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From setting the table to serving the meal, we've got all the bases covered. Check out the articles in this section for tips and tricks to help you create the perfect menu for any occasion.


Tired of those same old sugar cookies pressed into the same old snowman shape? Why not do some old-school baking this year? As in Sumerian old school.

Thanksgiving Day is No. 1 for cooking fire accidents, and turkey fryers are a big part of the problem. Here's why, scientifically speaking.

An OpenTable survey found the 25 terms that most confound American diners.

Your food might look perfectly fine on the plate, but silent ingredients — packaging chemicals — probably have seeped into it during storage. How do these substances affect your food?

Kids are more likely to eat food they've helped to prepare. And they love pizza and pasta. With that in mind, we've come up with five Italian-inspired dishes that even the littlest ones can have a hand in making.

Panna cotta may seem like a fancy dessert, but it's actually quite simple to make. And with these five tips, your Italian desserts will come out just right -- every time.

Crafting your own frozen treats at home isn't rocket science. (Rocket science isn't nearly so delicious.) Here are five tips to help you sail through gelato making.

They're both delicious, creamy, cold desserts, but are ice cream and gelato really different from each other? Get the scoop on what separates these frozen treats.

It's a flaky pastry tube with a creamy delicious filling. But what's that filling supposed to be made of, and is there room to experiment?

Need some inspiration for your next Thanksgiving spread? Check out our photos and recipes of the most popular holiday meal mainstays.

Here is a delightful dish for a Fall harvest dinner party; Jim Deliman's carrot saffron soup recipe. Learn how to make Jim Deliman's carrot saffron soup.

We have four great ideas for entertaining with a Fall harvest winery dinner party. Learn our 4 Fall harvest winery dinner party ideas here.

In order to have a party, you first need to invite some guests. Here is a great way to personalize and hand-deliver your dinner party invitations.

Salads have come a long way from simple greens and dressing. We've got 5 recipes that definitely aren't your grandmother's salads.

Thanksgiving is just as much about the sides as it is about the turkey, but many of the traditional holiday favorites are less than popular. Save yourself from ample amounts of unwanted leftovers by nixing these sides from your Turkey Day table.

Feuding family members, an overcrowded house and the pressure of preparing a multicourse meal can lead to conflicts on Thanksgiving. Instead of dreading the holidays, try these tips to head off Turkey Day drama before it happens.

Thanksgiving is normally a holiday filled with numerous guests, ample amounts of food and more than a little family drama. But when there's just two of you on Turkey Day, you have to plan things a little differently.

Turkey and stuffing are delicious traditional Thanksgiving dishes, but sometimes it's refreshing to vary the requisite menu to include international fare.

This fall, don't just carve your pumpkin, cook it and puree it to get that homemade pumpkin flavor in your favorite fall dish.

From trick or treat candy bar cupcakes to Greek stuffing, the Holiday Hostesses have you covered with their delicious holiday recipes.

Some recipes are easy to improvise, while others require an exact set of ingredients to turn out. But sometimes you don't have the funds to include that one ridiculously overpriced additive. Don't worry; we have the alternatives you're looking for.

Quick, which is the best deal on the menu: the roast chicken, the Caesar salad or the filet mignon? The answer might surprise you.

If you think beans are just a side dish, you don't know beans! Try some of these ideas for incorporating nutritious, quick-fixing canned beans into everything from party dips to desserts.

To make the most of your food budget, you have to be a strategic shopper and a careful cook. Here are 10 steps you can take, both in the supermarket and in your kitchen, that are guaranteed to whittle down your grocery bills.

Every pantry needs a stock of staple ingredients on hand for dinner, and these 10 won't hurt your purse strings too much.