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If you happen to be the family Santa, then you need elves to help you every holiday season. Why not take advantage of what you already have? Your rice cooker or breadmaker should be put to work more, not only to make your life easier, but to make holidays more memorable. How about homemade Royal Bread Pudding as gifts for the office this year? That takes care of that. Does your family like to sleep in on the morning of the big day? You can make a festive breakfast oatmeal with apples and cranberries right in your rice cooker, and some of our cookers can time it to cook for you automatically! Just look for the recipe right on our site and add your own traditional ingredients.

 

Try these entertaining recipes at your family get together this year!



Royal Bread Pudding
Southwestern Appetizer
Self-Serve
Cheese Fondue
What can be more traditional at Christmas than bread pudding?
Try this classic dessert, made so much easier with our modern breadmaker. Our version will surely be as tasty as Mrs. Cratchit's from
A Christmas Carol.
This is a perfect appetizer to serve at parties. Just make it in the Gourmet Sizzler® Electric Griddle and leave it in there until ready to serve. There is very little “cooking” involved, but looks and tastes professionally done! The word Fondue comes from the French verb Fondre, meaning
“to melt”. Using the Gourmet d’Expert® Electric Skillet will let you prepare everything in advance, and let guests serve themselves while you enjoy the fondue yourself!



The traditions at dinner might vary in different countries, but the holiday meal is generally marked by an abundance of food. Here are a few examples.

AUSTRALIA: Similar to the traditional English version, but meats such as ham, turkey or chicken are sometimes served cold. Why? Because in December, Australians are trying to beat the heat during their summer!

CZECH REPUBLIC: A typical Christmas dinner would be fried carp and potato salad, with elaborately decorated Christmas cookies baked days in advance to offer to the holiday guests.

FRANCE: The French celebrate by staying awake through a long dinner which lasts all night, leading up to Christmas day. Common dishes include foie gras (goose or duck liver), oysters, smoked salmon and turkey.

PHILIPPINES: The centerpiece of the Filipino feast is the Christmas ham, which is usually served with a ball of cheese coated in red wax called Edam, named after the Dutch town where it originates. Hot cocoa is a popular drink that comes with dinner.

ENGLAND: Roast turkey and other poultry like goose, chicken or duck is served, along with meats such as roast beef and ham. In Medieval England, the main course was either peacock or boar, until the French introduced turkey in the 18th century.

 



 


Zojirushi Breadmakers can do so much more than bake oven fresh bread, you'll be amazed at all you can do with the touch of a button. Fully automated and completely self contained, our bread machines will either get you in that holiday spirit at home, or make a thoughtful gift so you can share that spirit with others.

 
Learn more about our breadmakers and how easy it is to enjoy fresh baked bread every day!
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Yes, none other than Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb! During the holiday season of 1880, Edison strung lights outside his lab so that passing trains could see them. He later partnered with a friend to hand-wire 80 red, white and blue light bulbs and wound them around a revolving Christmas tree. Although this was a safer alternative to decorating the trees with candles as it was done before, it took many years for the lighting to become a traditional part of holiday Americana. At the time, there was still a mistrust of electricity by the general public, so not everyone wanted to string light bulbs indoors. It took President Grover Cleveland in 1895, who decorated the White House tree with multi-colored bulbs, to start the acceptance of electric Christmas lights.