Traditional Napoli Christmas Eve Pasta Recipe

Christmas Eve should be about spending time with your family, not spending time in the kitchen. Our friend and esteemed food historian, Francine Segan, has sent us an effortlessly delicious traditional Christmas Eve dish from Naples that can be cooked up in minutes. Find the recipe after the jump.

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The Perfect Meal for New Year’s Day: Hangover Pasta

New Year’s week is known for three things: bringing friends and family together, bringing delicious food to the table, and bringing on hangovers. Thankfully, our friend and esteemed food historian, Francine Segan, has created the holiday meal that we have all been (literally) aching for: hangover pasta. Find the recipe after the jump.

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FreshDirect Announces 1,900 Turkey Donations

Online Grocer Will Distribute Free Turkeys In NYC And Philly For Thanksgiving

NEW YORK – FreshDirect is donating a total of 1,900 turkeys this week to various groups throughout New York City and Philadelphia in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The schools and charitable organizations receiving the turkeys are the Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition, the East River Development Alliance, Project H.O.M.E., and Public School 209 in the Bronx. The offices of State Senator José Peralta, Bronx Borough President Rubin Diaz Jr., and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will help distribute the donated turkeys. FreshDirect is also providing 200 turkeys to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway through the Church of the Nazarene in Queens.

“Thanksgiving is a time for families to come together and enjoy a warm, fresh and high-quality meal,” said FreshDirect CEO and co-founder Jason Ackerman. “We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to help provide part of that meal for those who need it most.”…

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Holiday Cookie Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

Sugar Cookies from Everyday Food Magazine

Sugar Cookies. Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine

Sure, it takes a little more effort to make your own holiday cookies, but those who take the time to bake their own are rewarded with a warm kitchen, an assortment of irresistible scents, and batches of homemade treats that are perfect for giving as host gifts, swapping in cookie exchanges or offering as treats for holiday guests.

The baking pros at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food magazine have assembled a group of holiday baking tips and tricks to help make sure your cookie creation is fast, foolproof and fuss-free.

Read on to learn more:…

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Holiday Recipe Makeover

Endive salad

This beautiful crab salad placed on endive leaves makes for a healthy alternative.

Is it weird that the holiday season makes me look forward to spending some quality time in the kitchen? If that’s wrong, I don’t want to be right. I tend to prefer fresh flavors, bright colors, and foods that won’t make me feel heavy or comatose after eating. Enjoy the holiday season without suffering food hangovers. It’s easier than you think to make crowd-pleasing dishes that you won’t regret in the morning.

If you can make something taste delicious and shave off a hundred calories here and there, isn’t that better than letting those extra calories add up, leading to weight gain and health concerns? Save yourself from the all-or-nothing mentality and make some smarter choices this holiday season!…

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Festive Holiday Drinks

Champagne

For a holiday party, you can't go wrong with Champagne!

Can you believe we’re already a week into December? With the holiday season already upon us, I’m sure you’ll be serving (and enjoying!) a drink or two.

When I have a party, I always have a favorite red and white wine on hand, a bottle of bubbly, and one signature cocktail and mocktail. I also love to have apple cider and eggnog on hand because the taste and smell just evokes memories of the holiday.

For cocktails, I loved these ones developed by Tom Smith of Union Square Wines: The Gingered Apple and The Kentucky Toddy. They were perfect for Thanksgiving and are still wonderful now in the colder months.

Here are a few more beverages that are sure to make you the toast of the party!…

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Getting Ready for the Holiday Cookie Swap!

Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

I love the holiday season.  After all, it’s the season for giving and I love baking sweet treats to give away!

The cookie swap is one of my favorite reasons to get-together. Whether it’s with friends, family, co-workers, or neighbors, it’s a great excuse to bake my favorite cookies and come home with so much more!

When we asked on our Facebook page for our fans’ favorite cookie recipes, one fan mentioned Jam Thumbprints (a classic). I always bake sugar cookies for my nieces and nephews because they love all the decorations (like sprinkles) I add to them.

Here are 5 more simple and delicious cookie ideas for your holiday cookie swap:…

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

Thanksgiving is just a few days away, so there’s no better time to pick up a few last-minute ideas to make the preparation easy for the feast of Thanksgiving sides, desserts and drinks.

Today, the experts at Everyday Food magazine offer a bounty of helpful tips for “everything but the bird.”

Mushroom Stuffing

More great Thanksgiving tips from Everyday Food Magazine.

Still need a little help to prepare the main course? See their list of foolproof Thanksgiving Turkey Tips, featured last week.

And don’t miss the holiday-ready Everyday Food recipes in our One-Click Recipe Thanksgiving section….

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Serve with a Side of Friends

Sides Party

The Turkey Party filled with Sides

For close to a decade, my dear friends Toph and Josslynne Welch open their home every November and host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck. The premise is simple: the hosts cook the turkey (plus some appetizers, a few sides, a couple desserts…) and the guests bring everything else. Josslynne says, “New York is a transient city, we created this party almost 10 years ago when we realized all of our friends scattered for the holidays; it is a wonderful opportunity to gather around a table to share the food and the people we love before the holiday crunch.”

This annual event, affectionately known as The Turkey Party, occupies a most-revered spot on my social calendar. It is a chance for friends to come together, celebrate the advent of the holidays and, best of all, feed each other delicious food.

In the early years, we stuck pretty closely to standard Thanksgiving fare and family recipes, impressing each other (and ourselves) with our burgeoning dinner party skills. Now that we’re older, wiser and much more comfortable in the kitchen, the Turkey Party has become a great excuse to try a new recipe or reinvent a family classic. Our hosts generously encourage us to try new things, “We want the flavors of each dish to be reminiscent of something mom made, but nothing you’ll find at her table three weeks later when the real deal rolls around.”…

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