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How to Build a Fire for Roasting Marshmallows

To make s’mores, you need to build a fire for roasting those marshmallows. The teepee fire is an easy fire to build. It puts out a tremendous amount of heat, even with a relatively small fire, but is quite [more…]

How to Make S’mores for Halloween Fun

Everybody loves the gooey sweetness of melted marshmallows and chocolate. Since you already have your campfire glowing so you can trade spooky ghost stories at your Halloween party, you might as well grab [more…]

How to Make a Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Cake

Let this festive jack-o-lantern cake be the center piece of your Halloween party. A fluted bundt pan creates a realistic look, and the Brown Sugar Cake fits the tenor of October . . . but is delicious [more…]

How to Decorate Your Halloween Haunted Mansion Cake

This cake is a fun centerpiece to any Halloween party. After you bake 2 recipes of the Chocolate Cocoa Cake and whip up three batches of stiff decorator frosting, follow these steps to finish a ghostly [more…]

How to Make a Cornucopia Cake for Your Thanksgiving Gathering

If you’re eager to incorporate cake into your Thanksgiving buffet — or if you just want to lay off the pumpkin pie for a change — this not-too-sweet confection won’t disappoint. Taking some time with the [more…]

Roast Duck Breasts with Dried Cherries

If you’re a dark meat aficionado Duck Breasts with Dried Cherry Wine Sauce makes a great Christmas dinner. This dish is guaranteed to impress your family and guests and you can make it in 30 minutes or [more…]

Christmas Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts

Chestnuts are a Christmas time classic and a great addition to Brussels sprouts. These glossy brown nuts are harvested in the fall. Before eating, they must be peeled and cooked. The following recipe takes [more…]

Creamed Onions and Mushrooms

Try this easy side dish with maple-glazed turkey for a memorable Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner. Take advantage of frozen pearl onions. They are easy to find, don’t have any additives, and are a perfect [more…]

How to Roast Prime Rib for Christmas Dinner

Mouth-watering prime rib is for special occasions, so why not serve it for Christmas dinner? You might think that a big hunk of mouthwatering roast beef is reserved for ordering in a restaurant. Not so [more…]

How to Make Fresh Ham with Gravy for Christmas Dinner

Fresh ham with herb gravy is a great choice for Christmas dinner, especially if you have a crowd. Served with mashed potatoes, roasted apples or pears, and a green veggie, ham can make a festive holiday [more…]

Sautéed Broccoli Raab

If you are tired of the same-old sides with Christmas dinner, try this sautéed broccoli raab, which has a sweeter mellower flavor than broccoli does. Unless you have a huge sauté pan, you may have to divide [more…]

How to Make Mulled Cider for Christmas Gatherings

Nothing warms you up faster than a steaming cup of hot cider. The aroma fills the house and just says “Christmas.” Give this drink to the kids on a cold winter morning while you’re sipping coffee or after [more…]

How to Make Eggnog for Christmas Gatherings

Eggnog is a traditionally offering at Christmas time. This eggnog version is alcohol rich for the adults in the crowd. This recipe makes a large amount, perfect for an open house party. Feel free to cut [more…]

How to Make Kid-Friendly Eggnog

Eggnog, a mixture of eggs and alcohol, has been a traditional American Christmastime drink since the late 1700s. This “virgin” version of eggnog is great for kids or adults who prefer a nonalcoholic beverage [more…]

How to Make Hot White Chocolate

Chocolate and Christmas just naturally go together. And hot chocolate is perfect treat for warming holiday guests on a cold winter day. Everybody has tried dark hot chocolate, but white hot chocolate is [more…]

Orange-Passion Fruit Mimosas for Christmas Morning

Orange-Passion Fruit Mimosas are ideal for Mom and Dad to enjoy on Christmas morning. You can easily double or even quadruple this recipe if you’re having a lot of adults over. One 750 ml bottle of champagne [more…]

White Truffle Bean Dip

This white truffle bean dip is perfect for your Christmas or holiday gathering. But this creamy dip is so quick and easy, you’ll make it more than once a year. The recipe can be made up to 1 day ahead, [more…]

Baked Brie with Roasted Apples for Your Christmas Party

This baked Brie with roasted apples is warm, gooey, delicious, and easy to make. Served with chunky homemade applesauce, it is a perfect appetizer for you Christmas or Thanksgiving party and is sure to [more…]

White Chocolate Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is French for Christmas log. This dessert with the fancy name is found in every pastry-shop window in France during the month of December. It’s simply a yellow sponge cake rolled around a [more…]

How to Assemble and Decorate Your Bûche de Noël

Bûche de Noël is a special Christmas desert made of yellow sponge cake rolled around a cherry and white chocolate filling. After you have made the cake, and the fillings, follow the steps here to assemble [more…]

Wild Rice Dressing with Golden Raisins and Pecans

Wild rice provides a welcome change from the standard bread dressings that make their way onto holiday tables every year. The sweet and savory flavors in this dressing accent many main dishes, but goes [more…]

How to Make Cranberry Relish

Here’s another twist on cranberry sauce to try at this year’s holiday dinners. Spiced Cranberry Relish calls for cardamom and cloves, fairly potent spices with flavors that pack a real punch. You only [more…]

Fusilli with Caramelized Onions and Kalamata Olives

This quick meal is perfect for the busy holiday season. Throw it together after a late evening of Christmas shopping, and serve it with a salad. Fusilli is the perfect pasta shape to grab a hold of this [more…]

Horseradish Sauce for Your Christmas Prime Rib

The sharp bite of horseradish goes great with your Christmas rib roast. This tangy, creamy sauce is a perfect foil to roast beef. Make it the morning of your meal so that the flavors have time to meld. [more…]

Citrus Breakfast Fruit Salad with Yogurt and Granola

It may be Christmas morning, but you and your family still have to eat. Citrus fruit salad with yogurt and granola is a light, easy breakfast that doesn’t leave you slaving in a hot kitchen. This dish [more…]

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