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Shopping List for 60-Minute Weeknight Entertaining Menu for Four

Serving a gourmet meal during the busy Christmas season doesn’t have to be stressful. Take this handy shopping list to the grocery store with you to ensure that you have all the ingredients you need for [more…]

Making a Quick Weeknight Meal for Four

This is an easy meal to through together around Christmas time when you time is short. After you’ve done your shopping for ingredients, gather these recipes and prepare to wow your holiday guests: [more…]

Shopping List for a Healthy Holiday Meal for Six

This seafood feast is a healthy low-fat meal that you can serve to guests any time, but it is an especially great meal during the busy holiday season. The menu includes the following dishes: [more…]

How to Make a Healthy Holiday Meal for Six

This is a perfect menu for seafood lovers and because it is festive, it would be a great meal to serve for a small Christmas Eve gathering. Pull up your recipes for the following dishes and plan to serve [more…]

How to Make Gilded Walnut Christmas Ornaments

With little time and effort, you can turn a simple walnut into beautiful Christmas ornaments. This project is a fun activity for kids at Christmas time. They can give the ornaments as gifts or keep them [more…]

How to Make a Popcorn Cranberry Garland

Popcorn-cranberry garlands can be used to decorate your Christmas tree, but don’t stop there. Drape the garlands over the bushes and trees in your yard and the birds will thank you; the garlands last however [more…]

How to Make a Cranberry Kumquat Ice Wreath

A cranberry-kumquat ice wreath is a lovely outdoor Christmas decoration for your home. The only requirement for this project is that the temperature outside be below freezing. This ice wreath is beautiful [more…]

How to Make Champagne Punch

Whether you are hosting a large Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner, an intimate Christmas brunch, or just a small party during the holiday season, champagne punch makes the occasion feel even more festive [more…]

Pairing Wine with Holiday Foods

Planning what wines to serve at your Christmas or Thanksgiving party can be overwhelming. You don’t have to have a personal sommelier at your side to make decisions about matching wine with Christmas food [more…]

How to Make Flaming Brandy Coffee

Serving coffee at holiday functions is a great way to warm your guests on a cold wintery evening. This coffee, flavored with orange, cinnamon, and brandy livens up any party, but might go especially well [more…]

How to Bake a Delicious Yellow Cake

If you are a baker, this cake should be a staple in your repertoire. This yellow cake is popular for all occasions and pairs well with buttercream and milk chocolate frosting. If you are using this cake [more…]

How to Make Red Velvet Cake

Rich and smooth red velvet cake has a lot of fans. If you are baking this cake to make the Christmas tree cake for your holiday party, you will need two batches. Its deep red color makes it makes it a [more…]

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting pairs exceptionally well with a host of cakes, including the carrot cake, and red velvet cake. If you are making this frosting for your Christmas Tree cake, you will need to double [more…]

A Most Excellent White Cake

This delicious white cake bakes up high-and-mighty and is a staple for all kinds of celebrations. If you are using it to make the skating rink cake for you holiday party, you will need to make two batches [more…]

How to Make a Skating Rink Cake

Cake eaters will be amazed, surprised, and delighted by the visual impact of this design. Although the cake doesn’t pay homage to a particular holiday, it’s a great choice for any wintertime occasion. [more…]

Christmas Brunch for Six Shopping List

To shop for the ingredients for Christmas brunch for six, print this shopping list and carry it to the store a couple days in advance, so you have everything you need to follow this easy brunch menu. This [more…]

How to Prepare Christmas Brunch for Six

No one should have to spend Christmas morning in the kitchen. So many of the items on this brunch menu let you do the preliminary cooking the night before. Let the little elves help you with the prep work [more…]

Shopping List for Quick Shopping Night Pasta Dinner for Two

Fusilli with Caramelized Onions is a great meal to make when you’re running around midweek after work hunting down Christmas presents. The crowds were oppressive, the traffic could have been better, and [more…]

How to Prepare a Quick Shopping Night Pasta Meal for Two

If you have planned ahead, you have everything you need for the Quick Shopping Night Pasta Dinner for Two. Putting the meal together is a snap. Get out your recipe for Fusilli with Caramelized Onions and [more…]

Menu and Shopping List for Christmas Open House for 25+

If you are planning to feed a large group you might want to depend on a ready-made menu. To make it easy to plan your Christmas open house for 25+ people, here’s a menu and a shopping list. [more…]

Preparing a Christmas Open House Dinner for 25+

Most elements of this Christmas open-house menu can be made ahead, leaving the day of the party very manageable. With a few chafing dishes, borrowed or rented, and maybe a warming tray, you can just set [more…]

Shopping List for Tree-Trimming Party

For this tree-trimming party, you gather friends and families for a kid-friendly Christmas craft evening. The menu offers delicious appetizers and eggnog in to heighten the Christmas cheer. Set up craft [more…]

Throwing a Tree-Trimming Party

To throw this tree-trimming party at Christmas time, you can do a lot of the work ahead. After you assemble the ingredients and craft supplies, gather the following recipes and then use the party planning [more…]

Cooking For Crowds For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The hardest part about cooking for a crowd is figuring out how much to cook. The quantity you make depends on how many people you're serving, of course, and whether appetizers are pre-meal goodies or the [more…]

Solutions for Dinners in Small Dining Areas

Americans are casual diners, so not everyone has a formal dining room for dinner parties. Whether you just have a small dining room or you are planning a meal for a dozen guests and you don’t have space [more…]

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