REVIEW – Best Of Bridge Holiday Classics Cookbook – With Christmas Marmalade Recipe

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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Best Of Bridge Holiday Classics Cookbook

Best of Bridge Holiday Classics: 225 Recipes for Special Occasions

  • Series: The Best of Bridge
  • Spiral-bound: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; Spi edition (October 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778804879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778804871
  • Cover price $29.95

Now available for the first time, the definitive collection of holiday recipes from the ladies of Bridge.

Due to overwhelming interest, we’ve compiled a collection of the Bridge ladies’ favorite holiday recipes, as well as some new recipes that are sure to become instant holiday classics. The best roasts and other special entrées for your celebration are here, along with fabulous recipes for everything from holiday buffets and potlucks to festive libations and treats.
What makes this collection extra-special are the two chapters devoted to Leftovers and Food Gifts. The only problem with holiday repasts is that you’re likely to have leftovers. This chapter includes incredible recipes for transforming unused food into a second delicious meal. And nothing says “happy holidays” more than a gift made from scratch. From homemade toffee to seasoned nuts to preserves, you’ll discover a cache of gift-giving ideas.

As always, the ladies promise you simple recipes with gourmet results. Enjoy!

Looking for new recipes to serve over the holidays? Or maybe some old classics that you’ve seen or heard about but have never made yourself? This cookbook might have exactly what you’re looking for. Chapters include:

  • Holiday Brunches
  • Cocktail Parties Plus
  • Buffets and Potlucks
  • Sit-Down Dinners
  • Leftovers
  • Holiday Cookies and Squares
  • Desserts and Other Sweet Treats
  • Food Gifts

I really appreciate that each chapter has an index of the recipes inside it, I find that to be very helpful when I’m searching for something. The recipes are all pretty straightforward, nothing too out of the ordinary that I noticed. Cooking time is hidden inside the recipe so you do need to read through to find out what that is. That’s something that I prefer to find listed individually as well. There are a number of great color photos in the book but it should be noted there is no photo for most recipes. This cookbook has lots of tips and cute and funny comments scattered throughout. It would be a nice addition to any collection, as well as a great gift.

Here’s a recipe from page 289 of the book.

Christmas Marmalade Recipe from Best Of Bridge Holiday Classics Cookbook

Courtesy of Best of Bridge Holiday Classics by The Best of Bridge 2014 © Reprinted with publisher permission.

Christmas Marmalade

A friend once left this on my doorstep Christmas eve (it was a warm night!) and I’ve made it ever since. Why not make a batch for your friends?

The recipe makes about ten 8-oz (250 mL) jars.


  • 3 medium oranges
  • 2 lemons
  • 11⁄2 cups cold water 375 mL
  • 1 bottle (6 oz/170 mL) preserved
  • ginger
  • 6 cups granulated sugar 1.5 L
  • 1 bottle (6 oz/170 mL) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
  • (add extra green cherries as well —colorful!)
  • 1 pouch liquid pectin


Wash oranges and lemons. Slice paper thin. Discard seeds. Put into large kettle. Add water and bring to a boil. Turn down heat, cover and simmer about 30 minutes, until rinds are tender and transparent. Stir occasionally. Drain ginger, saving syrup. Chop ginger finely. Add sugar, chopped ginger, ginger syrup and cherries to orange-lemon mixture. Turn heat to high and bring to a full, rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in pectin. Continue stirring and skimming for 5 minutes. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1⁄4 inch (0.5 cm) headspace. Wipe rims and seal with two-piece canning lids. Process in a boiling water canner for 5 minutes. Check seals and refrigerate any jars that are not sealed.


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patricia Marsden December 12, 2014 - 10:04 am

bet it tastes as good as it looks.

Alena Belleque (The Homemade Creative) December 21, 2014 - 8:21 pm

I love marmalade, but never thought to make my own. Thanks for sharing!

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick December 21, 2014 - 8:37 pm

I love that there is a chapter for leftovers. What a great idea! That Christmas Marmalade looks delicious.

Tammilee Tips December 21, 2014 - 10:40 pm

I love cookbooks its so much fun to see the different recipes. That Christmas Marmalade looks amazing!!!

Brandy December 22, 2014 - 2:36 pm

I would love to have a new cookbook, thanks for sharing this. I am all about trying out new recipes!


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