Holiday Gifts & Lifestyle

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Holidays at Home

Gingerbread Cake

Catch up to a holiday tradition with toasty fresh-baked gingerbread. Gingerbread refers to a variety of baked goods with a prominent flavor...

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German Glüwhein

Germans often toast the holiday with a traditional cup of mulled wine, or in German, glüwhein.There are many variations on this drink, but...

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A Holiday Meal for Every Diet

Planning holiday celebrations around people with special diets can seem intimidating. But it doesn't have to be.Keep reading for tips on...

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Making Hard Candy

While the expression refers to a Christmas so poor the only presents are hard candy, with a little know-how, some science and a lot of...

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Impress guests with restaurant-quality appetizer

Hosting for the holidays comes with many responsibilities. One of the biggest such responsibilities is feeding guests. While turkey may be...

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Gingerbread Men

The term gingerbread originally referred to preserved ginger and then to a candy made with honey and spices. Now, we remember it most from...

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Host a delicious holiday brunch

Many people host friends and family during the holiday season. Holiday dinners may garner the bulk of hosts' attention, but overnight...

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Add something new to your pumpkin repertoire

Pumpkins are readily available in fall, when people carve jack-o'-lanterns out of pumpkins for Halloween or serve up pumpkin pie after a...

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Warm up with stew on cold winter nights

Hearty meals are best on cold nights, when food can provide a warming effect after coming in from the cold outdoors. This recipe for "Boeuf...

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Slow cooking is convenient and delicious-Pork and Shrimp Posole

Slow cooking has become very popular in recent years. The convenience of slow cooking, which allows home cooks to begin preparing meals in...

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Turn to slow cookers for easy meals

Busy families who do not have the time to spend an hour or more in the kitchen preparing weeknight dinners can turn to slow cookers to do...

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A fresh and tasty take on a much-maligned holiday staple

Certain foods are synonymous with the holiday season. Thanksgiving turkey. Holiday cookies. Fruitcake. While those first two make mouths...

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Put a healthy spin on an old family favorite

Meatloaf is a dinnertime staple for many families. A favorite of adults and children alike, meatloaf can be prepared however cooks see fit,...

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Delight guests with restaurant-quality dessert

Many people feel dessert is the best part of any meal. When dining out, diners who can't wait to peruse the dessert menu may find several...

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Homemade pie crust made easy

Pot pie makes for a delicious meal, especially when home cooks go the extra mile and prepare homemade pie crust. Some may be intimidated by...

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Give Holiday Meals a Flavorful Twist

The holiday season is rife with tradition. Family and friends often gather together around the dining room table to share conversation,...

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Try something new with sweet potato chorizo mole

Traditional mole sauce typically gets some of its depth from the addition of bittersweet chocolate. This recipe for "Sweet Potato Chorizo...

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Try a different take on turkey this holiday season

Turkey is a holiday dinner staple in many families. While many might scoff at the idea of altering their holiday turkey traditions, others...

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Spiritual Christmas traditions to embrace

The holiday season is a special and spiritual time of year. It can sometimes be easy to get lost in the more commercial aspects of the...

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How to make the holiday season more eco-friendly

With so much to do, it can be easy for people celebrating the holiday season to forget about the environment. But no matter how hectic the...

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4 holiday party must-haves

Parties are highly anticipated events come the holiday season. Office parties, gatherings with friends and family celebrations are just...

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Keep your natural tree fresh this Christmas

Natural Christmas tree afficionados love the authenticity such trees provide during the holiday season. Natural trees also provide a unique...

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4 tips to simplify cooking for a crowd this holiday season

Families big and small typically celebrate the holiday season together. For some, celebrating the holidays with family requires traveling,...

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The benefits of LED holiday lights

Many people put significant effort into their holiday lights. When a bulb goes out, all that effort can seem like it was for naught....

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