Holiday
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15 Classic Gifts That’ll Stand the Test of Time
When the holiday season of 2045 rolls around, you'll still be hearing how great that gift from 2018 is holding up.
May 1, 2019
20 Gifts from Target That Look Expensive but Aren’t
You don't have to spend a fortune in order to wrap up a gift that you're excited to give.
May 1, 2019
Etsy Predicts These Are the Holiday Decor Trends You’ll Be Seeing Everywhere
We can blame store displays for making the holiday season feel like it comes earlier and earlier, but they’re not totally to blame. As it turns out, we’re a little bit responsible as well. At least that’s what the data at Etsy shows. They actually see searched-for holiday-related purchases spike in October. Because of that, they can also see what kinds of holiday decor purchases people are interested in making.
May 1, 2019
I Finally Found Something That Changed My Mind About Holiday Cards
My husband and I are not Holiday Card People. We love getting them — we just don’t send them. Not because we aren’t organized enough or on top of things, but because we don’t have much to tell people. We don’t have kids or pets (although the latter is not my decision!) and we figure people don’t need a card with our silly mugs on them.
May 1, 2019
The November Aldi Finds We’re Most Excited About
It’s November! And that means it’s time for us to take a look at the upcoming Aldi Finds that we’re most excited about this month. (If you’re not familiar with Aldi Finds, they’re new products that get brought into stores for a limited time. These Finds can be interesting pizzas, fleece jackets, or, well, anything else.) Here are November’s Aldi Finds that we’re planning our shopping lists (and our schedules) around.
May 1, 2019
The Top Holiday Trends for 2018, According to Pinterest
With Halloween over, it’s time to pack up the wigs and get started on planning for the big winter holidays. Now, before the party pressure begins, is the best time to get started; it’s still all about dreaming of amazing appetizers and planning the best bites, with endless scrolling through dreidel-shaped desserts and ombre popcorn strands.
May 1, 2019
The Almost-Free Gift I Made for Everyone When We Were Broke
Holiday gift-giving can be stressful even when money’s not an issue. How do you pick the right gift for each person? How do you find something for everyone, (including your in-law’s partner who you see exactly once a year) — something they’ll actually like and not something that just checks the box? Throw a tricky financial situation into the mix and you’d expect it to get a whole lot worse.
May 1, 2019
3 of Le Creuset’s Newest Products We’re Most Excited About (No, None of Them Are Dutch Ovens)
Usually, when we write about new releases from Le Creuset, we’re talking about new colors (like Indigo! or Morel!) or partnerships with Disney to celebrate Mickey Mouse or Beauty and the Beast. Today, though, we’re talking about three totally different sorts of items. Totally different — in a fun and surprising way. We just got back from meeting with the brand and these are the three most surprising new releases we saw.
May 1, 2019
I Bought My Live Christmas Tree on Amazon — Here’s How It Went
As the (proud-ish) owner of a 2000 Honda Accord, I don’t have to worry about a lot of things. I can always find my car in a crowded parking lot (thanks to its hideous sun-baked, spotted paint job), and I feel fine leaving it anywhere (I don’t really care if shopping carts dent it or if someone scrapes it a bit while trying to parallel park). It runs just fine, too, so the biggest concern I have about it comes every year around this time: How to get a Christmas tree home in it?
May 1, 2019
5 Amazing Food-Themed Christmas Ornaments from Etsy
If you love food (and we're guessing you do simply because you're on this website!), you probably wouldn't mind a few food-themed ornaments on your Christmas tree.
May 1, 2019
The Best Costco Sales Happening This December
With holiday shopping season now in full swing, we wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that Costco is good for more than just giant containers of peanut butter and party trays. It’s also a place to find lots of presents to wrap and put in a stocking or under a tree. And with new sale prices valid now through December 24, you’ll find some extra-great bargains. Here are five of the best sales happening at Costco right now. (Note: They’re good for members only!
May 1, 2019
10 Super-Thoughtful Gifts for All the Hard-to-Shop-for People on Your List
They'll make you look super thoughtful. Promise!
May 1, 2019
7 Amazon Buys Perfect for the Holidays — And All Year Round
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for entertaining. And you know what that means? Frantically realizing all the stuff you don’t have but totally need if you’re going to pull off a successful holiday party! It’s true, party hosts do need to have a lot on hand. But we hate telling people to buy a bunch of highly specific items that you’re never going to be able to use again. That’s why, this year, we came up with this smart list.
May 1, 2019
The Best Stocking Stuffers to Get at Trader Joe’s
Stuff your cart, then your stockings.
May 1, 2019
9 Last-Minute Gifts That Are Truly Awesome
What's that? You still haven't done any holiday shopping? This mini gift guide will save you!
May 1, 2019
The 10 Best Stocking Stuffers to Get at Aldi
There's chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. And a few non-chocolate items, too, of course.
May 1, 2019
How To Cook a Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker
Fail-proof, tender, and moist pork roast with help from the slow cooker.
May 1, 2019
The $10 Trader Joes Buy I’m Getting Everyone for Christmas
Every single year, despite my best efforts to plan ahead, I wind up with a lot of last-minute gifts to buy. As hard as this is to admit, when absolute desperation strikes there’s one last resort: the grocery store. (Please make me feel better and say that you’ve been there too.) While perusing my local Trader Joe’s for some fun holiday finds, I found one grocery store gift that is, dare I say, actually kind of cool and might just save my butt in a pinch: the chocolate passport.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Single Best Thing to Buy at Target This Weekend
As if you needed a good reason to go to Target this weekend, there is a super-special, once-a-year deal that you need to know about: On Sunday, December 2, you can save 10 percent on all Target gift cards, bought in stores and online. That’s right — gift cards are on sale! And gift cards, in general, almost never go on sale! A bit of the fine print: You don’t need a coupon or promo code — the discount automatically comes off during checkout.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Deviled Eggs
Slide a platter of deviled eggs onto the table at any holiday gathering, picnic, potluck, or get-together and it’s all but guaranteed they’ll be gobbled up in no time. These two-bite snacks start with hard-boiled eggs and are seemingly easy to pull off, although there are a few common errors you’ll want to avoid. The best deviled eggs start with well-cooked hard-boiled eggs.
Apr 30, 2019
How Long Do You Actually Need to Cook Ham?
One of the pleasures of cooking a ham for a large gathering, obviously outside of eating it, is that the city hams we glaze and bake for holidays are already cooked. This should take the guesswork out of cooking a ham at home, right? But because most hams are quite large and have spiral cuts and giant bones to contend with, it can be hard to tell when a ham is actually “done” cooking. Here’s everything you need to know about ham temperatures for reheating and serving.
Apr 30, 2019
7 Sweet Potato Casserole Toppings That Aren’t Marshmallows
There are plenty of legitimate reasons you might want to skip the traditional sweet potato casserole topping of caramelized, gooey marshmallows. Maybe you’re welcoming a vegan or vegetarian to the table, or you want to eat less sugar during the holidays, or maybe you’re one of those folks who just doesn’t like marshmallows! Luckily, sweet potato casserole doesn’t hinge on a marshmallow topping.
Nov 20, 2018
The Best Way to Dispose of All That Holiday Gift Wrap
Few things inspire more joy than a collection of beautifully wrapped presents under a Christmas tree! The problem with gift wrap, though, is that it’s often not recyclable. Even though the base of most gift wraps is indeed paper, many have overlays like metallic foil or glitter, have tape stuck to them, are saturated with problematic inks or dye, or are so thin that the fibers aren’t useful for recycling.
Dec 22, 2017
My Childhood Was a Lie and Dreidel Can Actually Be Fun to Play
Real talk: If you haven't been betting with food, you've been playing it wrong.
Dec 12, 2017
Y Is for YOLO
You only live once, right? Whether extravagant and over the top or more on the indulgent side (or both!), these gifts embrace that idea.
Dec 11, 2017
W Is for Your Work Wife
Because work would feel a lot more like work if you didn't have any friends at the office.
Dec 8, 2017
S Is for Stocking Stuffers Under $18
Whether you need a stocking stuffer or just a teeny gift for someone you appreciate, these budget gifts are thoughtful and creative. They're smart and fun but won't break the bank!
Dec 6, 2017
R Is for Readers
How to choose amongst rubble to find the jewels for your holiday gift-giving? We've done the heavy lifting for you.
Dec 5, 2017
P Is for Plugged-In Electrics
Some people want video game consoles or televisions for the holidays. The people we know and love? Well, they mostly want the latest and greatest in new small electric appliances for their kitchen. Here are 24 gifts — in addition to the Instant Pot, of course — that can be plugged in and are sure to become a workhorse in any kitchen. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, $299: This has probably been on your sister’s wish list for years and years.
Dec 4, 2017
O Is for Outdoorsy People
It's not going to be cold forever!
Dec 4, 2017
How To Get Rid of Burnt Cookie Smells
Every year, my husband and I throw a cookie party over the holidays. It’s actually a long-standing family tradition — my sister and I used to do it together, when we lived at home, and now do it separately in our own homes. Typically, I take off the day before the big event and spend hours baking (my sister prefers to do her baking in batches and freeze the cookies).
Nov 30, 2017
J Is for Jetsetters
We all have that friend who seems to spend more time on the road than she does at home. Here's what you should get her for the holidays.
Nov 29, 2017
D Is for Your Drinking Buddy
It's five o'clock somewhere — and you need a gift for your drinking buddy!
Nov 24, 2017
C Is for Coffee Lovers
It's actually possible to give a coffee-themed gift without going the obvious route.
Nov 24, 2017
B Is for Bakers
Wrap up one of these presents and prepare to get even more sweets sent your way.
Nov 23, 2017
A Is for the Absolute Essentials
Whether you're buying for someone who's building a kitchen for the first time or for someone whose tools are in need of a serious upgrade, these items are essential to any kitchen.
Nov 23, 2017
Starbucks Just Unveiled a Sophisticated New Holiday Drink
Starbucks has been treating us to a ton of special holiday drinks this year. It seems like just yesterday they gave us the Toasted White Chocolate Mocha and Chestnut Praline Chai Latte. It isn’t even the end of November yet, and they just surprised us with another new holiday drink for 2017: It’s called the Juniper Latte, and it sounds like a grown-up twist on the seasonal holiday favorites we all know and love.
Nov 22, 2017
6 Things to Know Before Hosting Friendsgiving
It’s the most wonderful meal of the year! Gathering your best friends together to break bread doesn’t happen often enough, so make it the best Friendsgiving ever. Here are a few pointers if you’ve never hosted a meal quite this large before: Before you send out an official invite ask your favorite friends for their availability to get a feel for other people’s plans. This is a very busy time of year with lots of holiday events/concerts/dinners to attend.
Nov 9, 2017
5 Reasons a Holiday About Fasting Is the Best Food Holiday
For many families and congregations, Yom Kippur is a very serious Jewish holiday. Meaning the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year and the whole point is to ask G-d and your fellow humans for forgiveness so you can start the year with a clean slate. The holiday includes a 24-hour fast.
Sep 15, 2017
The 7 Things I’m Doing to Prep for Hosting My First Yom Kippur
After many years of attending Yom Kippur dinner at my parents’ house, I am finally hosting break fast at my home. Because I finally have a house. For the last 14 years I’ve lived in a tiny New York City apartment with a kitchen table that barely fit four people, so I’ve never physically been able to throw any type of dinner party. Now that I have an actual dining room with a table that can fit up to 10 chairs comfortably (!!!
Sep 12, 2017
10 Things to Know About Your First Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur, which translates to the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish Year. It’s a serious holiday. The point is to ask G-d and your fellow humans for forgiveness so you can start the year with a clean slate, and deem yourself worthy of another year on earth. (NBD.) The intense period of reflection is accompanied by a day-long fast.
Sep 11, 2017
What You Need to Know About Cooking Iftar for a Crowd
It can be challenging to prepare an elaborate dinner while feeling the fatigue of fasting, but with these tips you’ll have all you need to host an iftar without a hitch.
Jun 16, 2017
Yogurt Is the Key to Perfect Grilled Chicken
Kitchn’s Delicious Links column highlights recipes we’re excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites. What are you grilling on Monday? If your answer is just burgers and hotdogs, may I suggest these chicken kebabs? No, this is not the dry, bland chicken you might’ve had at cookouts before — this chicken is moist and flavorful, thanks to one special ingredient. Yogurt!
May 29, 2017
5 South Indian Bloggers Share Their New Year’s Traditions
For many of us, the New Year is well under way. By this point, we’ve already made and broken many of our healthful resolutions! But in South India, the New Year falls in spring, not winter — often, although not always, on the vernal equinox — and is accompanied by meticulous traditions in preparation for the celebratory feast. Of course, different states (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana) have different traditions.
Mar 29, 2017
How I’m Spending My First Christmas with My Husband
My now-husband and I have been together for over seven years and we’ve navigated our way through a number of stressful situations. But holiday planning, namely for Christmas, has never been one of them. Between family distance and work obligations (he’s always traveling), we settled the issue by each going our separate ways: He went to his family’s celebration and I went to mine.
Dec 21, 2016
The Guinness Record Holder for “World’s Largest Gingerbread Village” Shares His Best Tips
Constructed entirely of cookies and icing, gingerbread houses are among the most magical of holiday treats. But for the home baker, embarking on such an intricate project can seem intimidating. Is it possible to build a beautiful biscuit structure from scratch and still have fun? I spoke to Jon Lovitch, New York chef and creator of GingerBread Lane, a collection of over 1,200 edible houses currently on display at the New York Hall of Science.
Dec 20, 2016
An Easy, Festive Sangria for This Year’s Holiday Party
Looking for an easy cocktail to whip up for your holiday party this year? This sangria recipe is your best bet. Not only does it look and taste festive, but it also can be made in a big batch, which means you don’t have to play bartender all night to your guests. Win-win! Seriously, making sangria couldn’t be any simpler.
Dec 20, 2016
The Midwestern Drink That’s Making a Comeback
Every year as the weather grows cold, small red, white, and green plastic tubs suddenly line the shelves of grocery stores in the upper Midwest. Anyone not from the area might read the labels with total confusion: “Tom and Jerry Batter,” they say, often surrounded by drawings of holly leaves and snowy winter scenes. But this batter isn’t for cake, and it has nothing to do with the cartoon cat and mouse — it’s the base for a classic punch.
Dec 16, 2016
10 Kitchen Tools That Make Great Ornaments
Everything you need to decorate your Christmas tree is in … your kitchen! It’s true. Even if you don’t have dozens of mini rolling pins on hand, you can mix and match a bunch of these items until your tree is all decked out. And then, when the holiday is over, don’t stash them in the basement. Put them to work making sweet things all year round. Mini whisks: There’s nothing cuter than a mini whisk.
Dec 14, 2016
10 Rules of Being a Grown-Up, Holiday Edition
Adults look wiser because they’ve already made so many mistakes. They’ve walked down the wrong, dark street, smashed a dish at someone else’s house, and brought bacon to a Passover potluck. They’ve stayed out late too many nights in a row and finished off the vodka (and Santa’s cookies). They’ve said “yes”when they knew they should have said “no,” yet lived to tell the tale.
Dec 14, 2016
Beyond Popcorn String: Candies for Your Christmas Tree Garland
We totally get why people make popcorn garlands: they’re relatively easy to do, popcorn is lightweight, and you can get a big bag of kernels for, like, $10. Great! But why stop there? We raided a candy shop to find fun treats that’ll string up just as well. Unless otherwise noted, we made these with a sewing needle and some waxed floss, which conveniently comes in white (regular) or red (cinnamon!).
Dec 14, 2016
The Cutest Holiday Way to Light Up the Kitchen
In case you missed it, we’re big fans of decorating for Christmas in the kitchen. Wreaths look totally at home hung in front of a window over the sink, and cabinet uppers are a perfect backdrop for all those holiday cards that come in. So, in the spirit of being spirited, we also love the idea of Christmas lights in the kitchen.
Dec 13, 2016
Wreaths in the Kitchen? Here’s Where to Put ‘Em.
We’re all about decorating for the holidays in as many places as possible. Garland in the bathroom? Sure! Mistletoe in the coat closet? Yes, please! That’s why we’re totally obsessed with the idea of hanging wreaths in front of kitchen windows — especially windows that happen to be over the sink. Kelly from Talk of the Home hung wreaths from her curtain rod using two different types of ribbon: red-striped burlap and a red satin one.
Dec 6, 2016
How To Make a Christmas Tree Topper out of Whisks
You could put a star on top of your tree this year. Or, you could put a sputnik-style starburst made out of whisks. Which one sounds better to you? If you’d prefer the latter and want to show off your love for all things kitchen-related this holiday, this post is for you. If you prefer the former, you might still get a kick out of this easy craft. Read on for the easy directions — even the less crafty among us will find this simple and fun.
Dec 6, 2016
Tiny Facts: Why Do We Eat Candy Canes for Christmas?
Even without trying, we somehow seem to rack up quite a stash of candy canes every year, and it got us thinking: How did they come to be such a thing, anyway? We checked with holiday historians and candy makers, and found the backstory to be pretty hilarious: Candy canes were basically invented to get kids to shut up in church. Keeping children quiet during religious services is apparently a struggle that goes back for centuries.
Dec 6, 2016
Budweiser Rings in the Holidays with Limited-Edition Packaging
Starbucks gets all the glory when it comes to its red holiday cupsunveiled Inspired by the tradition of decorating the 12 U.S. Budweiser breweries for the holidays, the lager company has decked out their twist-off beer bottles in a tonal Christmas red, making this a must-have collector’s item for the Budweiser superfan in your life.
Nov 28, 2016
How To Make Pommes Aligot (Cheesy Whipped Potatoes)
Pommes Aligot is more than just a cheesy twist on mashed potatoes. This incredibly magical blend of potatoes and cheese was born in the French region of Midi-Pyrénées, and it is a celebration of regional cheese, served on special occasions alongside sausage or roasted meat.
Nov 23, 2016
Two Reasons I Hope My Kids Host a Friendsgiving This Year
I wear two hats — chef and mom — and the reasons I want my kids to have Friendsgiving are pretty much half cheffy and half mom-ish. This celebration is an opportunity to explore culinary freedom without any family drama, oven competition, or polite smiles that express, “I don’t like this.” There is a second reason, though, beyond the culinary.
Nov 22, 2016
10 Hostess Gifts You Can Overnight from Amazon for $15 or Less
Someday, may we all have well-stocked gift cabinets full of objects just waiting to be presented to our many beautiful friends. Until then, there's Amazon.
Nov 21, 2016
The One-Stop Thanksgiving Shopping Guide: Costco
Feeding a crowd this Thanksgiving? You can literally get every ingredient for dinner and the table to serve it on in one stop at Costco.
Nov 14, 2016
10 Things to Clean Now Before the Holiday Season Gets Going
So you’re hosting an upcoming holiday. That means you either … Want to. Drew the short straw. Were told you were hosting by your mother. No matter the reason, think of us as your online support system. We’re here to help you not only make a meal that people will still be talking about next year, but also ensure that you look like the consummate hostess. So no running around harried and sweating the whole day looking for extra seating and missing silverware. You can do this!
Nov 9, 2016
What Is Diwali? How One Indian-American Family Celebrates.
While many people are still eating their way through their Halloween candy and starting to think about Thanksgiving, my family and I are focused on another holiday: Diwali. Typically celebrated between mid-October and mid-November, depending on the phases of the moon, this year it falls on November 7. The annual celebration, which translates as “festival of lights,” is one of the most important in Indian culture. It is a holiday about food, family, and new beginnings.
Oct 30, 2016
Celebrate National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day with This No-Bake Treat
Today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, and since the weather is uncharacteristically warm for October, we’re celebrating with a no-bake version. This dessert is essentially a layered pudding. The base (or “crust”) is crumbled cookies mixed with butter, and the filling is a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, pumpkin purée, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and whipped topping (like Cool Whip).
Oct 21, 2016
5 Ways to Make Halloween Benefit Your Community
My 4-year-old has been planning her Halloween costume for months. She’s on the fence about whether she wants to be a hyena (thank you, Lion King) or Tinker Bell (because of the dress, of course). And, of course, costumes and candy are a big part of the excitement of Halloween, especially when you’re in the single digits. But I’m hoping that my daughter is old enough to share the hospitable Halloween spirit with our community. Giving back doesn’t have to be difficult.
Oct 12, 2016
7 Homemade Food Gifts to Start Prepping Now for the Holidays
There’s something about giving a homemade food gift that feels especially generous. Now — before the holidays get underway — is a great time to get started on a number of these DIY gifts, since some need a few weeks or more to infuse or rest in order to be at their full gifting potential. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to check this off your list now before the nuttiness of the season begins. Here are seven great homemade food gifts you can get started on now.
Oct 7, 2016
8 Surprising Foods You Can Turn into Jack-o’-Lanterns
Pumpkins are an obvious choice to carve for Halloween. They are orange, they are stiff (ideal for carving, and lasting longer), and they can be pretty cheap. But it’s 2016, and while it might have been cool to do the traditional thing for the last century or so, there are plenty of other foods that you can also carve. Because why not? Maybe we all just need to live a little. Go ahead and impress your friends by having a food-carving party that doesn’t involve pumpkins.
Oct 5, 2016
The Sweetness of Rosh Hashanah
Jewish holidays always feature many special foods. Even amongst that crowded field, the Jewish New Year is unique. Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration filled with lavish dinners and post-services, nap-worthy afternoon meals highlighted with eating pastries. For Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah (literally the head of the year), apples and honey are the most familiar and universal symbols, but that’s just the start of symbolic foods for this holiday.
Oct 3, 2016
Make These Ham & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches for Dinner Tonight
In honor of Bastille Day, today’s Delicious Link is a nod to French cuisine. While you could certainly make a simple ham-and-cheese baguette, this slightly more decadent version of the classic sandwich — served warm on a buttery croissant — kicks things up a notch. Stop by your local bakery, pick up a couple of croissants, and make this sandwich for dinner tonight. The key to these delicious sandwiches is the glaze that gets brushed on top of the croissants before baking.
Jul 14, 2016
A Fantasy Menu for Alice Waters on Bastille Day
Alice Waters has said that creating a menu “means creating your own reality.” For many years at her famous restaurant, Chez Panisse, she offered up a very special menu for Bastille day, and for the last two decades, she has served a meal that celebrates Northern California garlic. In that same spirit, I’ve created an imagined menu in tribute to her for Bastille Day.
Jul 13, 2016
This No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Is the Perfect 4th of July Dessert
Happy 4th of July! If you’re still looking for a dessert recipe for today’s festivities, allow me to suggest this mixed berry cheesecake tart. Not only does this patriotic-looking dessert require only 30 minutes of your time, but it’s also a no-bake treat, which means you don’t have to turn on your oven on a hot summer day. The crust for this tart is simply a mixture of almond flour, pecans, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, and butter.
Jul 4, 2016
Carrying Home in a Sheet Cake
Namoora holds a special place in my heart. This sweet semolina sheet cake speckled with almonds takes me back to my grandmother’s home in Dearborn, Michigan. Each crunchy bite of cake transports me to my childhood, when I did not understand the importance this decadent treat would have on my life. Like the preparation and planning for any major holiday, Eid Al-Fitr preparations begin a few days before the actual festivities and celebrations.
Jun 29, 2016