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Festive Oyster Stew

Make this oyster stew as part of a New England Christmas dinner. Oyster Stew may sound exotic, but it is very simple — just three ingredients, plus seasonings. Serve with French bread to sop up the creamy [more…]

Classic Bread Stuffing with Sausage, Apples, and Cognac

A Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without stuffing, a budget-wise and filling side dish. This classic bread stuffing has apples for moistness, and sausage and cognac for flavor. You can substitute brandy [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make the Perfect Turkey and Gravy

Turkey is an inexpensive main course. There’s no need to get too fancy with it. Simple cooking techniques work just fine. But if you want to try something a little fancy, but not too pricey this year for [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Make Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving dinner isn’t complete without pumpkin pie. If you are on a budget, this might be the only desert you offer your Thanksgiving guests. The lightly spiced pumpkin pie presented here goes beautifully [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Make the Perfect Apple Pie

This apple pie features a blend of two apple varieties. The flavors and textures of each apple type combine to make for one amazing pie. This is a juicy pie with very little flour to bind the filling. [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

Spicy Pumpkin and Corn Chowder

This spicy pumpkin and corn chowder is one terrific soup! The pumpkin puree in this corn chowder puts a new spin on an old classic. [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Make Your Own Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is a holiday classic. If cranberry sauce in a can is all you’ve ever tried, you are in for a treat with the homemade cranberry sauce here. If you’re worried about cautious eaters, pick [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon

Mashed sweet potatoes are almost ubiquitous on Thanksgiving tables, but this recipe calls for an optional splash of bourbon. Make Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon the day before the holiday and reheat [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes, with or without gravy, is an inexpensive side dish perfect for serving crowds at a holiday dinner. If you like mashed potatoes that have some texture, use a hand-held potato masher, which [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make a Classic Waldorf Salad

Salads feed a lot of people on a budget, and Waldorf salad is always a treat. The combination of apples, celery, and walnuts is delicious. This recipe works well with many common Thanksgiving and Christmas [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make a Bean and Cheese Salad

A big bowl of salad looks great on your holiday table and really stretches your food dollar. Bean and cheese salad is one of those dishes that may catch you off guard because it sounds so unusual. But [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

Broccoli with Red Peppers and Onion

Broccoli with Red Peppers and Onion is an inexpensive dish that's colorful enough for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner table. Plain broccoli is nutritious but can be boring. Dress it up with red bell [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make Easy, Elegant Roasted Squash Soup

Squash is a common side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas meals. For a different — and delicious — version, try Roasted Squash Soup for the holidays. This inexpensive soup is creamy, has a lovely orange [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make a Basic Green Salad

Many holiday foods are rich and heavy, so a fresh, light salad of simple greens is a welcome addition. This salad recipe calls for a basic mixture of greens, including romaine and Bibb lettuce. If your [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make Glazed Winter Squash

Winter squash is a great alternative to sweet potatoes and complements foods served traditionally for Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner. This Glazed Winter Squash recipe is a perfect example of a recipe [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make Cauliflower Gratin

One head of cauliflower can feed a lot of people. Although some people claim not to like cauliflower, Béchamel sauce dresses up cauliflower in this recipe, making it a great Thanksgiving or Christmas side [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

How to Make Green Beans Balsamico

Bright and tangy green beans with balsamic dressing is a nutritious and budget-smart addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Fresh green beans dressed simply with balsamic vinegar and olive oil [more…]

Part of the Series: Ten Budget-Pleasing Recipes for Holiday Dining

Turkey Carving Made Simple for Thanksgiving Dinner

Does carving your holiday turkey make you feel like a bird brain? Let your cutlery skills take flight with a few straightforward and easy carving steps [more…]

Part of the Series: Thanksgiving Dinner: Recipes for a Tasty, Traditional Holiday Meal

How to Choose Thanksgiving Appetizers and Sides

Once you have your Thanksgiving dinner budget set and know roughly how many people you will be serving, it’s time to determine what to serve with that turkey. Plan on appetizers, sides, salads, breads, [more…]

Planning Drinks to Serve with Thanksgiving Dinner

If you are serving dinner to a Thanksgiving crowd you will need to include room in your budget for drinks. Plan on offering hot and cold drinks and always be sure to offer water. And don’t forget to have [more…]

Bountiful Fruitcake

Fruitcakes have come a long way since their origin. No more picking the funny red things out of your slice of fruitcake. More dried fruits (including dried melon) and nuts are available than ever before [more…]

Part of the Series: Seven Dessert Recipes for Christmas and the Holidays

Christmas Pudding with Rum Cream

A classic steamed Christmas pudding contains suet, which is animal fat. This recipe for Christmas pudding with rum cream excludes the suet and is much lighter as a result. Dried fruit and rum provide the [more…]

Part of the Series: Seven Dessert Recipes for Christmas and the Holidays

Christmas Tree Cake

This cake for a holiday crowd always draws raves . . . particularly after it’s cut and partygoers get a peek at the color inside. You can play around with your own color scheme for decorating this cake [more…]

Part of the Series: Seven Dessert Recipes for Christmas and the Holidays

Gingerbread and Icing for Building a Gingerbread House

Making a gingerbread house is a Christmas activity that kids enjoy. This gingerbread is not for eating; it’s for construction. It’s edible, but therefore drier than gingerbread for eating. [more…]

Part of the Series: Seven Dessert Recipes for Christmas and the Holidays

How to Make Christmas Sugarplums

These are the sugarplums of children’s dreams. Sugarplums are small candies made from dried fruit; kids love making them. If you’re making them for adults, try the spirited version; otherwise, use orange [more…]

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