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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…]

How to Make Gluten-Free Caramel Cake

Absolutely no one will know that this light and delicious cake is gluten-free! For a large family or for company, make a two-layer cake by doubling the ingredients and baking the batter in two 9-inch cake [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Brownies

You can serve these gluten-free peanut butter brownies plain or top them with any type of chocolate or peanut butter frosting. For an easy frosting, melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 1/3 cup peanut [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Flourless Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

This flourless gluten-free chocolate cake recipe includes a delicious gluten-free glaze with chocolate chips, melted butter, honey, and vanilla. This recipe uses a 10-inch springform pan; you'll also need [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Creamy Gluten-Free Chocolate Frosting

The coconut oil in this creamy gluten-free chocolate frosting gives the frosting a satiny texture. Add more cocoa powder if you like a deeper chocolate taste. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature; [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

Gluten-Free Quadruple-Chocolate Cookies

This recipe for decadent, gluten-free, quadruple-chocolate cookies includes — you guessed it — four different types of chocolate: unsweetened chocolate, semisweet chocolate, milk chocolate, and chocolate [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

How to Make Gluten-Free Pie Crust

When you're making a gluten-free pie crust, try this trick: Roll out the pastry between two sheets of plastic wrap (instead of wax paper), and sprinkle the plastic wrap with confectioners’ sugar [more…]

Part of the Series: Holiday Cooking: Six Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes

How to Set Your Holiday Table

If you're hosting a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Seder dinner, know how to set a holiday table. A great table setting enhances your formal or casual — but definitely festive — atmosphere. Understanding [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

How to Make Pomander Candles for Christmas

Pomander candles are old-fashioned fragrant balls of citrus and cloves that fill the room with the scent of Christmas. The embedded candles enhance your room with a festive holiday atmosphere via flickering [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

Make a Cookie Wreath Centerpiece for Your Christmas Party

Kids love cookies and they also like to build things with food. You or one of your helpers makes this Holiday centerpiece by gluing a batch of cutout cookies together with icing to make an edible 10-inch [more…]

Part of the Series: Decorating Your Table for the Holidays

10 Ways to Reduce Stress over the Holidays

The holiday season should be the happiest time of the year. Unfortunately, all too often the stress of the season takes its toll on merry-makers. A lot of holiday stress is self-inflicted, though, and [more…]

Paleo Diet Meal Plans: What to Serve at a Party

Eating like a cave man while on your Paleo diet can carry through to parties and holidays. To truly celebrate, create menus featuring Paleo foods that nourish your body and taste great — and then, on very [more…]

Necessary Supplies for Your Bar

Bartending, even at home, requires lots of supplies, mixers, and garnishes. In addition to beer, wine, liquors, and liqueurs, a decent home bar should have the following supplies if you plan on serving [more…]

A Basic Bar Setup for a Limited Budget

Setting up a home bar can become quite costly. The variety of liquors available today is mind-boggling. How do you pare down your shopping list to the essentials? Some bartenders may scoff at the idea [more…]

How Much Is a DASH? This, and Other Metric Mysteries Solved

It’s Thanksgiving meal prep time again, so tie on that apron, slip into some comfortable shoes and settle into the kitchen (you’re going to be in there a long while). To reduce the lag time scouring online [more…]

For Kids: How to Set a Table

You ask your mom, “Can I help?” You’re hoping to stir some batter but she says, “Sure! Set the table, please!” It’s better than homework or taking out the trash, sure, but you’re a little worried. Where [more…]

Thanksgiving Silly Story Word Fun: A Very Special Thanksgiving Story

Silly word games are fun for kids of ALL ages. Print out this game, and play it around the Thanksgiving table between turkey and pie!

Download the Thanksgiving Silly Story. [more…]

A Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu

You don’t need meat to feel satisfied in a gustatory sense. Try this menu for a vegetarian* take on Thanksgiving. Mix & match, select 2 from each category. You won’t miss the bird! [more…]

How to Set Your Table for an Informal Feast

Not all holiday feasts have to be formal affairs. In fact, some gatherings are, thankfully, more about the parades and football than the food! For a more casual gathering, stick with a less formal table [more…]

How to Set a Table for a Formal Affair

You want to use all your best China and crystal stemware—at least once a year, right? But where in the world do all the silver, stemware, and plates go? For a formal table setting, use this image as a [more…]

Wheat-Free Holiday Treat Recipes

Aunt Barbara loves bread, but your cousin Adam is allergic to wheat. Or maybe your best friend has a gluten intolerance. What to do about the dressing and the pumpkin pie?!!! [more…]

Thanksgiving Joke Place Cards for Kids! (Kids from 1 to 101+)

Whether your kids are 1 or 101 years old, you can entertain them by printing, cutting, and folding these Thanksgiving joke place cards and placing them at each setting around the table. You may write your [more…]

Thanksgiving Blessing and Verse Place Cards

To engage your guests and facilitate conversation, print, cut, and fold these lovely blessing and poetry place cards. You may print your guests’ names on the blank side or just place the cards at each [more…]

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