Holiday Guide

How to Throw a Holiday Open House Party

There are many ways to entertain friends and family, but during this terrifically busy season, it’s the Open House party that I gravitate to. Not a big sit down meal, not a frenetic, crowded 2-hour cocktail party, but rather a gentile stretch of time with people coming and going as they please. This kind of party allows people to stop by when it works for them, and stay as long as they wish – and it also allow you to host a lot of people in one day, hopefully in a nice gradual flow. With a serve yourself bar and …

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Food Lovers Gifts That Give Back for 2018

There is something super extra special nice about a gift that does double duty by pleasing the recipient, and then also doing good in the world.  The following food-related gifts are not only sure to make the beneficiaries happy, but also benefit some very worthy charities.  Stock up on a bunch and have them on hand when you need to pull out a hostess gift, a “secret Santa” present, or treat someone in your world to a little good karma love. City Harvest Chocolate Bar No one is ever sad to find chocolate in their stocking (or maybe taped to …

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5 Great Food Stocking Stuffers

Let’s just say the phrase stocking stuffer suggests that you have a stocking. Which we actually don’t. Because we’re Jewish. BUT we do give a ton of gifts over the holiday to family and friends and some are big and some are small and the small gifts that hit a note are as important as the ones that cost a lot of cash… sometimes more—they are the presents that say I know what you like/lust after/wouldn’t treat yourself to.  Maybe that last one more than anything. All of these gifts are not super pricey but they are things that we …

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The 2018 Holiday Food Lovers Gift Guide

Finding the food lover in your world the perfect gift is a little bit of a mission for many of us.  My mom, my sister, my sister-in laws, a few of my closest friends….we all like to cook and entertain, and I love the hunt for the perfect something. Here are some of the things that will be crowding into my little gift closet (yes, I have a gift closet….yeah, I know) in the coming weeks, waiting to be given (and I may have to buy duplicates of a few….I already hit the balsamic vinegar that was supposed to be …

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11 Casseroles, Soups (and More) Recipes Using Leftover Turkey

I get a little OCD about making sure I am taking full advantage of leftovers, and Thanksgiving is like the Olympics of leftover repurposing. One can only eat so many turkey sandwiches, right? And then we need to move on, and figure out how to turn all that leftover turkey into delicious meals the family will be excited to see later in the week. Here are a bunch of options – and remember, anywhere you can use leftover shredded chicken, turkey is pretty much fair game! If you’re looking for a great turkey recipe, check out this Dry Brined Holiday …

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A Fun Thanksgiving Craft Table for the Kids

In most houses, the Thanksgiving gathering stretches for hours. It’s not an eat-and-run kind of a day, you’re all in it for the long haul. And while adults have an acquired ability to make their own entertainment (catching up with Uncle Ivan, tossing around a football, helping in the kitchen) kids sometimes need a little more direction to fill those hours before the turkey hits the table. In our house, that’s where the Craft Table comes into play. Every year there are at least half a dozen kids at our Thanksgiving, and their ages might range from 1 to 18.   …

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