Category: Holiday

A Cheesy Brazilian Black-Eyed Pea Dish for Luck in the New Year

My mother, who grew up in East Texas (which she would argue is technically the South), introduced me to the Southern tradition of eating black-eyed peas to ring in the new year. This tradition allegedly came from West Africa, where black-eyed peas are said to have originated. The distinctive black dot where the pale pea…


How to Have No Hangover When Drinking Alcohol — Wine, Beer, & Liquor

According to a study that recently made me very jealous, roughly 23 percent of people may be resistant to hangovers. For the other 77 percent of us, well, at least there’s black coffee, next-day bagel sandwiches, and lots of aspirin. But maybe there’s a better way, I thought to myself last Saturday, as I awoke…


Best Crock Pot Recipes – Easy Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas

The holiday season is officially in full swing, as we trade out Christmas carols in favor of those sparkly New Year’s hats. (If you’ve got one, please send it our way!) In my household, this means a few things. First and foremost, we’re hosting relatives and friends on every conceivable surface. That’s not a cute…


12 Recipes You Can Tackle in Just a Day

Conversations about bread making often turn to talk of starters and wait times and scrambled schedules—the laborious signifiers of a life in debt to sourdough. Homemade bread is notably special, particularly tasty. There is a reason people commit to the woes and wins of making bread in their own kitchens. Yet bread making is not…


Best Recipes for Pasta Bake

There are few occurrences more crushing—in the scheme of party foods, at least—than finishing a perfectly executed, complex recipe, only to realize you have zero idea how to transport it to your target event. (Say, your neighbor’s annual Chrismakkuh party.) I speak from experience. This happens every year with my mom’s “angel pie”—a lemon curd…


Cozy Gingerbread House – A Cozy Kitchen

Did you ever have a Barbie Dream House? I think I asked for one for my eighth birthday (if I remember correctly) and I imagined myself being a grown-up in it. I had dogs (of course), I had a husband (Ken) whose head I shaved because I thought his blonde hair was ugly (I dunno)…


The Make-Ahead Side Our Test Kitchen Chef Swears By

Planning a holiday menu is complicated. That’s why we created an Automagic Holiday Menu Maker to help you pick and choose everything from snacks and drinks to main dishes and sides. And that’s why, on this week’s Dear Test Kitchen, our Test Kitchen Director Josh Cohen teaches the save-the-day side of any menu: make-ahead sautéed…


Best Recipes to Make for a Holiday Party

No disrespect to small talk, but my favorite part of any holiday gathering is—by far—the food situation. Whether it’s a potluck or more of a composed meal, I’m eying everything from hearty apps through to the dessert spread the moment I enter the premises. So when we announced our latest contest, The Recipe You’re Asked…


How to Make Mince Pies, the Stars of My Christmas Cookie Plate

Mince pies have a misleading name. (There, I said it.) For those unfamiliar with the classic British Christmas dessert, they’re little fabled tartlets the size of peanut butter cups, commonly filled with raisins, sultanas, cranberries, and other dried fruits, all macerated and cooked in heavily-spiced brandy or port. As their name suggests, mince pies traditionally…


4 Clever Gifts I Love So Much, I Give Them to Everyone I Know

Welcome to Nifty, Gifty Holidays, our guide for all the little, magical ways we make the season sparkle. Today, we’re highlighting our Senior Editor Eric Kim’s top five picks for holiday gifts and why he thinks they’re so smart. Ask anyone in my family: I used to be notorious for my terrible holiday gifts. Christmas…


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