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So Why Do We Give Chocolate on Valentine’s Day, Anyway?

Valentine's Day

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go together in the minds of many Americans like Cupid and arrows. But how did these two things become so inextricably intertwined, and why should you keep up the chocolate-giving tradition this February 14th? Let’s take a closer look. A Rich History Chocolate’s affiliation with love and romance dates back thousands of years. The Aztec Indians ... Read More »

From Christmas Morning to New Year’s Day: Breakfasts That Delight


Holiday dinners often get all the attention, but whose holiday memories don’t involve a morning meal or two? Whether it’s festive sweets on an excited Christmas morning or leisurely sustenance following New Year’s Eve revelry, doesn’t breakfast deserve some attention this year? Let’s take a closer look at a few delicious ways to kick off the festive days between Christmas ... Read More »

4 Ways to Make Your Holiday Extra-Special This Year


Twinkle-lit neighborhoods, holiday music at shopping centers, and families gathering from near and far. These are just a few of the things that make the season so special each year. But why not considering making your holiday even merrier and brighter than usual? We’ve rounded up a few simple yet significant ways to add some sparkle to your holidays. Let’s ... Read More »

Are You Ready for Hostess Gift Season?

Gift season

A whopping 31 percent of people plan to attend multiple gatherings during the holiday season, according to Ask Your Target Market (AYTM). An additional 20 percent attend at least one party, while less than a quarter never attend holiday parties at all. Aside from leaving us wondering who are these bah-humbug types, these figures reveal something else: come November and ... Read More »

The Thanksgiving Meal: Why We Eat What We Eat

Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving brings with it a chance to appreciate all of life’s blessings, including everyone’s favorite meal: Thanksgiving dinner. But do you know why we eat what we eat on Thanksgiving? Let’s take a closer look at the evolution of this settler celebration into the modern-day meal we know and love today. The Stand-Bys The very first Thanksgiving dinner was shared ... Read More »

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Your Turkey for Thanksgiving


A whopping 90 percent of Americans choose turkey — 46 million of them to be exact — for their Thanksgiving meal each year. An additional 22 and 19 million gobblers are consumed every year on Christmas and Easter, respectively. But long gone are the days when buying a Thanksgiving turkey is a simple matter of heading to the nearest grocery ... Read More »

Thanksgiving Means … .Turducken Time?


Sure, Thanksgiving is nothing without turkey, but for those looking to push the boundaries of convention this year, why not look to the turducken? If you’re saying to yourself, “Tur-what now?” don’t worry. Read on for a handy primer on all things turducken, along with a few reasons to consider wowing your guests this year with a truly outside-the-box holiday ... Read More »

Americans and Pumpkins: A Classic Love Story


It’s become the stuff of internet memes and Saturday Night Live skits. Even before the weather starts to turn cool in September, American minds turn to one flavor above all else: pumpkin. Just what is it about these gracious gourds that makes them an intrinsic part of fall’s arrival, and what pumpkin-flavored treats outshine the rest this season? Let’s take ... Read More »

Halloween: It’s Not Just For Kids Anymore


While Halloween may have been taken over by petite princesses and pint-sized pirates, the fact is that this haunted holiday hasn’t always been all about the little ones. Let’s take a look back at the long-ago start of this holiday, along with some creative culinary ways for fright night-loving grownups to take back the night. Ancient Origins Historians date the ... Read More »