[1] A pomegranate spritz—juice and club soda—is a non-alcoholic alternative to holiday cocktails (photo © Rawpixel | Pexels). [2] Festive, biodegradable paper straws. These are available on Amazon (photo © Ououps).   Here’s a holiday beverage that’s non-alcoholic, fun, even good for you. For those who don’t drink alcohol, or don’t want any more of […]

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[1] For a larger group, create this Christmas tree antipasto. Arrange the ingredients in a triangle, like a tree (both photos © DeLallo). [2] Smaller, for just a few people. DeLallo has selected among its Colossal Calamata Olives, Garlic Herb Stuffed Pepperazzi, Garlic Stuffed Olives, Lemon Feta Antipasti, Red Pepperazzi Peppers, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Stuffed Grape […]

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Try this seasonal spin on salsa: Switch out the tomatoes and garlic for cranberries and apples. Low in calories and gluten free, you can keep it in the fridge for snacking or as a general condiment: mixed into yogurt for breakfast or lunch, as a creamy dip with the yogurt, as a salad dressing with […]

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[1] Jingle Belle: 7-Up and bitters with a raspberry-mint garnish (photo © Beatnik | Chicago).   More and more people don’t drink alcohol, and seek club soda or soft drinks at parties. If some of your guests fall into that category, why not create a “Mocktail Menu?” It’s quite easy, and it will bring them […]

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In Italy, torrone (tuh-ROE-nay) is a traditional Christmas dessert, and the most popular candy in Italy. In France, it’s known as nougat: a confection made from egg whites, honey, sugar and toasted almonds. There are many regional variations; some are softer, some chewier. If you’re headed to any Italian city—or have friends who are—ask them […]

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Order quickly if you want this wonderful “Advent calendar”: Only 150 sets were made (photo #1). Unlike the old-fashioned Advent calendar where little doors were opened to reveal the day’s treat (photo #3), Woodhouse Chocolate’s 2019 version puts each treat in a separate, reusable tin. Each tin contains a wonderful chocolate surprise: hand-decorated chocolate figures, […]

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Why is it that all of our holidays and special occasions are prefaced by “happy”—Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, Happy Easter, Happy Birthday, etc.—except Christmas? It’s always Merry Christmas? The folks at Mental Floss looked into the question and found that the answer goes back centuries, to the connotation of the two words. “Happy came […]

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Éclairs typical don’t show up on a list of holiday desserts. But when they’re as cute as these, they’re irresistible. Made by Art Éclair, these designs are just a few of a treasure trove of magnificently decorated éclairs. See the collection on the Art Éclair website and on Pinterest. Regrettably for éclair lovers, this bakery […]

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