Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here¿s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.View Video
In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
For a delicious Christmas dinner, rely on fresh, seasonal, locally grown ingredients. Here, Michel Nischan, a James Beard award-winning chef and Connecticut restaurateur, shares his favorite recipes. Try them all -- or incorporate a few into your traditional holiday meal.
This hearty side dish features rutabaga, two kinds of potatoes, and parsnips with a medley of fresh herbs and leeks. Winter leeks are stronger in flavor and texture than summer leeks -- but any variety from your supermarket will work.
This quick and easy side dish takes just 30 minutes to make -- and it requires only five ingredients. Toasting the garlic makes it sharp and flavorful.
This rich and creamy side dish is versatile: You can combine the roasted chestnuts with pumpkin or your favorite variety of squash. For an extra layer of decadence, top it with homemade molasses cream (see recipe).
With its chewy bread base and fruit-cheese topper, this luscious tart is ideal to serve between the main course and dessert in place of the traditional cheese course.
This moist cake has a slightly nutty flavor from almond flour and a pleasantly herbaceous lemon-like flavor from Vanilla Bean-Verbena Sugar. After baking, it's cut into slices, buttered, and fried just until toasty-crisp.