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8 days of November food celebrations (Thanksgiving not included!)

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November might include one of the holidays most known for having an abundance of food, but Thanksgiving isn’t the only sustenance-packed celebratory option. As it turns out, the fall-festive month is simply peppered with “food days” (see what I did there?). Check out 10 November calendar days dedicated to a diverse collection of eats and ...Read more

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Bored with traditional holiday sides? Here are more than 4 ways to mix it up.

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Holidays are a time of year for entertaining and family gatherings with food taking center stage.

Dishes can be wonderfully traditional or you can mix it up with a new twist on the classics. I love side dishes and often make a meal out of the various side offerings at a holiday table. The creativity, variety and choice of flavors make side ...Read more

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Sweet stress busters: Holiday cookies deliver more than taste

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You look like you need a cookie.

Nothing quite buoys our spirits like a sweet little treat. During the holiday season, we like to give cookies almost as much as we like to munch, spreading some edible cheer. According to a study by OnePoll.com, three out of every four Americans would consider giving cookies as a holiday gift. And even more ...Read more

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Thanksgiving favorites: Low-fat versions and favorites

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It’s an annual dilemma.

Beginning with Thanksgiving, the holiday season is a time of overindulgence. As a host or hostess, do you want to partake in the festive fattening by serving the high-fat, high-calorie foods that we all associate with the holidays? Or do you feel it your duty — or perhaps your medical necessity — to cut back on the...Read more

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Freshen up fall with a flower-arranging party

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Fall is typically a busy time for Halloween prep, quickly followed by Thanksgiving, and before you know it, the winter holidays have arrived.

But before the autumn season fades, why not slow down and absorb nature’s paint palette of reds, oranges, greens and yellows before they too disappear? Whether you host a flower-arranging event, or ...Read more

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Thanksgiving for just a few? Cook a turkey breast

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(Editor's Note: This article was originally published Nov. 22, 2020.)

My own Thanksgiving dinner this year will be for just two, plus a Zoom call (assuming the system doesn’t crash with everyone trying to use it at the same time). So instead of getting a big bird and defrosting it for a week, I’ll be going the smaller route and just cooking...Read more

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An offer they won't want to refuse: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Godfather'

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If you watched Paramount’s TV series “The Offer,” you likely gleaned that the transition of the cinematic portrayal of “The Godfather” was complex. In fact, the obstacles presented in ushering Mario Puzo’s fictional saga of the Corleones from paper to screen were as immense as they were — often — bizarre. As the infamous “...Read more

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BBQ My Way: Smoked chicken liver pate with bourbon

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If you don’t like the taste of liver, specifically chicken liver, you may want to flip back to the sports or opinions page. This recipe was spurred on by a comment from a friend of mine on social media. I asked on our cooking channel what our viewers might like to have me grill, cook or smoke in a cooking video. His comment was “chicken ...Read more

Craft chilling Halloween cocktails with these tips and recipes

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We got boozy tips from experts at ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

When Halloween falls on a weekday, we like to double down and create a spine-tingling spread worth staying in for. To accompany your ghoulish bites, try crafting a couple of themed cocktails to conjure the proper vibes.

We asked ABC Fine Wine & Spirits’ sales manager Nathan Dale for ...Read more