The Secret Ingredient in DIY Three Musketeers? Hot Chocolate Mix

Editor’s note: Heather from Heather’s French Press has gradually been making homemade versions of all the chocolate bars in the candy aisle. Most recently, she celebrated her oldest son’s 13th birthday with her version of Three Musketeers, made with hot chocolate mix. --Jane ...more

Hearty Vegetable Soup to Fight the Winter Blues

Editor’s note: Many of us overindulge when we’re stressed, angry, or tired. What if, instead of wolfing down fatty comfort foods, we soothed ourselves with soul-nurturing whole foods. Michele from Cooking with Michele does just that with this hearty winter vegetable soup, which is full of good-for-you ingredients like barley, beans, and kale. --Jane ...more
This soup sounds and looks ...more

45 Shortcuts to a Fabulous Chicken Dinner

Editor’s note: Even though I love to cook, there are some nights when I just can’t muster up the energy to make dinner from scratch. For those nights, Laura from Family Spice has 45 suggestions on what to do with leftover or store-bought roast chicken, including recipes, like the Chicken Caesar Club Sandwich pictured here. -- Jane ...more

There Is Power in the Dark Side of Chicken

Editor’s note: Mike’s blog post for this recipe references two of my favorite things: Star Wars and chicken thighs. For this recipe, the Dad Cooks Dinner blogger adapted a recipe from California’s patron saint of local, seasonal cooking, Alice Waters, to the slow cooker.-- Jane ...more

Party-Perfect Antipasto Skewers

[Editor's Note: If you're still in search of easy-yet-elegant bites for a New Year's Eve party, look no further. You can mix and match the ingredients on these little bites depending on your taste and dietary preferences, and they're simple to make and tasty to eat! --Genie] ...more

Barbecue Chicken Bites

[Editor's Note: With just a few ingredients, these barbecue chicken bites are simple to assemble before a party. They're sure to disappear quickly, thanks to the magic combination of bacon and barbecue sauce! --Genie] ...more
Wow...mouth is watering!  What a great way to incorporate such a savory combination into a party ...more

Squash Stuffed with Macaroni and Cheese

[Editor's Note: This delicious and beautiful dish adds a boost of nutrition to standard macaroni and cheese. It's perfect either as a side or a vegetarian main, and it's adorably packaged in its acorn squash shell! --Genie] ...more

Slow Cooker Lentil Minestrone Soup

[Editor's Note: In the wake of this busy season, I'm looking for quick dinners that have slow-cooked flavor. This lentil minestrone is perfect for that—add bread and a salad, and dinner's done! Plus, most of the (speedy) work is done in the morning when you throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker to simmer all day. --Genie] Lentil Minestrone Soup Recipe ...more

Love Eggnog? Try Pumpkin Eggnog Bread!

[Editor's Note: This recipe is perfect for breakfast on Christmas morning: It's rich and decadent and infused with all the flavors of the season. Bake up a batch while opening presents, and everyone will be delighted! -Genie] ...more

The Light and Refreshing Skinny DragonBerry Rum Twist

[Editor's Note: If you're looking for a cocktail that clocks in at fewer calories, this is a great choice. It's fruity and refreshing, but light, as well. It's a great option for a holiday gathering! --Genie]...more
No alcohol for me, but I might go for a bit of eggnog with a touch of nutmeg.more