Cooking and Baking

Weekend Cook and Tell: Holiday Bringalongs

Welcome to a special holiday-themed Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we page through the food sections of various national newspapers to create a weekend cooking project. We hope you will cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

As the end of December draws near, there's no escaping the fact that the holiday season is upon us and for most of us that means firing up the stove and whipping up at least a dish or two to be shared by friends and family. Whether you are hosting a holiday fĂȘte or merely bringing a side or dessert to a get-together, chances are you'll be cooking in the next week.

Our inspiration this week comes from cookbook author Georgeanne Brennan who wrote a wonderful piece for the San Francisco Chronicle all about hosting an easy holiday appetizer potluck. In place of hosting a formal sit-down affair Brennan eliminates this stress by asking her guests to bring a first course. This way no one is preoccupied with perfect timing, seating charts, or meal planning for that matter. Everyone gets to sit back and graze on a number of small plates. The result is somewhere in between a tapas bar and a potluck—the ideal answer to holiday entertaining.

For this week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we want to know what all of you are bringing to your holiday get-togethers. Do you have wonderful hors d'oeuvres that travel well and please crowds everywhere they go? A side dish that you are known for or a homemade hostess gift that pleases every time? We want to hear all about your best holiday bringalongs.

Show us your photos on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title) and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your photos and recipes next Wednesday just in time for New Year's parties.

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