The holidays are nearly here and if you haven’t started planning the big meal, don’t fret! We met up with Great Canadian Cookbook host Lynn Crawford to find out what menu she has planned for her family and friends.

This year, everyone’s pitchin’ in with the prep — lucky them that they’ll get to test drive Lynn’s brand new kitchen, set to be complete by Christmas (fingers crossed!).

For Lynn, Christmas is all about preserving tradition and that’s when her roots really show. Drawing from her parent’s Scottish upbringing, Lynn makes sure her mom and dad’s dishes are front and centre.

“The majority of recipes you cherish are those that have been passed down from generation to generation. There’s so much history and so much love,” Lynn says.

Keeping it classic

With a soft spot for tradition,  it’s no surprise that Lynn is serving a classic roast turkey for Christmas Eve dinner. For side dishes, she’s chosen fluffy mashed potatoes and creamed Brussels sprouts covered in crispy bacon.

Herbed Roast Turkey and Roasted Onion Gravy

Herbed Roast Turkey and Roasted Onion Gravy

Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Parmesan

Creamed Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Parmesan

Of course, no traditional holiday menu would be complete without the stuffing. And there’s only one recipe served in her home, year-after-year.

“My father’s stuffing – He makes the best stuffing and we’ve kept that tradition going.”

While she’s a lover of tradition, there’s one dish that’s never the same on her holiday table: Cranberry sauce. “We always try a different cranberry sauce every year to mix it up,” says Lynn, adding that some family members really like to push the limits with their creations.

Try Lynn’s Charred Onion Cranberry Relish.

Lynn’s Charred Onion Cranberry Relish

“Holidays are a great time to try a new recipe,” she advises. This year, Lynn is adding a Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecake to her menu, with hopes that it will become a new tradition.

Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecake

Cranberry Gingerbread Cheesecake