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The Holiday Channel will get the ideas flowing for holidays filled with creative and delicious meals. Scare your friends with spooky treats and deck the halls with aromatic flavors of cinnamon and spice.

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Bringing a 15-pound bird into your house and cooking it for a high-pressure feast can be a recipe for disaster. What are some tips to avoid catastrophe?

By Jessika Toothman

One of the most highly anticipated holiday traditions in many households is the making and baking of Christmas cookies. From holiday-themed sugar cookies, to other goodies like seven-layer bars, these decadent treats are consumed gleefully.

By Emilie Sennebogen

A merry holiday season for most people includes indulging in baked goods and traditional recipes with all the trimmings. If you're on a gluten-free diet, though, enjoying holiday fare can be a bit more challenging.

By Sara Elliott

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The man in the moon has nothing on the gingerbread man, that jolly brown fellow who still manages to delight children of all ages. Whether he's taking up residence in a cookie tin or on the Christmas tree, gingerbread men are a holiday favorite.

By Sara Elliott

Ginger, cinnamon, cloves and molasses are what give gingerbread its unique flavor. And the fact that it hardens to the consistency of a graham cracker makes it ideal for crafty projects for the family, like building a gingerbread house.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Each culture has its own holidays, traditions and celebrations. And with each of these comes a unique menu to ward off spirits, pay homage to ancestors or bring good luck.

By Kathy Price-Robinson

China, linens and silver are commonly brought out and dusted off for special meals during the holiday season. Show your goods off the right way and pay special attention to them, so they can make a successful holiday debut.

By Emilie Sennebogen

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We serve them, eat them and give them away as gifts. What could be yummier than a decorative tin or platter of chewy, nutty, frosted or crunchy cookies as a holiday gift? Why, lots more cookies, of course!

By Sara Elliott

Some dishes we only eat once a year on the appropriate holiday, which makes then even more dear to our hearts. How did these foods become tied to certain occasions?

By Debra Ronca

Unless you entertain all the time, hosting a get-together can be intimidating. But because there's no specific time for dining and other activities, an open house is a casual approach to having people over.

By Sara Elliott

When the weather is frigid and you've got a million holiday parties to attend, who has time to go to the gym? You'll have to find other ways to get moving and burning up those holiday calories.

By Sarah Winkler

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The cornucopia, or the horn of plenty, is a common centerpiece displayed on the Thanksgiving table. Our cornucopia album will awe and inspire you to create your own traditional piece of holiday harvest d├ęcor.

Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy the company of family and friends and to express gratitude for the year's accomplishments. Don't let the after-dinner dishes put a damper on your holiday.

By Heather Kolich

Bring the holiday down to their size with familiar favorites and kid-sized versions of traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

By Heather Kolich

Instead of simply reheating your leftovers for a second Thanksgiving dinner, getting creative can turn your leftovers into new family favorites.

By Jessica Brown

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As you sit post-holiday meal, slumped in your chair all bloated and listless, the only words running through your head are, "Why did I eat so much?" But food comas are just another in the long list of holiday traditions.

By Emilie Sennebogen

The holiday season is all about excess. But in this financial climate, simple meals and decor can seem tastefully elegant instead of Dickensian. This year, it's de rigueur to forgo the fancy spread and get back to basics.

By Candace Keener

From sugar-laden cookies to beverages that can carry half a day's worth of fat and cholesterol in one glass, the holidays are full of opportunities to make poor nutritional choices. So, how can you avoid them?

By Sara Elliott

The turkey may be the central figure on the Thanksgiving table, but there are plenty of side items that outdo the cooked bird. In fact, who really needs that bird at all?

By Debra Ronca

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Harvest rituals can be found around the world, in almost every culture. They're used to give thanks and appease the gods for a bountiful growing season. But how do they vary from place to place?

By Emilie Sennebogen

These recipes taste good, but they look disgusting. If you're clever, you'll have your Halloween party guests eating everything from cockroaches to kitty litter with these 10 scary recipes.

By Debra Ronca

Everything feels grosser when you're blindfolded and there's scary music playing. Besides peeled grapes, Jell-O and cold spaghetti, what slimy foods creep people out on Halloween?

By Debra Ronca

Let's say you're hosting a Halloween party, and you're dressing up as a witch. Wouldn't your costume be so much more convincing if it were paired with a gurgling kettle? Of course it would.

By Debra Ronca

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You might associate bats with Halloween and spooky caves, but in some cultures around the world, the word "bat" conjures up images of a deep-fryer. Where do you find bat on the menu? And is it safe to eat?

By Cristen Conger

You could say that Halloween is the kickoff to the holiday bingeing season. Loading up on chocolate bars and sugary lollipops doesn't do your body any favors, but these 10 treats will nourish it.

By Victoria Vogt