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Four Festive & Boozy Holiday Drinks

Four Festive & Boozy Holiday Drinks

We've put together four boozy holiday drinks that are the answer to 2020! From this tangy cranberry White Christmas Cocktail and the dreamy-creamy yuletide eggnog to a heart-warming Scandinavian mulled wine and a boozy holiday punch, we think these liquid gems are just what this holiday season needs. So have yourself a merry little Christmas...now.

And, if you don't have a cocktail shaker you better get one quick before they're gone! This holiday it's been hard keeping anything in stock. As of my writing this post we still have a few shakers left, including a 26 ounce stainless shaker with strainer, a boston-style stainless steel shaker and a nifty 7-piece bar set. Hurry, before these become a memory.

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Home for the Holidays — Christmas Dinner

Home for the Holidays — Christmas Dinner

Here's a cozy Christmas Meal to make staying home and playing it safe worth it. You don't need a huge crowd to be festive. Set the mood with a bit of champagne or sparkling apple cider with these fun, easy to make, and tasty Cranberry Pecan Cheese Balls.

An elegant Beef Wellington takes center stage at the dinner table. This traditional main coarse is paired with a lovely twist on simple baked spuds, Hassellback Potatoes. Add your favorite veggie, a winter salad and you have a cozy and delicious Christmas meal.

No, we did not forget dessert and it's a stunner! You'll want a second piece of this fabulous and festive, instagram-worthy Mocha Yule Log.

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Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala

Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala

If you're sick of Thanksgiving left-overs this roasted butter chicken bathed in a creamy, Indian curry sauce is the perfect anecdote to turkey overload. Pair it with toasted naan and you've got yourself the perfect meal for any night of the week!

A lot of us have spent a good amount of time at home lately. Eating out on Friday nights has been nearly nonexistent for many. So, this Friday night, make your own special dinner with this Roasted Butter Chicken Tikka Masala.

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Winter Kale Salad with Oranges & Dijon Vinaigrette

Winter Kale Salad with Oranges & Dijon Vinaigrette

This sweet and colorful salad is sure to be the hit at dinner! One of the most underrated side dishes of all time: kale salad. Not this time! A crisp, colorful salad loaded with oranges and pomegranate seeds, drizzled with a homemade Dijon vinaigrette, will be a surprising delight to everyone. Plus, it's a great way to get in those much needed veggies that seem to get dismissed this time of year!
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Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Make Striped Pasta (from scratch) this Weekend!

Striped Pasta — It's easier than you think! And, it's a great project for the whole family! For the striped pasta sheets, we used natural ingredients for the color - fresh spinach, roasted beets, and roasted carrots. With a pasta...

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No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

No Knead Dutch Oven Bread

This is our take on the classic no knead bread baked in a Dutch oven. The longer fermentation time helps create the structure of the bread, and the addition of apple cider vinegar adds a yeasty tang similar to a...

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For Pie Lover's Only!

For Pie Lover's Only!

I come from a family of unabashed pie lovers. A homemade pie was always preferred to cake for birthdays and such, and we never missed a strawberry-rhubarb, cherry, blueberry, or peach pie season. When the snap of fall came calling, Mom’s apple pie took center stage and was truly other-worldly, but so was she.
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One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

One-Pan Salmon & Veggie Dinner

Shake up your weeknight routine with this quick and easy one-pan meal. With bright and flavorful lemon, garlic, olive oil and just a bit of butter, this pan of baked salmon and vegetables is perfect when you need dinner fast, without the marathon of prepping, cooking, and cleaning.

Everything gets tossed together on one pan and baked for about 15 minutes until roasted and delicious. Serve it up and throw everything in the dishwasher afterwards!

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It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

It's time you learn a new cooking technique, Sous Vide.

Don't let the strange name fool you. Sous Vide (pronounced sue-veed) translates as "under vacuum" in French. The beauty (and secret) of sous vide cooking is that you cook your food sealed in a heat proof bag or pouch that is then submersed in hot water and kept at the desired temperature. It 's a great method of cooking that you shouldn't overlook or be intimidated by, especially with the new sous vide cooking appliances available now.
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