Do you want to know how to set a proper table for a holiday dinner? Proper place setting for special occasions (or any occasion) can be easy and fun if you follow these place setting rules, guidelines, and tips.
This is a real, traditional English Christmas cake recipe passed down to me from my Great Aunt. It is a wonderfully moist, heavy fruit cake that we used to cover in marzipan and ice. We also gave it to first footers at New Year.
Spritz cookies are quick and easy to make. You can make a hundred (or more) of these in an hour of baking, and they make great gifts for family and friends during Christmas and festive seasons.
A Yule log cake, mincemeat, and mince pies are delicious Christmas treats with an interesting history. A Yule log was once a real log and mince pies used to contain meat.
Learn over 20 quick and easy recipes for Halloween-themed shots and shooters that look as deliciously spooky as they taste.
Three family fruitcake recipes, fruitcake cookies, plus the best commercial fruitcake I’ve ever found.
A fabulous rum fruit cake recipe for Christmas and red Valentine's Day heart-shaped desserts. I was not a fruit cake fan, but now I am! Rum and brandy make a difference. Enjoyable desserts by all.
A delicious cake with a strong flavor of dates and poppy seed as well as walnuts and marmalade—like a fruit cake if a fruit cake actually was good!
An old Irish recipe for a delicious any-time-of-day snack or a perfect dessert. It can be served with custard, cream, or ice cream. In my view, it’s best eaten on its own with a nice cup of tea.
One of my favorite dishes is cornbread dressing, or dressin' as we like to say it in the South. I can eat dressin' anytime of year, and it's always a hit at family functions. In my opinion, this dish will go well with collard greens, black-eyed peas, and a big glass of sweet tea!
A fun and festive spin on a traditional breakfast favorite. This recipe yields a delicious treat that looks and tastes like no other French toast you have ever tried. Perfect for Halloween.
Thanksgiving leftovers are wonderful because they can be used to create so many delicious quick and easy meals. Here are some hints and recipes to inspire you.
Looking for decorating ideas for your St. Patrick's Day cupcakes? Try these kid-friendly design ideas with step-by-step instructions to make your own cupcake wrappers.
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas tradition. Learn about the origins of this tradition, and try a wonderful seasonal recipe.
Shortbread is a buttery and delicious biscuit or cookie that is a traditional Christmas treat. It's a very enjoyable snack at any time of year and is associated with some interesting traditions. Plain biscuits and ones with added fruit, spices, or chocolate can be bought or made at home.
Oh so gory, but oh so tasty and sweet. Here's a great little Halloween treat for those that love the taste of white chocolate.
These 10 easy Halloween snacks are a spook-tacular addition to any fall party. From candy corn rice crispies to spider cookies, you're sure to find a cute, delicious treat here!
This article tells you exactly how to make a good old-fashioned fruitcake. These will make your mouth water, for they are complete with pictures. Have fun!
Traditionally eaten during the Christmas season in the Philippines, bibingka is a rice cake with a soft and spongy texture, round shape, and is slightly sweet and salty.
This is a traditional fruitcake recipe that is made for the Christmas holidays. How do you make a moist Christmas fruitcake from scratch? This is an easy-to-follow recipe with step-by-step instructions, photos and videos.
New Year's Day arrives on different dates around the world, according to the culture in which it is celebrated. You might like to celebrate more than one!
Make smooth chocolate fudge the old-fashioned way! Perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas parties, and birthday gifts.
Need hors d'oeuvre ideas for your St. Patrick's Day party? From green drinks to green appetizers, try these ideas for a successful party!
Kerstkransjes or Christmas Wreath Cookies are a delicious and decorative treat for the festive season. They are traditionally hung on the branches of the Christmas tree and can be decorated in a variety of ways.
Easter is a popular celebration in Russia, both for those who are Christian and those who are not. One major aspect of the holiday that is the same for everyone is the love for sweets! In this article, I will show you how to make some delicious Russian Easter biscuits with homemade icing!
Mince pies are an integral part of the British Christmas food culture, but when they are prepared at home, mincemeat will often be left over. The recipes on this page provide ideas for what to do with that leftover mincemeat.
In my recollection, there has not been one Thanksgiving without some kind of stuffing. In this article, I share an adaptation of one of my favorite recipes.
Christmas pudding is a rich, fruity, seasonal British dessert. This page looks at some delicious and often unusual recipes for using up Christmas pudding leftovers in the days after the main event.
Thanksgiving turkey is wonderful on Day 1. Day 2 delights us with sandwiches, but by Day 3 are you getting bored? Be bored no longer. Here are imaginative ways to use those gobbler leftovers.
Eggs are everywhere during Easter, and this decadent pineapple mousse encased in hollow chocolate eggs is a delicious twist on a familiar favorite. This recipe is perfect for a beginner!
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!
Here you'll find step-by-step directions for three different designs. Includes pictures for a simple spider web cupcake design, pull-apart spider web cupcakes, and spooky-looking spider cupcakes.
Need food ideas for a Canada-themed party? Make these creative, delicious, and cute Inukshuk appetizers that are inspired by the stone monuments built by the Inuit people!
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.
Homemade eggnog is simple to make, and the results are rich, creamy, and just plain decadent. Treat your family or friends to a favorite holiday treat—and it takes only a few minutes!
You can make an entirely different meal by introducing a few fresh ingredients into your leftovers. Here are 5 delicious recipes to make the most out of your leftover turkey and sides.
The origins of figgy pudding date back to medieval England. At that time it was not a dessert, but a method of preserving meats for the winter months.
A great, classic recipe for Christmas cake. Easy to make and a joy to eat. Indulge! After all, it's Christmas time.
We can't agree on the origin of thumbprint cookies (Sweden, Poland, or somewhere else?). But we CAN agree that they are easy, fun, and there are so many ways to make them. Here are 25!
Wassail is a traditional British-Isles holiday punch made with apple cider, oranges, lemon, and winter spices. Redolent with cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, it's festive and warming—and easy!
Easter Bread, or Sirnica, is a delicious Springtime specialty. A sweet bread, it has citrus, egg and other flavorings and is traditionally served on Easter.
A sweet spin on an old favorite. These apple latkes are perfect for breakfast, dessert, and any time in between. Made with fresh granny smith apples and simple ingredients.
Need Christmas party cookies? Try these adorable red and green gingerbread men with fast and easy cookie dough recipes and ideas.
Need an idea for a fun and easy Halloween dessert to serve at a party or school function? This pull-apart pumpkin cupcake cake is super cute and very easy to make!
From non-vegan relatives to navigating traditional holiday foods as a vegan, here are some helpful tips for Christmas, Thanksgiving and other major food holidays.
Cooking a family holiday meal without the traditional meat, eggs, and dairy can be a challenge. Amaze your family and friends with these foods (some gluten-free and all are vegan).
The black pepper in these delicious cookies accentuates the other spices in the recipe, including ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. These cookies can be shaped into hearts for Valentine's Day, or into shapes appropriate for any holiday.
Fast and simple hamantaschen. No, they're not like the ones your mom made, but they will do in a pinch!
Learn how to make a traditional Christmas pudding recipe with helpful step-by-step instructions and photos. This is my best plum pudding recipe that I make every year before the holidays.
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.
Lebkuchen is an old German recipe that resembles ginger bread without the ginger. I've made this for my family, and it is good. Originally, it was made as a Christmas cake by families every year.
Fifteen recipe suggestions for your Easter Brunch--everything from appetizers to dessert. There are even some vegetarian options, as well.
Learn how to make a custom, heart-shaped ice-cream cake that looks a bit like a Valentine's Day conversation heart candy.
Some people have traditional foods they eat on New Year's Day for good luck throughout the year. See if your lucky foods are listed.
With a bit of planning, you can bake tons of Christmas cookies all in one day. Here are some tips on how to make lots of cookies all at once.
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.
Make tasty cereal bars with your favorite limited edition monster cereals. Sure to be a hit with the younger ones and those who are young at heart. Perfect for Halloween parties and ready in 15 minutes!
Are you overwhelmed by the prospect of a formal Christmas dinner? My family has adopted the tradition of a less-formal Christmas brunch, which can be prepared ahead of time and enjoyed in leisure.
A dump cake is a quick and easy dessert made by, quite literally, dumping things in a pan. Step-by-step photos and directions are included. Easy dessert for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or any other day!
No Halloween party is complete without a tableful of spooky and delicious treats to set the scene. These ideas are sure to tickle your taste buds and impress guests of all ages!
Ghouls and goblins, the witching hour is here! Don your baking hats and dust off that cauldron to whip up creeptastic treats for all.
Discover some of the best spooktacular spirit and cocktail recipes that will make your Halloween celebration positively wicked.
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.
Very simple turkey cookies made from Oreos, candy corn, and Whoppers candy: an excellent dessert idea for Thanksgiving!
How to make easy and fun deviled eggs to look like baby chicks. A delightful addition for any dinner table, especially for Easter Dinner. I serve these at all our family dinners.
A modern slant on the classic British mince pie - mincemeat muffins are easy to make and fun to eat. The recipe includes step-by step instructions with photographs to guide you.
Do you need appetizer ideas to welcome guests over the holidays? Here are a few mouthwatering recipes that are easy to put together that they're sure to love!
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.
Looking for a fun and creepy Halloween party food? These deviled brains (eggs) make a delicious and gory treat for zombies, monsters, and ghouls!
This no-bake mint cheesecake has a texture similar to a baked version and a delicious, light minty flavor. The cookie crust, along with the thick and rich filling, helps make this cake a real stand out among no-bake cheesecakes.
Learn how to make kid-friendly Halloween punches, complete with floating severed hands and ghastly garnishes.
It's the holiday season, and that means merry spirits, holiday cheer, and stuffing a decorated shrub in your living room. But more importantly it means the arrival of that delicious and obscure-tasting drink known as "eggnog".
Need an alternative to pumpkin pie? The delicious pumpkin torte is just the recipe for you with easy, step-by-step instructions.
These adorable little ghosts are easy to make and taste just as fabulous as they look. Check out how easy it is to make these not-so-scary little guys for your next celebration!
A quick and easy Halloween treat that isn't tricky! Made with seasonal monster cereal, each creepy little cupcake is full of flavor and fright. Perfect for parties, and the kids can help with the baking, too!
Don't get caught off-guard when asked to bring a snack to the class Halloween party. I've compiled several great ideas that are relatively cheap and easy to make.
A rich, dark, moist Guinness fruit cake made with succulent cherries, mixed fruit, and a pint of the intense, dark, rich Irish Guinness.
Avoid awkward situations at your St. Patrick's Day party with these wonderful non-alcoholic drinks for your nondrinking friends. In fact, everyone will likely be pleased by a few of them. Add alcohol if you like.
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.
Pancake Day races and tossing the pancake, linked to 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.
Celebrate American Independence Day-- make beautiful red, white, and blue stuffed eggs for the Fourth of July!
Looking for green cocktail drink recipes for St. Patrick's Day or another occasion? Find recipes for green beer, Midori Sours, Emerald Isles, and other favorite green alcoholic drinks.
Quick and easy recipe for turning a store-bought cake mix into delicious Pizzelle cookie batter. Perfect for Christmas and Valentine's Day celebrations.
What's green, gooey, and good to eat? Green slime salsa dip! This recipe is easy to make, yummy to eat, and gross to look at. That's right, it's the perfect creepy recipe to serve at Halloween time.
Looking for easy decorating ideas for your Halloween cupcakes? Learn how to decorate pumpkin, ghost, and cat cupcakes with these fun design ideas.
Need to make a Halloween treat, but don't want to spend your entire afternoon or evening in the kitchen? Whip up one of these deliciously simple Halloween treats!
A delicious and refreshing cranberry and rum drink that was created many years ago by my grand-aunt. I'm giving away a family secret recipe here...
The top 10 herbs and spices used during Christmas celebrations, along with the lore associated with them. Photo gallery of the Christmas spices.
This dish is a wintry showstopper. Duck breasts are an elegant main course any time; however, I would also urge you to consider this recipe as a time-saving alternative to a traditional Christmas dinner if you are celebrating in a small round.
Cheese balls are especially nice when served around the holidays--a little something different to add to the festivities. This Christmas cheese ball looks so delicious coated in walnuts.
Nothing is more delectable than the smell of yeast bread baking. Here are two great sweet bread recipes: Russian Easter bread is finer grained with the traditional candied fruit, and Polish babka is a lighter raisin bread.
Instructions, tips, and ideas for making Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas cookies using cookie cutters you might already have. These cookies are easy to create and are a great project for children, too.
Peppermint—the flavor of Christmas and candy canes. Allow me to share with you a bit of history about this prolific herb, as well as recipes that will last all year long.
Since Christmas is fast approaching, I've put together a short list of key elements to help you make show-stopping drinks that'll no doubt impress.
Whoa—planning for November in June or July? Yes! This is the time to put away goodies from your summer garden to pull out for your Thanksgiving feast.
An easy-to-follow recipe for delicious ginger cookies with a taste of caramel, that work perfectly as a Christmas cookie.
Where I'm from, we take Thanksgiving seriously! Here are my personal best recipes: sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, cranberry relish, pumpkin pies, stuffing, even whoopie pies!
For a heartfelt personalized Valentine's Day treat, try making these conversation heart petit fours. They are delicious bite-sized treats that everyone will love!
Now you're cooking! Tis the season to not be thrifty, fa-la-la la-laaa-la-la-la-la. Before you know it, Christmas will be here. I like to use my prime rib recipe on Christmas day. However, you can eat this delicious dish any time of the year.
How to make three different flavors of fudge candy for holiday gifts. Includes eggnog, Irish cream, and lemon flavors. These are my favorite recipes and most helpful tips.
A friend of Romanian descent visited cousins in the old country. French was spoken, and a rich variety of culinary surprises for Easter awaited at the Romanian home.
Easter or Resurrection is the biggest holiday of the year among my Polish friends. Their traditions and recipes for traditional foods vary by region of the country they or their ancestors called home, but all are good.
Homemade cookies are the bomb, but when you've never baked or followed a recipe before how are you going to do it? It's easy, I promise. Let's make cookies!
Such controversy! Is the turkey stuffed, or do you eat your "dressing" on the side? Wheat bread only, cornbread, or wild rice? Oysters: yes or no. Let's put our differences aside and have fun cooking.
Add some hubble and bubble to your Halloween with these bewitching brews. Eleven spooky drink suggestions that will really get your party going!
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.
These pretty and buttery cookies are thick and soft. Top with colored sugar or what ever you want to decorate them with. They will be delicious and popular with your friends and family.
Mulled wine or Bishop's wine is easy to make. The sweet and spicy flavor of homemade mulled wine goes very well with home-baked New Year Eve doughnut balls.
Christmas is a special time of year for spending with friends and family. If you are alone at Christmas, however, for whatever reason, this page contains a number of tasty suggested dinner recipes.
Try this traditional and very tasty Hungarian Christmas cake with poppy seed and walnut filling. It's easy to bake and it's delicious to eat.
I have learned much from my Polish American friends about the important of Easter in their culture, friendships, families, and faith. Please enjoy the recipes and information.
This mango peanut butter Valentine's heart dessert is a no-bake, easy, and delicious fruity mango treat for two people. It has only five ingredients.
Discover non-alcoholic drink ideas perfect for children, family, designated drivers, and anyone else wanting to have a little fun on St. Patrick's Day.
Black velvet cake is incredible—luscious dark chocolate and an unbelievably moist texture. Dark cocoa is the secret to both the flavor and finish of this dramatic cake, and you'll love the results.
I love stuffing (also called dressing) not only on Thanksgiving but also on Christmas, Easter, and Mother's Day! I've found a great way to make a tasty stuffing out of a box by adding just a few extra ingredients. Easy and delicious!
Thanksgiving for most people is a time of family celebration and feasting on the seasonal turkey and trimmings. There are some, however, who are forced to spend Thanksgiving alone and may be under the impression that a turkey dinner is not therefore feasible. This page shows how Thanksgiving turkey dinners for one are entirely possible and provides a number of very different preparation options.
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.
Boilo, also known as "coal cracker" champagne and Schuylkill moonshine, is a warm homemade beverage that originated in northeastern Pennsylvania. It's made of wassail-style grain alcohol and fruit.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love eggnog and those who despise it (or assume they will). Let's join hands, learn some fun history, and share recipes. You might love eggnog.
The holidays are so much fun, and they give us an amazing chance to express our creativity and our imaginations. What better way to really get into the holidays than with your kids!
I don't enjoy the texture or taste of traditional fruitcake, but my grandma makes a mean refrigerated version that is moist and delicious. See the recipe below and try it for yourself!
This is a great simple recipe for a delicious honey-mustard-and-marmalade-glazed ham. Perfect for the festive seasons or as a special family meal. Great served hot or cold.
Recipe for a popular Thanksgiving dessert cake featuring pumpkin, spices and maple frosting. Recipes for eggnog frosting and apple frosting.
Certain foods are traditionally eaten at New Year in the hope that they will bring good luck in the year ahead. This page looks at some of these foods and delicious ways in which to cook and serve them.
A convenient collection of 20 wassail recipes. Most use apple juice or cider as a base. Unusual recipes use Red Hot candies or black pepper. Some include wine, rum, sherry, brandy, and whiskey.
Are you crazy for the ooey gooey, creamy deliciousness of Cadbury Creme Eggs? Treat your friends and family to the chocolatey goodness of these eggstra-special Cadbury Creme Egg One Pan Brownies.
This cake is so light and moist, you simply can't get enough of it. Easy to make and a hit with whoever you are serving it to.
Everyone loves to get and give homemade baked goods. Here's how to assemble the perfect cookie tray to show off all those yummy treats you make.