Yule Cooking & Recipes

When Yule rolls around, many of us spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It's a season of gathering with friends and family, and a good meal is often at the center of our celebrations. Whether you're planning a pot of Wassail, carving up a chocolate Yule log, or spooning up a savory soup, Yule is a great time of year to make some magic in your kitchen.

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The Yule plum pudding is said to bring good fortune. Image by Peter Dazeley/Image Bank/Getty Images

Looking for a bit of Yule magic to add to your menu? Why not try a traditional plum pudding, which is said to bring good fortune your way in the coming new year?

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Savory Sun King Soup

Make a batch of warm soup for your winter celebrations. Image by Patti Wigington 2013
Celebrate the return of the sun with this tasty soup. It's a blend of tomatoes and oranges -- an odd combination, you'd think, but the result is magical. Add a bit of rosemary, and it's the perfect warm appetizer for your Yule feast. Brew up a pot of Sun King Soup!

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Baked Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash is a great substitute for pasta in your Yule dishes. Image by Brian Hagiwara/Photolibrary/Getty Images
Despite the fact that squash peaks around November, you can usually find some nice ones available up through Yule. This versatile vegetable is the perfect substitute for pasta, and tastes so much richer. Add butter and garlic, and spaghetti squash is a fabulous side dish for your Yule menu!

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Sunshine Skillet Casserole

Make a breakfast casserole for your early-morning Yule celebrations. Image by Patti Wigington 2012
If you like to celebrate the winter solstice with a big breakfast, try out this breakfast casserole dish -- it's full of sunny yellow eggs, savory sausage, and all kinds of other goodies.

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Make a batch of rich peppermint fudge to celebrate Yule this season. Image by Patti Wigington 2013

Many of us would agree that fudge is the food of the gods, but what most people don't realize is that it's easy to make. Whip up a batch of this peppermint treat in just a few minutes, and then share with your holiday guests -- or keep it all to yourself!

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Make a Chocolate Yule Log

Make a chocolate Yule log for your winter celebrations. Image by Patti Wigington 2008
The Yule log is a traditional feature of most winter solstice celebrations. This super-easy recipe uses your favorite chocolate cake recipe as its base, and can be put together ahead of time for your Yule celebration dinner. Here's how to make a delicious chocolate Yule log!

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Make a pot of Wassail for Yule!. Image by Patti Wigington 2007

Although original wassail recipes called for lots of eggs, this one is made up of apple cider and spices. You can make it in your crockpot or on your stove - just let it simmer and enjoy the scent all evening long!

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Hot Buttered Rum

Make a pot of warm buttered rum for your winter celebrations. Image by Armstrong Studios/Photolibrary/Getty Images

There's a lot to be said for a warm cup of buttered rum on a chilly winter night, and this recipe is super-easy to make. Leave the rum out if you like, and give it to your kiddos before they hit the sack on Yule!

 

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