Holiday Dinner Survival Guide: 10 Tips for Your Feast

I get the jitters before hosting almost any gathering, but with all the build-up to the holidays, it feels like the stakes are even higher than usual.

To keep it in perspective, I try to remember what’s most important: being with family and friends and appreciating our blessings.  But when hosting a crowd, there’s a lot of work to be done!  

Here are the 10 strategies I’ve devised for making holiday entertaining easier on us, while still indulging our guests. I call it my Holiday Dinner

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5 Ways to Reduce Your Food Waste and Save Money

Have you ever wondered how you can reduce your food waste and save money? It’s something that’s been on my mind a lot lately…

Do you ever open your refrigerator at the end of the week and feel your mood going sour when you see how much food you’ll be throwing away?

Here’s how I try to keep my mood – and food – from souring. Each weekend, I:

Check our calendar to see how many meals we’ll be home for Check the fridge to see what I need to use up Plan our meals, make a grocery list, and

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Let’s Start a New Trend Before the Holidays: National Clean Out the Freezer and Pantry Week!

Do you ever wonder how long your family could survive—or at least eat reasonably well—with the food you already have in the house?

Since the holidays are usually a time of much cooking, entertaining, and giving and receiving edible gifts, I think it makes sense to do a little kitchen clean out before all the mayhem (I mean fun…) begins next week. Then we can all start fresh in our kitchens for the holidays. 

So let’s start a new trend, shall we? National Clean Out the Freezer and

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6 Ways to Ruin Family Dinner

There are some tried-and-true ways to ruin family dinner (and ways to avoid it, too). Here’s my list of 6…and a call for your input!

Is family dinner really a silver bullet? We’ve all read, or at least heard about, the correlation between family dinners and improved physical and emotional health of our kids, better grades and social skills, and avoidance or delay in risky behavior like drugs, alcohol and early sexual activity.

But if your daughter flees the table in tears during an argument,

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Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition: Whipped Butternut Squash

This whipped butternut squash could be the next big hit at your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the flavor of fall, and the creamy goodness goes well with any number of main dishes…or all by itself!

Prep + Cook: 30 minutes

8 Servings

Ingredients: 1 – 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced, (some markets sell it already peeled and chopped) 1 Tbsp. butter 3 – 4 Tbsp. pure maple syrup, to taste 1/4 tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds, or use chopped toasted

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