- Go metallic with the Nate Berkus holiday collection for Target — Home
- Get snuggly wuggly in these cozy finds! — Fashion
- Shop Oprah's top tech picks for the holidays — Tech
- Power up your Paleo breakfast with eggs baked in avocado — Fitness
- Embrace the Christmas spirit with Gwenyth Paltrow — Celebrity & News
- Reshape your nose without surgery — Beauty
- Laugh at the unbelievable names of these failed businesses — Smart Living
- Answer these 5 questions for a foolproof Thanksgiving — Food
- Find out if someone is about to die on Once Upon a Time — Entertainment
- Write your novel for these 5 reasons — Love & Sex
- Help your kids complete chores with convenient apps — Moms
- Video: Heat up your home workout with 3 DVDs we love — Fitness
Thanksgiving Day means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and family bickering, right? While many stick to this tried-and-true formula, nearly every family has a story behind a prized (and sometimes unconventional) tradition, so we asked around our office to find out how our POPSUGAR family celebrates the big day.
Some are a bit wacky (a murder mystery party) while others are just heartwarming (dishing up the same traditional Southern meal year after year). Who knows, you might even glean a tradition to take to your family's table this year.
Every year at the New York City Wine & Food Festival, there's at least one thing we absolutely have to come home and hack. Last year it was the Chipotle chili, and this year, it's undoubtedly the Garden Variety Margarita developed by mixologist Jason Mendenhall of The Wayland.
Consisting of blanco tequila, lime juice, agave, ginger and kale juices, and a smoked chili salt rim, this green juice margarita makes kale juice extremely palatable. The tequila tones down and complements the bitter-spicy flavors of the kale and ginger, and the chili salt . . . well, let's just say you may find yourself licking the smoky blend clean off the glass. Salud to beginning and ending the day with green juice!
There’s nothing like the warm, fuzzy feeling you get when passing out gifts to the ones you love. Except maybe the incredible, thrilling rush that comes from scoring those gifts during the most invigorating shopping season of all!
This year, our friends at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods are giving you more reasons than ever to celebrate your holiday shopping victories — by creating a series of fun and inspiring gifting “missions” that you can tackle weekly for a new chance to win!
Readers as well as our favorite lifestyle bloggers will be invited to participate in five missions across T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores, then simply share their experience via Twitter using the hashtag #TheGifter. Each week, one winner will be chosen to receive a $500 gift card! You can also visit #TheGifter holiday gifting hub to explore an ever-evolving gallery of amazing gifts at amazing values — check back often for fresh inspiration and fun ideas.
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When it comes to planning an epic undertaking like Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get bogged down in the details. While it's great to bookmark recipes that catch your eye along the way or gravitate toward longtime family favorites, it's important to consider the larger picture, as well. Keep these basic ideas in mind when planning your Turkey Day.
How many guests do you expect?
This number dictates how large a turkey to buy, how many sides to make (and whether any need to be doubled), the amount of alcohol to purchase, and how many place settings and chairs to plan for. Also, consider whether or not you'd like ample leftovers or if you can do without. If children will be present, a good rule of thumb is to consider their appetite as half that of an adult's.
How formal a meal do you want?
Will you and yours be dressed to the nines, eating off of fine china, or is a down-home buffet more your speed? Consider whether a potluck affair or asking guests to bring a bottle of wine or other necessities will ease the burden as well. Not only does the formality of the meal set the tone for place settings and decor, but it also may dictate the dishes you'll prepare.
It's a sign of the times that Alex Stupak, chef and owner of Empellón Cocina and Empellón Taqueria, became a Food & Wine Best New Chef this year for New York restaurants, which feature a modern twist on Mexican cuisine. A few years ago, a simple margarita and fresh salsa were scarcely found; now, thanks to Empellón, people can drink a killer, smoky agave old fashioned. The flight of seven salsas, made from various chili peppers and nuts, will make you wonder why you've ever pigged out on the classic red stuff instead.
But wait for dessert: the tart passion fruit curd with little, toasted marshmallow dollops and crumbled cookies is quite possibly the happiest ending to a meal you'll ever have. That's thanks to his wife, Lauren Resler, the pastry chef and coowner of their empire. "We are 50/50 partners of Empellón. I couldn't do it without her," he affirms. But the couple is not done yet: a third restaurant is in the works, and there are high hopes to write a cookbook. We spoke to chef Stupak about the importance of salsa, using seasonal produce, and why Mexican will be the next gourmet cuisine.
POPSUGAR Food: What will be the next big movement in Mexican cuisine?
If you've ever been puzzled by your capacity to devour a bag of chocolate-covered pretzels, then you're in good company. Sweet, salty, and oh-so-delightfully crunchable, this indulgent snack is pretty hard to beat when done right. But is Snyder's limited-edition line of Pretzel Dips ($4 each) up to snuff? Keep reading to find out.
- An in-depth look at Charlie Trotter's influence and achievements — Grub Street
- Good riddance, trans fats — Zagat
- A sweet and seasonal way to get your sriracha fix — Delish
- Behold: the Thanksgivukkah donut — Eater
- Upgrade your omelet game — America's Test Kitchen Feed
- Did your favorite fictional bar make this list? — HuffPost Taste
- A classic Thanksgiving dessert made raw and vegan — Food52
- Why sitting at the bar may be your best dining bet — Yahoo! Shine
Being bogged down with a stream of adjectives and bizarre flavor comparisons doesn't help sell a wine's deliciousness. That's why when we popped the corks to every Pinot Noir we had in house, we wanted to keep things simple — only the seven best and only a seven-word description of each wine. Forget the fruity. Begone, body talk. Cheers to seven words so you can stop reading and start wine drinking!
2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir
Popcorn and fatty foods benefit from campfire-like 2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir ($9).
2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir
Inducing happy beach dancing, 2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir ($15) embodies coastal minerality.