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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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Fall Cocktails

Thanksgiving Cocktails

Warm up with these Cocktails – still perfect for after Thanksgiving!

Holidays means two things for most of us: feasting and family! As far as feasting, the panoply of dishes at the holiday table usually has hosts and guests alike wondering what they should offer to drink.

While I believe wine is best for the meal (and all your wine concerns can be quelled with one of our holiday six-packs….merciless plug, I know!), following are two cocktails that will certainly make cocktail hour and dessert a delicious success.

As far as family is concerned, these offerings should put a smile on the faces of friends and family alike and calm the nerves so often associated with entertaining for the holidays! Both the Gingered Apple and Kentucky Toddy can be served before or after your holiday dinner.

“The Gingered Apple” brings together the sweeter tones of Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur and Red Jacket Orchards All Natural Apple Cider with the savory elements of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Dolin Dry Vermouth, and Regan’s Orange Bitters. The resultant cocktail is a balanced expression of autumnal yumminess! If you’re looking for a lighter expression of the ingredients it is best to shake in your cocktail shaker. If a stronger drink is desired, simply add ingredients to shaker, fill with ice, and stir instead of shaking to avoid dilution….

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Turkey Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

The countdown to Thanksgiving is underway. Are you ready to tackle the turkey, submit the stuffing and declare victory over the hors d’ouvres?

With so many guests and different seasonal dishes (and just one oven), this is a holiday that causes pre-show jitters even for veteran cooks. But a little preparation in advance can help you identify issues now and lay the groundwork for a flawless feast.

Turkey Tips

Turkey Tips from Everyday Food Magazine

Read on for a collection of turkey tips from the pros at Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine to help you get through the big meal in style….

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5 Recipes for a Sweet & Prosperous New Year

This week marks Rosh Hashanah, the first of the High Holidays in the Jewish calendar, when families gather around meals that mark the new year.

Sliced Apples and Honey

Sliced Apples and Honey for a Sweet New Year

Many celebrations include foods that reflect a deep symbolic meaning, including apples and honey, to suggest a sweet new year, a round challah to indicate the cycle of the year and other symbolic ingredients, like pumpkins, leeks, pomegranates and beets. …

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What’s Cooking? Food for the 4th!

Where will you be when the fireworks go up… and more importantly, what will you be eating?

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Roasted-Garlic Marinated Half-Chicken

Thankfully, Independence Day falls on July 4th every year, otherwise, we might have had to create a national summer picnic holiday instead.

While we stop to mark our nation’s birthday, we can also celebrate this moment when the real summer bounty begins to appear.

Fresh local herbs and greens make salads exciting. New crops of zucchini and berries add pizzazz to mealtime. And who can resist the lure of a crisp, sweet slice of watermelon?

We’ve gathered five delicious inspirations for your weekend festivities: enjoy picnic-ready salads, an easy grilling favorite and a classic chocolate indulgence for dessert….

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Delicious Drinks for Derby Day!

Derby Day is a time for big bets, bigger hats and tasty cocktails. Fashion is high and the expectation of a derby-themed cocktail is higher.

Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby!

Cocktails for the Kentucky Derby!

Here is a duo that should cover your bases for a party scenario that often encompasses an array of taste preferences.

First, we tip our hat to a perennial all-star: The Mint Julep is the quintessence of Derby Day imbibing with a permanent place in America’s liquid history. …

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Mother’s Day Special: Mediterranean Diet in 8 Simple Steps

Celebrate Mother’s Day (and National Mediterranean Diet Month) with delicious meals made with love, that love mom back!

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Mediterranean Diet Food Pyramid by Oldways Preservation Trust

Do it because more women need to take care of their heart health. In fact, more women than men have died of heart disease each year since 1984, and it’s still the number one cause of death among both men and women in the U.S. and around the globe.

Great news: It’s largely preventable. A heart-healthy diet is a good place to start. …

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Feed the Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Recipes!

Technically, Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s holiday (it’s the celebration of a victory over French occupiers at the “Battle of Puebla” in 1862), but early May really needs a good food holiday, and Mexican food is SO delicious, we’re willing to make up any excuse we need to get tacos to the table.

Grilled Peppers

Grilled Peppers

If you’re looking for a few great recipes to throw a little fiesta flair into su casa, mix yourself a drink, toast our southern neighbors and check out these five muy delicioso recipes plucked from our One-Click Recipes collection. …

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Celebrate Spring! Five Fresh Easter Recipes

I don’t know about you, but after all the colored eggs have been found and the chocolate bunnies have been nibbled, I find that Easter dinner is a welcome break from the long parade of Easter sugar.

Dyed Easter Eggs

Dyed Easter Eggs

Easter Sunday’s big meal is presented differently across cultures, but it’s always an opportunity to embrace rebirth, renewal and delicious springtime ingredients.

And unlike some holidays (I’m looking at you, Thanksgiving!) Easter tends to have fewer “rules” about what’s required on the dinner table. So whether you choose to cook lamb, ham or a vegetarian entrée, it’s easy to accompany the main course with something a little something special that invites conversation (and compliments!) at the table.

To mark the occasion, I’ve chosen five inspiring Easter recipes: two steeped in old-world traditions and three more simple side dishes that salute the season. Bon appétit!

Find more ideas for Easter Feasting in the FreshDirect One-Click Recipes section.

St. Patricks Day: Recipes That Go Beyond Green

For some, St. Patrick’s Day means parades, green beer and pub crawls.

But for those who don’t hit the bars, there’s also a rich tradition of Irish and Irish-American recipes that make St. Pat’s a great “stay home and cook” holiday… no food coloring necessary!

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Nearly everyone recognizes the classic Irish potato (though they were actually introduced to Ireland in the 16th century), but Irish cuisine has long relied on a wide variety of ingredients, including wild garlic, kale, scallions, geese and poultry, cured pork and sausages, lamb and mutton, barley, oats, wild berries, hazelnuts and varied aquaculture, ranging from lobsters, cockles and mussels to cod and rich salmon….

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