By Cindy Adams

Want to add an elegance experience to your holiday meal? I recommend a Cranberry Beef Bourguignon meal for the perfect December dinner. Serve with French Onion Soup, Honeycrisp Salad and Creamy Mashed Potatoes to delight your family and guests. For added cheer, be sure to serve Homemade Holiday Eggnog. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy a meal around the table with family and friends. Most of my favorite memories of the holiday season involve being gathered in the kitchen or around the dinner table. So, from my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 


Creamy Mashed Potatoes


4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
4 cloves garlic
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1 cup sour cream at room temperature
1 cup half and half at room temperature
Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 


1. Place potatoes and garlic in a Dutch oven and cover with cold salted water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, until just tender, about 15 minutes; drain well and return to the Dutch oven over low heat. 

2. Stir with a wooden spoon until potatoes are dried out, about 1 minute. 

3. Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes and garlic. Stir in butter, sour cream and half and half, being careful not to over-stir; season with salt and pepper, to taste. 

4. Serve immediately with your Cranberry Beef Bourguignon.