This Holiday Menu Is So Classic You Might Start Making It Every Year
One of our favorite ranchers, Mary Heffernan of Five Marys Ranch in California, prepares the ultimate family-style holiday feast with plenty of flavor and cheer.
Mary Heffernan knows how to cook for a crowd. The California rancher grew up in a big family—her parents were each one of five—and she now lives with her husband, Brian, and four girls (all named Mary!) at their historic Five Marys Farm near Mount Shasta. The property is also home to a burgerhouse and craft butchery where they serve up sizzling steaks, smoky bacon, spicy sausage, and more. It’s safe to say it was a no-brainer to turn to Heffernan for help with creating the ultimate family-style feast to be savored around the holidays.
Heffernan’s latest cookbook, Five Marys Family Style: Recipes and Traditions from the Ranch ($40, Sasquatch Books), is an ode to making memories around a table, gathering your people not just for gifts but also for good food; at the ranch, that means salt-jacket prime rib. It also means continuing traditions like a visit to the fish market for fresh crab to be served on Christmas Eve—and leftovers on Christmas—and cutting down the stress by making much of the spread ahead. Of this feast, the pickled onions, candied pecans, salad vinaigrette, crabcakes, and tartar sauce all can be made a day before a celebration. That’s our kind of menu planning.
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