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: 10+ Uses For A Trifle Bowl

[1] A classic English trifle (photo courtesy JoyCooks.Blogspot.com). [1] This modern trifle combines peanut butter pudding and pretzels. [3] A good-for-you substitute. Move over, Edible Arrangements (photos #2 and #3 courtesy Pampered Chef).   Trifles are one of the easiest desserts you can make—and impressive to present. Most of the ingredients are purchased ready-to-use, with…
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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: Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Use grocery store items to decorate your Thanksgiving table. Photo courtesy Foragers Market | Brooklyn.   Some people like a flower centerpiece for their table. Others take out the silver candelabra. We’ve done both, but realized that they can interfere with sight lines across the table. They’re also very 20th (and 19th) century. So in…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Ways To Cook Fish

Lent began yesterday, the 40-day period from Ash Wednesday to Holy Thursday (this year on April 2nd). During Lent, observers recognize Christ’s sacrifice by giving up something pleasurable. Around the world, the most common Lenten practice is to give up meat. In the U.S., seafood sales soar during the six weeks of Lent. Whether you’re…
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