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A Valentine’s Day Guide to Cooking with Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most wonderful (and most finicky) ingredients to use in homemade treats. You don’t have to be a master chocolatier to make chocolate desserts at home, but you do need to know these basic tips. Here are some things to keep in mind when working with chocolate. How to Melt Chocolate […]

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Holiday Tradition or Old Routine? 3 Little Wins to Make the Season Brighter

We often wait for big occasions to celebrate with friends and family, but what happens when those celebrations become routine, too? Another dry turkey dinner this Thanksgiving. The same old stuffing recipe you’ve made for holiday meals. Last-minute gift purchases that feel informal and rushed. Sometimes, holiday traditions turn into holiday habits series of events […]

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6 Steps to the Easiest-Ever Cookie Swap

A cookie swap is a fun holiday party that gives you a chance to socialize with friends, co-workers, or neighbors before the holidays. Plus, everyone can stock up on cookies for upcoming holiday events or give them away as gifts. This minimal-effort party can come together in just a few weeks. 1. Invite guests. The […]

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Thanksgiving Countdown

Waiting until the last minute to pull together a Thanksgiving feast is for those who like to live dangerously. A checklist, advance planning, and the right tools will let you greet the holiday season feeling prepared and confident. This countdown to Thanksgiving gives you a simple idea each day to help you get ready for […]

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How to Throw a Mardi Gras Party

Mardi Gras refers to the bright, vibrant celebrations of excess held around the world leading up to Ash Wednesday. Nowhere has the tradition taken on its own distinctive flair more than in New Orleans, where a gumbo-like blend of French, Spanish, African, and Native American cultures have come together over hundreds of years to create […]

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Holiday Entertaining Survival Guide

Don’t let holiday entertaining psych you out. Get off Pinterest and banish those Norman Rockwell images from your head. No family is perfect and you shouldn’t expect your house or meals to live up to magazine ideals, either. Remember, the holidays are about enjoying time with friends and family— and plenty of good food! (more…)

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Perfect Hostess Gifts

Holidays are full of wonderful dinner parties, brunches, neighborhood gatherings: any excuse to get together with family and friends. As a thoughtful guest, it’s time to stock up on hostess gifts. People put a lot of time and effort into bringing an event together. While your presence is certainly a gift in its own right, […]

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