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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…]

How to Package a Food Gift

After you’ve spent the time to make a delicious gift from your kitchen, take some packaging precautions before sending it. Keep in mind you can never have too much protection when you pack your food gifts [more…]

Choosing a Kosher Beer

For millions of observant Jews around the world, following the kashrut, or Jewish dietary laws, is a very important part of everyday life. Food and drink that are in accord with [more…]

How to Clean in Preparation for Overnight Guests

Most of the preparations that you do before people stay over in your home are to do with welcoming, rather than cleaning. So take yourself into the room where your guests are going to sleep. Sit on the [more…]

How to Clean Up Fast for Unexpected Guests

If welcome guests drop in unexpectedly, some quick action can quickly get you clean and ready. Your hall, a reception room (aka living room or family room), and a bathroom are the minimum areas you can [more…]

How to Make Food for the Footie as a Student Cook

Footie, rugby, curling, it doesn’t matter what sport’s on the box, cook up these dishes to entertain a bunch of student lads on a night in. Kicking and screaming with flavour, but dead easy to make, you [more…]

How to Make Meaty Snacks for a Party as a Student Cook

Finger food is the perfect thing to cook up for parties and students need their protein. These meaty snacks are easy to pick up and eat, and party-goers can mix and match it with the other food on the [more…]

How to Cook Pleasing Party Snacks as a Student

Cooking crowd pleasing party snacks as a student can be budget friendly and easy. Having a selection of favourites on the table is a great little touch. These recipes will last as people come and go all [more…]

Party Etiquette: Talking, Listening, Mingling

A guest's good manners (or party etiquette) includes knowing how to start a conversation — and how to participate in one. Knowing how to mingle with people at a party or other social function is the mark [more…]

Part of the Series: Etiquette: 4 Ways of Being a Good Guest

Five Ways to Feel Good Physically during the Holidays

Your physical well-being can take a hit during the holidays. Keeping in shape both physically and mentally can do wonders for you during and after the holiday season. Dedicating just a few minutes a day [more…]

Home-Baked Holiday Gifts: Frosting Tools and Techniques

Decorating homemade cakes and cookies for the holidays can be extremely fun and rewarding. With the tools and techniques described here, you can create beautifully decorated holiday cakes and cookies for [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

How to Make Red Velvet Cake for the Holidays

This recipe for red velvet cake is a delicious holiday staple. Enjoy the cake plain or top it with it traditional partner, cream cheese frosting. Either way, the deep red velvet color of the cake is a [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Holiday Treat: How to Make Rolled Sugar Cookies

Everybody appreciates homemade holiday cookies. This recipe for rolled sugar cookies can be cut with any holiday-themed cookie cutters or cut into circles and decorated with simple sprinkles or food coloring [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Frosting and Icing Recipes for Holiday Baking

These recipes for buttercream frosting and royal icing are great for decorating home-baked goods this holiday season. Homemade buttercream frosting tastes so much better than store-bought stuff; and royal [more…]

Part of the Series: Surviving the Holidays: 4 Basics for Home-Baked Holiday Gift Giving

Ten Tips on How to Plan Your Holiday Menu

Holiday menu design doesn't have to be complicated, but there is an art to it. Some consultants and chefs make big bucks deciding what recipes should be offered on a menu. Your undertaking will be smaller [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: 5 Great Ideas for Delivering the Perfect Meal

Quick and Easy Appetizers and Salads for Holiday Guests

Appetizers and salads are a quick and easy way to add healthy vegetables to holiday meals. Many holiday tables are laden with starches like bread, potatoes, and stuffing but light on the vegetables. Healthy [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: 5 Great Ideas for Delivering the Perfect Meal

Roasted Turkey for a Holiday Meal's Main Course

A beautifully roasted turkey (or roast turkey) is a classic centerpiece of many holiday menus. Deciding what to make for the main course of your holiday meal can be overwhelming, so why not stick with [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: 5 Great Ideas for Delivering the Perfect Meal

Popular Side Dishes for Your Holiday Meal

Side dishes add variety to any holiday meal, whether they're the traditional kind or the more adventurous kind. Here are three fun side dish recipes to try: Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Shallots, [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: 5 Great Ideas for Delivering the Perfect Meal

Desserts to End Your Holiday Meal

Dessert is the perfect way to end a holiday meal. Cook up these easy recipes for Apple Pie, Gingerbread, and Peppermint Bark to create sweet treats that are sure to please the holiday palate. [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: 5 Great Ideas for Delivering the Perfect Meal

Eight Holiday Do's and Don'ts

Holiday happiness or holiday horrors? Some of the choices you make ultimately affect your holiday enjoyment (and stress levels!). Here are some tips on what you should and shouldn't do to survive the holidays [more…]

How to Make a Thanksgiving Garland

Making a Thanksgiving garland is an inexpensive and fun craft. To create gorgeous garlands for Thanksgiving, you just string together autumn-themed flowers and ornaments. Drape your garland on banisters [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Make Fancy Folded Napkins

An inexpensive way to decorate your holiday table is to make fancy folded napkins. Crisply starched napkins or weighty paper dinner napkins that are folded in interesting shapes bring art to the table [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table with Homemade Tablecloths

Tablecloths are an inexpensive item to create for holiday decorating. Table coverings add a decorative flair and protect tables, mask ugly scars, or hide unsightly plastic card tables that are used for [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Decorate for Thanksgiving with Homemade Pillow Covers

Pillow covers provide you with an easy way to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. You can make several pillow covers to match any holiday or season without having to purchase and store a million different [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving Dinner
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