Gathering together with family and good friends during the holiday season for festive dinners and celebrations is what makes this time of year so special. Show the host or hostess your gratitude with a thoughtful gift, such as hand-woven dish towels, gourmet sea salt or specialty chocolates.
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There's no shortage of sweets, treats and cookies during the holiday season. But sometimes, the kids (and if we're honest, grownups too!) just need a little break from the sugar high. I know that my own kids are much more likely to enjoy their food when they get to help make it. All that dipping and snipping and stirring is so tantalizing for little hands. These festive treats and snacks have celebration written all over them—with just enough sweet or no sweet at all. And I especially love them because they're so easy, even the littlest kids can help! Try not to worry about spills or crooked garnishes; let your kids make a mess and have fun. They will be so proud to have made these deliciously healthy holiday treats—great for gifts, parties or just enjoying on a chilly afternoon.
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I LOVE this time of year: the food, the decorations, the music, all the parties and celebrations, spending time with family. I especially love giving gifts. Finding the perfect something for all the people in my life is like solving a big warm-fuzzy puzzle.
But my nostalgic holiday idealism is always at odds with true-life realism. I'm busy. We're all busy. And short on cash after three trips to the toy store. If I'm being honest I will admit that while I love Christmas, every year I get stressed out because there's not enough time for everything I need to do and not enough money for all the stuff I want to buy. And then it happens, always at the eleventh-and-a- half hour, that I remember: teacher gifts, co-worker gifts and last-minute hostess gifts for the party I sort of forgot about until now. Does this stressful predicament sound familiar...read full post »
Roasting a whole chicken has always been one of my favorite meal-prep tips—cook once and you'll have dinner tonight plus more for meals all week. I've even made it part of my regular Sunday routine. Trust me, it's easy!
Not only is buying a whole chicken easy on your wallet (it's cheaper per pound than buying chicken parts), roasting your own means it will have almost 50 percent less sodium than the rotisserie birds at your grocery store. Use this easy roast chicken recipe to cook two whole birds side-by-side on one pan: you only have to heat the oven once, but you'll have enough leftover chicken to put to good use with these 57 ideas:
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Most of the time, either type of pan will give you good results. But there are slight differences because of the way each conducts heat. Here's how they affect brownies.
If you like fudgy brownies, a glass pan is best. It heats more slowly, so the batter takes a while to heat. Once it gets hot, glass holds in the heat, cooking the brownies around the edges faster while the middle stays fudgy. The heat continues to build in the pan the longer it's in the oven—keep a close eye toward the end of baking to prevent overdone (or even burned) edges.
If you like less-fudgy brownies with crispy edges, go for a dark metal pan. Metal heats up quickly and is noninsulating, so the...read full post »