TIP OF THE DAY: Make Sugar Plums

“Visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.” So goes a line from the immortal poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” more commonly known as “The Night Before Christmas.”* Yet how many of us have recited or sung that line without knowing exactly what a sugar plum was? No matter what today’s confectioners sell as sugar…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Try A Servings Planner

If you’re like us, you never know exactly how much food to make, so you make—much too much. In our family, one of the greatest social sins is to run out of food. This year, we’re using this servings planner from Whole Foods Markets. Just enter the number of guests, and the tool will calculate…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Use Cranberry Relish

Thanksgiving is our favorite cultural holiday, because foods appear on the table that we don’t see much of for the rest of the year. Like cranberry-orange relish, one of our faves. We have no one to blame but ourself; and last year we stuck half a dozen bags of fresh cranberries into the freezer, to…
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GIFT: Women’s Bean Project Foods, Party Favors, Stocking Stuffers

For Thanksgiving favors, Christmas stocking stuffers, or good food for your pantry, purchases from Women’s Bean Project help women trying to get back on their feet. By giving employment to the chronically unemployed: convicted felons, recovering addicts, victims of domestic violence. Many were teenage mothers and high school dropouts. Your purchase creates jobs for women…
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RECIPE: Cranberry Orange Brussels Sprouts

This recipe (photo #1), from Two Peas And Their Pod, would be at home on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables; but why wait until then? It’s a delicious way to enjoy Brussels sprouts through the fall and winter seasons—and we have more recipes at the end of this article. Brussels sprouts buying tips: While larger…
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