TIP OF THE DAY: Make Holiday Cupcakes

December 15th is National Cupcake Day. When a holiday like this falls right before Christmas, there’s only one way to go: Christmas eat cupcakes. You can turn the food holiday into a seasonal holiday party, with a DYO (decorate your own) cupcake party, with holiday flavors and garnishes. Whether you bake them from scratch or…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Create A Special Christmas Mocktail

A fun mocktail is a treat for non-drinkers. Top photo courtesy Ocean Spray. Bottom photo courtesy ASweetPeaChef.com.   If you serve alcohol at parties, you’re bound to have some non-drinkers, designated drivers, and probably, drinkers who shouldn’t have another. Most hosts address the need with soft drinks and mineral water. But special occasions merit an…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry “Mistletoe” Kissing Ball

You don’t need to buy mistletoe to encourage people at holiday get-togethers to kiss. Instead, substitute this “holiday kissing ball” from Ocean Spray. First head to the crafts store, then pick up fresh whole cranberries. You can pick up an extra bag or two for a Valentine Kissing Ball (and if you prefer, a foam…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Freeze Your Hot Appetizers

TOP PHOTO: Homemade cheese straws, made in advance, frozen and heated in the oven. Photo courtesy Cabot Cheese. BOTTOM PHOTO: Stuffed mushrooms. Photo courtesy GoodCook.com.   If you want to serve hot hors d’oeuvre on Christmas, New Year’s Eve or other party times, here’s a tip we learned years ago from our friend Carol’s mother,…
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RECIPE: Peppermint Crunch Marshmallows

TOP PHOTOS: Minty marshmallow marvels for Christmas snacking. BOTTOM PHOTO: Buying peppermint candy crunch saves you the time of trying to evenly crush whole peppermints or candy canes. Photo courtesy King Arthur Flour. Photos courtesy King Arthur Flour.   To bring to a party or for homemade gifts, marshmallows are a delightful alternative to cookies.…
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