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Read More »from The Ultimate No-Bake Holiday Pie
If you don't feel like turning on the oven for an hour or so the day before Thanksgiving, try this rich chocolate dessert, capped with fresh whipped cream. The filling is no-bake, and the simple pat-in-the-pan cookie crust requires just 10 minutes in the oven. Top with homemade Caramel Sauce or use your favorite store-bought brand.
8 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups (about 5 ounces) finely crushed chocolate wafer cookies
2 tablespoons Cognac
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
4 large egg yolks
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 cup (plus 2 tablespoons) whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 Batch Homemade Caramel Sauce
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1. Make the crust: Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir the crushed cookie crumbs, melted butter, and Cognac in a medium-size bowl. Press the crumb
Whether you're traveling for the holidays or staying at home, these thoughtful gifts will delight your favorite hostess and make entertaining just a little easier.
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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.Read More »from Gifts for the Hostess
- Country Living | Author Blog Posts – Fri, Nov 14, 2008 6:47 PM EST
One of the great things about the holidays is spending time with friends and family that we don't always get to see. But finding the extra space for overnight guests can be a challenge. Before you call a contractor, reconsider the rooms you already have. A home office or den can transform into stylish guest accommodations with just a few simple modifications.
- Choose a soft, neutral color palette that's conducive to sleep and relaxation. (Here we used soft blue and cream with black accents for a soothing, sophisticated feel.)
- Select furnishings that work equally well in both settings, such as a daybed, or those that can camouflage the room's true function, such as a computer cabinet.
- Supply those gracious touches -- extra towels, bathroom supplies, and reading material -- that make guests feel special.
1. DESK: A roomy armoire can be used as a work space that is easily hidden when guests arrive. Purchase one that's made to hold computer equipment, or Read More »from Easy ways to transform your home office into a guest room
Read More »from Game Night Recipes
In the season of long nights and chilly temperatures, why not stay in and invite over some friends for a night of good food and fun times? Whip up food that is satisfying, yet easy to prepare, serve, and eat. Finger foods are perfect for nibbling between rolls of the die, and a hearty main course provides sustenance as the night -- and games -- linger on.
TIP: Discount and drug stores often stock inexpensive games to add to the routine lineup. Or, if you're planning ahead, order something online from sites like Amazon.com or Walmart.com.
Recipe: Cheddar Goldfish Crackers with Peanut Butter Spread
Recipe: Crispy Oven Chicken Fingers
Recipe: Zesty Vegetable Lasagna
Recipe: Chocolate Domino Cookies
Get more recipes and tips for Hosting a Game Night Party.
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Read More »from Pumpkin-Goat Cheese Cheesecake
Even though Halloween's over, I'm still loving pumpkin-flavored food for fall. There's pumpkin soup, pumpkin-filled cream puffs from Choux Factory, and pumpkin cupcakes from Two Little Red Hens bakery...
To continue with all this pumpkin goodness, I've decided to make a special dessert for Thanksgiving. Instead of just picking up a pumpkin pie from Costco (the best place for store-bought pie), I'm going to whip up this super-easy Pumpkin-Goat Cheese Cheesecake for the family. After one bite of this delicious dessert, they're likely to forget Costco even exists.
PUMPKIN-GOAT CHEESE CHEESECAKE
1 1/4 cups granola, (no large nuts or raisins)
3 ounces wafer cookies, crushed, such as Jules Destrooper Crisp Butter Wafers
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons butter, melted, combine with above
8 ounces goat cheese
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Read More »from Budget Gifts for the Crafter
The best gift for a die-hard D.I.Y.-er requires some assembly, which makes these gifts (all under $50!) perfect for the craftiest person in your life. And if you're a creative type too, we have some ideas for Crafty Christmas Gifts that might appeal to your artistic side - and your wallet.
1. TISSUE PAPER POM-POM KIT: This airy ceiling pouf assembles in minutes thanks to precut pieces. $20; marthastewartcrafts.com.
2. POINSETTIA WREATH KIT: Create a wreath that will last for years with Pick Up Sticks' felting kit. $35; pickupsticksonline.com.
3. CIRCULAR NEEDLE CLUTCH: Knitters can stash up to 12 needles in this soft velvet case. $50; offhanddesigns.com.
4. IPOD CASE NEEDLEPOINT KIT: Even novice sewers will enjoy stitching their own iPod holder. $25; amhdesignonline.com.
5. HATS, MITTENS & SCARVES DECK: This deck of portable knitting pattern cards has projects for every skill level. $17; chroniclebooks.com.
6. REMAKE PAPER PAD: Cut K&Co.'s recycled paper into geometric shapes for
Read More »from Tomato and Garlic Bread Soup
It's such a gray and rainy day here in New York. It makes me want to curl up with a good book and a bowl of soup - which inspired me to share this tasty recipe with you all in the Shine community! Hopefully, it will make your cold days a little warmer.
1 loaf -- (about 8 cups) Italian bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/4 cup -- olive oil
1/4 teaspoon -- fresh-ground pepper
3 -- (about 1 1/4 pounds) medium red onions, sliced 1/4-inch thick
6 -- (about 8 ounces) medium carrots, peeled and quartered lengthwise
15 cloves -- garlic
1/2 teaspoon -- salt
5 cups -- marinara sauce
2 cans -- (14 1/2-ounce) low-sodium chicken broth
1 1/4 cups -- hearty Italian red wine, such as Chianti or Sangiovese
1. Make the croutons: Heat oven to 450 degrees F. Toss the bread cubes with 2 tablespoons olive oil and the pepper in a large bowl. Spread the bread, in a single layer, on a baking pan and toast in the oven until golden -- about 6 minutes. Set aside.
2. Make the soup: