you giving to this holiday season? • What makes food taste tangy? • Cookies: the state of the American cookie, and a great-looking recipe for chai cookies. Oh, and savory cookies too. • Do you own a marble slab for pastry and candy-making? • Host a dinner party (or two) this week! We have tips and more tips. • Sweet peanuts and salty caramels. • We are recent converts to braised short ribs. The best word to describe these is "unctuous." • What is cream of tartar anyway? We explain. • Oreo truffles, baby. • Yummy breakfasts for Christmas morning. Have a wonderful weekend. Come back tomorrow for a more complete roundup of all the holiday candy recipes we love here at The Kitchn as well as a full rundown of our entire Un-Gift Guide 2008, and we'll see you on Monday as we start on our year-end roundup of the best of The Kitchn 2008.