Deck Your Holidays!

  • Make Colorful Sorbet Mimosas for Midnight Toasting
  • DIY Dipping Bar for Your Next Party
  • Festive Cranberry Brie Appetizer for Your Holiday Party
  • Leek and Mascarpone Bites Recipe
  • Creative Crostini and Bruschetta Recipes
  • 5 Easy Recipes for New Year’s Eve

Set Up a Bloody Mary Bar for Brunch


With New Year's Eve around the corner, we're not only planning our cocktail apps—we're already planning brunch items to soothe our aching heads. If you want to spice up your next-day menu, check out how to set up a do-it-yourself bloody mary bar. ...

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DIY Dipping Bar for Your Next Party


There are oh-so-many ways to dip these days. If you want to elevate the old chip-and-dip routine, try creating a custom dipping bar to accompany the rest of your party spread. Check out how we assembled our cheesy dipping bar after the jump. ...

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Festive Cranberry Brie Appetizer for Your Holiday Party


Cranberries are not only a symbol of the holiday season—they're tasty, too. These delicious little bites combine the tart juiciness of fresh cranberries with sweet jam, creamy brie, and salty crackers. They're colorful, classy, and oh-so-easy to whip up. Check out how to make them after the jump. ...

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Leek and Mascarpone Bites Recipe


For the holiday season, it's always good to have a few simple appetizer recipes in your back pocket for when friends pop over unexpectedly or you're entertaining with lots of bubbly. Find out how some ideas for dressing up this easy recipe after the jump. ...

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Build the Perfect Cheese Board: Five Fast Tips


A cheese board can be an easy and impressive entertaining option for parties, but intimidating if you're new to the game. To smooth the path to success, we got the lowdown on party dos (and don'ts!) from our own super-savvy specialty food expert, Ken Blanchette. ...

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Three Easy and Cheesy Bites


With holidays coming up, I decided to put together three easy and cheesy bites, including this goat cheese and apple tartlet, to help alleviate the stress and prep of holiday entertaining. Click the pic to check 'em out. ...

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Chocolate and Pistachio Dipped Tangerine Slices


Citrus fruits make healthy snacks during the cold winter months. In this easy recipe, we used extra-sweet tangerine segments and added decadent chocolate and salty pistachios to kick them up a notch. They're a fun dessert to prepare with your kids and make a great party snack! ...

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DIY Scented Sea Salt Holiday Hostess Gift


Whether you're making take-home favors for your holiday guests or want to have gifts handy for your favorite hosts or family members, this do-it-yourself idea is easy, adorable, and useful. Make sure to keep a shaker for yourself: sprinkle rosemary-infused sea salt on roasts, freshly popped corn, or baked fish dishes. ...

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Christmas and Hanukkah Food Traditions

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When I was small, I got to have two Christmas dinners; one was classic American, with ham and all the traditional sides, and one was an Italian version. I'm always fascinated by other people's food traditions; after all, the food makes the holiday. I asked around the office to find out what my co-workers and their families eat for Christmas and ...

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A Casual History of Eggnog

Eggnog. It’s a “love it or hate it” thing, but I’m squarely on the side of the “love it” crowd. This is probably bad for my goal of zero holiday weight gain, but I’m sure it’s 100% good for my holiday spirits. If you’re a lover like me, I’ll let you in on a secret: eggnog isn’t for sissies. This drink’s silky-sweet combination of egg yolks, cream ...

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