When it comes to entertaining over the holidays, the key is keeping things simple and delicious. The best way to do that? By serving memorable one-bite finger foods. We're talking appetizers and desserts that pack plenty of flavor but require no utensils and no cleanup. Ahead, check out 25 of our favorite recipes that pair perfectly with bubbly, of course.
We're all about edible gifts this holiday season, but if you don't have the time to make them yourself, there's always the click of a button. Ahead, check out artisanal foodie finds that you can buy right this second. We love that each one is unique in its own right, making the perfect present. And the best part? They all ring in under $20!
Blue Chair Lemon and Pink Grapefruit Marmalade
Now this is a marmalade that packs plenty of punch. Blue Chair's lemon and grapefruit flavor ($12) is one of the company's most popular mixtures, and for plenty of reasons. Mixing cut lemon rinds mixed and chunky pieces of grapefruit, the treat makes for one sweet gift.
The Meadow Kauai Guava Smoked Salt
Any gift recipient can easily enhance the flavors of her favorite foods with a sprinkle of sea salt from the artisanal food company The Meadows. And we're betting most have never tried a guava salt ($10-$16) like this one, which gives off an unexpected smoky-sweet flavor.
Just Cook Herbed Coffee Rub
You read that right — this herbed rub ($10) is coffee flavored. She can sprinkle it onto any beef, chicken, or pork before cooking for a unique flavor that pops.
The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what better way to make merry than with a festive cocktail in hand? Whether you're busy whipping up edible gifts, exhausted from all that shopping, or hosting your own amazing holiday party, here are several wonderful wintry cocktails to help you get into the spirit. Cheers to the season!
Sure, an involved recipe that takes hours to prepare is the perfect chance to show off your cooking skills. But there's nothing better than a super simple recipe that yields just as noteworthy results. That's why we're taking a look back at our favorite recipes from the year that are so easy to make, any beginner could master them. Ahead, check out everything from breakfast to dessert recipes and everything in between!
This time of year is exciting for so many reasons, and looking back on our own popular recipes that you enjoyed is a very important one. This time around, we're counting down all the delicious dishes and drinks you shared on Pinterest throughout 2013. From simple meals to more involved concoctions, you loved it all! Check 'em out, and dont forget to follow us for more pin-worthy recipes all year long!
15. The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
You know the perfect chocolate chip cookie cake when you see it, and that's just what you'll get with this tried-and-true recipe. The secret here? A homemade brown sugar made with pure cane sugar and molasses that yields a melt-in-your-mouth treat. Just a warning: you'll crave it for weeks to come.
14. The Easiest Homemade Cronut
No one could resist this year's Cronut craze, so it's only natural that the hybrid took off on Pinterest. You can still make our take on the Cronut — aka the easiest recipe out there. Use vanilla pudding or fruit jellies as filling, and enjoy!
13. Satisfying Spiced Carrot Soup
Have you ever seen prettier carrot soup? We think not. Looks aside, this Middle Eastern spiced recipe with roasted chickpeas and tahini is all kinds of yummy. Creamy without using cream and topped with incredible garnishes, it's the sort of soup that deserves all your attention.
12. Olive Garden Lasagna Classico
What's the ultimate comfort food that's packed with layers of meat sauce, cheese, and tender noodles? Olive Garden's classic lasagna, that's what. Try out one of the restaurant's bestselling menu items. We promise the gooey, gratifying dish is surprisingly simple to make at home.
11. Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer
If we're going to be totally honest, we feel silly calling this baked goat cheese recipe a recipe because it's that easy. Essentially, all you need to do is cook the cheese in an oven-safe dish, serve with a fresh baguette or crostini, and ta-da! You've got the easiest delicious appetizer under the sun.
If you're anything like us, your entire day revolves around one thing and one thing only: food. It's the start to your day, the welcome break at work, and the cap to a great evening. So if there's anything to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it's the snacks, the sweets, and everything in between. Ahead, we're breaking down why we're grateful for the food that sustains us — in GIFs, of course.
Because Food Will Never Ever Judge You
Because It Gives You Something to Talk About When It Gets Awkward
Because It Tastes Good Morning, Day, or Night
Not everyone can pull off an ambitious Thanksgiving meal — maybe you don't have enough time, maybe you tried and failed, or maybe you're stranded in a new city solo. If any of these sound familiar, we've got your solution: restaurants that are open on Turkey Day. Ahead, find out which of your favorite chains will offer special Thanksgiving menus with all the fixins for you to gobble up.
- Applebee’s: Hours vary depending on the location, so contact the one closest to you to find out more. Many, however, are offering a holiday menu that includes a turkey dinner with stuffing and mashed potatoes.
- Bob Evans: From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., get your Thanksgiving fix by dining in or ordering takeout. The special menu features slow-roasted turkey and hickory-smoked ham.
- Boston Market: Hours vary by location, but the chain is open Thursday with items like the Thanksgiving Day Meal, which stars roasted turkey, cornbread, and pumpkin pie.
- Buca di Beppo: Give your Thanksgiving an Italian twist by eating at the famous chain starting at 11 a.m. Make reservations now and dine on dishes like turkey with gravy, green beans, and homemade spicy Italian sausage stuffing.
- Claim Jumper: Head to the chain, and expect a complete four-course Thanksgiving menu. Offerings like roasted turkey and apple pie promise not to disappoint.
- Golden Corrall: For $13, you get to feast on an entire Thanksgiving buffet. Choose from carved turkey, sliced turkey, cornbread stuffing, poultry gravy — the options are endless!
- Lone Star Steakhouse: A special edition of roasted turkey breast, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sause await at this all-American restaurant. Oh, and did we mention the pumpkin cheesecake?
- Mimi's Cafe: Eat in or take out — either way, you'll enjoy a French-inspired Thanksgiving meal replete with pumpkin bisque, cranberry relish, and pecan pie. Yum!
The good, the bad, and the yummy. That's probably an accurate description of cooking on Thanksgiving, right? The highs and lows are sometimes too much to take when you're in the kitchen for hours on end, but somehow it always turns out better than you thought. To mentally prepare for this year's extravaganza, have a laugh with these telling GIFs you can't help but relate to. Good luck come Nov. 28!
You Get Pumped Just Thinking About All the New Dishes You're Going to Cook
But Quickly Get Sucked Into a Pinterest/Recipe Black Hole
When Thanksgiving Morning Arrives, You've Got Your Special Playlist Ready
Sure, you've got Thanksgiving recipes that are never to be messed with (mom's secret gravy, for instance). But every now and then, we love the idea of chucking tradition for unique dishes that bring that wow factor to the table. Sides are a great way to do that, because, let's be real, sometimes mashed potatoes deserve an upgrade. Ahead, check out 10 of our favorites and incorporate them into your recipe arsenal this holiday!
Since it's not happening for another 78,000 years or so, it's no surprise that Thanksgivukkah will be a big deal come Nov. 28. And that means one thing: go big or go home. When it comes to coordinating the special dinner, there's no reason to hold back from menurkeys, Thanksgivukkah utensils, and more. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, after all. Shop our favorite picks now. Gobble tov!
Latkes! Turkey! Get guests excited for the big event with Thanksgivukkah invites ($15) that they won't want to turn down.
Happy Thanksgivukkah utensils? Yes, please. Get these festive forks and spoons ($10) that were made just for the once-in-a-lifetime event.
How perfect are these Thanksgivukkah dinner plates ($28 each) for a cheeky way to celebrate the holiday?
What's that, there's an eyeball stuck in your throat? Don't worry, that's totally normal this time of year. Before the kiddos come knocking, it's your job to stock up on chocolates and sweets and occasionally devour them yourself. But just know that it comes with consequences — very serious consequences special to the October holiday. Check out some of the best that have made it onto Twitter with the hashtag #Halloweencandyproblems, and remember: open those bags with caution.
Doomed is right.
Oh no. Candy bowl is officially out on the table. I'm doomed. #halloweenproblems
— Will Klose (@lonestarpoke) September 30, 2013
It could always be worse.
I have an eyeball stuck in my throat. #HalloweenCandyProblems
— Busy Mom (@Busymom) October 25, 2012
Bloated from the get-go.
"That looks snug. Are you bloated today?" -Esteem-boosting quotes from my costume fitting #HalloweenCandyProblems
— Tyler Brunsman (@TyBruns) November 2, 2011
Cooking a homemade meal is wonderful, but the resulting war zone of dirty dishes is not. That's why we turn to one-pot meals that minimize the mess. No, we're not talking about your run-of-the-mill kitchen sink stews; from nettle pasta to green eggs and ham, these aren't your usual dump-and-stir situations. Ahead, check out these delicious recipes that require only one dish — no soup included.
— Additional reporting by Camilla Salem
These crispy potatoes sandwiched with goat cheese from Running to the Kitchen taste exactly how they sound — decadent and delicious.
Crispy baked potatoes are stacked with goat cheese and chives for a fun side dish!
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog and then be sure to share your food photos via Savory Sights on POPSUGAR Social or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #savorysight.
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Great news, friends, it's National Vodka Day! That means no one will judge you for making all the vodka drinks your little heart desires. One of the purest and most popular spirits around, vodka is worth celebrating today and all weekend long. But before you do, take a minute to test your knowledge on the tipple with this oh-so-informative quiz. The world may never know whether the liquor originated in Russia or Poland, but you can still brush up on other fun facts. Cheers!
It's not Fall until you've eaten apple crisp. This weekend, warm up your oven and make a batch, or several batches, of this recipe from GraceDickinson.
Fall is here — and so begins the season of apple crisp recipes.
For more — and the recipe — visit her blog, and then be sure to share your food photos via Savory Sights on POPSUGAR Social or by starting your own blog. If you're on Instagram, then chime in on the conversation with the hashtag #SavorySight.
While Popeye may have preferred the canned stuff, we're all about fresh spinach recipes. The leafy green vegetable is actually more versatile than you'd think. Ever put spinach in your tacos? Probably not — until now. Ahead, check out some of our favorite and oh-so-savory green dishes.
What's another way to say "beer garden"? Try "magical place," especially if you ever make it to some of the most popular watering holes in the country. To get you on your way, we're bringing you seven of the most beautiful and beloved beer gardens on this side of the Atlantic. So just because you can't make it to the real Oktoberfest in Munich this year doesn't mean you can't get your party on, German style. Click on, and get that bucket list started. Jubel!
Guilty as charged. That's probably the only appropriate response to the question of whether you spend too much time in the kitchen. Whether you're trying out new recipes from the year's best cookbooks or learning from square one, kitchen hibernation is a real thing you can't escape. Click on, have a laugh, and don't forget about the real world once in a while!
Stop everything because the greatest day of the year is upon us. That's right — today is National Guacamole Day, and there's only one way to celebrate. Consider this roundup our ode to the creamy, tasty dip that has made our game days and picnics all the better. Click on for basic recipes, spicy spins, and everything in between. Did someone say "guacalicious"?