Whole Wheat Anise Cookies

We have a holiday party every December for our friends and neighbors. I make (too many) hors d’oeuvres, we served mulled wine for the grownups and hot cider for the kids, the grownups chat and the kids go wild, and everyone brings cookies. Holding the party as a cookie exchange is a fun way to let everyone bring something, the kids love a tableful of cookies, and I get to discover new cookie recipes every year ....more

Five Ways to Decorate Your Home For the Holidays

I’m someone who LOVES Christmas decorations. ...more

The Great American Milk Drive: Giving Santa’s Milk to Someone Who Needs It

I love having a Christmas season that’s full of magic for my kids. We decorate the tree, bake cookies, wrap packages, throw parties. But the sense of festivity and abundance can go overboard ....more

Easy Party Appetizer – Fig and Olive Tapenade

‘Tis the season for holiday parties – both hosting and guesting. ...more

Almond Brittle Christmas Cookie Recipe

These almond brittle cookies, from Classic Home Desserts, are a great addition to any Christmas cookie plate. ...more

The 2014 Domestic Front Gift Guide PLUS WIN an AeroGarden 3SL! (Giveaway)

OK, Thanksgiving is the day after tomorrow. ...more

Turkey Day Cocktail

We’ve talked about the turkey, we’ve discussed the stuffing, we’ve offered how-to’s on hosting, but now let’s turn our attention to a key element of your Thanksgiving dinner: cocktails! This cocktail, which I have dubbed “Turkey Day” (because why not?) combines traditional elements of a Thanksgiving dinner – turkey (bourbon), sage, cranberry, and just a little bitterness for a complex and not too sweet drink you’ll be drinking all fall and winter. Maybe because I’m the WASPiest of WASPs, but I really think that no family gathering is complete without a dose of alcohol ....more

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Hazelnut Romesco

I have a confession to make. ...more

Date Pecan Pie

My father was a particular man, especially when it came to holidays. Christmas breakfast was ALWAYS pancakes and gravy. Fried chicken was essential on Easter ....more

The first

The first Thanksgiving dinner I was responsible for was during my junior year of college. ...more