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December 15, 2006

The Twelve Days of Christmas is a celebration that dates back to a time when festivities stretched from Christmas Day to Epiphany on January 6. Some people now celebrate the twelve days beginning on December 14, so the festivities end with a flourish on Christmas day. The song dates back to the late 18th century as a child’s memory game. The tradition of giving a gift on each of the twelve days is largely gone from the world and was never largely celebrated in the United States, but several years ago, the five Rognehaugh siblings were stumped over what to get their parents for Christmas. Rather than give a single gift, they decided that year to celebrate The Twelve Days of Christmas by secretly giving a special gift symbolic of each day in the traditional song.

Among the gifts that first year and in the years since were delicious gourmet meals that evoked the theme of a specific day. An extraordinary holiday entertaining idea, the Rognehaugh family this year presents a special gift to cooks: The Patridge and the Pear: A Collection of Recipes for The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The Partridge and the Pear is a collection of twelve menus with simple, imaginative and elegant recipes that will entice everyone from the young family members to the oldest dear friends into the warmth of the kitchen. Along with the easy recipes, there are make-ahead tips to save time, suggestions for variations and substitutions, wine recommendations, and little bits of information about things like turtle doves, dancing Creole ladies, hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and Christmas dishes from around the world.

The Partridge and the Pear: A Collection of Recipes for the Twelve Days of Christmas (ISBN: 0-9786878-0-9; $19.95; available at was edited, designed and manufactured by FRP in Nashville, Tennessee. Since 1961, FRP has produced more than 1000 titles for individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast. Full support and consultation are available in the creation, production, marketing, and distribution of a cookbook. FRP is a division of Southwestern/Great American, Inc.

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