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Most decorations come down around December 31st, but we leave the tree up and the candles in the windows until the day after Epiphany.

Weigh In: When Do You Take Down the
Christmas Tree?

1/16/14 09:27 AM

I love these chocolate chip cookies from PPK http://www.theppk.com/2008/11/chocolate-chip-cookies/

Isa's new rosemary version is unique and perfect for the holidays: http://www.theppk.com/2013/10/rosemary-chocolate-chip-cookies-video/

Both are fantastic and huge hits at parties!

Suggestions for Cookie Recipes Without Milk, Eggs, or Soy? Good Questions
12/18/13 04:21 PM

We've had set after set of stainless, but we keep coming back to a giant set of Community Coronation silver plate purchased on eBay many years ago. We use it every day, so tarnishing isn't a problem. It's the perfect weight and looks brilliant on the table. Though it's just the two of us, we have about 20 place settings as we entertain a lot.

Maxwell's Flatware Picks: High & Low Best Flatware 2013
12/3/13 10:33 AM

1) You don't have to do everything - delegate. Putting someone else in charge of wine and/or pies helps a lot.

2) Do as much as you can now - shopping lists, schedules, freezing pie crusts, anything to lighten the load closer to the day.

3) Figure out your serving pieces and flatware. There is nothing more obnoxious than having to wash forks between the main event and dessert or scramble for a serving bowl at the last second.

4) Set the table early (I'm polishing the silver this weekend and plan to set the table the Tuesday before Thanksgiving)

5) You don't have to buy everything - borrow, borrow, borrow! We're having 18+ people this year and are borrowing chairs, tables, etc.

At the end of the day, it's just one dinner. Try to have fun and enjoy. Oh, and alcohol helps things enormously.

I'm Hosting My First Thanksgiving Ever! Tell Me What I Should Know Reader Intelligence Request
11/14/13 12:11 PM

Hi Elise! Congrats on beginning to consider making the switch to a vegetarian diet. That's so exciting! I transitioned to a vegetarian diet just before Thanksgiving three years ago. The first couple of holiday gatherings can be tough - but don't worry, it gets easier. I would first explain your new lifestyle to your hosts (be aware that a lot of people don't make the connection that stocks and broths aren't vegetarian) and explain that they don't need to change any of their current plans but that you just wanted to let them know - if you don't make a big deal about it, they won't either. You can then offer to bring a few vegetarian sides or even a vegetarian main dish to complement their existing menu plan. Just be aware that in most homes, oven space is at a premium and any menu additions that need to be reheated might cause stress. Crockpots are your friend here! Whole Foods also has great vegetarian Thanksgiving dinners for one that you could pick up and bring if you're close to a store. If you're bringing vegetarian dishes, my suggestion would be to bring something really accessible that won't stir up too much commentary (save the Tofurkey for down the road) - I'm really loving this wild rice dish right now, for example, and it can be served at room temperature: http://www.aspicyperspective.com/2012/10/black-and-orange-forbidden-rice-with-acorn-squash-and-pecans.html In the future as you become a more experienced vegetarian chef, you might also consider offering to cook with your hosts, which is a great way to share your new lifestyle with your family.

How Do I Enjoy a Vegetarian Thanksgiving Without Freaking Out My Family? Good Questions
11/12/13 09:44 AM

Oh goodness, these were a disaster for me tonight! I don't know what I did wrong! Anyone else tried the recipe so far?

No-Bake Recipe: Coconut Snowballs (Gluten-Free, Nut-Free & Vegan!) Recipes from The Kitchn
12/14/12 09:35 PM

I ordered from Fresh Direct about once a week when I lived in NYC. They had much higher quality products than my neighborhood grocery store in Astoria/LIC. Now that I have moved away from the city, I desperately miss the convenience and ease of online grocery shopping ! I had become rather addicted to Fresh Direct's easy website and ever-growing variety of products.

Ordering Groceries Online: Yay or Nay?
1/24/11 08:48 AM

There's also a Lodge factory store in Tennessee! I may be a little biased, but this Tennessean loves their products.

Online Store Review: Lodge Cast Iron Cookware | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
1/8/10 01:15 PM

Bought them a few weeks ago and am loving them! However, some doughs have worked out better than others. Does anyone have suggestions for a cookie recipe that would work well with such intricate cut-outs? Thank you for your help!

Easy, Pretty Cookies: Snowflake Cookie Cutters | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn
12/9/09 10:16 AM