Looking for a cranberry cocktail for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Eve? The mixologists at Tommy Bahama restaurants created these tasty drinks that. The cocktail, which they call Happy Huladays, is a refreshing combination of seasonal flavors that tickle the taste buds. We call it “Happy Holidays,” because most of us won’t be celebrating in […]

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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] Eggnog was originally served in a four-ounce cup, called a nog (photo and recipe © Whole Foods Market). It’s the size of a modern punch cup. [2] We like a grated nutmeg garnish on eggnog. You can substitute grated chocolate. (photo © McCormick). [3] If you want to serve a nibble with the nog, […]

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[1] Cranberry, pumpkin seeds, spices and a chocolate drizzle (recipe and photo © The Popcorn Board). [2] Dried cranberries (photo © King Arthur Flour). [3] Toasted pumpkin seeds (photo © Simply Recipes).   October is National Popcorn Poppin’ Month, and The Popcorn Board has created a new recipe to mark the occasion. Loaded with chocolate, […]

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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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[1] This spicy cranberry mocktail, with muddled jalapeño, easily converts to cocktail. [2] Ocean Spray Cran-Cherry is also available in a diet version (both photos courtesy Ocean Spray).   For non-alcoholic drinking during the holiday season, offer something more exciting than club soda or cider. Cranberry mocktails are especially popular during the holiday season, their […]

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[1] Rustic chic granola from Banner Road Bakery (photo courtesy Banner Road Baking Co.). [2] Yummy yogurt bars—refrigerated, not frozen—from Clio Snacks. The halved bars show the consistency of the yogurt (photos courtesy Clio Snacks). [3] Sparkling Diet Cranberry from Ocean Spray: just 10 calories a can (photo courtesy Ocean Spray).   We’re fortunate that […]

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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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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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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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