By Karin Calloway

Karin Calloway is a working mom living in Augusta, Ga., with multiple freelance jobs and a ton of dirty dishes.

Fireside Holiday


An open fire (with or without roasting chestnuts) conjures images of cozy holiday togetherness. And this holiday season, we're suggesting that you entertain in front of the fire with a menu full of traditional holiday favorites, plus some new inspired creations.

A layered terrine of creamy rosemary-infused goat cheese and walnut-spinach pesto makes a perfect pre-meal hors d'oeuvre for this menu of Garlic-Herb Prime Rib, Boursin Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Vinaigrette with Pine Nuts. For dessert, how about a Pumpkin Flan that is both simple to prepare and can be made ahead?

The menu can serve a crowd, or can be pared down for an intimate gathering of two. Enjoying this holiday meal with a glass of hearty red wine in front of on open fire will definitely keep Jack Frost from nipping at your nose!


Recipes:

Viking Rotisserie Turkey with Gravy
Oven-roasted, smoked and fried – there are multitudes of ways I’ve experimented with cooking the holiday turkey. But my family’s favorite way to enjoy the ubiquitous bird is rotisserie-turned on our Viking Outdoor Grill.
Boursin Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are an all-purpose side dish, almost as American as apple pie! The recent revival of "diner" dining and trendy diner-style upscale restaurants has elevated this blue plate special side dish to new heights.
Garlic-Herb Prime Rib with Red Wine Jus
Prime rib is a holiday favorite, and it’s not at all difficult to prepare. The cut can be roasted, grilled and even smoked. With a Viking indoor or outdoor kitchen, this juicy prime rib crusted with coarse salt and herbs will make you look like a professional chef.
Goat Cheese, Walnut, and Spinach Terrine
Cheese spreads are always a hit at parties, from tailgate time to holiday gatherings. This Goat Cheese, Walnut and Spinach Terrine is just a dressed up cheese spread that is as pretty to look at as it is delicious.
Green Beans Vinaigrette with Pine Nuts
Green beans are an ever-present side dish on the holiday table, even though their peak season winds down in October. This can create problems for the home chef who doesn’t have access to specialty produce vendors, as the out-of-season supermarket green beans can be tough and flavorless.