You may have packed away the artificial Christmas tree for the season, but you can still enjoy some of your favorite Christmas dishes–with a twist! Here are three traditional holiday recipes you can tweak to brighten up your spring dinner table.
1. Sugar Cookies
Santa’s favorite snack doesn’t have to disappear when the holidays are over! Try adding a few drops of lemon extract to your favorite sugar cookie recipe, and invest in flower-shaped cutters for a bright, spring-y touch. Royal frosting makes a fantastic glaze, and you can tint it any color of the rainbow to complement your flower shapes. This is a great project for kids, too!
2. Turkey and Gravy
Instead of the traditional turkey and gravy, try making a turkey salad for springtime. Fresh greens are more readily available this time of year. Coupling those lush greens with pieces of roasted turkey, fresh fruits and a light vinaigrette dressing will result in a special brunch or gourmet accompaniment to your regular dinner spread.
3. Christmas Pies
The traditional pumpkin pie might be out of season, but you can revive the pie tradition any time of the year. For a springtime twist, try making mini strawberry pies. If you’re feeling artistic, you could even add a springtime touch to the pie crusts. These make a fantastic lunchbox addition for children or spouses–and they give you a taste of the Christmas spirit that’s still months away.
There are countless ways to tweak your favorite comfort foods and holiday recipes for the spring and summer months. Perhaps the best way to make the holiday spirit last all year is to simply take the time to share a meal with the friends and family you love.
Don’t save it all for Christmas Day, and don’t save all the special touches for your white Christmas tree. Put that touch into every season. Your family will notice.