Weekly Wrap-Up (12/4-12/10)

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In case you missed them, we’ve compiled our favorite blog posts of the week all in one place so you can read, get inspired — and cook!



Holiday Entertaining Guide
The holidays are our favorite time to gather friends and family together for a festive occasion — small or large, casual or elegant. Get started with this all-inclusive guide, featuring our best hosting tips and favorite seasonal menus.
Hanukkah with South American Sabor
Jews around the world enjoy a variety of sizzling delicacies during the eight days of Hanukkah. These recipes were inspired by colorful and delicious South American ingredients. 







Holiday Eggnog: Not Just for Sipping
Did you know that eggnog is not only a delicious drink but an excellent ingredient in baked goods? Simply use it in place of cream or milk in a recipe and voila! Here are a few great examples of eggnog desserts.
St. Nick’s DIY Holiday Magic
St. Nicholas was legendary for his generosity. Making a special gift and delivering it in secret is a great way recapture the magic of giving for the sheer joy of it. Use these step-by-step tips for being St. Nick anytime you like. 





Jalapeno, Sage and Orange Roasted Turkey
Learn what our Willie Bird turkey giveaway winner did with his prize — and see the succulent results.
Nate’s Christmas Pancakes
See the festive breakfast recipe invented and submitted to us by a 10-year-old boy named Nate. They were a big hit in our test kitchen!
Host a Chocolate Dessert Making Brunch
We’re all invited to countless cookie exchanges during the holidays. Instead of cookies, this year invite your friends and neighbors over to tackle the dessert making task as a team and to celebrate chocolate — host a pre-holiday dessert making brunch.
Cooking in a Food Truck
Building construction this fall moved our test kitchen to a temporary food truck on the rooftop parking deck. The short stint was fun but challenging, as our test kitchen cook Sandra explains.
5 New Ways with Game Day Chili
Next game day, treat friends and family to one of these top-rated variations on classic chili. Or better yet, invite everyone into the kitchen for a chili cook-off and see which one wins the flavor test!
Not Your Mom’s Cookie Exchange
Read how one entertaining pro started a holiday tradition among her friends, bringing back the old fashioned idea of a cookie exchange.

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