Entertaining, Holidays & Special Occasions

Need a Hand Carving the Turkey?
Cooking at home saves me money and allows me to eat healthier (as I always know exactly what is going into the food I’m preparing). The one thing I’m not sure of is how to figure out which knife I’m supposed to use to chop, which to dice, which to julienne, and of course, just how to hold it... More »
Easy Thanksgiving Decorating
The ideas in Top 100 Step-by-Step Napkin Folds, by Denise Vivaldo, will add flare and enjoyment to home entertaining and will give you new ways to enjoy the plates and napkins you already own and new ideas for things you could purchase in the future.Click on the below link to see step-by-step... More »
Turkey Thawing Tips
Not sure how to thaw a turkey? Kitchen expert and author of 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets, Susan Sampson, can help: Turkey Thawing Tips • It’s best to thaw turkey in the fridge. Experts say you should allot about 5 hours per pound (500 g). That’s 2 days for a bird up to 10 lbs (4.5 kg), 4... More »
Download Your Free Turkey-Carving Guide
It's holiday time! Time for entertaining and hosting dinner parties. And, for carving turkeys.  Whether you’ve done it before or it’s your first time, carving a turkey is something people like myself do so rarely that I never seem to get it right. Lucky for me, Jeffrey Elliot and Jim DeWan... More »
Whipped Sweet Potato Casseroles (diabetes-friendly)
Diabetes-friendly and the perfect Thanksgiving side dish. There’s no need to sweeten this side with sugar — pumpkin pie spice adds nice flavor to these already sweet potatoes. More »
Orange-Spiked Carrots Braised in Vermouth (paleo, gluten-free)
'I love the combination of flavors in this dish, which makes a great accompaniment to just about anything. Served glazed (see Variation, below), it is perfect for an holiday meal.' ~Judith Finlayson More »
Giant Parmesan Rosemary Breadsticks
As tasty as they are fun to make, these thin, crunchy sticks are as long as your baking sheet, and are perfect for Thanskgiving! More »
Maple-Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Toasted Pecans
Your Thanksgiving guests will love this version of mashed potatoes! The maple gives it an extraordinary flavor and the sweet potato offers a healthier edge. More »
Gluten-Free Delicata Squash with Quinoa Stuffing
Delicata squash at its seasonal best lends subtle sweetness and rich, mellow flavor to a protein-, vitamin- and antioxidant-rich stuffing of quinoa, peppery arugula and tart cranberries. Author of 500 Best Quinoa Recipes, Camilla Saulsbury, has created the perfect gluten-free Thanksgiving recipe... More »
Kale and Sweet Potato Sauté (diabetes-friendly)
The sweet taste of sweet potatoes, the heartiness of kale, and the spice of chili and cumin combine for a delicious Thanksgiving side dish that is perfect with turkey, grilled chicken, lamb or beef. If there is any left over, top it with some fried or scrambled eggs for a breakfast hash that will... More »
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