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6 Bay Area Lady Chefs Share Their Holiday Faves

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The halls are decked, the tree is trimmed, but the hardest part of hosting remains: You're going to have to cook something!

Set your holiday party apart from the rest by taking a recipe or two from some of the leading ladies of the Bay Area's culinary scene. Here, some of our top women chefs share their holiday favorites with a global spin—think Mexican-inspired stews and Scandinavian sweets.


Preeti Mistry

(Courtesy of Alanna Hale)

"My wife is part Swedish and she oftentimes brings up traditional recipes from her childhood and requests that I reproduce them. Over the years, I have made cardamom bread, crispy rosette cookies, and of course, meatballs. I like to take some creative license with the Swedish Glogg, a traditional warm mulled wine, and add a few more spices as well a little fresh ginger. It's always a hit for holiday parties." -Preeti Mistry, author of The Juhu Beach Club Cookbook and owner of Emeryville's Navi Kitchen

Preeti's Swedish Glogg

  • 1 bottle of red wine (something simple and classic, like a cote du rhone or zinfandel)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1/2 tsp green cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp black peppercorns

Bring all ingredients to a slow simmer, and let steep for about 15 minutes. Drain off aromatics and serve warm.

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