Holiday
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Here’s Why We Eat Hot Cross Buns at Easter
When I think about Easter, there are a number of foods that immediately come to mind. They include hard-boiled eggs, ham, and roast leg of lamb, not to mention jelly beans, Peeps, and Cadbury eggs. But above all else, the one thing that stands out as the food of the season is hot cross buns. Growing up I could always count on my mom to bring home a fresh package of hot cross buns, the second they hit the shelves. Over time I came to learn the tradition behind this seasonal sweet.
May 1, 2019
A Menu for a Mother’s Day Picnic
Mother’s Day falls during the most beautiful time of spring, when it’s just warm enough to be outside. Why not skip the gift this year and instead spend some quality time outdoors, with a picnic lunch? A little relaxation is a simple way to pamper a mother of any age, but especially one with children still at home that keep her on the go.
May 1, 2019
6 Ceramic Artists Making Mugs We Covet
Although you might not want to think about it, gifting season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to start stocking up on good ideas for your best friends near and far. Since coffee and tea mugs are some of our favorite things to give and receive, here are six fun, wildly different independent ceramicists to keep an eye on. Brit McDaniel: Known as Paper and Clay, McDaniel has a sleek Scandinavian aesthetic that has wide appeal.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Stovetop Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Maple Pecan Drizzle
Mashed sweet potato recipes generally start with roasting your sweet potatoes, but this can be a tricky proposition when oven space is limited. For a stovetop adaptation, simmer those sweet potatoes in a rich cooking liquid that gets blended right in at the end. This keeps things more flavorful and less waterlogged than if you’d just boiled the sweet potatoes in water.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Swirl
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always liked my quick breads — be it pumpkin or banana — toasted and slathered with butter and a dollop of cream cheese. This recipe is the best of both worlds, with the cream cheese hiding neatly inside! Autumn is all about hearty baked goods, whether you’re selling cookies at a school bake sale or offering muffins to weekend guests arriving after a long drive.
May 1, 2019
What a Host Should Know About Alcoholism and Sobriety at the Holidays
It’s been a long time since my first sober Thanksgiving or Christmas or New Year’s, but I can clearly remember the baseless fears, the self-consciousness, and the bevy of misconceptions that tormented me that first holiday season. I deeply feared all eyes would be on me. “What will he do if he can’t drink?” I imagined everyone asking. “What will he drink if he can’t drink?
May 1, 2019
Turkey-Shaped Foods to Add Some Humor to Your Holiday
Sometimes it’s important to remember that Thanksgiving is about the chance to have fun with family and friends, and not stress about it being a big meal that can be complicated and overwhelming to achieve. With that spirit in mind, allow us to present some of our favorite turkey-shaped food displays that will add a bit of humor to your holiday.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
This recipe makes a crinkle cookie just like the ones I spent my childhood baking and eating. They’re soft, tender, and just a little bit chewy, with a delicate exterior that’s coated with a thick layer of powdered sugar. Crinkle cookies get their well-deserved name from the way the cookie splits and cracks along the sugar-covered top and sides as it bakes. And while they look pretty, what makes these cookies stand out is their robust chocolate flavor.
May 1, 2019
The Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals for Your Kitchen
Now that the Thanksgiving meal has been eaten and everyone has had a chance to share what they’re thankful for, it’s time to save some money. Even if you don’t plan to stand in line or camp out for the best deal on a new TV, you can still take advantage of the lower prices that accompany the official start of the holiday shopping season. To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the best deals on kitchen goods.
May 1, 2019
20 Gluten-Free Treats for the Holiday Season
It’s mid-December, which means it’s time for some holiday sweets. You won’t find wheat flour in any of these sweets, but it’s one ingredient you’ll never miss. Whether you follow a gluten-free diet or not, these desserts from cookies and candy to cakes and edible gifts, will make your holiday season complete. It’s hard to resist the addictive combination of buttery pecans and chewy homemade caramel nestled under a creamy milk chocolate shell.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Icing Cookies
Icing helps transform cookies from plain and simple to colorful and beautiful — not to mention the fact that it makes them even more delicious. While decorating cookies with icing isn’t nearly as tough as it may seem, there are a few mistakes you want to be sure to avoid. Not all types of cookies are meant to be decorated with icing; some varieties work a lot better than others.
May 1, 2019
5 Traditional and 5 Modern Nutcrackers
One of the most traditional symbols of the holiday season, nutcracker figurines date from the 15th century in Germany. But not all the ones you find today are strictly decorative — here is a mix of five traditional nutcracker figurines, along with five modern choices you can actually use the next time you need to shell some nuts. Christian Ulbricht Santa Nutcracker, $90 from Wayfair: The most traditional of all, this Santa nutcracker has family tradition written all over it.
May 1, 2019
Sugar Cookie Mini Cakes Are the Cutest Holiday Dessert
Happy National Cookie Day! Let’s talk about these adorable sugar cookie mini cakes. Yes, that’s right — these little “cakes” are made of sugar cookies and frosting. Like I said … adorable. To create these mini cakes, you’ll need to cut sugar cookie dough into five increasing sizes of circles (ranging from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches). Molly uses biscuit cutters to help shape her cookies; I suggest doing the same if you have some on hand.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Gluten-Free Dutch Baby with Eggnog Whipped Cream
I finally cracked the code on a gluten-free Dutch baby with delicious buttery, crispy edges, and a light and airy pancake! This is big news in my pancake-loving household. To make things even more exciting, it’s infused with seasonal flare by incorporating eggnog in both the batter and the whipped cream. Can we say perfect holiday breakfast? Yes. Yes we can. If you have any leftover eggnog lurking in your fridge after a holiday party (and really, who doesn’t?
May 1, 2019
Cities Accept Food Bank Donations as Payment for Parking Tickets
The holidays are meant to be a season of giving, and some cities across the country are trying to encourage residents to give even more through new Food for Fines programs. Designed to boost food bank donations, the programs enable people to shave money off their parking tickets by donating canned goods to a food drive. One program that started last year in Lexington, Kentucky, forgave $15 off a ticket for a donation of 10 canned goods.
May 1, 2019
8 Ways to Turn Citrus Peels into Gifts
During the winter, citrus becomes a staple in my kitchen: tangerines in the lunch box, lemon in tea, and lime in everything from chicken tortilla soup to sugar cookies. Just a little squeeze brightens up the heaviest dishes of the season — not to mention, my holiday mood. But there’s one part we often forget about, or get rid of altogether — the peel — which has just as much to give as the rest of the fruit.
May 1, 2019
My Favorite Holiday Food Tradition
When it comes to the holidays, my family doesn’t have a ton of traditions. Yes, we always see our extended family, and exchange gifts, but things change slightly from year to year. Sometimes we would have a big meal on Christmas Eve, and sometimes we would be driving to my grandmother’s house and wouldn’t arrive until late.
May 1, 2019
10 Gifts for a “Me-Time” Tea Time
Tea time is a special thing. It can be how you welcome guests When it comes to giving tea-time gifts, the latter is the way to go! Indulge their tea-time love with gifts that’ll enhance the experience. From a snuggly mug to the prettiest teapot, here are 10 gifts to give them a “me-time” tea time! FORLIFE Stump Teapot with SLS Lid and Infuser, $27 from Amazon: The perfect little teapot for one. Short and stout, with a handle and spout. Just tip it over and pour it out!
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Gluten-Free Gingerbread Granola
I can’t imagine getting through the holidays without the sweet and spicy flavors of gingerbread. Unfortunately, the holidays are busy and I don’t always have the time or patience to bake up a big ol’ gingerbread house. So instead, I’ve crafted this wonderfully spiced granola that’s easy to throw together and will still give you all the gingerbread house nostalgia, with next to none of the fuss.
May 1, 2019
Gingerbread Cookie Butter Will Make All Your Breakfast Dreams Come True
Dream of having cookies for breakfast? Now you can. This luscious spread, made from gingerbread cookies, is a riff on the classic speculoos cookie butter. Slather it on toast for a sweet start to your day. The recipe for this gingerbread cookie butter couldn’t be easier: Simply blend gingersnaps, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk in a blender. If you make the cookies from scratch, the warmth from the just-out-of-the-oven cookies will help the mixture blend easier.
May 1, 2019
You’re Only 3 Ingredients Away from These Chocolate-Almond Clusters
Looking for an edible treat to gift to loved ones, coworkers, and friends this year? How about these chocolate-almond clusters? They only require three ingredients, a microwave, and about 10 minutes of your time. This recipe calls for just three ingredients: almond bark, whole raw almonds, and flaky sea salt. According to the author of the recipe, almond bark is a type of baking chocolate you can find near the chocolate chips at your local grocery.
May 1, 2019
How To Make Cinnamon Dough Ornaments
Cinnamon is one of those aromas 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. Holiday ornaments made with salt dough or cornstarch dough are lovely and can be decorated in many ways, but they’re lacking my favorite thing about these ornaments: the sweet smell of cinnamon. Plus, I’ll take a three-ingredient recipe any day.
May 1, 2019
Why Do We Drink Eggnog at Christmas?
Why do we drink eggnog? The question vexed me for years. Eggnog? The weird yellow Yuletide drink featuring eggs and sometimes booze? The mysterious stuff that retired people in movies swill by the fireside on frozen nights? The creamy concoction that comes in cartons where corn syrup is known to bat second or third in the ingredient lineup? A drink where 50 percent of the letters are g? No thanks.
May 1, 2019
Why We Leave Cookies for Santa
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.
May 1, 2019
A Playlist for Christmas Morning
No matter how you like to unwrap it, there’s something undeniably magical about Christmas morning. The house smells like cinnamon and sugar, there’s the crunch and rustle of wrapping paper underfoot, and at some point The Carpenters will croon out, “Merry Christmas, Darling.” While you’re sipping your hot cocoa, biting into a hot cinnamon roll, or nursing a headache from too much eggnog, crank up this playlist full of new and old holiday cheer.
May 1, 2019
Boxed Wine Pitcher Cocktails: White Wine, Clementine & Vanilla Cocktail
Don’t you especially love the parties and get-togethers that happen just after Christmas? I do. The stress is lower, the gifts have been given, and the vibe is all about hanging out with family and friends and welcoming in the new year. I’ve already picked up a few boxes of wine for the holiday season — some for sipping, some to cook with, and some to use as a cocktail mixer.
May 1, 2019
Why It’s Better to Be Single on Valentine’s Day
It’s that time of year when even a quick stop at the drug store becomes a full-on romantic assault. Who ever thought teddy bears, candy, and chocolate could inspire so much angst? For singles, whether you just got out of a relationship last week or haven’t had a date since you listened to CDs on your Discman, this can be a tricky holiday to navigate. But flying solo on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a soul-crushing experience.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Raspberry Sorbet & Elderflower Sparklers
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with all things pink, sparkly, and festive. Whether you plan on sipping something fruity and bubbly first thing in the morning with your sweetheart, enjoying a small round of tipples with friends at brunch, or serving an entire tray of libations at an evening get-together with your closest, I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you. It’s sweet, straightforward, and uncomplicated. And isn’t that all we really want on Valentine’s Day?
May 1, 2019
10 Valentine’s Day Cards for Food Enthusiasts (and Pun Lovers)
Every year for the last four years we’ve rounded up our favorite food-related cards for Valentine’s Day. I’ve asked you to lettuce grow old together because you make miso happy, and by god, just go on and take another little pizza my heart already! Today we’re back with more food pun-and-pairing cards that’ll make your food-lover lover’s heart beet wildly this Valentine’s Day. (You’re welcome.) Kinda a Big Dill, $4.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Classic Chinese Dumplings (Jiaozi)
In Chinese homes, dumplings (or jiaozi in Mandarin) are a traditional must-eat food on New Year’s Eve; families wrap them up and eat them as the clock strikes midnight. Dumplings symbolize longevity and wealth; their shape resembles gold shoe-shaped ingots, an early form of Chinese currency. From Polish pierogito to Italian raviolito to pan-fried Japanese gyoza, dumplings are universal comfort food.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sweet Sticky Rice Balls in Soup (Yin-Yang Tong Yuan)
Tong yuan, sweet stuffed rice balls, is a popular dish during holidays such as the Lantern Festival, when round, moon-shaped foods are eaten for auspiciousness, and at weddings and other celebrations. After all, yuanis a homophone for the Chinese word for “reunion,” symbolizing harmony and togetherness. When offered as a last course, these rice balls are frequently served in a sweet, clear soup.
May 1, 2019
Printable Valentine’s Day Card: Blow Pop
The best part of Valentine’s Day when I was a kid was making and receiving cards. I’d stay up all night with my mom and design the perfect card for my secret middle school crush. If you, like me, want to relive this sweet moment, I have an easier option for you: free, printable cards based on your favorite candy! This week we’re sharing five cards based on different types of Valentine’s Day candy. Grab a bag of this Blow Pops at your local drug store and get to work.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Sichuan Crawfish Pie
More than 8,000 miles separate Sichuan, the province in Southwest China where I was born, and New Orleans, the city where I spent my formative years. And yet the food — and the cultures that shape these cuisines — have remarkable similarities and parallels. Growing up with Sichuan parents in New Orleans has given me a truly singular experience of the two. Food as an event and as a way to show your love for friends and family is intrinsically ingrained in both cultures.
May 1, 2019
5 Candy Bar-Inspired Truffles
Let’s face it – as delicious as they may be, candy bars aren’t exactly anything fancy. They’re pretty far from it … unless they’re the inspiration for a batch of decadent and impressive chocolate truffles. I want to let you in on a secret about these chocolate truffles: Even though they sound, look, and taste fancy and impressive, making them isn’t a fussy or involved ordeal at all. Chocolate truffles really couldn’t be much easier.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Chairman Mao’s Red-Braised Pork Belly (Hong Shao Rou)
Red-colored meats are eaten for good luck because red is the color of fire, a symbol of good fortune and joy. “Red cooking” is a Chinese method of stewing or braising with both dark and light soy sauces and caramelized sugar; it imparts a red color to the prepared food. Despite its appearance, dark soy sauce is actually not as salty as the light variety, and it is often the soy sauce of choice for hearty dishes like stews that require added body and color.
May 1, 2019
Chopped Liver and Sweet Tea: Cooking Up Memories for Mom
I live in Seattle, but I am a New Yorker with roots in the Deep South — which is to say, I love pork and pastrami, mint juleps and Manischewitz, and chopped liver and sweet tea. The dearth of Jewish delis has affected me more than I thought it would, but I, at least, can find variations of my culinary desires, which tend to be pickles and matzo ball soup. For my mother, the situation is more dire; she longs for tongue and chopped liver, which are considerably more difficult to find.
May 1, 2019
5 DIY Treats for a Better Easter Basket
As a kid, I really lucked out with Easter baskets. Since my dad was a single parent, a family friend took on the responsibility of making one for me and my sister and she always nailed it. There were plastic eggs filled with pastel-colored M&Ms and more jelly beans than I knew what to do with, as well as less common treats, like chocolates from the local candy shop.
May 1, 2019
17 Tasty Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a day for meat and potatoes if there ever was one. The traditional foods — corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, anything green — are some of our favorite comfort food dishes. And of course you can’t forget about the drinks! From a boozy shamrock shake to Guinness everything, it’s a day to eat, drink, and make merry. This delicious cabbage dish is a far cry from the wilted cabbage you’re used to seeing alongside corned beef.
May 1, 2019
5 Reasons Purim Is the Best Jewish Holiday
Even if you’re not Jewish, chances are you’re familiar with some of the major holidays. There’s the dynamic duo of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah — aka the High Holy Days — which skew on the serious side, and Hanukkah has become a big deal for even the non-observant (because: Christmas). But my favorite calendar day of the year is one you might not have heard of.
May 1, 2019
The Delightful Kitsch of Easter Lamb Cake
The comic essayist David Sedaris perfectly captures the absurdity of ritual in his famous French-class skit. Sedaris, an American, attempts to describe in broken French how “the rabbit of Easter … he bring of the chocolate … he come in the night when one sleep on a bed.” His Polish and Italian classmates scoff at the idea of a small, long-eared mammal that sneaks into children’s homes each spring to lavish them with sweets.
May 1, 2019
The Prettiest Way to Display Your Dyed Easter Eggs
What is it about a pretty ceramic egg carton that makes us weak at the knees? We love proudly displaying them on our brunch table or just opening up the fridge and seeing that pop of color. These egg cartons from Le Creuset — made from stoneware and available in Easter-appropriate pastels, as well as all the signature Le Creuset colors — are at the top of our list.
May 1, 2019
You Need These Rosemary Sweet Potato Rolls on Your Easter Table
Rolls are a must-have item on your Easter table. This year, instead of going the classic Parker House route, why not try something with a little more pizzazz? Something, perhaps, with rosemary, sea salt, and sweet potato? Sorry, spiral ham — these rolls are definitely going to steal the show this Easter. These rolls have a gorgeous golden hue, thanks to the addition of mashed sweet potato. Now, you might be thinking, mashed sweet potato? Won’t that make the rolls heavy?
May 1, 2019
These Donut Holes Are Filled with a Surprising Ingredient
There are donuts out there that pass as breakfast food, and then there are donuts that fall strictly in the dessert camp. These donut holes, filled with an ooey, gooey candy and served with a malted chocolate marshmallow fluff for dipping, are definitely the latter. Want to end your Easter celebration on a (really) sweet note? Right this way. Yes, these donut holes are stuffed with Cadbury Creme Eggs!
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Honey-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Honey is a sweet friend to pork, made famous by the ubiquitous honey-baked Easter ham. The trouble with a ham is that it’s big enough to be a burden in a small kitchen. (Some people contend that eternity is one ham and two people.) A tenderloin, however, makes just enough for two to four servings, and still makes one fine Sunday dinner. The best thing about pork tenderloin is that it is very lean and cooks quickly.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Matzo Granola with Vanilla & Almonds
If you celebrate Passover, you probably know what matzo fatigue feels like. The first few days are fresh and exciting — perhaps you’re snacking on it straight from the box. Maybe you’re slathering it with peanut butter and jam or topping it with cream cheese and lox, but soon even this gets boring. So where to go next? Next is granola. This matzo granola is so good, you may just find yourself stocking up on boxes of matzo to make it all year long.
May 1, 2019
Gefilte Fish and Horseradish: A Passover Love Affair
“Gefilte fish without chrain (horseradish) is punishment enough,” goes the old Yiddish proverb. Of course, as someone who’s crazy enough to produce gefilte fish for a living, I disagree wholeheartedly. But I can’t deny that the classic Jewish fish appetizer and its sinus-clearing condiment have a deep and meaningful relationship. One of my earliest Jewish food memories is actually refusing to eat the gefilte fish offered to me during the seder meal.
May 1, 2019
4 Tips for Guarding Your Gut During Passover (or Anytime)
I was raised in an Ashkenazi Jewish family, which means that unlike my friends from Sephardic or Mizrahi backgrounds, who eat rice and legumes and corn on Passover, I was instructed to avoid them all, along with any grain-based products that aren’t matzo. As such, I grew up associating Passover with an upset stomach. (This is what happens when you subsist on seder leftovers, matzo pizzas, and matzo spread with butter and jam.
May 1, 2019
You Won’t Want to Pass Over This Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup
Passover starts today, and with it comes matzo ball soup. But this isn’t any ol’ matzo ball soup — this one is completely gluten-free, thanks to chickpea flour. Yes, chickpea flour! This protein-packed flour, made from ground chickpeas, is a great gluten-free stand-in for the traditional matzo meal. Simply mix the flour with baking powder, salt, pepper, olive oil, and eggs and let the “batter” hang out in the fridge for three hours.
May 1, 2019
Make the Prettiest Mother’s Day Cocktails with This Violet Simple Syrup
Mother’s Day is right around the corner! This year, instead of giving flowers to your mom, why not drink them with her? That’s right — if you make this violet simple syrup today, you’ll be sipping a purple-hued French 75 come Sunday. To make the syrup, you’ll need to remove the stems from some (unsprayed) violets. After bringing a pot of water to a boil, you take the pot off the heat, add the violets, and let them steep for a full day.
May 1, 2019
This Nacho Pie Is a Cinco de Mayo Miracle
Happy Cinco de Mayo! Whether you’re enjoying the holiday at home or heading out to a party, you’re going to want to make this nacho pie — trust me. This recipe is essentially nacho lasagna. You first make the sauce — which consists of garlic, onions, ground beef, taco seasoning, tomato purée, and red kidney beans — and then layer it into a pie dish with soft tortillas.
May 1, 2019
What New Dads Really Want for Father’s Day
Buddy, you’re never going to get another decent night of sleep again! My husband and I heard this line several times a day in the months leading up to our son’s birth. Now that he’s here, people continue to inquire almost daily about the sleeping habits of our new little family. I implore you: Stop asking new dads about how much sleep they are getting. If dad or baby aren’t sleeping well, they don’t want to talk about it more than they already are.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Frenchiest Thing You Can Make in Five Minutes
In addition to tucking into some macarons, my prerogative on Bastille Day is to watch Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, drink rosé, and make this five-minute dinner. The simplicity of this recipe reminds me why we get all fussy about French food in the first place — and it has really good cheese. If you hadn’t guessed, it’s a ham and cheese baguette! Done up just like they do at the little cafes I’ve visited in Paris.
May 1, 2019
10 Easy Ways to Turn Marshmallows into Halloween Treats
The best part about Halloween isn't dressing up or watching scary movies — it's eating the treats.
May 1, 2019
These Are the Cutest Disposable Casserole Pans
No one wants to be that person. You know who I’m talking about. The one who keeps reminding the hostess that she’s gonna need her casserole dish back. If you’re attached to your casserole dish, you probably shouldn’t bring it around this holiday season. Some (amazing) hosts will always track you down before the end of the night or even drive out of their way the next week to return your dish. But other hosts? Well, not so much.
May 1, 2019
Bavarian Rhapsody: A German Menu for Your Personal Oktoberfest
Whether it's a hearty pot roast or a dozen gorgeous Black Forest cupcakes, these Oktoberfest recipes are here to help you celebrate the flavors of Germany.
May 1, 2019
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!
May 1, 2019
My Strategy for Everyday Cooking During the Holiday Season
Picture this: I’m 16 weeks pregnant, already sporting a basketball belly, and standing over a hot stove stirring risotto. For an hour. Because it’s Christmas Eve, I’m feeding 12, and I had to triple the recipe. The kitchen is sweltering, I can’t possibly drink enough water to stay hydrated, and I desperately want to call the meal off and serve toast for dinner.
May 1, 2019
Set a Classy Thanksgiving Table on a Budget
Once you’ve bought your turkey and all the fixings for a big Thanksgiving meal, shelling out more cash for table decor is probably the last thing you want or even can do. But you know that a pretty tablescape makes the food taste better. At the very least it can’t hurt, right?
May 1, 2019
Here’s How to Buy Thanksgiving Dinner from Aldi for $100
And serve eight people.
May 1, 2019
The One-Stop Thanksgiving Shopping Guide: Target
Target is the ultimate one-stop shop for the Thanksgiving host. While many of us love it for chic homeware, Target has spent the last few years reworking the grocery departments in most stores. If your local Target has a decent-sized grocery section, chances are that you’ll find everything you need for Thanksgiving. Here’s your guide for hosting of your most festive Thanksgiving yet with just one stop.
May 1, 2019
The One-Stop Thanksgiving Shopping Guide: Aldi
If you’ve never been to Aldi, it might surprise you that it’s a great place to shop for Thanksgiving. I understand. Before I started shopping at Aldi, I imagined they sold subpar food; something akin to what you’d find at a supersized convenience store. How wrong I was. Aldi carries a nice selection of produce, dairy, and other kitchen essentials at low prices. They even offer a small line of organics and gluten-free foods.
May 1, 2019
5 Solutions to Common Questions About Traveling with Food
This week many of us will be traveling to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with friends or family, some by plane and others by car, and most of us will have food in hand as we make our way to dinner. Traveling with food has its own set of challenges, which brings up many questions that need answering. Here are five solutions to common questions about traveling with food. Fighting hunger on a five-hour plane ride is not the best way to start your vacation.
May 1, 2019
5 Reasons You’ll Never Find Me in a Store on Black Friday
The dishes from Thanksgiving aren’t even dry. The leftover turkey sandwiches haven’t been assembled. And you’re already thinking about the shopping you’ll do on Black Friday. Maybe you looked into deals ahead of time and you have your attack all planned out. You may even be heading out at midnight to get the real bargains. Sound familiar? For a lot of families, shopping together on the big day is as much of a tradition as turkey and stuffing.
May 1, 2019
A Snack Board for Vegans (and Also Everyone Else)
A plant-based snack board sounds like something you might find at that new vegan restaurant downtown, but it’s actually the answer for dinner when all you want to do is eat a bunch of snacks (in a wholesome “I have it together” kind of way). A veggie snack board is perfect for busy weeknights or Sunday dinner after a cookie-decorating marathon.
May 1, 2019
Make Your Cake Do Double Duty This Holiday Season
So, you made a cake and it’s a real show-stopper. The only problem? Your guests won’t get to see it until the end of the night and then, before you know it, it’s gone. Well, no more, I say! Have your cake, gaze at it, and then eat it too. As an interior designer and stylist, I can’t help but think that how the food looks is just as important as how it tastes. It follows, then, that my absolute favorite culinary project is a big and beautiful well-frosted cake.
May 1, 2019
10 Classic Kitchen Tools That Will Stand the Test of Time
Whether you're shopping for someone who just got her first apartment or is already living in her fifth, there are some must-have items every home cook needs.
May 1, 2019
10 Hostess Gifts That Look Expensive but Aren’t
You can buy every single thing here (including multiples of one item!) for $163.
May 1, 2019
10 Surprising Ingredients We Found at T.J. Maxx
Is there anything T.J. Maxx doesn’t have? If there is, it’s a short list. You can head there to get an outfit for an upcoming holiday party, presents for loved ones, and all sorts of snacks and ingredients for the season — all during one trip.
May 1, 2019
5 Cookie Shortcut Tips for Smart and Lazy Bakers
Among the holiday rush, we all sometimes get a little tired — or perhaps it’s just that we want to watch our Hallmark Christmas movies and have our cookies too. So, here’s to the shortcuts! Especially these five tips for stress-free holiday baking. Just remember: in baking, the lazy way also often happens to be the smart way too. We’re scaling this based on just how lazy you’re actually feeling.
May 1, 2019
10 Ways to Eat Gingerbread This Season
As soon as the first wintery nip hits the air, my serious, unrelenting craving for gingerbread begins. I’ll take it in any form, from cookies shaped and decorated like little men to a thick piece of cake with my coffee or eggnog. As long as it’s extra spicy and fragrant with winter spices, I am happy. If you find yourself with the same hankering that I have, here are 10 tasty ways to get your fix all holiday season long — and beyond.
May 1, 2019
The Best Booze for Spiking Your Starbucks Holiday Lattes
What’s the best way to get through the holiday season? By being merrily caffeinated, of course! Starbucks holiday lattes are the obvious place to start. And then you’ll need the booze! Keep reading to learn what to pair together. Then, get to your local coffee chain — because you don’t want to have to wait a whole year before these jolly drinks come back around. Top choice: Amaretto.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Make Wine Look Like a Gift
Everyone gifts wine this time of year, and I have absolutely no problem with that! The more wine, the better. (Even if your host doesn’t drink or totally hates the varietal of grape you’ve brought, she can always crack it open and serve it to her guests. Or regift it later!) You don’t have to spend big bucks, or go nuts picking a bottle that might mean something to its intended recipient.
May 1, 2019