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4 Hostess Gifts to Impress

Red and green Christmas macarons

With so many holiday parties to attend, you’ll probably want to bring along an offering for your generous host or hostess. Sure, wine is a great choice (who doesn’t love wine), if you want your gift to be immediately forgotten. Instead, opt for a hostess gift so memorable that your host/hostess will have to call you and ask where you purchased that ... Read More »

4 Tips to Hosting a Unique Holiday Party

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake

You’re bound to be a guest at a slew of holiday parties over the next month. Our guess is that it will just be a montage of the same thing over and over until you can walk into your next shindig and give a play-by-play of every single thing that will happen. You don’t want to host a predictable holiday ... Read More »

4 Tips for Taking Your Tailgating Tastes to All-Pro Levels

Fall flavors

The words “tailgating” and “foodie” may seem mutually exclusive. After all, a couple bags of potato chips and some supermarket burgers and dogs hardly qualify as gourmet game-day grub. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it’s entirely possible to kick your tailgate up a notch — even if you’re partying in a parking lot. Read on ... Read More »

8 Fabulous Fall Flavors That Aren’t Pumpkin Spice!

Pumpkin

Introduction 1. Apple 2. Caramel 3. Cinnamon 4. Ginger 5. Pomegranate 6. Pear 7. Maple 8. Chai Conclusion Introduction Over the past 14 years, since that fateful day in 2003 when Starbucks first introduced its now-famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, it seems like the world has gone a bit crazy—pumpkin spice crazy, that is. I get it. With its cooler weather, ... Read More »

6 Ways to Protect Your Gourmet Treasures

Gourmet treasures

If you appreciate good food, you’re willing to shell out for the best of the best to stock your refrigerator and pantry. But let’s face it, those gourmet goodies are an investment. And if you like to have your gourmet foods delivered in bulk, you want to be sure to protect that investment. Here are 5 food storage tips to ... Read More »

Expert Interview Series: Lifestyles expert Evette Rios Shares her Passion for Entertaining, Puerto Rican Cuisine

Evette Rios

Lifestyles expert Evette Rios, host of CBS’s Recipe Rehab, was raised in New York City by Puerto Rican parents. Despite growing up in America, Rios said her family maintained deep ties to the culture and values of their native country. A huge part of this was centered on food and entertaining. Rios said her parents always made things from scratch– ... Read More »

5 Ways to Enjoy the Best County Fair Foods at Home

Fair foods

Carnival rides. Games. Biggest pumpkin contests. Demolition derbies. Petting zoos. Concerts. Agricultural exhibits. The list of things to see and do at county and state fairs goes on and on. But there’s a hands-down winner when it comes to most people’s most eagerly anticipated aspect of the fair. Yup, we’re talking about the food. From salty and sticky to sweet ... Read More »

Celebrate the Sizzle: International Bacon Day

Bacon Day

Bacon. It’s been called “the candy of meats” and inspired a movement of cultish devotion like nothing the culinary world has seen before. Wherever you go these days, you can, of course, get bacon for breakfast, from classic bacon and eggs to bacon croissants and pancakes, for lunch, on a salad, burger, or sandwich, or at dinnertime, wrapped around tender ... Read More »

How to Build the Ultimate Picnic Basket in Five Easy Steps

Summer foods

Yogi Bear might not have been the smartest ursine around, but he knew a good thing when he saw one. Yes, we’re talking about picnics — specifically pic-a-nic baskets loaded with all kinds of delicious, irresistible sustenance suitable for a leisurely afternoon of lawn lounging. Unfortunately, packing a picnic can sometimes be harder than it looks. (A fact which you ... Read More »