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Nonna's Ciambellone (Traditional Easter Cake)

Ciambellone is a traditional cake for Easter brunch. Or enjoy this plain but tasty treat with coffee any day!

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"The Christmas Bookshop" Book Discussion and Mulled Wine Cupcakes Recipe

"The Christmas Bookshop" is a perfect cozy holiday book for anyone who loves bookstores, romance, Scotland, or women’s empowerment. Pair this great read with mulled wine cupcakes!

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Pennsylvania Dutch Pork and Sauerkraut for New Year's Day

Pork and sauerkraut is New Year's tradition in Pennsylvania. Deep in Pennsylvania Dutch country, this dish welcomes in the New Year with a promise of prosperity, long life, and good luck.

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"How to Catch an Elf" Book Discussion and Chocolate Peppermint Cupcake Recipe

A fun guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, or other adults to read "How to Catch an Elf" with their children, discuss questions, and bake cupcakes. Also: similar books to read next.

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Easy Christmas Cookies Recipe With Dried Fruits and Nuts

This Christmas cookie recipe came from our next-door neighbor many years ago, and it has since become a family favorite.

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Five Perfect Winter Mocktails for Holiday Parties

Five delectable, festive and unique alcohol-free drink options to help ring in the holidays.

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"The Wild Christmas Reindeer" Book Discussion and Orange Ginger Cookies Recipe

Teeka has been asked by Santa to get the reindeer ready for Christmas Eve, but her mean voice only upsets the reindeer. Teeka must learn an important lesson about kindness, in order to fix the mess she made. Also a fun cookie recipe to bake with children and enjoy while reading the book.

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"Shmelf the Hanukkah Elf" Book and Vanilla Cream "Donut" Cupcake With Raspberry Frosting Recipe

Shmelf is a new elf employed by Santa to look over the list of nice kids. Shmelf learns that Jewish children celebrate Hanukkah, a holiday when their parents give them eight nights of presents! Fun and informative for children about Hanukkah, plus a "donut" recipe!

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"A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" Book Discussion and Pumpkin Cupcake Recipe

A fun guide for parents, grandparents, teachers, or other adults to read "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" with their children and discuss questions, bake a recipe, and enjoy an optional craft together. Also contains similar books to read next.

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Creepy Halloween Popcorn Hand (Plus 2 Popcorn Mix Recipes)

If you want a fun and easy recipe for a Halloween snack or treat, this popcorn hand is perfect. It's really inexpensive to make, and I like that too.

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Recipe for a Moist Christmas Drunken Fruitcake

One of the nicest fruitcakes to make for Christmas is the drunken (or boozy) fruitcake. For a nonalcoholic version, the alcohol can be replaced by fruit juice.

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Heart-Shaped Meatloaf and Sweet Cheese Stuffed Strawberries for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day has always been a very special day for people to express their love for one another. Food is a wonderful way to express your love.

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Applesauce Fruitcake Recipe (Nonalcoholic)

This nonalcoholic holiday fruitcake uses applesauce cake as its base.

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"A Christmas Carol" Book Discussion and Citrus Spice Christmas Cupcake Recipe

A classic tale of redemption, hope, appreciation, generosity, and hopefulness, "A Christmas Carol" should be read every year at Christmas time, a reminder of the hope and joys of the season that can accompany a grateful, kind heart.

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Perfect Panettone (and Creative Ways to Use the Leftovers)

Panettone, Italy's traditional Christmas bread, is rich with fruit and history. However, the store-bought version is pricey and far from fresh. Learn the story of panettone and how to make it in your own kitchen.

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Easy French Vanilla Holiday Cookies

These easy and flavorful holiday cookies are made with French vanilla pudding (and they don't require any rolling!).

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Spiced Mulled Cider Two Ways: Slow Cooker and Stovetop

Perfect for the winter holidays, or any wintry day, this spiced mulled cider is sure to please.

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Anytime Southern Biscuits With a Thanksgiving Day Twist

These biscuits are perfect as a snack or an accompaniment to breakfast or dinner. For a Thanksgiving twist, I used a turkey cookie cutter to give them a holiday appearance, but they are delicious made in a traditional circular shape, too.

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How to Make a Halloween Puking Pumpkin (With Guacamole)

Learn how to make a gory puking pumpkin with guacamole dip. And save the innards for other treats!

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Easy Jack-o'-Lantern Potato Stuffed Peppers for Halloween

On Halloween, these stuffed jack-o'-lantern peppers make a festive and crowd-pleasing addition to our meal.

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Hot Cross Buns: Fun Facts and a Recipe

Perhaps you have eaten this bread or recited the nursery rhyme without knowing its origins. Here's everything you wanted to know about hot cross buns.

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Easy Pineapple Cherry Easter Ham Glaze

Dress up your Easter ham with a tasty pineapple cherry glaze.

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Jelly Bean Mini Cheesecakes for Easter

This Easter, let the soft colors of early spring inspire some cute and tasty little cheesecake treats topped with jelly beans.

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The History and Symbolism of the New Orleans King Cake

Whether you observe Epiphany season or just enjoy reading about it, delve into one of New Orleans' most treasured and tasty traditions this time of year.

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Moist and Delicious Fruitcake Recipe Without Alcohol

A traditional holiday dessert, fruitcake is made with rum or brandy-soaked dried fruit, orange zest, and candied ginger. In this recipe, I'll show you how to bake a non-alcoholic fruitcake that's incredibly moist and delicious.

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Easy Last-Minute Christmas Desserts: Pumpkin Roll and More!

Short on time? Make an elegant Christmas dinner dessert that's quick and easy.

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"Christmas in Vermont" Book Discussion and Maple Cinnamon Shortbread Cookies Recipe

Reminiscent of the classic movie "White Christmas," the book "Christmas in Vermont" is perfect for anyone looking for a cozy romantic comedy set in wintry New England, with two people destined for love and a sagacious little girl out to save the world.

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Ode to Cranberries and Walnuts: Holiday Treats With a Chinese Medicine Twist

Enjoy holiday treats over Christmas and the winter solstice season with zero guilt. Walnuts and cranberries are superfoods. This cranberry walnut muffin recipe and superfood dip recipe do the job right. Chinese nutritional information is a bonus feature.

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Festive Grinch Brownie Cookies

These cookies are a delicious, Grinchy holiday treat!

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How to Make a Fruit Kabob Turkey for Thanksgiving

Brighten your Thanksgiving holiday table with this delightful and healthy edible centerpiece.

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Easy Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker British Christmas Pudding

This is a quick and easy recipe to make a tasty, melt-in-the-mouth Christmas pudding using a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. It is much cheaper and tastier than ready-made shop versions. The pudding can be made on the day or months ahead. Either way, it will taste delicious.

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10 Best Home-Cooked Meals for Cold Weather

There's nothing more comforting than having a hot meal on a chilly day. Need ideas for how to warm up your kitchen and your stomach? Here are some of my favorite home-cooked meals for the wintertime.

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History of the Yule Log and How to Make Your Own

The Yule log, once a pagan ritual, has been elevated to not just dessert but a stunning work of pastry artistry known as Buche de Noel. Don’t let its looks frighten you. You can make your own. Here’s how.

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A Delicious Fall Dinner Menu

Butternut squash soup, slow cooker roast, and cheesecake stuffed pumpkin bread. This menu has it all—a great meal for those cool fall evenings.

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Frighteningly Delicious Halloween Monster Cookie Recipe

These frighteningly delicious monster cookies make for the perfect Halloween treat. Beware, they're scary good!

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The Idiot’s Guide to Roasting a Holiday Turkey

A no-nonsense family recipe and guide for how to cook your holiday turkey.

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4 Patriotic Jell-O Dessert Recipes for the 4th of July

Making a sweet treat in patriotic colors is easy with Jell-O! Here are four ways you can make a dessert that fits the theme of your 4th of July cookout, party, or special event all year round.

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The Strange Tradition of Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races (With Foolproof Recipe for English Pancakes)

Pancake Day races and tossing the pancake on Shrove Tuesday, are ancient English customs that date back to the fourteenth century and are still observed today. Find out about the origins of Pancake Day races and how to make a foolproof English-style pancake in this article.

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Top 12 Clean Eating Valentine's Day Breakfast Ideas

Valentine's Day is a special time to show affection to the ones you love. What better way is there to do that than to start the day with one of these top 12 clean eating Valentine's Day breakfast ideas? And you don't have to do anything fancy. Just use what you already have and be creative.

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17 Delicious Valentine's Day Treats to Make With Your Kids

Valentine's Day is a fun excuse to make crafts, create yummy treats, and do some fun activities with your kids to show each other how much you care. Celebrate the holiday and show your kids that you care by spending time together as a family and making deliciously healthy, fun snacks.

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Easy Dorm Room Hamantaschen for Purim

Fast and simple hamantaschen. No, they're not like the ones your mom made, but they will do in a pinch!

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5 Black-Eyed Peas Recipes for an Auspicious New Year

Enjoy a delicious meal that is believed to bring you good luck throughout the new year. Learn what each of the traditional foods represents, and try five different recipes for black-eyed peas.

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12 Delicious, Clean-Eating, Traditional Christmas Dishes

Christmastime is a time for family and considering the changes coming in the next year. Why not make your holidays a little less stressful, a little healthier, and a little sweeter with these delicious clean eating traditional Christmas dishes. Maybe the big change you need is one for your health.

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12 Delicious Clean Eating Christmas Cookie Recipes

You're going to love these 12 delicious clean eating Christmas cookie recipes. These are all of your favorite cookie recipes, without all of the processed and refined ingredients. With these recipes, there's no guilt, breaking your diet, or need to worry about sharing them with your family!

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"Catching Christmas" Book Discussion and Cranberry Pecan Muffin Recipe

Filled with hilarious, sarcastic humor from a man in a backwards baseball cap, innocent judgments from an elderly lady, and reevaluations of life choices culminating in needed positive changes, "Catching Christmas" is a quintessential Christmas romantic comedy to cozy up with.

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Gingerbread House 101: An Easy Recipe for Dough, Icing, and Assembly

The gingerbread house is a whimsical bit of Christmas tradition in many American and European homes. Here's what you need to make one for your family.

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13 Clean-Eating Thanksgiving Treats to Make With Your Kids

This collection of 13 clean-eating Thanksgiving treats to make with your kids is packed full of yummy, healthy treats that you and your kids will enjoy creating together. This is such a fun time of year—get your kids involved in helping now, and you'll have an excited, involved kid for life.

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Holiday Eggnog Made Easy

The holidays always involve intimate parties, gatherings, and events filled with great food, adult beverages, and flavorful concoctions. Eggnog is simply a must-have at any holiday party. If you are planning on hosting this year, this is my recipe for flavorful eggnog made simple and easy.

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The Great Thanksgiving Debate: Is It Stuffing or Dressing?

Every Thanksgiving, the great debate arises again: Is the famous holiday side dish called "stuffing" or "dressing"? Many cooks swear by one or the other, and they will not deviate from their opinions.