Holiday
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10 Christmas Trees Made Entirely of Delicious Food
Christmas trees in the kitchen or dining room don’t usually make the most sense. However, we’ll make an exception for these fun look-alike treats. Because presentation is key this time of year. Whether you want to get creative with a cheese platter or make DIY sweets, these are some of our favorite edible Christmas trees. This cheese board couldn’t be any simpler to put together. Use different colored cheese cubes and red and green grapes to create a layered Christmas tree.
Jun 9, 2019
Steal This Smart Way to Display Your Holiday Cards
‘Tis the season to get lots of holiday cards. And our friends over at Minted have a ingenious idea for what to do with them as they come in: Hang them on kitchen cabinets. It’s a super-simple way to decorate the kitchen for the season, without going totally crazy with garland, lights, or breakable ornaments. Keep reading to see how they pulled it together. (Hint: It’s really easy!) First, cut ribbon into strips that are the length of your cabinet plus an extra foot.
Jun 9, 2019
An Afro-Asian 4th of July Menu from Bryant Terry
Like most of my work, this Afro-Asian 4th of July menu has the texture of autobiography and draws heavily on the way my family eats at home. Don’t get me wrong, we don’t pull out all the stops every day like we did for this menu. But on weekends, holidays, and celebrations, we invite family and friends over to cook multiple dishes and break bread together, all while talking, laughing, and dancing.
Jun 9, 2019
10 Deviled Egg Ideas Everyone Will Love
Put a plate of these down at any holiday gathering and it's all but guaranteed they'll be gobbled up in no time.
Jun 8, 2019
10 Last-Minute Recipes to Make for Homemade Food Gifts
Make your friends and family feel extra special this year with the personal touch of a food gift. Even if you didn’t plan ahead, once you have the ingredients these recipes come together very quickly. You can start gifting within the same day. Make sure to include a tag with how long the gift will last and ideas describing how to use it. January is right around the corner from the holidays.
Jun 8, 2019
5 Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy This Valentine’s Day
This time of year, hearts are abundant in every way, shape, and form. There are the classic heart-shaped candies, of course, but also cookies, cupcakes, and pizzas. Even breakfast gets in on the action with heart-shaped eggs and bacon! (See all the heart-shaped things here.) But it’s rare we actually stop to think about our real heart — and I’m not talking about in the emotional sense.
Jun 8, 2019
10 Holiday Treats You Can Make in a Mug in the Microwave
Between now and the end of the year, there are a lot of holiday treats to be made and consumed. Where do you even start? If you, like me, want to try and eat everything right now, these mug cakes are what you need. These single-serving treats are so easy to make! All you need are the ingredients, a mug, and a microwave. Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be consuming more pumpkin pie in the next couple weeks.
Jun 8, 2019
25 Must-Try Egg Decorating Ideas for Easter
Gone are the days when the Paas dye kit was the most exciting way to color your Easter eggs. Over the past few years the ideas I’ve seen online for decorating hard-boiled or hand-blown eggs have become more elaborate and more beautiful. But just because they look more complicated doesn’t mean they’re that much harder to accomplish. These 25 dye ideas have something for every skill level. Now the only challenge is going to be figuring out which technique to try first.
Jun 5, 2019
Target Is About to Start Selling Buddy the Elf Sugar Cookies
I know Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but I can’t be the only one who is feeling the Christmas spirit. Case in point: As soon as I discovered that Target had listed a box of 24 pre-cut Buddy the Elf sugar cookies, I was ready to start stringing up Christmas lights in my Santa costume. I should also come clean and admit that I look forward to the time of year when it’s totally socially acceptable to make, and eat, an entire box of Pillsbury sugar cookies in one sitting.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Eid al-Fitr Foods from Around the World
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
Jun 3, 2019
I Tried 5 of Trader Joe’s Newest Holiday Treats and Sweets
Now that Thanksgiving is so far gone, it’s about time we traded pumpkin spice for peppermint, no? At least, that’s what it feels like happened overnight at Trader Joe’s. I hit my favorite grocery store up on Black Friday while I was visiting my parents and the shelves were brimming with Christmas cookies and other seasonal snacks.
Jun 3, 2019
How To Make Candles in a Slow Cooker
If you’re looking for a sweet and thoughtful way to show your appreciation this upcoming holiday season, look no further than your slow cooker. In addition to soups, dips, and weeknight dinners, your trusty slow cooker can easily help you DIY the perfect gift: a bunch of cute candles. And before you ask, no, the wax doesn’t touch the inside of the slow cooker, so there’s no gross residue or hard-to-clean mess. Here’s how to do it at home.
May 30, 2019
The Most Gorgeous Panettone You Can Find on Instagram
Given that it’s the holidays, I recently went down a flour-filled rabbit hole on Instagram for #panettone. There are currently over 220,000 photos under the hashtag. I’ve seen a box of panettone around family holiday gatherings, but I never really knew what went into making it until recently. I didn’t fully understand the amount of artistry that is needed to craft the perfect loaf. Well, this tasty bread is making a comeback in a big way, and it’s easy to see why.
May 30, 2019
10 Easy Holiday Treats I Always Make with My Kids
These recipes are basically error-proof.
May 30, 2019
My Go-To Trick for No-Mess Cookie Decor with Kids
Cookie decorating is supposed to be a joyous celebration of the holiday season — you’re making holiday memories plus gifts for friends, neighbors, and maybe a cookie plate for Santa too. Except cookie decorating with tiny, sugar-fueled, and sprinkled-eyed humans can be more frustrating and messy than we expect and leave us holiday harried parents more stressed than joyful.
May 30, 2019
10 Gifts for Food-Lovers and Their Pets
​Pets (and their crazy humans) deserve presents this time of year, too!
May 30, 2019
I Made Joy the Baker’s Favorite Holiday Cookies (and Here’s How It Went)
When we asked Joy Wilson aka Joy the Baker to complete the impossible task of naming her favorite holiday cookie, she gave us an untraditional pick. “I really love these milk chocolate cookies and cream cookies,” she explains. “They’re buttery chocolate chip cookies with coarsely chopped Oreo cookies folded inside. The Oreos soften enough to make these cookies extra chewy inside but they have crisp edges.
May 29, 2019
I Made Gordon Ramsay’s Famous Beef Wellington (and Here’s What You Should Know)
There’s hardly a roast more alluring, majestic, and intimidating than beef Wellington. A filet of beef gets wrapped in puff pastry with the hope that both the beef and pastry will bake up to a gorgeous, golden-brown on the outside and tender, pink perfection on the inside. And Gordon Ramsay’s version is as infamous as it is beloved. You might already know Ramsay as the hot-tempered chef at the helm of shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and MasterChef.
May 29, 2019
I Made Molly Yeh’s Favorite Holiday Cookies (and It Was a Journey)
Before she was tapped to be the star of Food Network’s latest cooking show, Girl Meets Farm, Molly Yeh earned her stripes as the creator of the beloved blog My Name Is Yeh. (Her last name is pronounced “Yay!” which is the perfect way to describe Molly’s delightful style of cooking.) She’s the queen of Funfetti cake, homemade Oreos, and succulent frosting — and on account of all that her Instagram feed is #goals.
May 29, 2019
10 Recipes to Make for Diwali
If you don’t already have plans to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, these recipes might make you reconsider. Like so many holidays around the world, food is an important part of Diwali. Snacks and sweets are especially present, along with many of the classic Indian dishes you know and love. It’s the perfect excuse to get into the kitchen and cook! Read more: What Is Diwali?
May 29, 2019
12 Festive Hanukkah Recipes to Make This Year
Everyone celebrating Hanukkah likely has slightly different food traditions and recipe favorites, but the staples are frequently the same: perfectly cooked brisket and crispy latkes, plus a dessert spread that preferably includes as much rugelach, sufganiyot, and babka as possible. No matter which dish is your favorite, these festive recipes are perfect for Hanukkah and guaranteed to please a crowd.
May 29, 2019
10 Recipes to Make for Kwanzaa This Year
As far as holidays go, Kwanzaa is a relatively new one: It was created in 1966 during the height of the civil rights movement by Dr. Maulana Karenga, chair of the department of African Studies at California State University, Long Beach. A half-century later, the seven-day festival — starting December 26 and ending January 1 — is celebrated by millions of African Americans.
May 29, 2019
Recipe: Bomb Pop Cocktail Pitcher
The ice cream truck may have shunned the streets of the deep-woods neighborhood I grew up in, but my parents made sure that my brother and I didn’t miss out on the joy of a Popsicle on a hot summer day. They kept a second freezer in the basement, and though I’m sure it was used for important things like storing meat, vegetables, and the odd set of important documents, it was reliably stocked with what seemed to be a never-ending supply of Flav-Or-Ice Pops.
May 29, 2019
Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Festive Dinners for a Holiday Week
Every year I am flabbergasted by how quickly the holidays arrive, despite that they come every year at the same time. Our December has already been so full of celebrations that we are looking forward to Christmas and then a quiet week at home.
May 29, 2019
A Seasonal Hanukkah Menu from Amelia Saltsman
Oh, Hanukkah — I adore you. Always have. Even as a kid, I drew to the warmth of the hanukiyah (holiday menorah) as though to a cozy fireplace. Little did I know I was tapping into the very heart of the holiday. And that is the inspiration for this simple and hearty make-ahead Hanukkah dinner menu.
May 29, 2019
An Imagined Menu for Julia Child on Bastille Day
Julia Child was many things — an author, an educator, a television personality, an excellent cook, and a missionary for good food for all. She was more than just television’s The French Chef — she was the most significant emissary for French cooking of the 20th century.
May 29, 2019
A South Indian New Year’s Eve: 5 Festive Recipes to Welcome the New Year
Our goal for ringing in the new year? Do it with a flash of color, vibrant flavor, heat, soulfulness, and, of course, sparkle. And no food said that for me this year like the creations coming out of Asha Gomez’s kitchen. Last year year, the chef and restaurateur became a cookbook author and published one of the year’s most celebrated cookbooks: My Two Souths.
May 29, 2019
A Menu for a Prime Rib Holiday Dinner
Prime rib is the ultimate Christmas feast — a grand roast brought to the table with pride and served with a luscious creamy horseradish sauce. You could serve almost anything else on the side and your dinner guests would still be quite impressed, but since you’ve likely gone to great expense and effort for the roast, filling out the rest of the table should be both easy on the cook and the wallet. Here’s what to serve with a classic prime rib roast for a luxe holiday party.
May 29, 2019
A Menu for a Roast Pork Loin Holiday Dinner
If you’re looking for a holiday menu that feels traditional with a few surprising elements and flavors added along the way, you’re going to love this meal centered around a golden, juicy roasted pork loin served with a vibrant and tart green apple sauce. In this menu you’ll find everything you need to turn this main into a meal, including a plan for sides, dessert, and even some suggestions on what to eat.
May 29, 2019
The Simple Classic Easter Menu I Want to Eat Every Spring
Easter is by far my favorite holiday: for its place in the cycle of the year, its meaning to me personally (a distracted Christian, but one with some hunch of my center) and — naturally, since this is what we’re here to talk about — the food. But you can’t talk about what makes the food of Easter so wonderful without talking a little bit about what happens before the holiday even begins.
May 29, 2019
6 Travel-Inspired Cookbooks for the Adventurous Cook
Even if your loved one didn't make it to China or to tour Germany's bakeries this year, she can still bring some of those exciting flavors to her table with these new titles.
May 24, 2019
The Best Easter Traditions Come from Germany
The culmination of the Lenten period that begins much earlier in the year, on Ash Wednesday (February 10 this year), Easter is a joyous holiday with candy, culinary delights, and animal folklore. And while each country has its own unique customs, Germany’s Easter traditions deserve particular recognition. It was, after all, in western Germany that the Easter bunny, or rather Osterhase, was born.
May 24, 2019
This Is How the White House Does Christmas
There’s only one house cooler than the White House this time of year: the gingerbread house that lives in the White House. Made of 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing, and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces, it’s a sweet sight to take in. Of course, the actual White House is a close second, with plenty of festive decorations.
May 24, 2019
These Copper Party Cups Are a Step Up from the Red Solo Cup
We’ve never met anything with copper that we didn’t love, and these Party Cups are no exception. Plus, they’re currently on sale, which makes them a great gift for your friends, coworkers, or even yourself. (What? The party host should get a special cup!) Copper Party Cup, $14 Modeled after the classic Solo cup silhouette, the cup is 16 ounces (meaning it can accommodate a full pint of beer or an extra-large cocktail).
May 24, 2019
3 Ways to Drink Like a German This Winter
In America, there’s no place like home for the holidays. But all across Europe, the early months of winter bring locals out of their houses and into the streets to shop and stroll and taste seasonal treats at the holiday markets. In Prague, pork browns on a spit roast; in Copenhagen, Danes eat jam-filled ebelskiver doughnuts; and in Germany, they drink. Nowhere are the libations as numerous — or as strong — as at a German Christkindlmarkt.
May 24, 2019
Glühwein Is the Taste of Christmas in Germany
When it comes to holiday drinking, eggnog is only the beginning. Many cultures and cuisines proudly claim a Christmas punch and this week we’re bringing you The Global Punch Bowl with five festive punches, each with a story of their own. When the sun starts to set at 4 p.m. and the grass is frosty in the morning, it can be difficult to look on the bright side (there are so few hours of sunlight, after all!). But there’s a silver lining to this dark and chilly season: mulled wine.
May 24, 2019
Giada Shares How to Make One of Italy’s Most Classic Holiday Desserts
The holidays bring out the best in desserts. There’s nothing like a giant pile of elaborately decorated sweets to make a person feel festive, and Giada De Laurentiis has a gorgeous take on a traditional Italian Christmas dessert called a struffoli. It’s impressive and fun, but it’s surprisingly easy and a great thing to make together with family. A struffoli is a big pile of honey-coated pastry balls that are sweet on the outside and soft on the inside.
May 24, 2019
5 Dad Food Bloggers Share What They Want for Father’s Day
Dads are notoriously tough to shop for, but this year we decided to call in some inspiration. We reached out to five of the coolest dad food bloggers to find out what they’re asking for this Father’s Day, and you might be surprised at some of the things on their list. Take a peek. “One item I’ve been dying to have is a salamander — it helps get that perfectly melted cheese on my dishes. A broiler works too, but it just isn’t the same.
May 24, 2019
How Halloween Became My Favorite Family Tradition
I love Halloween. I love the fact that kids of all ages come from other neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. (This is also known as neighborhood hopping and I think it’s great.) I love sitting on the porch and handing out candy and talking to anyone who comes by. And I love that my friends come over to help me celebrate. Every year we host a drop-in Halloween pumpkin chili party; it’s become something of a tradition.
May 24, 2019
Loving and Leaving Behind My Tradition of Spritz Cookie Baking
Christmas is a grapple. We love the theory (feasting, giving, friends and family), even as we worry over the practice of cooking the food, choosing the gifts, and actually being with our families. We long to make the rites something more than rote, even as we wonder if it’s better to be more practical and less traditional. And right there in that grappling, right there between desire and duty, is the literal sweet spot where spritz cookies gnaw at me.
May 24, 2019
How I’m Making Hanukkah Special for My Kids This Year
Kids ruin everything. Really (not really, but you see where this is going). You can’t enjoy a great night out without worrying about a hangover the next day. Every trip you plan, you think out worst-case scenarios, pack a great quantity of medicine, and invariably freak out when the airline messes up your seats and places you far away from your toddler. They especially ruin lazy holidays.
May 24, 2019
How I’m Changing My Grocery Budget for the Holidays
Are you worried about all the money you've been spending lately? Follow these two rules for cooking from The Financial Diet.
May 24, 2019
10 Holiday Staples I Buy Every Year at Costco
I know I write a lot about Costco, but honestly the store has changed my life since I started shopping there two years ago. Costco carries all of my favorite foods — in bulk, which is important for someone like me who eats a lot of fruits, veggies, and other plant-based foods. During the holidays, Costco proves to be especially clutch because the warehouse store has plenty of seasonal gems.
May 24, 2019
The Only Thing That Got Me Through the Holidays When I Was Pregnant
Being pregnant during the holiday season definitely had its ups and downs. It was really nice to have an excuse to hunker down when the weather was cold. On the other hand, it also meant not being able to enjoy some of my favorite foods and drinks at all the various parties and gatherings. I desperately wanted a glass of wine or a cocktail in my hand, but was usually resigned to some sparkling water if I didn’t want something sugary or fruity.
May 24, 2019
The December Aldi Finds We’re Most Excited About
If Aldi isn’t one of your upcoming shopping stops, you’re doing the holidays wrong. We’re not talking about going there for the groceries and festive party snacks, either (although there are plenty of those!). We’re talking about going for the Aldi Finds, which rotate in and out of the stores on a weekly basis every Wednesday. See, we got a sneak peek at the upcoming Aldi Finds for December and there are tons of great gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
May 24, 2019
I Tried 5 of Aldi’s Newest Holiday Treats and Sweets
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: The time when grocery stores add all sorts of fun, festive items to their shelves. I stopped by Aldi this weekend and couldn’t get over the number of holiday-worthy appetizers, snacks, and sweets. I decided to try the five that I thought could be the most useful to a stressed-out host. Here’s what I tried — and my totally candid thoughts on them.
May 24, 2019
The Best Holiday Things to Buy from Trader Joe’s Right Now
Trader Joe’s has no shortage of ingenious holiday treats — confections both sweet and savory. Every time I walk into my local store, there’s a new display rife with merriment that I’ve never seen before. They even go as far as to add fluffy fake snow, lights, and garlands to woo the festive-minded shopper! Here’s a list of our favorite picks we’ve plucked from displays (and tried!) this holiday season.
May 24, 2019
The 5 Best Holiday Things to Buy from Costco Right Now
If you're not enjoying #2 on the list, what are you even doing in December?
May 24, 2019
9 Pro Bakers Reveal Their Favorite Store-Bought Cookies
It goes without saying that professional bakers and pastry chefs are constantly surrounded by tasty, baked-from-scratch desserts. What might not be so obvious is that these pros still have a soft spot for store-bought treats. Because cookie season is upon us and not everyone has time to bake a batch every time a craving hits, we asked nine pro bakers to share the store-bought cookie they can’t live without.
May 24, 2019
Recipe: Chicken 65
Spicy, crispy, and packed with flavor, Chicken 65 is considered an Indo-Chinese recipe; a cuisine that is hugely popular in both India and Pakistan.
May 17, 2019
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, begins at sundown on May 15.
May 6, 2019
Party Snack Recipe: Sweet and Savory Roasted Cashews
You get two recipes for the price of one today! First we have cashews tossed with brown butter and sage, and then there are cocoa-dusted cashews for those of us with a sweet tooth. Neither recipe takes more than a few minutes to bring together, making this our new favorite snack for holiday get-togethers. We started out wanting to do something with sage and brown butter — two flavors we love this time of year that also love each other.
May 2, 2019
A Checklist of Everything You Need for Holiday Baking
Last night I started my holiday baking, and it went much as it has in years past. I picked out my recipes, preheated the oven, pulled out all the ingredients, and just as I started measuring I realized that I was 1/4 cup shy of cocoa powder. So, everything was put on hold while I ran out to the grocery store. While the ingredient shortage always varies, I find myself in the same predicament every year. Before you dive into holiday baking, make sure you have everything you need.
May 2, 2019
5 Holiday Cocktails That Use Booze You Already Have
I love discovering new cocktail recipes and original ways to experience different, unique flavors with classic spirits. But, these days, discovering “new cocktails” on the internet usually means “new fandangled drinks that use a bunch of specialty liqueurs and spirits you don’t have and aren’t gonna buy a whole bottle of to try a new drink.
May 2, 2019
For Holiday Food Gifts: Make Custom Gift Wrappers With Wax Paper!
Are you looking for an inexpensive way to box up treats this holiday season? Leave it to Martha Stewart to provide the perfect solution. All you’ll need is a craft punch (or some scissors) and a little wax paper.Even though this idea was intended for Valentine’s Day, it can be customized for any holiday. Simply press small pieces of construction or colored paper between sheets of waxed paper, apply a small amount of heat, and voila!
May 2, 2019
A Sweet & Savory Dessert Crostini Bar
I was perched on the couch the other morning, catching up on food blogs and sipping a mocha when all of a sudden the urge for a warm, toasted baguette smothered with melted chocolate and a drizzle of fruity olive oil hit me. Sometimes good ideas strike at the oddest of times. This early morning craving for chocolate and bread inspired my most recent party idea: a gathering where everyone builds their own dessert!
May 2, 2019
Halloween Cocktail Recipe: The Bloody Manhattan
Don’t feel like drinking your candy corns or sipping on a snickers bar? Me either, so this Halloween, I gave one of my favorite cocktails a holiday makeover that makes drinking something spooky a little easier to swallow. If you still have a Halloween party or two in your weekend plans, make sure this cocktail is on the menu. I’m a sucker for picture perfect drinks that capture the spirit of Halloween, but I find looking at them much more fun than actually drinking them.
May 2, 2019
10 Small Yet Special Thank You Gifts for Hosts and Coworkers
‘Tis the season of office parties and holiday soirées, where giving a little something to your coworker or your hostess-with-the-mostess friend is a nice way to say, hey, thanks for being great. From a set of glam gold-dipped spoons to smoked sea salt and fancy soap, here are 10 of our favorite finds for when you’re looking for that small but special gift. 1 Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes, $6.
May 2, 2019
Homemade Gift Recipe: Maple Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Making caramel sauce is simple, and additions of sea salt, lavender or even chilies take a basic sauce and make it into something special. This holiday season, I made mine boozy with an infusion of maple bourbon. Maple bourbon is the most popular flavor of bourbon on the market now with big guys like Jim Beam and Knob Creek topping the list of producers. It’s a sweeter style and works well in lots of hot cocktails, after dinner drinks and desserts.
May 2, 2019
Holiday Cocktail Recipe: Bourbon Eggnog
When I was kid, eggnog was a staple at every Christmas party. My mom’s punch bowl was always filled to the top with the creamy cocktail. Like with most classic cocktails, it’s fair game to finesse them to fit your taste. This year our nog gets a good ol’ Kentucky-inspired makeover. My mom always made her eggnog with spiced rum, but I’ve been on a bourbon kick as of late, so I switched up tradition.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Cherries & Walnuts
I have been chasing this cookie for years: Something deeply chocolatey and almost brownie-like in the middle, but with a crisp exterior. Something studded with tart cherries and crunchy bits of nut. Something, well, like this cookie you see before you. Queue the hallelujah chorus and pour yourself a glass of milk — I am beyond thrilled to finally have this cookie securely in my recipe box. There are two secrets to these cookies.
May 2, 2019
My Easy Snow Day Project with Kids: Painted Cookies
If you follow the weather, you may have heard that we here in South Carolina have experienced some very cold precipitation, some of it resembling snow, and it has thrown us a little off track (okay, a lot). Our kids have been at home, and we need projects, easy projects that don’t require trips to the grocery store, because they are out of everything. I remembered an oldie but a goodie: painting cookies. Our first son, now 15 years old, got to paint a lot of cookies. Why?
May 2, 2019
Why I’ll Never Get Candy on Valentine’s Day: Serbian Slava
My husband’s mother is French, and his father was Serbian. I knew this — and them — when I married him, so I can’t complain. After all, there are a lot of advantages. She is a wonderful cook, hostess and teacher, and he was an accomplished and caring doctor who dedicated much of his career to treating people with HIV from the time it first surfaced. He also came from a culture entirely different from my own. (I’m half country, half city, all South Carolina.
May 2, 2019
12 Reasons to Be Grateful for Mexico & the Food It Gave Us
Cinco de Mayo is upon us, and with it comes excuses to drink cheap margaritas and eat a lot of vaguely Mexican food. It’s a very Americanized holiday and a minor one in Mexico itself (don’t confuse it with Mexico’s Independence Day, which falls on September 16). But we do like to take the opportunity to celebrate Mexico and all of the foods it brings us. What would our lives be like without corn tortillas, chili peppers, or — the horror — chocolate?
May 2, 2019
Say Boo! This Halloween With These Easy Pear Ghosts
Move over candy apples, this year Halloween is all about pear ghosts! The way we see it, there are two sides to Halloween. There’s the super spooky, ghoulish side filled with wicked witches, haunted houses and devilish costumes. Then, there’s the other side, filled with everything that makes us ooh and aah, like these adorable pear ghosts. Not only is this holiday snack super cute, it’s also easy to make. Here’s how to do it.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
I am not a holiday food purist. When my family switched our eating habits, we carried our love of vegetables and whole grains into the holidays as well. At first, the other members of my extended family were hesitant, but after a few years, they realized that while the food was heavily loaded with vegetables, it was still delicious. These simple sweet potatoes would easily grace our table during the holidays. Now, however, these potatoes are a treat only for me.
May 1, 2019
6 Must-Have Cocktail Books
My cocktail world has grown infinitely due to lots of taste-testing, but also thanks to some of the greatest books on the topic. As I gear up to host holiday parties and start knocking boozy friends off my gift list, there are a few titles I’m continually drawn to with insane magnetic force. This gathering of books is just a little taste of what’s out there on the topic. They have guided me from being a curious drinker to a savvy at-home mixologist.
May 1, 2019
17 Appetizer Recipes for a Party
The end of the year is an excellent excuse for throwing a holiday party for your friends and family. Besides filling your home with festive decorations, wearing an assortment of goofy sweaters, and sipping on all the mulled wine you can get your hands on, you’re going to need some seasonal appetizer recipes on hand this coming month.
May 1, 2019
The 3 Best Types of Cookies for Mailing
One of my favorite parts of the holidays has always been baking up a storm, then mailing out cookies and treats to surprise out-of-town family and friends. It’s a fun and delicious way to share the holiday spirit with people you may not get to see this time of year. Plus, who doesn’t love getting a box of freshly baked cookies in the mail? Through the years I’ve come to learn, that even with the most careful packaging, some types of cookies travel a lot better than others.
May 1, 2019
Here’s Why We Put Oranges in Stockings at Christmas
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. My grandmother started the tradition in our family when my mother was young.
May 1, 2019
5 Gingerbread Houses That Will Totally Amaze You
Gingerbread houses are the ultimate blend of baking skill and craftiness during the holidays. Assembling even the most basic house takes patience, precision, and creativity. But these inspiring houses are far from basic. From an urban townhouse to a gingerbread farm (there are even ponies) to a dreamy mountain chalet, these five gingerbread houses will totally amaze you! You won’t find traditional peppermint candies and gumdrops on this adorable chalet.
May 1, 2019
11 Games to Play on New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day is good for a few things: recovering from staying up too late the night before, eating your hoppin’ john and greens, and hanging around the house with friends and family, starting the new year with the people who love you most. But you can only sit around sharing resolutions for so long. What’s next? Game time! Here are a few suggestions to get you started. Sorry! is fun for all ages, and Monopoly covers a pretty wide age range.
May 1, 2019