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A Tip for Making Great Holiday Videos

Looking for a way to make your holiday videos really come alive? Take this advice from Adam Cosco, a video expert at CyberLink: Quirky is way more interesting than pristine. That’s right; it’s the imperfect moments that make for great holiday videos. Says Cosco: “Be on the lookout for the not-so-perfect moments—the dishes piled up in the sink after a […]

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Halloween Scares Me

[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the October 2013 issue of Real Simple.] Halloween scares me. It’s not the teenagers roaming local streets wearing Scream masks, although that’s pretty creepy. It’s not the fact that complete strangers are ringing my doorbell from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., although that’s pretty unnerving. It’s not even the presence of […]

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Test Your Turkey IQ

Don’t commit a technical foul this Thanksgiving. Consider these bird-prep questions your practice drill. 1. How many pounds of turkey should you buy for 10 people? A.) 10 pounds B.) 15 pounds C.) 17 pounds D.) 20 pounds 2. What temperature does the turkey need to reach before you take it out of the oven? A.) 150 degrees F B.) […]

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19 Easy Party Appetizers from Sunset.com

With football season kicking into high gear in my neck of the woods, I know that I’m in need of a few good dip and appetizer recipes to take to tailgating events. Our colleagues at Sunset.com have put together their all-time favorite no-hassle party bites. To see the full list, click here. I have my eye set on  the sausage […]

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Last-Minute Recipes for Rosh Hashanah



Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes early this year, starting tonight at sundown and ending Friday evening. If you’re looking to ring in the holiday, try these quick, easy, and festive fall foods and drinks: Bagel With Cream Cheese, Apple, and Honey Carrot and Apple Slaw With Raisins Honey-Soaked Feta
 Apple Blintz Pancakes Ginger and Honey Iced Tea Apple […]

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Happy Toasted Marshmallow Day!

We all know that Monday is Labor Day, but today is Toasted Marshmallow Day—one of your more under-the-radar holidays, it’s true, but definitely one we’re happy to celebrate. If you’re also feeling festive, you can go with a basic s’more or one with a twist or even think outside the s’more with these eight creative and mouth-watering marshmallow recipes. No plans to build […]

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Drink Prosecco Instead of Champagne

Have something to celebrate? Plan festivities that don’t take a bite out of your budget (but are just as fun!) by opting for Prosecco or Cava over Champagne. Serving either Prosecco or Cava can save you about $20 to $30 per bottle. To stretch your dollar even further, don’t fill each glass with bubbly. Instead, add cranberry juice to make a […]

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10 Mistakes You’re Making as a Party Host via HuffPost Taste

I love this list of the top mistakes you’re making as a party host from our friends at HuffPost Taste. My personal favorites (and a few that I may have committed) are freaking out, making dishes that you’ve never made before, and making things too complicated. Here’s what the HuffPost Taste editors say: “We’ve compiled a list of some of […]

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4 Tasty Fruit Dip Recipes

Sure, fresh fruit tastes great–especially in the summertime–but there’s no denying everything tastes just a bit sweeter with a little dip. Prep one of these delicious dips for your next picnic and serve with some freshly cut fruit or baked goods.

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How to Keep Crudités Fresh

When hosting a party, you want everything to be fresh and crisp–especially the food. Follow these steps to ensure any veggies platters you prep ahead are ready for crunch time:

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