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How to Cook Christmas Dinner for 6 on a $75 Budget

How to Cook Christmas Dinner for 6 on a $75 Budget

You're on a tight budget. You don't have to be a Scrooge about it and forgo a nice meal for your close family and maybe a friend or two.... READ MORE

Dinner Guests: Don’t Forget to Bring This

Dinner Guests: Don’t Forget to Bring This

Even when your hosts tell you there's no need to bring anything, present them with a touching gift that's not meant for the dinner table. A gift for your dinner host shouldn't cost more than $50, and none of these do. In fact, most of our top picks are less than $30. You see, a present of this type is more of a token, a show of appreciation for all the work and money that goes into preparing a home and meal for guests. It's good etiquette. And it's thoughtful. You want to to be thoughtful, don't you? READ MORE

Best Wines to Bring to Holiday Parties and Dinners

Best Wines to Bring to Holiday Parties and Dinners

When you're invited to dinner and the host says, "Bring a beverage of your choice," what do you do? READ MORE

11 Ways to Make Brisket Better Than Your Bubbe’s

11 Ways to Make Brisket Better Than Your Bubbe’s

Have patience like your grandma does and go low and slow with this beef dish that's traditionally served at Hanukkah and other special occasions. But make yours even better. Set tradition aside, at least in the details, and infuse your brisket with some not-so classic flavor. Or try an innovative technique.  READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Macaron and a Macaroon?

What’s the Difference Between a Macaron and a Macaroon?

In one heavenly confection, a crispy almond meringue shell with a chewy interior yields to a lush, creamy ganache sandwiched within. In the other, a bite clean through reveals a consistent concentration of coconut that's dense and chewy. Macarons and macaroons: Many Americans confuse these two separate desserts. READ MORE

Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Your Cheesy Friend

Gift Guide: Best Gifts for Your Cheesy Friend

We all have that friend — the turophile who raves about the nutty, creamy nuances of the latest Manchego or Bucheron.  Maybe it's you. Or it could be your work-wife. Your boss. Your bestie from college. Your brother. Whoever it is, that person is crazy about cheese, which we consider a sane passion. Be a good buddy and fulfill their cheesy dreams. READ MORE

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that's not right. With cookie season well under way, follow our tips to ensure yours are beautiful inside and out. READ MORE

Stocking Stuffers for the Food-Obsessed

Stocking Stuffers for the Food-Obsessed

Sometimes a stocking stuffer is so on point, you like it better than any of the larger presents under the tree. Give that kind of gift. The present for the gourmand in your life doesn't have to be expensive. A useful gift goes a long way. READ MORE

The Best Recipes and Tips for Christmas

The Best Recipes and Tips for Christmas

There's more to Christmas dinner than a re-purposed Thanksgiving menu. Unlike the Turkey Day meal, Christmas dinner is much more flexible. Some people even have it on Christmas Eve. And many of us don't even have turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Delve into other delicious ideas and start new traditions with your family and friends. Here, we've provided some tips for planning your Christmas Day meal and rounded up 30 of our favorite recipes for the holidays, from cocktails to cookies (of course), and from glazed ham to lamb. (For more on lamb, check our our step-by-step on cooking a boneless leg, and scroll our ideas for great lamb chop marinades.) READ MORE

Special Occasion Dishes and Table Linens

Special Occasion Dishes and Table Linens

We've curated some of our favorite fine dishes and table linens  — from classic and elegant to modern and rustic  — that you can pull out for special occasions. There's a time and place for the good stuff, whether it's a winter holiday or a random weekend when you entertain guests and want to make it special. That time is coming. READ MORE