What do food-lovers like to find tucked into their stocking on Christmas morning? You really can't go wrong with these little tins of flaky salt, and since they're easy to ship overnight, voila — last-minute stocking stuffers are yours.
A Jewish family of four sharing a plate of sesame chicken on Christmas Day: It’s a holiday tradition for so many of this country's 5 million Jews. Indeed, it was a tradition throughout my own childhood.
Every year — without fail — we'd hop in the station wagon (in later years, the van) in Albany, New York, and make the 15-minute drive to Dumpling House. It was a bit like a mini-pilgrimage in the town nicknamed “Smallbany.” Dozens of Jews did the same thing at the same restaurant on Christmas Day. Walking into the place felt a bit like going to temple, but with pupu platters rather than prayer books.
Here at The Kitchn, the holidays give us the opportunity to think about gratitude: about how fortunate we are to be able to obsess over holiday menus, relish the joys of cooking and share festive meals with the people we love. This is a big deal. One in seven Americans and one in five children — more than 48 million people — face hunger in our country. And so, at this time of year, we're especially grateful that we can help non-profit groups like Feeding America, which works hard to make the holiday table, and the nightly dinner table, bountiful for all families. And you can help, too.
Think it's too late to plan a Christmas party and send proper invitations? Nah — you just need one of these classy invitations from Etsy artist Kinvite. Send her your information and she'll customize any of these invites with your name and address. Print at Kinko's or your local print shop, and ta-da! Soirée is served.
I especially like this first design, with its gold script, but if that isn't your style, check out the following two designs.
Come December, it’s difficult to deny those few portraits of holiday tradition that hang in our minds as hallmarks of Christmas experience. Stockings hung from the mantel, presents wrapped under a twinkling tree, and chestnuts popping over a wood fire are all magical images instilled in us as children and recreated this time of year to celebrate the spirit of the season. Perhaps the sweetest of these merry moments may be the greeting of Santa Claus with a welcoming committee of cookies set out by the fire.
Cinnamon is one of those aromas that just makes us think of the holidays. Whether it's gingersnaps baking or mulled cider simmering on the stove, we just want our homes to smell of the warming spice. That's why I'm so in love with cinnamon dough ornaments. They are easy to make — a great project for kids — and when hung on your tree, they make the house smell of cinnamon.
Today I'm showing you how to make these easy ornaments for yourself. It's an afternoon craft project that will fill your house with holiday cheer.
We can all agree that practical gifts are lovely, but when it comes to the holidays, it's always exciting to receive the gift you wouldn't normally buy for yourself. So even if your friend or family member has a very no-nonsense attitude, and you want to give them something practical, go for an upgraded version that will make their kitchen a happier place to be.
What do you find in your stocking on Christmas morning? Aside from the requisite candy canes and fun stocking stuffers, I always know there will be an orange (usually a clementine) resting in the toe of my stocking.
What I thought was simply a sweet family tradition actually has a lot more meaning, and it's pretty interesting.
Christmas is a special day and it deserves a special breakfast. Whether it's just two of you or you're hosting a crowd, a breakfast celebration is in order. I usually keep things simple yet festive with muffins or scones and a hearty egg casserole.
If you don't have your menu planned yet, don't worry – we've got you covered! Here are 15 Christmas morning-worthy recipes, from make-ahead cinnamon rolls to savory egg dishes to a sweet breakfast version of eggnog bread pudding.
Often, when I lived in Mexico, I’d have a pot of leftover beans in the fridge and few ideas on what to do with it. (Refry them? Done that, too many times.) When friends came over spur-of-the-moment one afternoon, I decided to make a warm bean dip with whatever I had in the pantry. It came together quickly and tasted like I spent more time on it than I actually did.