Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)?
How about the chance to help change the world?
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
The holidays can be a hectic time for everyone. While you're busily gearing up for guests and parties, it's important to remember your pet's safety to ensure a festive and fun season is enjoyed by all.
From bright decorations to holiday house guests, it can be easy to overlook a few household dangers that may cause harm to your favorite companions. Here are a few things to keep in mind to keep your fuzzy friend safe and jolly this holiday:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
The chill of the season heralds many changes, including your appetite for heartier foods. This is the perfect time to break out the casserole dishes and whip up your family's favorite comfort foods. Americans seem to agree that when it comes to comfort classics, macaroni and cheese is what they crave.
In fact, according to mymacaroniandcheese.info, in any given 12-week period, approximately one-third of the population of the United States will eat macaroni and cheese at least once, that's almost 105 million people.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Whether the goodies are for gifts, for parties, or for the family to enjoy, crisp fall and chilly winter days are the perfect time to have the oven on and the house smelling great.
"Cookies are easy, quick, and everyone loves them. With just a few easy basic recipes, you can make so many delicious variations," says Chef Jim Gallivan of The Art Institute of Atlanta.
"The secret to great cookies is top quality ingredients," adds Chef Anthony Mandriota of The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. "Use real butter, cane sugar, natural vanilla and other extracts, whole eggs, fresh flour and spices. Your taste buds will know the difference and your friends and family will think you're a genius."
For a party, try refrigerator cookies. You can make them in advance, then slice and bake them during the party. You'll probably end up with guests in the kitchen having a great time baking them. "If you make these with a food processor, it should only take about 10 minutes to mix. And there are so many different ways to flavor these cookies," Mandriota says.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
|Turkey and Veggie Alfredo Pot Pie|
“The days of spending hours in the kitchen making homemade dishes from scratch are long gone, says Jonathan Spear at Green Giant. “These days, time-crunched family cooks can take solace in knowing that any dish that starts and ends in the kitchen can be considered homemade, including meals using conveniences such as frozen vegetables and sauces from a jar.”
This holiday season, if you want to stand out by serving that memorable dish that didn’t take hours to prepare, consider the following tried-and-true culinary tips: