Christmas in the U.S. means that we see as many different recipes as there are nationalities that make up our nation. And while we're fond of all of them, we have an extra soft spot in our hearts for our classic Italian Christmas recipes.

Italian Christmas recipes are not that different from other Italian recipes except that they're served on Christmas, which means they're just a little bigger and better. (Think about it, only on Christmas can you serve a caprese salad in the shape of a festive wreath.)

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    EVOO
    RachaelRay.com
    Alright, this is technically an acronym and not an invented word, per se. But it's still annoying, and somehow more annoying when she says it (or when it comes in a bottle with her face on it). Sorry, Rachael.
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    Delish
    Firstwefeast.com
    Okay, Rachael Ray may have not been the first person to coin 'delish.' But she is definitely the person that has made people everywhere think it's an acceptable thing to say. It's not. via Firstwefeast.com
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    Choup
    Gleeforum.com
    According to Rachael Ray, choup is a dish in between a chowder and a soup. Rachael, stop trying to make choup happen, it's NOT going to happen. via gleeforum.com
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    Spoonula
    Amazon
    We're not really sure where Rachael Ray's obsession with portmanteaus comes from, but we really wish it would stop. This one comes from a combination of spoon and spatula, which she now even sells her own line of.
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    Stoup
    CitizenBrooklyn.com
    Thicker than a soup, thinner than a stew, still totally not worthy of its own word. via CitizenBrooklyn.com
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    Sammie
    ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com
    Dude, sandwiches DO NOT NEED NICKNAMES. Stop trying to pretend like our favorite lunch meal is your best friend and just call it a sandwich like everyone else. via ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com
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    Yum-O
    Tumblr: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
    This weird catch-phrase is essentially baby talk for your food. Yummy is bad enough, but yum-o? Cringe-worthy. via latenightjimmy.tumblr.com

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  • Big Italian Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/big-italian-salad_n_1059507.html">Big Italian Salad recipe</a></strong>

  • Focaccia Bread With Rosemary

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/focaccia_bread_with_rosemary/">Focaccia Bread with Rosemary recipe</a> by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/christmas-caprese-wreath-_n_1057605.html">Christmas Caprese Wreath Salad recipe</a></strong>

  • Sizzling Shrimp Scampi

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sizzling-shrimp-scampi_n_1058687.html">Sizzling Shrimp Scampi recipe</a></strong>

  • Frutti di Mare Seafood Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/frutti_di_mare_seafood_salad/">Frutti di Mare Seafood Salad recipe </a>by Simply Recipes</strong>

  • Calabrese Mustard Greens

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/calabrese-mustard-greens_n_1059511.html">Calabrese Mustard Greens recipe</a></strong>

  • White Lasagna Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/white-lasagna-cupcakes_n_1060863.html">White Lasagna Cupcakes recipe</a></strong>

  • Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/spaghetti_alla_carbonara/">Spaghetti alla Carbonara recipe by Simply Recipes</a></strong>

  • Bucatini all'Amatriciana

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bucatini-allamatriciana_n_1058254.html">Bucatini all'Amatriciana recipe</a></strong>

  • Spaghetti Cacio E Pepe

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/spaghetti-cacio-e-pepe_n_1059530.html">Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe recipe </a></strong>

  • Super Tomato Risotto

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/06/super-tomato-risotto/">Super Tomato Risotto recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

  • Pork Ragu

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/09/pork-ragu-plus-pasta-night/">Pork Ragu recipe by Macheesmo</a></strong>

  • Meatballs With Peas

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/meatballs-with-peas_n_1058547.html">Meatballs with Peas recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken Scarpariello

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-scarpariello_n_1059512.html">Chicken Scarpariello recipe</a></strong>

  • Crispy Wrapped Pork Loin With Mustard

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crispy-wrapped-pork-loin-_n_1057650.html">Crispy Wrapped Pork Loin with Mustard and Orange Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Pan-Seared Pork Chops With Green Peppercorn Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pan-seared-pork-chops-wit_n_1058598.html">Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Green Peppercorn Sauce recipe</a></strong>

  • Baked Italian Roast Chicken And Tomato With Pasta Shells

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/baked-italian-roast-chick_n_1057674.html">Baked Italian Roast Chicken and Tomato with Pasta Shells recipe</a></strong>

  • Carrot Osso Buco

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/carrot-osso-buco_n_1061057.html">Carrot Osso Buco recipe</a></strong>

  • Simply Delicious Coffee Affogato

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/simply-delicious-coffee-a_n_1057550.html">Simply Delicious Coffee Affogato recipe</a></strong>

  • Bourbon Tiramisu

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.macheesmo.com/2010/02/bourbon-tiramisu/">Bourbon Tiramisu recipe</a> by Macheesmo</strong>

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