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Quick and Simple Recipes for Leftover Turkey

A beautifully roasted turkey is often the centerpiece of a holiday or celebratory meal, and turkey sandwiches are inevitable — or are they? If you're looking for different ways to serve leftover turkey [more…]

Sharing the Abundance

As Americans gather to celebrate holidays with family and friends, it's a good time to remember the needs of the hungry around the world. One organization that has been addressing world hunger and its [more…]

Roasting and Carving a Turkey with Ease

Holiday meal planning often includes a main course of roasted turkey, a Thanksgiving favorite baked to a golden bronze and served up with richly flavored and piping hot stuffing. Cooking and carving your [more…]

Budget-Smart Halloween Costumes and Treats

Halloween doesn't have to scare the daylights out of your budget. Have a happy Halloween with these cost-saving tips for costumes and treats. [more…]

How Much to Cook Up to Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner

Nothing is worse than cooking Thanksgiving dinner and running out of food. It is important to err on the side of excess while sticking to your budget.

There is no exact formula for cooking for a crowd, [more…]

Foods You Can Prepare before Thanksgiving

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a big endeavor, but you can take a lot of the stress out of the holiday by preparing some foods in advance. Take some time to go over your menu and determine which dishes [more…]

Planning Thanksgiving Dinner on a Budget

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for a crowd can be expensive, so it’s important that you start out with a firm look at your budget. If you’re the one making Thanksgiving dinner, ask yourself the following [more…]

Ten Ways to Prepare a Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

Cooking for a crowd on Thanksgiving is always a little stressful. But with a little planning, your Thanksgiving dinner will arrive on the table without incident. Keep these tips in mind to run a smooth [more…]

10 Tips for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Even the cook should get to enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving. So, if you're hosting this year's holiday festivities, follow these tips to help take the stress out of getting ready to cook a Thanksgiving [more…]

How to Make Turkey Soup Out of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Most people have a mountain of leftover turkey the day after the big Thanksgiving meal. This soup is a creative and easy way to make use of those tasty leftovers, even if they are just scraps. [more…]

Ten Ways to Use Turkey Leftovers

Most Thanksgiving hosts find themselves with a ton of turkey leftovers. Well, lucky you! If you are already tired of reliving the same dinner over and over, you can whip up many, many dishes with this [more…]

How to Place Centerpieces on Your Holiday Table

On Christmas and Thanksgiving tables you can use home-made centerpieces of fruit, pine cones and evergreen boughs, leaves, and other natural items. Holiday table centerpieces can also feature candles, [more…]

How to Make Pumpkin Caramels

Homemade pumpkin caramels may sound unusual, but they marry two flavors that signify the fall season. Give pumpkin caramels as gifts or offer a platter of these delicious treats at your Halloween or Thanksgiving [more…]

Holiday Party Entrée: Turkey Pot Pie

If you are cooking for crowd this holiday season, consider this easy, inexpensive turkey pot pie. Serve this as the entrée at your holiday party with a salad to make a complete meal. [more…]

Holiday Party Entrée: Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

Because turkey is cheap around the holidays, you can create the casserole this creamy casserole and feed a crowd without straining your budget. Try serving it with some green beans, salad, and crescent [more…]

Holiday Party Entrée: Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey Tetrazzini is an easy and inexpensive main dish to make if you’re cooking for a crowd. This delicious dish with turkey, which is usually on sale around Thanksgiving, can be dressed up for dinner [more…]

Decorate Paper Tableware for a Budget–Smart Christmas

Don't be afraid to use paper tableware such as plates, cups, and napkins for Christmas entertaining and decorating. Paper goods come in many holiday motifs, but those fancy designs add to the price. Be [more…]

How to Make Royal Icing

Royal Icing for decorating sugar cookies is easy to make and can be tinted any color. Cookies decorated with Royal Icing harden to a solid finish, making the cookies perfect for hanging on the Christmas [more…]

Christmas Eve Seafood Stew

An Italian Christmas Eve tradition involves a multi-course seafood dinner where you might enjoy a delicious seafood stew. This holiday dish is sure to impress. just round it off with some crusty bread [more…]

Easy Family Meals for Christmas Morning

Whether you're having breakfast or brunch on Christmas morning, make it easy to prepare. Here are some inexpensive ideas for feeding your family on Christmas Day. [more…]

Cassoulet: An Inexpensive Main Dish for Christmas

Cassoulet is a festive, budget-friendly main dish that's just right for a family Christmas dinner. This version of the classic French casserole makes a rich bean stew full of five types of meat. You can [more…]

Classic Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

Nothing says “Christmas” like these delectable sugar cookies with icing. Bake them for the family or offer them as small holiday gifts to friends and coworkers. Enjoy the sugar cookies plain, or dress [more…]

How to Make Gingerbread Cutout Cookies

Making and decorating gingerbread cookies is a Christmas tradition with many families. It's holiday fun for the children, and cookies make inexpensive gifts. Crisp gingerbread is best for ornaments; roll [more…]

How to Make Meringue Christmas Wreath Cookies

Make wreath-shaped meringue cookies if you're looking for a fat-free selection for the Christmas cookie plate. These meringue cookies are crisp, sweet, and satisfying. The pretty wreath shape is perfect [more…]

How to Make Christmas Snowdrop Cookies

Snowdrop cookies are a must in your Christmas cookie repertoire. These snowdrops are a buttery cookie enriched with ground pecans. Many cookies out there are similar to these, and all the variations are [more…]

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