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Boldium’s Secret Holiday Recipes

Truly great recipes are like magic tricks—they’re best kept as secrets. Maybe there’s a weird ingredient? Or no ingredients at all! We decided to let you in on our secrets as a holiday gift this year… But don’t tell anyone :-)

A fresh, delicious-looking apple pie cooling on a countertop

Surprisingly easy apple pie

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Holidays are a time when most people make things from scratch. My mom, however, uses a frozen pie crust for her apple pie. It’s scandalous…and delicious…and super easy. If you can keep the secret, no one will ever know.


  • 8 large, tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 pie crusts room temp (store bought!!)


The sauce: Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the sugars and stir. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and water, and then add to the saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil then let simmer for ~15 minutes.

The pie: Cut the apples into big chunks and put them in a pie crust, forming a big heap. Cut the other crust into 1/2 inch strips, and lay over the apples, one by one, alternating directions. Cover a cookie sheet with foil and place the pie on it. Pour the sauce on top of the pie, making sure the mixture seeps into all of the lattice. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes and 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Don’t fret if the sauce spills over. Enjoy.

Two cups of decadent-looking spiced eggnog sitting on a table

Grandma’s homemade eggnog

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This recipe has been in my family for decades, and I have fond memories of delicious eggnog being passed around at our holiday parties. Of course, it’s a boozy drink, but grandma always made sure we children had our own brandy-free bowl. A sweet, creamy favorite.


  • 6 eggs (separated)
  • 1 ⅛ cups sugar
  • 1 cup brandy
  • ½ cup light rum
  • 1 quart whole milk
  • 1 ½ pints whipping cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Nutmeg


Beat egg yolks with sugar. Add brandy and then rum very slowly over the beater. Beat in quart of milk and then 1 pint of whipping cream. Beat egg whites separately until stiff. Take ½ of egg whites and fold them into the mixture until they disappear. Take remaining egg whites, add powdered sugar and ½ pint of whipping cream and float on top. Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.

A classic midwestern casserole in a pyrex dish

Mom’s cauliflower casserole

Photo of Eric


My mom thought this was my favorite dish at Christmas. Sure it's got a lot of cheese, but favorite? To her credit, my mom never stopped trying to give people what she thought they wanted. That's pretty rad.

My grandma (my mom’s mother-in-law) gave the recipe to my mom. They hated each other. Now I have this tiny midwestern recipe written in cursive that I think is, you know, all right, and I think about my mom being mildly annoyed that it's not actually my favorite, and I miss her.


  • Cauliflower steamed till soft
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4-8 oz plain yogurt
  • Grated cheese, something yellow like American or cheddar
  • Salt, pepper, paprika, chives — optional


  • Add ingredients together in blender till smooth
  • Save part of cheese for topping
  • Bake in oven-proof bowl at 350 till cheese is melted and casserole is hot, about half an hour.
A person holds a phone with an online food delivery website on it, desperately scrolling for holiday food options

Panic and order takeout

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  • 1 cellphone
  • 1 weird kitchen that's hard to cook in
  • 2 tbsp of "there's no way it's already December"
  • 1 cup of "what do you mean you're sold out of everything?"


  • Get distracted by all of the holiday deals that inexplicably start as soon as Jeff Bezos smells turkey.
  • By the time you remember you have holiday tasks to perform, it will be too late. The stores are sold out of every conceivable item, reservations are booked up, and people are on wait lists for pies.
  • Consider your two remaining options:
    • Get invited by a friend or family member.
    • Consult the oracle of Yelp for restaurants that are still open for takeout. 

Whatever you choose, relax. It's ok you didn't snag one of those fancy $80 bakery pies — the ones with exotically arranged toppings and garnish. The people who matter won't judge you for your lack of holiday foresight.