The Best Baking Tips We've Ever Published

It's time to polish that Best Baker on the Block trophy, because these no-fail tips will take your baking to the next level.

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Bloody Mary Recipes

Whip up an amazing Bloody Mary recipe from our wide selection of beverages featuring variations made with vodka, tequila, and even beer. Plus, we throw in ideas for unique drink garnishes, along with our best tips for hosting a cocktail party. Cheers!

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All-Time Favorite Christmas Cookies

It's simple: These very merry Christmas cookie recipes are favorites that you'll want to save, hand down, and make again and again. We've got all the classics, including sugar cookie recipes, Christmas spritz cookies, and spiced gingerbread recipes. Try one of our cookie recipes to share this Christmas!

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60-Minute (and Under) Dinner Rolls

One of the most time-consuming parts of any holiday meal: making the dinner rolls. With the time it takes to prepare the dough, wait for it to rise, and bake, traditional dinner roll recipes can be an all-day affair! Making dinner rolls doesn't have to take all day, though. Whether you make them from scratch or start with a little extra help, you can make delicious dinner rolls in just one hour. So, make preparing your holiday dinner a little easier with these eight quick dinner roll recipes that are all ready in 60 minutes or less!

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Snowman Jars You Can Make in Bulk for Christmas Gifting

Add a frosty flare to your mason jars with this holiday craft that you can make for anyone on your gift list.

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Menu Planning Basics

These guidelines will help you create balanced and harmonious menus whether you're making an everyday meal or a formal dinner.

  • Combine interesting and complementary flavors, colors, and textures. Consider how flavors will work together; usually, one highly seasoned food is enough and can be rounded out by milder accompaniments (chili served with cornbread, for example). Think about how the colors and shapes of foods work together (fish, mashed potatoes, and parsnips seem dull in comparison to fish, a crisp green salad, and a wild rice pilaf mix). Think about temperature and texture too -- serving foods that are soft and crisp or cold and hot alongside each other will make meals more lively and varied.
  • Use the Food Guide Pyramid and the ABCs of good nutrition to help you plan how to eat healthfully.
  • One starchy dish (potatoes, rice, pasta, beans, or corn) is plenty with most meals. Bread can be served in addition to the one starchy dish.
  • Balance the courses: Alternate rich, highly flavored foods with simple, fresh items. For example, if you serve a rich, cheesy lasagna, dessert should be light and refreshing -- perhaps a lemon sorbet with sugar cookies. Also avoid repeating flavors; even when two recipes aren't served at the same time, consider how each dish will add character to the meal.

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