shredded)
  • 2 4 oz. cans diced green chiles (8 oz. total)
  • ½ cup melted butter


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Use a little bit of melted butter to grease a 9 X 13 glass baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, beat eggs until light.
  • Add flour, baking powder, salt, cheese, and melted butter.
  • Blend together well and then stir in green chiles.
  • Pour into a well-buttered baking dish and bake for 35 minutes.
  • Use a toothpick to check if done, so it comes out clean. DO NOT allow it to get dry.
  • Let cool for a while and then slice into squares and remove with a spatula. Put on a serving plate to serve.
  • You can store them in the refrigerator and wrap in foil and warm them in a 350-degree oven and serve them if you take them for a dish at a Christmas party, or potluck at work.
  • Depending on how big you slice the squares, you should be able to get at least 2 dozen squares.
Keyword Baked eggs, breakfast, brunch, casserole, holiday food
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Chile and cheese rollups

This is another recipe I got from a co-worker. It is so easy to make and if you are taking these to someone’s house or work, you can slice them when you arrive there. This appetizer has always been a hit too! I make these at Thanksgiving and Christmas and prepare them ahead so all you have to do is slice them. It gives them something to eat before the big meal.


  • 4 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or Colby Jack cheese (I add a little more than the one cup myself, it is a personal preference)
  • 1 4 oz. can of Ortega diced green chiles (mild)
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped or diced olives
  • 4 6-inch flour tortillas ( I usually am able to make 6)


  • In a medium-sized bowl, blend cheeses, chiles, green onions, and olives.
  • Spread 1/2 cup cheese mixture on each tortilla and spread all the way to the end of each tortilla.
  • Roll up each tortilla jelly-roll fashion.
  • Wrap each roll with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut each roll into 10 to 12 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on a platter to serve, with salsa if desired.
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“Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” ― Pope John XXIII

Ham bread loaf

This is a recipe my mom gave me. It is another popular and easy appetizer to serve during the holiday season.

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  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 6 oz. of cream cheese, softened
  • 1-pint sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 4 oz. can dice green chiles (mild)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup green onions
  • 1 round French or Sourdough loaf of bread


  • Cut a circular lid out of the top of a round French or Sourdough loaf of bread.
  • Set the lid aside and dig out the bread inside the loaf, and put these pieces of bread on the side to dip.
  • Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
  • Pour into the loaf and place the lid on top.
  • Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
  • If going to someone’s home you can prepare this and wait until you get there before you put it in the oven, if you know the oven will be available, otherwise warm at home and keep the foil on to keep it warm.
  • You can buy extra bread pieces to bring with you and once the dip is gone, you can break up the bread for people to eat.
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Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

This is a recipe I have had since 1982 from a friend of mine. These cookies are tasty and moist with peanut butter added. My family loves cookies and I love sharing the recipe.


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a small bowl combine: flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl combine: peanut butter, butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  • Beat until creamy.
  • Beat in milk and egg.
  • Gradually add in flour mixture, and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips.
  • Drop by tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheets or use parchment paper.
  • BAKE 10 to 12 minutes. Cool at a couple of minutes before removing. Makes about 4 dozen 2 1/4 ” cookies.

I hope you try and love these recipes as much as we do! May you and your families have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!!

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See you soon, Denise

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