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November 29, 2016 - 9:00am

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...

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November 23, 2016 - 9:56am

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:

Related: Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes...

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November 23, 2016 - 9:56am

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.

Related: Do You Really Need to Preheat Your Oven?

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...

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November 23, 2016 - 9:22am

From undercooked fowl to burnt-to-a-crisp birds, tales of Thanksgiving turkey fails are hilarious—until they happen to you. One year in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, we watched a turkey go up in flames (too much booze in the roasting pan). Still, what can you do but laugh about it? In this spirit, we asked our readers to fess up and share their biggest holiday cooking disasters, sparing no details. Here are some of our favorite responses:

"My first time preparing Thanksgiving dinner on my own: After 50 or so calls to my mother for advice, all the sides were in the oven and the turkey was resting. I decided to give Mom one last call to tell her all was well, but I couldn't find that phone to save my life! Opening the oven, there it was. Broccoli, Rice...

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November 22, 2016 - 9:54am

It's easy to feel like healthy habits take a backseat this time of year with the onslaught of holiday parties. There are sure to be plenty of cookies, eggnog, chocolate and cocktails. You may try to convince yourself that these treats are limited-time-only specials—that come January, the healthy eating will start. That attitude can set you up for an all-or-nothing gorge on treats during the holiday season with plans to abstain next year.

Instead, say to yourself, "I can have it some other time." That simple phrase may help you overcome your cravings, says a recent study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. When people were served M...

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