Just in case you still have eggnog to spike or plums to sugar before the gang arrives, consider us Santa's little helpers.
We're sharing our time-tested Christmas tips and recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Christmas with a jolly smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on December 26 with your sanity intact.
Here are a few helpful holiday posts that may make your holiday bright.
Classic English toffee from your kitchen
Harmony vis-à-vis black-and-white cookies
Christmas pudding made simple(ish)
Gingerbread in a snap
Homemade peppermint bark
Freshen up dessert with fresh ginger root
Spotted dick, clootie dumpling and other reasons to put beef fat in your holiday desserts
Pumpkin beyond the pie
Make perfect pie crust
A very vintage holiday: Welsh pork cake
How to make ice cream ... with snow!
Tips for gluten-free cookies
How to cook a country ham
Deep-fried indoor turkey – for science
A prime rib primer
Throwback recipe: Goose casserole
Spice up your holiday soiree with steamed gingered fish and lemongrass chardonnnay Clams
Brining, smoking, rubbing and spatchcocking your turkey
Cornbread dressing like Grandma used to make
Brilliant Brussels sprouts
Five (mac &) cheesy recipes
Great cocktails for crowds - spiced cider, winterized whiskey lemonade and bubbles
Holiday cocktail smackdown: Kristy's candy cane cocktail vs Brandon's snow day drink
Basic hot toddies
Hot chocolate variations
Still in need of advice? Leave your question in the comments below and we'll do our best to get your sleigh back on track.
Nothing says lovin
like something from the oven :)
A) This article (& its myriad links) makes me sooooo happy :)
B) Spotted Dick is a crazy-sounding bread pudding-type dessert that's actually pretty nice. There's a canned version sold by Heinz, available stateside in lots of grocery stores (we get it here in East Tennessee in Kroger, Food City, etc.) Give it a try sometime, either from the tin or homemade. :)
Making your own gifts is so much more thoughtful for the receiver! I know I love it when I get homemade gifts rather then when I get a store bought one. The time spent making the gift is what people appreciate. This is a great article with some great advice. Thanks CNN!
I make spritz cookies every year, goes back to my family Swedish tradition and Germans also have a version.
I can crank out 7 or 8 dozen. These then go to my son's school for 8 teachers, 3 office staff, 1 librarian and 1 music teacher. Otherwise I would go broke getting that many gifts.
Try me. I taste gooooood.
Specktackular...Try making christmas tree ornaments using 2 dried up prunes dipped in chocolate and then hung next to each other on the tree with a chocolate dipped hot dog.
Well.....the spotted dick is made from beef if that tells you something.
Spotted dick? What the heck is that?
And besides I can't believe I'm the first poster and that no one else has posted any comments. So come on, let's get this thing rolling.
spotted dick? What the heck is that?
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