We’ve polished off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers, enabling us to focus on Christmas. Our first effort is our annual batch of fancy Chex Mix, great for home snacking, visitors, and handing out in small gift bags to delivery guys. This year, the folks at Chex have outdone themselves with Merry Grinch Mix (photo […]

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[1] This turkey club needs cranberry mayonnaise (photo courtesy Carnegie Deli [now closed]). [2] Cranberry mayonnaise (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [3] Turkey-cranberry lettuce wraps with julienned Granny Smith apple (photo courtesy QVC).   Before you make that first turkey sandwich, whip up some cranberry mayonnaise. Mix as much cranberry sauce as you like into mayonnaise. […]

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Eating cookie dough is one of our guilty pleasures. Whenever we bake, we have to double the batch in order to end up with enough dough to produce two dozen cookies. A couple of years ago, when ready-to-eat jars of cookie dough began to dot the marketplace, we tried every brand we came across. Most […]

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Bumbleberry Farms’ founder transformed a love for bees into delicious creamed honeys (she calls them honey creams). Not plain creamed honey: flavored creamed honeys, in glorious, fun flavors. The business started making 18 jars of honey cream spread at a time, and selling them at farmers markets at the foothills of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountains. While […]

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[1] No cooking: Just mix and freeze (photo courtesy Purple Carrot). [2] Creamy peanut butter, called Smooth Operator, from PB & Co.   November 20th is National Peanut Butter Fudge Day. Have you ever made freezer fudge? It sets in the freezer, eliminating the need for cooking, cream or sweetened condensed milk. This recipe, developed […]

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One of three tea advent calendars from David’s Tea: 24 Days Of Tea.   Last week we recommended a gourmet chocolate advent calendar. Today, it’s a collection of tea advent calendars from David’s Teas. For the most serious lover, there’s 24 Days Of Tea, boxes of loose teas including these: Apple Cider, Buddha’s Blend, Candy […]

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If you’re cooking Thanksgiving Dinner, The American Red Cross wants you to know that the number-one day for kitchen fires is…Thanksgiving. They ask all cooks to follow these simple steps to ensure a fire-free day of thanks. 1. Smoke alarm. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, or check the batteries on your current alarm. […]

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We love fresh basil. We always have a small pot of basil on our kitchen window ledge. We’ve always wished we could have more fresh herbs—chives, dill and parsley, particularly. But we only have one accessible window with good light. Recently, we acquired a system that doesn’t fit on the sill, but does look very […]

Diets To Lose Weight