Delicious Holiday Food, Recipes & Prizes to Win

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Dec 21, 2011

Are you feeling refreshed after a fun-filled holiday weekend?  Maybe you're a little weary after shopping, cooking, travelling and lots of celebrating this week.  Well, with the New Year festivities just a few days away we'd like to remind you about this great round up of recipes for you to try and enjoy!  Our favorite is the stress free brunch which you can make ahead, it's a great idea at any time of year! Thanks to resident food blogger Julie Grice of Savvy Eats Blog for these festive options to try in your kitchen, they are unique and stress free! 

For that perfect winter warmer with a little pick-me up don't forget to enter our fabulous giveaway to win the king of coffee grinders, the Virtuoso Coffee Grinder  ($250) and some amazing new Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products available only at Williams-Sonoma. Enter a recipe AND/ OR a comment for a chance to win, see below for entry details.


Great Breakfast Ideas

Whether you're entertaining or just adding a little something new to your breakfast repertoire, here are some great recipe ideas and ways to plan a stress free brunch.

Take a look at 14 Special Breakfasts for your Christmas Morning

Pictured: Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls from Two Peas and Their Pod



Homemade Food Gifts

If you need a last minute something to bring along to a party or just a little something personal for a friend or neighbour, here are some inspired food gifts for friends, hostesses, and of course your favorite foodies.

Read Last Minute DIY Food Gifts


Pictured Vanilla Orange Candied Cranberries from a Spicy Perspective






Delicious Winter Warmer Drinks

Lastly who can resist a hot sweet drink this holiday. The perfect festive beverages use seasonal flavors and ingredients to create a memorable way to warm up this winter! 

Try these great recipes with your friends and family this year in  11 Warm Beverages for Cold Days, our favorite is the Grown-up Hot Chocolate! Yum!

Pictured:  Grown-Up Hot Chocolate with Homemade Bailey’s Marshmallows from How Sweet It Is.


This Weeks' Recipe Giveaway

Now to accompany your New year's brunch or dessert what could be better than great cup of coffee with a seasonal blend of freshly ground beans brewed to perfection. There is nothing quite like that smell of fresh ground coffee filling your home.  This week we have a fabulous Virtuoso Coffee Grinder ($250) and some Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products to give away, so you can spruce up your French press, drip or espresso maker in no time.

All you need to do to be entered for a chance to win: Submit your favorite holiday dessert or brunch recipe to SheSpeaks Recipes OR  add a comment to this blog post, by 6pm December 29, 2011.  You can enter a recipe AND a comment and you will have two entries to win!

Giveaway Prizes:

Virtuoso Coffee Grinder- $250 Value


Full Circle Coffee Machine Cleaning products available exclusively at Williams Sonoma.


 The contest starts Dec 21, 2011 and ends Dec 29, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.  Must be a US resident. No purchase necessary.



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jaxgma by jaxgma | HOLLISTON, MA
Jan 15, 2012

My favorite brunch is an omelet filled with whatever leftover veggies we have on hand.

ScorpionQueen68 by ScorpionQueen68 | Logansport, IN
Jan 07, 2012

I would have to say my favorite is peaches and cream french toast, a nice hot cup of coffee and my family and friends surrounding me :)

swisewoman by swisewoman | Philadelphia, PA
Jan 05, 2012

i keep it simple with french toast made with whole wheat bread, with a little cinnamon & vanilla in the egg mixture for the french toast, top with fresh strawberries, butter & syrup. don't forget hot yummy coffee to go with it!

CatsMom by CatsMom | WOOD DALE, IL
Jan 02, 2012

I never hard of the Virtuoso Coffee Grinder, but am reading up on it now. Thanks SheSpeaks! And Happy New Year!

dextersprincess1 by dextersprincess1 | DEPEW, NY
Jan 02, 2012

my favorite holiday dessert is tiramusi,. . imake individual ones and put them in little martini glasses! so festive and very tasty! i cannot live without my desserts always refelct it. Coffee is a bond between my friends and family as well as my inspiration for daily life!

mrscushman by mrscushman | DELMAR, MD
Jan 02, 2012

This makes me want to really try some new recipes. Thanks.

benbri1 by benbri1 | TYLER, TX
Dec 31, 2011

The Cranberry Orange Cinnamon Rolls sound amazing! It is tradition for me to make cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning - the day before, I prepare the dough through the first rise, fill and shape them, then let them rise slowly overnight in the refrigerator. The next morning, I let them rise for an hour at room temperature while I bake a Quiche Lorraine, then pop the rolls in the oven so we can enjoy them fresh. Topped with a cream icing, nothing tastes better than tender, warm cinnamon rolls; I will gladly try the afore mentioned variation for a delightful change of flavor. I have recently been teaching my 16 year old niece to make cinnamon rolls, and she is really enjoying working with sweet bread. Traditions, even simple ones, give you something to look forward to, a rewarding sense that everything, if only for a day, is in its place. It is even more rewarding when you can pass that special tradition on to someone else.

justonechick by justonechick | portland, ME
Dec 31, 2011

i love using pomegranite seeds in my salads to make it more festive for the holidays. fresh salad mix, pomegranite seeds, sliced pears, toasted almond tossed with olive oil, red wine vinegar and lemon. enjoy!

Shailynn by Shailynn | LEWIS MCCHORD, WA
Dec 31, 2011

Nothing like the smell of fresh brewed coffee! It smells so much better and tastes better when freshly ground. I grew up hearing the buzz of a coffee grinder. It is the only way to truly enjoy a perfect cup!!

allalyalf by allalyalf | Oakdale, CA
Dec 31, 2011

I have no recipe.

dmdifalco by dmdifalco | FORT GRATIOT, MI
Dec 30, 2011

Love all the recipes and the prizes too!

cmrose by cmrose | WINSTON SALEM, NC
Dec 30, 2011

I have an easy truffle recipe that is quite decadent. You take 15 Green creme-filled Oreos and pulse in food processor. Add 2 oz. cream cheese and process. Roll these into 24 small balls. Melt 24 Ande's mints in the microwave and then dip the balls in. You have Creme de Menthe Truffles!! You can also drizzle some melted milk chocolate on top!

cmrose by cmrose | WINSTON SALEM, NC
Dec 30, 2011

I would love to win this contest as we are big coffee drinkers. I use the Torani syrups that I got from SheSpeaks to add flavor to our coffee. I love the smell and taste of freshly ground coffee!

NoDiets by NoDiets | RICHMOND, VA
Dec 30, 2011

My favorite brunch is homemade cinnamon rolls. They are wonderful fresh out of the oven. I grind my own flour at home and use the whole wheat flour. .

mitchej8 by mitchej8 | MAINEVILLE, OH
Dec 30, 2011

I love green bean casserole made with corn added