TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry Sauce Gelatin Mold

This retro idea from Williams Sonoma is an elegant addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. Our family was mold-centric for every special occasion: for Valentine’s Day, raspberry Jell-O with raspberries, strawberries and red grapes; for Easter, lime Jell-O with sour cream and crushed pineapple; for Independence Day, red, white and blue layers; and on and…
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RECIPE: Oyster Dressing & The Difference Between Stuffing & Dressing

[1] Dressing is cooked in a separate pan (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [2] Bluepoint oysters, a variety of Atlantic oyster (the different types of oysters; photo courtesy JP’s Shellfish). [3] Fresh sage, an aromatic herb for recipes and garnishes (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Mom was an autocrat in the kitchen (a nicer-sounding word than…
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THANKSGIVING: Easy Cranberry Flower Centerpiece

If you like flowers on the table for a special dinner, you know that it’s necessary to keep the arrangement low. Otherwise, guests can’t see each other across the table. Tall arrangements belong on a buffet or side table. You can finds scores of Thanksgiving centerpieces online (check out these on Pinterest). But for the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: 30+ Ways To Have A Greener Holiday

[1] Go green with reusable shopping bags (photo courtesy Pier 1 Imports). [2] Give rechargeable batteries with gifts that require batteries (photo courtesy Energizer). [3] Some people would rather you give a donation in their name (image courtesy Feeding America). [4] Use newspaper wrap to plain or fancy effect (photo courtesy Steemit). [5] Buy a…
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RECIPE: Cranberry-Apple Crisp

Not excited about pumpkin pie? Can’t have pecans or other nuts? There’s always the venerable apple pie to end Thanksgiving dinner. But let us suggest an easy-to-make alternative: Cranberry Apple Crisp from Ocean Spray. We recently were served a piece, and it was love at first bite. When one guest had to leave in advance…
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