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Holiday Recipes That Will Steal the Show!

written by Guest Blogger December 20, 2012

Looking for unique and tasty recipes to wow your guests this holiday season? Check out this guest blog post by David Venable, host of QVC’s popular cooking and dining show In the Kitchen with David, for holiday comfort foods that are deliciously divine and ideal for holiday entertaining.

Add flare to any soiree with the following dishes from David Venable:

Holiday Eggnog


  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups whole mill
  • 2/3 cup of your favorite whiskey (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Whipped cream
  • Fresh nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Stick


  1. In a 5 qt stockpot, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt together until the eggs turn pale yellow
  2. Stir in 2 cups of milk
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thick enough to coat a metal spoon and reaches 160°F
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining 2 cups of milk, whiskey, and vanilla
  5. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled — several hours or overnight
  6. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, a light sprinkle of fresh nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick

Roast Turkey and Stuffing Casserole


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups prepared stuffing
  • 2 cups prepared green beans, chopped
  • 2 – 3 cups roasted turkey, shredded or chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups turkey gravy
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cups prepared cranberry sauce


  1. Peheat oven to 350°F; butter a 3 quart baking dish
  2. Spread 2 cups of stuffing on the bottom; top with the green beans
  3. Evenly distribute half of the gravy on top of the green beans; top the green beans with the turkey
  4. Layer the rest of the stuffing over the turkey and top it with the remaining gravy
  5. Sprinkle the top with the slivered almonds and parsley
  6. Scatter dollops of cranberry sauce over the top as well
  7. Place the dish in the oven and bake for 28 – 32 minutes until it’s warmed

Gingerbread Cookies


  • 2 -1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 3/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 stick unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • Extra sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F; sift the flour, baking soda, and spices into a bowl
  2. With an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar; add the egg, molasses, and lemon juice mix until combined
  3. Incorporate the flour mixture and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms
  4. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls; roll the balls in sugar and place them 2 inches apart on lightly greased or parchment paper lined baking sheets
  5. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes, until the cookies are just firm to the touch


David-VenableAbout the Author

Although not a chef, David loves to cook and is revered by fans as QVC’s “resident foodie.” His passion for all things food, coupled with his extensive industry knowledge, has solidified David’s reputation as a sought-after host and TV personality. He also serves as a primary host for other QVC programming. Follow him on Twitter, find him on FB, read his blog or email him at d_venable @ qvc.com. 

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