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59 Vintage Christmas Dishes Worth Trying Today

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If you like your Christmas vintage style, check out these festive foods. These retro Christmas dinner recipes are sure to be menu hits for years to come.

Layered Christmas Gelatin

Layered Christmas GelatinTaste of Home
Christmastime always means that this recipe comes out of my recipe box. The traditional holiday colors in this salad make the buffet table look so pretty. —Diane Schefelker, Ireton, Iowa. Here’s why red and green are considered Christmas colors.

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Upside-Down Fruitcake

Upside-Down FruitcakeTaste of Home

I get tired of people bad-mouthing holiday fruitcakes. It’s one of my favorite holiday flavors and I look forward to it every year. This year, I decided to combine it with everyone’s favorite, upside-down cake. Try to say no to this fruitcake; I dare you! —James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Editor

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Crown Roast with Apricot Dressing

Crown Roast with Apricot DressingTaste of Home
I have been making crown roasts for many years but was only satisfied with the results when I combined a few recipes to come up with this guest-pleasing version. It’s beautifully roasted with an apricot glaze and a nicely browned stuffing. —Isabell Cooper, Cambridge, Nova Scotia. Check out this fun Christmas trivia you probably never knew.

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Celebration Cheese Balls

Celebration Cheese BallsTaste of Home

A handful of simple ingredients that go together in minutes, three fun flavorful options…these creamy cheese balls from our Test Kitchen are a darling, do-ahead delight for busy holiday hostesses! Why not whip up several batches? —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Brandy Slush

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This slush with a hint of citrus keeps you cool on hot summer days. Even if you’re not a tea lover, you’ll likely find the mix of flavors pleasing. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Baked Ham with Pineapple

Baked Ham with PineappleTaste of Home
I first learned the technique for cooking pineapple ham for a themed dinner my husband and I hosted. Since it was widely known as the symbol of hospitality, pineapple was the star ingredient on our menu and on this lovely baked ham. —JoAnn Fox, Johnson City, Tennessee. Get a look at what people eat at Christmastime in 19 different countries.

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Miniature Meat Pies

Miniature Meat PiesTaste of Home

I make these handheld pies in advance, keep them in the freezer, then bake them the day of the party. They are always a hit at tailgate and potlucks. —Gayle Lewis, Yucaipa, California

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Bread Pudding with Nutmeg

Bread Pudding with NutmegTaste of Home

I always make this bread pudding recipe for my dad on his birthday and on holidays. He says it tastes exactly like the bread pudding with nutmeg he enjoyed as a child. —Donna Powell, Montgomery City, Missouri

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Cathedral Cookies

Cathedral CookiesTaste of Home
Children love the colorful marshmallows in these festive confections, which look like stained glass when they’re sliced. They practically light up the room from the serving platter at our holiday parties. —Carol Shaffer, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Find out why we bake cookies at Christmastime, and the origins of more of your favorite Christmas traditions.

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Cranberry-Orange Roast Ducklings

Cranberry Orange Roast DucklingsTaste of Home

I came up with this recipe a few years ago. The first time I served it, there wasn’t a speck of food left on the platter and I knew I had a winning recipe. —Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin

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