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Festive Culinary Traditions

Whether it's roasted tamales stuffed with slow-cooked pork, beans, and jalapenos, a sweet bread packed with tart cranberries and fresh rosemary, or a hot mug of Christmas punch that has the aroma of hibiscus flowers filling the house, Texas knows how to do Christmas cooking right. And for the first time, its top holiday chefs are willing to share their recipes. So pull up a chair for some good food and great stories on how culture and cooking go hand-in-hand—just don't forget your stretch pants.​

  • 1.

    From the Valley to the Hills

    From the Valley to the Hills

    Jack Allen of Jack Allen's Kitchen dishes up holiday hash with bacon and butternut squash.

  • 2.

    Tamale Time!

    Tamale Time!

    A creative twist on the classic Christmas tamale from the chef and owner of SALT.

  • 3.

    Chuckwagon Man

    Chuckwagon Man

    The Perini Ranch Steakhouse rub for lamb chops or pork ribs will kickstart your holiday appetizers.​

  • 4.

    Ponche Navideño

    Ponche Navideño

    Hot holiday punch—South Texas style—from melissa.guerra.com, a blog and marketplace for Texas cuisine.

  • 5.

    Holidays in the Kitchen

    Holidays in the Kitchen

    Heat things up with Kitchen 713's turkey, Cajun-style​ gravy, and "good luck" black-eyed peas.

  • 6.

    Hot Hot Hot!

    Hot Hot Hot!

    Check out a quintessential Texas holiday staple—smokin' hot salsa made with Tio Rod's family recipe.

  • 7.

    Meat You There

    Meat You There

    A scintillating beef tenderloin by Lou Lambert of Lamberts Downtown Grill for his cattle-ranching family.

  • 8.

    The Original!

    The Original!

    The top enchilada recipe of Irma's Original, an award-winning restaurant that feels just like home.

  • 9.

    Paradise Found

    Paradise Found

    Eve's Garden is a family-run B&B passionate about providing the world's best breakfast.

  • 10.

    Buttermilk Bliss

    Buttermilk Bliss

    Sink your teeth into the holiday pie from Stockman's Steakhouse in the Old Houston County Auction Barn.

  • 11.

    Get the Recipes

    Get the Recipes

    Make all of the recipes you see here, right in your own home!

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