Christmas With the Neelys

Spending Christmas with Food Network Stars, Gina and Pat Neely
ESSENCE.COM Dec, 16, 2008

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Looks like Pat’s got something special under the tree for Gina. Those boxes are too big for it to be diamonds, girl!

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Gina shares a passion for food, family and fun with husband Pat. It’s what makes their team work.

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Christmas is about food and family. Here the Neely’s share a moment with their loved ones at their home in Memphis.

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Pat and his brothers launched their first restaurant in 1988. Now the family has been blessed with two locations in Memphis and one in Nashville.

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Pat and Gina were high school sweethearts. They found their way back to one another at their tenth-year high school reunion. Married since 1994, they spend Christmas in Memphis with their two daughters.

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Pat, with his mother on his left, and Gina, with her mother on her right, are so happy to have both women on hand to join the festivities.

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The Neelys, sitting here with one of their daughters, love to invite friends and family over to their Memphis home to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

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A photo of the Neelys and their whole clan in a moment of thanks from their Food Network special “A Neely Family Holiday.”

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Christmas Cornish Game Hens run a plenty as one of the entrées offered during the Neely’s one-of-a-kind holiday affair.

Try the Neely’s recipe for Christmas Cornish Game Hens »

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We wouldn’t know where to start. The Neelys out do themselves with a table full of enjoyable Southern goodies for a Christmas meal to remember.

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This is the cleanest kitchen we’ve ever seen! Gina dishes out one of her tasty creations for her family to enjoy. Save us a plate.

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This succulent smoked ham with sweet holiday glaze is just one sample of what Pat and Gina offered their guests.

Try the Neely’s recipe for Smoked Ham with Sweet Holiday Glaze »

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As Food Network’s first husband and wife cooking team, Gina and Pat Neely feature hearty Southern cuisine from family recipes that have been passed down for generations on their show “Down Home with the Neelys.”

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Cupcakes never looked so good. These coconut cupcakes with coconut cream frosting are Pat and Gina’s way to end a meal and start a decadent holiday dessert menu.

Try the Neely’s recipe for coconut cupcakes »

See this and more on “Down Home with the Neelys” which airs at 11am ET/PT on Food Network.

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