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How to Make Christmas Lebkuchen

Lebkuchen are honey and spice cookies that are traditionally served in Germany during the Christmas holiday season. You can make Lebkuchen (LAYB-koo-kuhn) up to 3 months in advance, so you save time during [more…]

Quick and Easy Appetizers for Your Christmas Gathering

Appetizers are a must for holiday parties and meals. Many appetizers are time- and labor-intensive to prepare, but the following list offers timesaving selections. You can attend your own Christmas party [more…]

Creating an Antipasti Tray for Your Christmas Party

In Italy, antipasti can include rice dishes, egg dishes, fish and shellfish, and more, but for your pre-Christmas dinner purposes, a lighter selection is just fine and will fit into even a tight budget [more…]

Crisp Cookie Dough for Purim Hamantaschen

This delicately sweet cookie dough is perfect for making hamantaschen at Purim. These triangular Purim cookies begin with dough cut in circles. Basically, you take three arcs of each dough round and fold [more…]

How to Make Chocolate Almond Rum Balls for Purim

Chocolate stands for celebrations, and these scrumptious sweets make great additions to the traditional Purim gift boxes of treats — if you manage to resist eating while you’re shaping them! The mixture [more…]

How to Plan Christmas Dinner with a Budget

Naturally, cooking Christmas dinner for a crowd can be expensive, so it’s important to plan with a budget in mind. begin with a firm look at your budget. If you’re the one making Christmas dinner for the [more…]

Tips for Making Latkes for Hanukkah

After the Hanukkah candle lighting, it’s time for singing songs and feasting on latkes. Making latkes is pretty easy, but the tips included here will help you make the best latkes for your Hanukkah celebration [more…]

Discovering Sufganiyot — Hanukkah Doughnuts

To most Jews in North America, latkes mean Hanukkah, but to Israelis, sufganiyot say Hanukkah even more than levivot, the Hebrew word for latkes. Soofganiyot are light doughnuts without holes. They are [more…]

How to Make Sweet Hanukkah Fritters

Hanukkah fritters are light puffs of batter or simple dough that have been fried. This recipe makes fritters that are quick to prepare, because they use a batter leavened with baking powder instead of [more…]

How to Make Cinnamon Applesauce for Hanukkah Latkes

Most people simply serve their Hanukkah latkes with applesauce from a jar. Try making your own applesauce instead for entertaining or to be true to tradition. Homemade applesauce is tastier than store-bought [more…]

Savory Leek and Mushroom Topping for Hanukkah Latkes

This savory leek and mushroom topping for Hanukkah latkes is scented with cumin and thyme. It enlivens any vegetable or potato pancakes. If you’re including dairy foods on the menu, top each latke with [more…]

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad for Purim

Chickpea and Green Soybean Salad is a healthful, savory salad for Purim that's quick to prepare if you used canned chickpeas. For optimum texture — and to adhere to holiday custom — use dried chickpeas [more…]

A Purim Treat: Poppy Seed Hamantaschen

Poppy seed hamantaschen are a traditional Jewish cookie made for the Purim festival. To make a delicious, creamy filling for hamantaschen, simmer the poppy seeds with milk and honey, and accent the mixture [more…]

How to Make Candy Gifts

When you get really good at candy making, you can give gifts of your special candies. Be assured that everyone on your gift list will eat them right up. The gift ideas in the following list can help you [more…]

How to Buy and Use Fireworks Safely

As spring turns into summer, Americans start gearing up for Independence Day. In many cases, that means loading up on fireworks. For most people, Fourth of July fireworks displays are fun nights full of [more…]

Knowing the Benefits of Menu Planning

Maybe you think you don’t have time to sit down and plan two weeks’ worth of meals. But when you plan 14 menus at once, you eliminate the nightly need to figure out what’s for dinner after a hard day at [more…]

Deciding What’s on the Dinner Menu

A healthy dinner involves more than a piece of meat (or other form of protein) and something to wash it down with. To build a menu, begin with the main course. From there, fill in with different kinds [more…]

Creating Your Own Two-Week Menu Plan

When you’re ready to create your own menu plans, start small and plan 14 days’ worth of meals. After you get the hang of menu planning, you can plan more weeks at once. [more…]

Halloween Decorating Safety Tips

Decorating for Halloween can bring out creativity in everyone, but many elements of Halloween decorating can pose hazards to unsuspecting visitors. Here are a few safety tips to keep handy when preparing [more…]

How to Make a Chocolate Cocoa Cake

This fudgy chocolate cake is the base for spooky haunted mansion cake that is perfect for a child’s Halloween party. Although you have to stack up a few cakes for this creation, you don’t have to worry [more…]

How to Make Stiff Decorator Frosting

If you have a lot of ground to cover decorating-wise on your cake, or if the intricacy of the design will require time and patience, this frosting is an excellent choice because it holds its shape for [more…]

How to Make Buttercream Frosting

This is a versatile buttercream that you can use to decorate your Halloween jack o’lantern or skating rink cake, but keep this recipe on hand for other cakes as well! It spreads and pipes wonderfully, [more…]

Milk Chocolate Frosting for a Cornucopia Cake

This versatile frosting adds a nice (and decadent) depth to any cake. If you are using it for a cornucopia cake, you will need to make two batches. Use this festive cake as a table centerpiece for a Thanksgiving [more…]

How to Make Nutty Caramel Corn

Caramel corn makes a great treat for Halloween parties. This tasty treat includes three types of nuts and it’s bound to please your little goblins and ghosts and anyone else who likes the rich flavor and [more…]

How to Make a Brown Sugar Cake

The caramel flavor of this cake always makes it a hit. It pairs well with milk chocolate frosting. If you are baking this to assemble a jack o’lantern cake for a Halloween celebration, you will need to [more…]

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