It sounds funny, but the Christmas pickle is a real tradition that dates back to the turn of the century. It doesn't involve an actual pickle, but a blown glass ornament in the shape of the crunchy treat that is hung on the Christmas tree. As the first to find the pickle on the tree, one receives a special gift or the promise of good fortune in the year to come.
These cute little turtle clusters are so much more than meets the eye. It's hard to resist their addictive combination of buttery pecans and chewy homemade caramel nestled under a creamy milk chocolate shell. So hard to resist, in fact, that I recommend making a double batch if you have any hopes of sharing.
There is so much I love about this dining room: the patterned pink and orange rug, the rustic table, the brass hanging pendants, the glimmer of gold on the sideboard in the background, and of course, the stunning floral centerpiece, which ties the whole thing together.
Q: I'm hosting a holiday cocktail party and have a menu of both sweet and savory snacks. The spread is already vegetarian friendly, but it's dairy-heavy and I've just found out that one of my guests is a vegan. Any ideas for vegan hors d'oeuvres that aren't just a veggie plate with hummus?
Have you ever seen a Thankful Tree? (Also known as a Gratitude Tree or Grateful Tree.) It's an arrangement or centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table that puts thankfulness front and center.
I can't take credit for the idea of a Thankful Tree; it's something that was circling the Internet a few years ago, and I've wanted to make our own ever since! Here's how to make one yourself — it turned out to be easy and to cost nothing, and it was a really lovely way to spend an afternoon.
These might just be the crackers to top all other crackers. They're flecked all the way through with roasted nuts and chewy bits of cranberry, and they're crunchy enough to satisfy any snack-addict. Rosemary adds its piney, fresh presence, while whole wheat gives them a savory depth. The crackers are sturdy enough to spread with cheese or hold some dip, but they're also fantastic on all on their own as a mid-afternoon snack. For pre-dinner cheese plate or a handy hostess gift, trust me: these crackers bring it to win it.
It might seem old-fashioned, but the classic holiday relish tray, with its assortment of pickled vegetables, briny olives and crudité, is actually a smart way to start a big holiday meal: crunchy, a little salty and not too heavy. But that doesn't mean you have to stick to grandma's cut-glass tray and canned black olives. Here are 12 fresh recipes and ideas for putting together a more modern relish tray.
Perhaps you have heard the news: this year, for the first time since 1888, Thanksgiving falls on the first day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The convergence of these two holidays — which has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah — is huge for food lovers. Potato latkes meeting turkey and sweet potato casserole — it is almost too much goodness to take.
If you invite me to a potluck style dinner and ask for something specific, I'll deliver. If you know what you want, it's yours. (You'll have your mac and cheese for Thanksgiving, Dad!) If you ask me to bring my favorite dish, I will disobey, because the veggie tray always gets eaten.