Cooking, drinking, merriment

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dear Almanac readers, 

A week to go before Christmas, and we're thinking about food (what's new?).

Planning to bake a ham? Roast a goose? Make a beef rib roast? See our Christmas Dinner Recipes.

Attending or throwing a cocktail party? We've got Christmas Appetizer Recipes—from an easy cheese ball to stuffed mushrooms.

And check out George Washington's favorite concoction for celebrating Christmas at Mount Vernon. Holy smokes!

Sincerely,

Your Almanac Editors

Fetched a cake fer little Jake, 
And fetched a pie fer Nanny, 
And fetched a pear fer all the pack 
That runs to kiss their Granny

–James Whitcomb Riley

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