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2021 iDegrees Holiday Cookbook
Happy Holiday from the iDegrees Student Council. Enjoy holiday recipes submitted by students, alumni, faculty and staff from around the world!
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  • Mulled Cider & Wine

    Beverage: I love catching up during the holidays over a warm cup and a nice conversation. For a non-alcoholic option, just do Cider and Spices! 

    Submitted by Nicole Steele, iMBA Spring 2019 Cohort

  • Garlic Cheese Bombs

    Appetizer: These Garlic Cheese Bombs are the closest things to Brazilian pao de queijo that are quick and easy to make! :)

    Submitted by Roberta Jorge, iMBA Alumni, Spring 2019 - Fall 2020

  • Salmon Carpaccio

    Appetizer

    Submitted by Ella Van Wyk, Associate Director of Advancement

  • Ranch Oyster Crackers

    Snack: This recipe is a family favorite. It’s the perfect addition to holiday cocktails and is always a crowd favorite.

    Submitted by Beckie Nace, iMBA Alumni, Fall 2019 - Fall 2021

  • Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

    Snack: This recipe makes an excellent gift for coworkers or an add-on to presents for family. Easy to make in large quantities and store in the refrigerator or freezer for a long time. Great to have on hand when unexpected guests stop in for a visit!

    Submitted by Beckie Nace, iMBA Alumni, Fall 2019 - Fall 2021

  • Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Chili

    Soup: Every year you have extra turkey left over - there are only so many sandwiches you can make and I love soups and chilis.

    Submitted by Squire Pettis, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Turkey Chili

    Soup: This is the very first recipe I truly developed on my own. It came from really wanting soup one day and only having leftover thanksgiving turkey to use along with some pantry staples.

    Submitted by Emily LeFew, iMBA Fall 2019 Cohort

  • French Onion Soup

    Soup: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016.

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Spinach Casserole (New York Times Menu Cookbook, 1966)

    Side Dish: Three generations of my family have made this recipe every Thanksgiving and Christmas since the1960s.

    Submitted by Nell Gram, Instructional Content Editor

  • Cornbread Dressing

    Side Dish: This is a combination of my mom's recipe and my own, and we've had this every year during the holidays for as long as I can remember

    Submitted by Dawn Carey, iMBA & iMSA Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Mixed Veggie with Hot Garlic Sauce

    Side Dish

    Submitted by Tabinda Kazmi, iMBA Fall 2021 Cohort

  • Oven Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Glaze

    Side Dish: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016. 

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Garlic Red Skin Mashed Potatoes

    Side Dish: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016. 

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Yorkshire Pudding

    Side Dish: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016. 

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • The Best Turkey & Stuffing You'll Ever Have!

    Main Course: This recipe was cited by my Mom as "the best turkey I've ever had". It's also the most-requested item when my team at work has a potluck (3 for 3 so far...). I hope it brings as much joy to you and your family and friends!

    Submitted by Mathew Varsava, iMBA Fall 2021 Cohort

  • Cabbage Rolls (Sarmi)

    Main Course: I am born to immigrant parents from Germany, but I was raised also by my stepfather who is Bulgarian. He provided for me and my siblings. One of our traditions on Christmas Eve was eating cabbage rolls called Sarmi. I think after many years of trying to replicate what my father has made for us I finally feel like I made a match. It is a process. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

    Submitted by Solveig Gehrken, iMSM Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Garlic Herb Butter Prime Rib with Red Wine Au Jus

    Main Course: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016.

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Gma Muffler's Christmas Cookies

    Dessert: This Muffler Family favorite is great for baking with kids!

    Submitted by Laurel Purves, iMBA Fall 2020 Cohort

  • GiGi's Peanut Butter Balls

    Dessert: These are our family's favorite holiday treats so they never last long!

    Submitted by Whitney Smith, Director of iDegrees Learner Relations

  • Lola's Leche Flan

    Dessert: This recipe was given to me by my Lola (Grandma) and was a dessert our entire family looked forward to at all gatherings. She is 91 now and does not cook that often. However, since I've started making it for the family, having her approval and loving my take on this, means so much to me!

    Submitted by Czarina Hagedorn, iMBA Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Dawn's Super Lemon Meringue Pie

    Dessert: This was my dad's favorite pie.

    Submitted by Dawn Carey, iMBA & iMSA Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Holiday Bark

    Dessert: This is a fun, quick recipe to make with kids, and easily accommodate allergies and other food/dietary restrictions. Most folks want to try at least one piece!

    Submitted by Nicole Steele, iMBA Spring 2019 Cohort

  • Candied Cranberries

    Dessert: This recipe was fun to play around with. Most candied cranberry recipes result in a crunchy berry, but these pop in your mouth.

    Submitted by Dawn Carey, iMBA & iMSA Fall 2020 Cohort

  • Eggless Chocolate Muffins

    Dessert: It's a quick and easy treat and my kids love it.

    Submitted by Aparna B, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort

  • Copycat Fannie May Peppermint Ice

    Dessert: My mom loved these candies and we bought them from Fannie May every year. When Fannie May discontinued the sweet several years ago, we developed our own copycat recipe. 

    Submitted by Laurel Purves, iMBA Fall 2020

  • Chocolate Mousse with Scottish Shortbread Garnish

    Dessert: This is part of my 2021 Christmas Eve Dinner, a gourmet feast I have made every year since 2010(except 2020). I started this tradition with my wife and in-laws, and it has grown to include my children and my parents when they moved to be closer to me in 2016. 

    Submitted by Eric Scott, iMBA Spring 2021 Cohort