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Three French Hens, Two Turtledoves and … An Ugly Knitted Scarf

‘Tis the season for receiving handmade gifts you wish you never knew existed. Here is one reader’s situation: “One Christmas, my mother in law knitted me a scarf…. “It sounds mean, but I cannot fathom wearing it in public and she has never seen me wear it (because it’s pretty much never seen daylight),” wrote BodealaMode.  “Am I entitled to my […]

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Food Gifts for Christmas: Four Great Mail-Order Ideas

It can be hard to find the perfect gift for an epicurean friend or family member.  A great option for gourmets is a food subscription or gift box. We featured a fantastic cheese box in Real Simple‘s Gift Guide, but options for mail-order food gifts abound. Here are four delicious food gift ideas for the cooks on your list: Turntable […]

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New Cookbooks That Make Great Holiday Gifts

As part of its holiday gift guide, The New York Times recently came out with a list of notable cookbooks for 2011. Lots of great books on the list, but here are a few more of my personal favorites I’m giving as gifts (to others or, um, myself) this holiday season. The Meatball Shop Cookbook, by Daniel Holzman and Michael […]

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Edible Stocking Stuffer #1: Za’atar

I’m trying to make it a mostly homemade/handmade Christmas this year.  One of the things I’m gifting are little bags of Za’atar. It’s a Middle Eastern spice blend, usually made with dried herbs, sumac, sesame seeds, and salt. It’s bright and herbaceous, with a nuttiness from the sesame, and boy does it make everything is touches taste good. Things we […]

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Decluttered Gift Ideas for the 2011 Holiday Season

I’m always looking for gifts that will be enjoyed by their recipients and never run the risk of becoming clutter in their homes. If you’re someone who looks to give decluttered gifts, too, check out my recommendations for presents that are sure to please. Experiences Researchers at Cornell University have discovered that experiences bring greater happiness and satisfaction than buying […]

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Popcorn on the Cob

File this under awesome things that everyone knew about but me. I had to pick up a couple of things on my way into the test kitchen today and saw this popcorn on the cob. I’m such a sceptic: I was so sure it wouldn’t work, I had to buy it to prove it. I love when the hard evidence […]

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A New Use for Produce Netting via Re-Nest

Don’t ditch that plastic mesh clementine or tomato netting just yet! Instead, use it as gift wrap for an unexpected look. It looks great paired with plain craft paper boxes, but would look just as great over metallic paper. Do you have a brilliant new use for something in your kitchen? Share it in the comments. [via Apartment Therapy Re-Nest]

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Homemade Holiday Gifts

On Saturday I was more than a bit surprised to see snow, and even though we’ve been working on our holiday content for quite some time, the holidays just seemed so far away. It was October, after all. Then just a few days later, when I spotted the first red Starbucks cup of the year and there were crews putting up the […]

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Mom’s Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Halloween is right around the corner, which means Thanksgiving isn’t far behind. And it’s definitely pumpkin season. So I figured it would be a good time to bake some of my mom’s crowd-pleasing pumpkin bread. Although we don’t serve a lot of traditional dishes at our Thanksgiving meal, there are two things my mom makes every single year—her sticky rice […]

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Heading Out for a Jog? Not Without My Callet!

It’s rare that something comes along that truly thrills me. But when it does, it’s usually something that’s small but GENIUS. Enter the Callet. It’s small, it’s genius—it actually solves a problem. At the risk of sounding a bit too enthusiastic: I’m in love. It’s a simple, gel-like case for your smart phone (iPhone or Blackberry compatible at this point) […]

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