The holiday is a time for festive lights, edible gifts, seasonal music, and, of course, fabulous parties. This time of year, it's impossible to know who may stop by my apartment on the way home from Christmas shopping or before a spirited Saturday on the town, so have the provisions on hand to throw together a quick, snackable spread. Here are 10 ingredients essential to hosting an impromptu evening of holiday entertaining.
We love a challenge (who doesn’t?), so we tackled the ultimate in decadent desserts—chocolate mousse. We knew we had our work cut out for us to lighten up this rich classic.
Here’s what we found: Three chocolates are better than one when trying to save on fat and calories. Semisweet chocolate adds rich chocolate flavor and creaminess, while Dutch-processed cocoa lends intense chocolate flavor. The white chocolate chips add creamy sweetness.
Instead of folding in whipped cream, as traditional recipes do, our recipe relies on fat-free Italian meringue made by beating hot sugar syrup into whipped egg whites for a mousse with a billowy, thick texture. Italian meringue is made with sugar syrup, rather than sugar, and is thus more stable. It lends a creamy lushness to desserts without any added fat.
Since holiday entertaining starts now and lasts well into the new year, why not make the most of it? To get your money's worth out of each place setting, we found four key elements suitable for any occasion. From the centerpiece to the table linens, here is what you need to host an array of seasonal dinners now and later!
DinnerwareNow: To incorporate color, leave your white dishes alone, and opt for this olive place setting ($385, originally $428). It's great for both rustic and more formal tablescapes too.
Later: No need to put this dishware away after Thanksgiving. Pair with red linens and a few poinsettias for a seasonal dinner that is sure to impress.
CenterpieceNow: While a centerpiece is key to any occasion, it can get pricey. Keep it affordable by purchasing these glass hurricanes ($29-$59) that look stunning filled with Fall foliage.
Later: Gold can do no wrong, especially in December. Set a cozy scene during dinner by adding candles to create a soft glow around the room.
FlatwareNow: Holiday entertaining doesn't just call for any ordinary flatware. For a special touch to Fall feasts, bust out the gold flatware ($42-$170). It looks great against Autumn tones and will really make your place setting stand out.
Later: Gold flatware for holiday entertaining adds a glamorous touch that is right on trend. It's a great option if you're looking for a standout piece to pair with holiday colors like reds and greens.
LinensNow: Linens like this burlap table runner ($15) are a great way to bring texture to a table, especially when layered over a patterned tablecloth.
Later: Use this runner during the Winter by styling it with pinecones and branches for a natural setting.
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- A square meal: Make a plate with all the fixings for your four-legged friend. Chopped turkey without bones, stuffing, and mashed sweet potatoes are safe for your dog to eat. And if your pup enjoys the tart flavor of cranberries, toss a spoonful in the doggy dish, too.
- Doggie gobblers: You can also use leftover turkey to mix together treats, which are perfect as a meal or snack. Combine six ounces of cooked and chopped turkey with one cup mashed potatoes, one cup cooked carrots, two cups oats, and one large egg and blend until smooth. Lightly grease a muffin tin, spoon the mixture into cups, and bake for 40 to 45 minutes in a 350°F oven.
The Thanksgiving celebrations may be over, but stars are still taking to Instagram to share glimpses of their festive celebrations. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West hung out with their "family" on the road, while Mya hit the gym after her big meal. Cacee Cobb and Donald Faison wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving with their son, Rocco, and Laguna Beach stars Lo Bosworth and Stephen Colletti traveled back to their hometown to enjoy a meal with a view of the Pacific Ocean. Keep clicking to see how the stars celebrated Thanksgiving this year!
While the rest of us were chowing down on some turkey on Thanksgiving Day, Selena Gomez was sizzling on the football field. She styled her chestnut hair in a curled half-updo during her halftime performance, while the Oakland Raiders played the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Thanksgiving Day matchup. Her makeup kept with the day's theme, as she opted for a cranberry cat eye. Black nail polish finished the look. Are you a fan of Selena's Thanksgiving Day style?
Thanksgiving means time for family, friends, turkey, and the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The balloons were out in full force in NYC on Thursday, despite strong winds threatening to put a damper on the fun tradition. Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants, and, yes, even Santa made it out for the march throughout the Big Apple, while stars like Jimmy Fallon took a break from their own holiday activities to wave at fans from their floats. Keep clicking to see the best photos from the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Still full from an indulgent Thanksgiving feast? After a recent run of rich dishes, a little cleanse may be in order. Here are seven healthy and humble dinner ideas — one for each day this week — that are light on the waistline but still packed with flavor.
We're happily indulging in all the epicurean celebrations of Thanksgiving, but we also are being realistic about it — on the holiday, most people are prone to eating too much or indulging more than they meant to. But the day after the big meal is a chance to start fresh, so read on for our tips on how to detox after your Thanksgiving feast.
- Yoga for digestion: You don't even have to wait for the next day to get a start on detoxing. Do these yoga poses for digestion after you wake up from your food coma or the next morning to keep everything running smoothly. Even better, go for a run the morning after Thanksgiving: cardio is a great way to detox.
- Start with a green juice: Many Thanksgiving feasts are full of fat, salt, or sugar, so resetting your taste buds is a good thing to do once Thanksgiving is over. Blend a batch of this detoxifying green juice to naturally flush toxins from your body while also training your taste buds from craving sugar and fat.
- Don't redo the feast: Thanksgiving day's decadent tablescape is Friday's overstuffed fridge. Just because you have a kitchen full of leftovers doesn't mean you should redo that heaping plate of food you made yesterday. Stick to small, reasonable meals instead, and go back to your normal healthy-eating schedule as much as possible (i.e., not going for your second piece of pie) to make detoxing a reality.
- Stock up on detox foods: Fridge space may be lacking, but make some room for foods like dark leafy greens, beets, and whole grains to help aid in detoxing. Get our list of 10 detoxing foods you should eat here.
- Eat soup: Don't relive that overly stuffed feeling from Thanksgiving. Keep yourself satiated without the bloat with a brothy low-sodium soup. These detox soup recipes are packed with antioxidant-rich veggies.