Not Your Mother’s Holiday Feast: Baking Bloggers Dish Up Unique Recipes for the Holidays


Not a put down on mom’s fantastic cooking, but sometimes you just want to bring out a new dish at the next holiday feast. But if you’ve tried lately to search for recipes to add to your traditional holiday celebration, you probably have been bombarded with the sheer amount of options out there.

Here at Bosch, we understand your dilemma. That’s why we’ve taken on the job of finding some of the most delicious recipes so you can impress your family at the next gathering.

To that end, we reached out to four fantastic blogging chefs whose work we felt was well worth featuring. They shared their favorite holiday dish and some insights behind why their recipes have a place in their family tradition. We hope you find something you haven’t thought to include in your holiday feasting before now.

Charlotte Rutledge

Bosch Blogger Interview - Charlotte RutledgeWe were incredibly excited when Charlotte Rutledge responded to our recipe query. She is the Recipe Testing and Development Manager for King Arthur Flour. Working in that capacity, she seems to always be leading the charge when it comes to food trends. Many of her kitchen adventures are documented on the King Arthur Flour blog.

Charlotte knew immediately what recipe she wanted to recommend. “A galette des rois, or the French version of king cake…Traditionally in France, the galette gets baked with a fève (dried bean) in the filling. When it’s served the whole galette is galettes of different sizes, and whoever gets the bean enjoys the honor of being king (or queen) for the day.” 

Almond Galette - Charlotte Rutledge

This delicious and fun tradition came from her childhood. “I loved the element of surprise and excitement while eating my slice just as much as I loved the combination of tender, buttery pastry and moist, rich almond cream.”

With her work managing the test kitchen at King Arthur Flour, she usually enjoys this delicious pastry outside of the season it was created to celebrate. But her young daughter has motivated her to restart this festive holiday tradition.

If you think the galette des rois may be what you are looking to add to your next holiday, you can find the recipe and read the complete Charlotte Rutledge interview.

Jeff Hertzberg

Bosch Blogger Interview - Jeff HertzbergOne of the creative minds behind The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Jeff Hertzberg also runs the blog Breadin5 with co-creator Zoë François. Between this and his health-improvement program consulting work, Jeff found the time to share his holiday go-to.

As his family is Jewish, Jeff shared some of the family’s recipes which they made to Hanukkah. And we’re going to give you a hint — it involves oil.

If you haven’t seen latkes (fried potato pancakes) before, that’s okay. Jeff explained that “It’s all about fried things for Hanukahcommemorating the ancient Jerusalem temple lamp that miraculously stayed lit for eight nights when there was only enough oil for one. So for us, fried potato pancakes (latkes) are traditional.”

We were pretty in favor of any dish which sounded so delicious, but it doesn’t end there. Along with the traditional latkes, Jeff had another tasty fried addition to offer your next holiday feast.

Paninis made with goat cheese and olive oil.  

It’s okay if you drooled a little bit. We did too. Jeff explained that he and his wife had become inventive bakers in college and when engaging in their usual Hanukkah cooking of latkes, they decided to add in olive oil fried paninis made on peasant bread with extra gooey cheese. Naturally, they loved it and it has become such a great holiday tradition that when their daughter comes home from college,“ …we may crank out some latkes, but the fried holiday food we’re making will be panini—grilled cheese sandwiches done the Italian way, on a press, in olive oil. That’s the perfect fried food for this particular Hanukkah.”

If you think paninis may be what you are looking to add to your next holiday, you can find the recipe and read the complete Jeff Hertzberg interview.

Teri Hutcheon

Bosch Blogger Interview - Teri HutcheonPractically rolling away from the dining room table was fun as a kid, but some of us don’t want to miss out on family time just because we fell into a food coma. Thankfully, Teri Hutcheon from the blog A Foodie Stays Fit came to the rescue. She regularly shares her healthy, and often gluten-free, recipes on her blog.

The excellent holiday side dish Teri recommends for your next holiday dinner was a delightful kale salad. Teri said, “I like having something GREEN at the table since meals can quickly get carb heavy, but the cheese makes it still feel a bit indulgent. (I sometimes throw crispy bacon into the mix too!) It comes together really quickly which is important during the busy holiday season!”

Bet you never thought you’d see such a tasty kale salad! Teri explained, “I love making a kale salad with clementines, chopped almonds and pecorino romano. The textures are amazing with the crunchy almonds, sweet clementines and chewy dried cranberries. Even my husband, who isn’t really a salad person, loves it.”

Before anyone protests that salads with fruit in them are for summer, let us explain. Teri had first whipped up this salad to bring to a potluck. When Christmas rolled around, she wasn’t able to go home for the holidays and her neighbors’ children were spending Christmas elsewhere.

“I made the salad since I still had all the ingredients around and they grilled steaks… It wasn’t a traditional Christmas dinner, but it’s a wonderful memory of sharing time with great people – and that’s really the best part about the holidays.”

If you think Teri’s kale salad may be what you are looking to add to your next holiday, you can find the recipe and read the complete Teri Hutcheon interview.

Dori Troutman

Bosch Blogger Interview - Dori TroutmanEver gone to a country fair and been confronted with some of the most delicious baking you have ever seen? That’s pretty much how you’ll feel as you read Dori Troutman’s blog The Red Feedsack. She lets you peek into her life, where she shares her craft, adorable farm animals, and of course, heavenly recipes.   

After talking to Dori about our project, she came to us armed with a delightful recipe that is sure to become your family’s new favorite, non-traditional holiday dish.  Dori said, “My favorite non-traditional recipe is a wonderful Apple Pancake cooked in the oven in a large cast iron skillet! There is something about it that says “home” and “comfort” and “family”.  And I love that.”

The apple pancake recipe holds a special place in Dori’s heart, as it was shared with her over 35 years ago when she was a soon-to-be bride. Dori said, “I still have the original recipe; written in cursive on lined notebook paper!”

It cemented a place in her heart and family tradition just 3 months after her wedding. Dori was celebrating Thanksgiving with her parents and volunteered to cook breakfast, even though she didn’t have the best cooking skills at the time. Her apple pancakes were a hit and would remain so over the years.

Dori Troutman - The Red Feedsack - Apple Pancake“This recipe holds a lot of special memories for me.  Probably the ones that I love the most are making this for my children all their lives… And now that my daughter is grown and has a family of her own she serves it frequently for her little family and I love that.”  

If you think the apple pancake may be what you are looking to add to your next holiday, you can find the recipe and read the complete Dori Troutman interview.


Keep The Holidays Fresh

Traditional family dishes are some of our favorite part of the holidays. Most of us have that one particular dish that we look forward to all year. Yet, it can be fun to try new dishes with our loved ones.

We hope you have enjoyed our presentation of “Not Your Mother’s Holiday Feast”. Special thanks to our contributors for not only sharing these tasty, non-traditional dishes but also sharing the memories associated with them. Because it really is the memories that make a holiday recipe special.

Do you have non-traditional recipes that spice up your holiday meals? Share them below!


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