Our 6 Favorite Homemade Food Gifts

‘Tis the season for gifting, baking and, above all, eating! But why keep the three separate when you can make delicious gifts from scratch? They say the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, and the holidays are the perfect time to show your loved ones just how much you care. From the candy lover to the bacon aficionado, cross every taste off your list with these 6 festive treats.

For the animal lover: Ginger Pigs

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A Bright & Vibrant Weeknight Meal Planner

Cold, dreary days got you in a dinnertime slump? Not anymore! This week, we’re sharing five bold and flavorful dinner ideas that will make you happier than a kid on Christmas morning. They’re quick, easy and won’t weigh you down, but are still packed with tons of flavor and festive spirit.

 

Monday, December 8th

Spinach Salad with Beets, Quinoa & Goat Cheese

 

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A Four-Ingredient Nightcap Cocktail

The holidays are all about luxury and indulgence, and the same should go for the cocktails you serve. This Coffee Mate is the quintessential cocktail to serve at a late night gathering around a fire. Your guests will think you’re a master mixologist when you tell them the secret ingredient: brown-sugar simple syrup!

 

 


 

Ingredients

2 oz. unsweetened plain almond milk

1 oz. cognac

1/2 oz. coffee liqueur

1/4 oz. brown-sugar simple syrup

 

Directions

To make the brown-sugar simple syrup, combine equal parts dark brown sugar and water in pot; heat until sugar dissolves. Cool. (Can be used in oatmeal, coffee and other fun holiday cocktails!)

To make the Coffee Mate, shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Makes 1.

 
 
 

More Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Winter Shandy

Double Orange Spritz

Pom Selleck


The Top 10 Cookie Swap Recipes

Happy December! We hope you can find room among your post-Thanksgiving food coma for a little bit of sugar and spice. No holiday season would be complete without a baking session or two, and there’s no better way to combine the holiday spirit with delicious baked goods than by hosting or attending a cookie swap. These 10 recipes will appeal to any cookie recipient, regardless of age or palate. Plus, they’re all made to travel well, so you won’t show up with any smushed snowflakes or melted snowmen (okay, maybe one)!

 

Double Chocolate Cookies with a Peppermint Patty Surprise

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A Weeknight Meal Planner Impressive Enough for Guests

‘Tis the season for more cocktail parties, gift exchanges and family gatherings than you could possibly imagine! Whether you’re hosting family through the week or friends who have stopped over last-minute, these five weeknight dinners are quick enough to pull together in a snap but impressive enough for any family member or guest. Plus, they’re big enough to feed a crowd!

 

Cacio e Pepe Bucatini with Roasted Cauliflower


 
 

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4 Creative Ways to Use Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

If you’re looking for some post-Black Friday fuel but can’t imagine fitting one more thing in your fridge, we’ve got a solution for you: Transform your Turkey Day leftovers into something extraordinary! From sweet potato casserole, to leftover turkey and green beans–to even the pumpkin pie!– there’s always a solution to remaking Thanksgiving dinner without repeating it. Try out some of these delicious recipes this weekend!

 

For a late breakfast or brunch: Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup

 
 

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Thanksgiving by the Numbers

Happy Thanksgiving! Tonight, come to dinner armed with these fun facts–your secret weapon for breaking up family tiffs, curbing chatty Cathys and rousing snoring uncles.

 

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5 Recipes for a Last-Minute Thanksgiving

If you haven’t had time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner yet, drop the catering menu. We’ve got 5 easy and delicious recipes that can be on your table in just two hours, thanks to the help of the turkey breast and the microwave. Don’t believe us? Here’s a real-life testimony that proves it’s never too late for a home-cooked turkey dinner.

 

 

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Should You Spend $20 on a Roasting Rack?

You’ve got one chance to roast your Thanksgiving turkey to golden, crispy perfection, so you better believe we insist on splurging on a hefty roasting rack.

 

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Catch Rachael on the National Geographic Channel!

Calling all foodies and history buffs! All weekend long, the National Geographic Channel is making their foray into celebrating what we here at EDWRR celebrate every day: FOOD. Starting tonight at 9/8 central, their six-part miniseries, “EAT: The Story of Food” will be make its debut, with two episodes airing each night. Get the history behind all of your favorite dishes, with tips and commentary from culinary experts like our very own Rachael Ray! So cozy up on the couch, because it’s too cold to go outside anyway.

 

Get more info at their website and catch a sneak peek of Rach’s wise words about nature’s most magical ingredient. (Hint: bacon.)