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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…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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…]

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
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