As the holidays approach and home cooks head to their kitchens to whip up delicious offerings for special gatherings of family and friends, help is on its way in the new public television series, The Holiday Table. Filled with delicious recipes and festive entertaining tips, the weekly programs cover holidays from Halloween to New Years, in addition to a Valentine’s Day program.
Throughout the thirteen half-hour episodes, hosts Dede Wilson and Chris Fennimore prepare mouthwatering and easy-to-prepare dishes. Dede Wilson is a prolific cookbook author and long-time contributor to Bon Appétit magazine and has appeared in public television’s Seasonings with Dede Wilson. Chris Fennimore of Pittsburgh’s WQED Multimedia is the popular host of QED Cooks and PBSâ€™ Americaâ€™s Home Cooking. Along with Dede and Chris, nationally-renowned style experts, including Isabelle von Boch, Maria McBride, Carolyne Roehm, and Edward Lent, present ideas for designing festive and beautiful holiday tables.
The series premieres in October 2006 and kicks off with two bewitching episodes devoted to Halloween. Additional episodes focus on Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwaanza, Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day. For Halloween, recipes include Bloody Mary Soup, Hot & Spicy Bat Wings and Chocolate Spider Pumpkin Cupcakes.
For Thanksgiving, there’s an array of quick and easy pies along with an entire episode devoted to sides, including a foolproof, light sweet potato soufflé and a unique potato terrine layered with sautéed apples and camembert cheese. Besides an abundant offering of holiday treats, Dede and Chris prepare a special Christmas brunch menu that includes Apple Croissant Bread Pudding, Bacon with Mustard-Brown Sugar, and an opulent dessert: rich chocolate waffles served with whipped cream and a hot fudge topping. The New Year’s menu includes a host of good luck foods found all over the world. Short, tabletop segments that are tailored to each holiday follow the cooking demonstrations. There are great tips throughout the shows for both new and seasoned party-givers, whether you are creating a Halloween table for adults, designing a nontraditional Thanksgiving table or explaining the traditions of Kwaanza, Tips include advice on topics such as setting tables, creating centerpieces, making guests feel comfortable, packing and shipping holiday presents, and choosing color schemes for a table.