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11 Holiday Breakfasts to Devour on Christmas Morning

If you’re planning on spending the holiday opening scores of presents and watching all the Christmas movies your DVR has room for, then you’ll need to load up on some serious sustenance beforehand. So why not make an event out of it with one of (or more) of these holiday brunch stars? Whether you opt for stratas or scones, you’ll win over the favor of the entire family (and have an instant pass on washing that sink full of dishes). READ MORE

Holiday Survival Guide: 14 Dos and Dont’s for Boss Gift Giving

During the holidays, one of the hardest gifts on your list is always your boss. To get a gift? To not get a gift? Real talk – you feel like you’re going to lose either way, and it’s true. But you are always better off getting them a little something than being the only one who skimps out. READ MORE

12 Globe-Trotting Beef Stew Recipes

I totally understand why everyone lusts after the unadulterated flavor of steaks. But I’ll always be of the opinion that there are much more interesting things you could be doing with your beef, and they all involve giving it a nice, long simmer in something fragrant, spicy, or just plain homey and hearty. I’m talking about a good old-fashioned beef stew. READ MORE

12 Great Wines with Awful Names

It’s not hard to understand why wine producers give their wines bad names. On full shelves, getting your label to stand out can be a real challenge. But that’s hardly an excuse for embarrassing the wine-drinker who has to 'fess up to enjoying a glass of Ménage à Trois. Here are 12 wines that will guarantee an eye-roll. READ MORE

11 Ways to Satisfy Your Cinnamon Roll Cravings

It’s chilly and gray outside, you have a ton of holiday shopping to do, and there isn’t much that can cheer you up—except, of course, for cinnamon rolls. Gooey, warm, fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls loaded with frosting, bursting with nuts and aromatics, and just waiting to comfort you and remind you that while the snow falls, the cinnamon roll calls. Here are 11 variations on the cinnamon roll that are sure to restore your holiday cheer. READ MORE

11 Sparkling Wine Cocktails for the Holidays

Sparkling wine is synonymous with celebration, so it's no surprise that sparkling cocktails can pull your holiday event together with a simple pour, stir, and twist. Whether you're hosting a spirited brunch or an evening affair, feel free to play around with different types of sparkling wine, but keep your grand cru Champagnes in the chiller. This is a time to showcase your inexpensive bottles. READ MORE

13 Ways to Survive and Thrive as a Guest: A Guide to Holiday-Party Etiquette

Walking into a room full of festively dressed total strangers who will all stare at you and judge you mercilessly is really intimidating for many people. 'Tis the season of holiday parties, and invariably there will be the One: that one party where you know and adore the host but very few other guests, if any at all. Dreading a party is no one’s idea of a good time, so here are a few suggestions to help you through. READ MORE

Do You Need to Refrigerate Leftover Pie?

Should you find yourself with the exciting and rare predicament of having leftover pie, is it best to store it in the refrigerator? Well, that depends. READ MORE

4 Things You Can Do to Stay Healthy While Smashing the Holiday Buffet

We are knee-deep in the season of total gluttony. You can hear the dips calling your name, the cider and wine and eggnog and cookies and PIE! The PIE! Everything this season is covered in cheese and cream, and it is one giant conspiracy to get us to buy bigger sweaters. The naps alone this holiday season, yeesh. READ MORE

Everything You Ever Wondered About Dessert Custards

Dessert custards all share something in common: a silky texture and impossibly rich flavor. But what marks the difference between pot de crème and crème caramel, or pastry cream and pudding? The difference lies in four factors: the ratio of ingredients, the manner in which the custard is thickened, the method of cooking, and any additional components. READ MORE