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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.


Cooking just the right amount of mashed potatoes for the number of mouths you have to feed can be quite the challenge. If you end up with too much, how can you keep them from going to waste?

Long the staple of college students, ramen has gone upscale. It can be used in all kinds of salads, entrees, even desserts. We'll showcase five recipes.

Avocados have become popular in the last few years, and these five uses are just a start to all of the creative ways you can enjoy their creamy goodness.

Zucchini is incredibly versatile, easy to cook and packs a big nutrition punch. Here are five tasty ways to serve up this veggie.

What if you're having company over for dinner, and a couple of the guests are vegetarians? Will you be able to serve a veggie meal that pleases the whole crowd? We'll help you out.

Freezing fresh produce and your home-cooked leftovers is where you get a real bang for your grocery buck. By strategically utilizing your freezer, you'll likely save money, waste less food and eat more healthfully.

It seems like the dollar menu at your local drive-through would be cheaper than shopping for groceries and cooking at home. But is it?

People choose vegetarianism for many reasons: animal rights, religious beliefs, health. But what about skipping meat to save money? Does vegetarianism save?

Healthy food choices are often expensive, and rising food prices are discouraging people from eating right. But it's possible to eat well on a budget. Try these shopping tips to get through the supermarket with better selections in your cart.

Eating organic has numerous benefits -- and one major drawback: the price. But it could be cheaper than you think to incorporate organic foods into your diet.

Proteins are essential to your diet but can wreak havoc on your wallet. But if you know what to buy and how to pair them up, buying proteins can cost less than you think.

You want to throw a dinner party for five, but how do you do it without blowing your budget? We have some tips on how to do so affordably.

Why buy tomatoes when you can grow your own from the ground up? Find out how easy tomato seeds are to harvest, save and plant in your own garden!

Slow cookers are an amazing tool to have in your kitchen. You can impress your guests and your family with your mad cooking skills, with very little work involved.

Don't let your leftover vegetables rot in the fridge. With a little creativity, you can use them for every meal of the day.

Leftover tomato juice is a mecca of flavoring options just waiting to be tapped into. Don't drain that flavor goodness down your sink; get creative and spice up your meal.

Anyone can host guests for a meal and have an enjoyable time. Come up with a theme, call it a dinner party and viola; you're a hit. Here are 10 ideas to consider.

Dinner parties can be a fun way to show off your culinary chops, but don't exclude your guests from demonstrating their techniques. These cooking games will have you and your friends chopping, mixing and laughing in no time flat.

Dinner parties are a time to gather friends for good conversation, food and wine. And no party would be complete without a killer table setting.

Why not show just what a truly gracious host or hostess you are by presenting your dinner guests with a gift? Here are some fun suggestions your company will remember long after the meal.

Who wants to throw a dinner party with the same old blase dishes? Spice up the night Italian-style with wine, pasta and cheese!

If you want to bring a little South of the Border to your next dinner party, we've five fun ideas to make it happen. Can you say "Ole"?

Put down the hot dog buns and be a little more creative when you think about inviting friends to dine al fresco.

Bring your guests back to the happy days of the nifty '50s with all the boss food, drink, tunes and style that the decade has to offer. We'll show you how with these five tips.

Are you looking for something simple and delicious to serve your guests before your dinner party kicks into high gear? We've got some easy appetizer ideas right here.