Check out these party-perfect mini hors d'oeuvres. From, cherry tomatoes stuffed with marinated feta to meatball sliders these one-bite wonders are sure to please. For nineteen more one-bite holiday appetizers, click here.More from Bon Appétit: Bon Appétit's 31 Favorite Holiday Cookies
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A friend recently asked how long she could store an opened bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine in the fridge. While it's best to consume the bottle within hours of opening for optimal freshness, there are two options for storing bubbly in the refrigerator. The first, and most effective, is a Champagne stopper, which hermetically seals in freshness and effervescence for up to four days. The second method, frowned upon by wine snobs the world over and dismissed as an old wives' tale, is to dangle the handle of a silver or silver-plated spoon into the bottle. I've found that the bubbly retains its fizz for about 24 hours, though it's admittedly not as sprightly as when it was initially opened. But it is a fun and stylish party trick. Better yet, to avoid the issue altogether, finish the bottle-or look for producers offering half-bottles (375 ml) or half-splits (187 ml). --Heather JohnRead More »from How to Keep Champagne Bubbly
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Cooking.com - Filled with exclusive colors and models, there's a warehouse-sized selection here.
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Try these bargain hubs for fabulous gifts that won't leave your wallet empty.
CB2 - Crate and Barrel's sister store carries affordable, modern housewares
Curiosity Shoppe - Funky and fun kitchen items curated with a sense of humor
Etsy - This online marketplace, where artists can sell their homemade crafts, is a perfect place to find treasures on a budget
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In the quest for delicious holiday meals, we've all had dark moments. In my case, it's a wonder how something called "Reindeer Balls"--meatballs glazed in a cranberry-esque sauce--ever makes it onto the spread. (How, Mom!?) Whether it's for the sake of tradition, the sake of experimentation, or just trying not to hurt the chef's (usually, your family member's) feelings, we've cooked and eaten some gross things this time of year. The result: meals that have far greater comic value than flavor depth.Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit Shares All-Time Worst Holiday Dishes
And then there's the holiday cook's version of beer goggles. Why do we cook and eat things during the holidays that, any other time of year, might repulse us? Johnny Carson famously remarked that there is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other. Comedian Dave Attell once wondered who invented eggnog: "Were they thinking, I want to get a little drunk, but I also want some pancakes?" -Michael Singer
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If these eight tracks don't put some shake in your bake, well, you just don't have enough rock in your rolling pin. The eight accompanying recipes are fun and easy to make--though your cookies might not be where you left them after you're done dancing!Read More »from Bon AppÃ©tit's Best Holiday Baking Playlist
Gingerbread Trees with Juniper Berry Glaze: Ginger Bread by Frankie Avalon
Like the '50s teen idol pop star Frankie Avalon, these cookies don't only sound good, they look great too.
Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies: Peppermint Twist (Part 1) by Joey Dee & The Starliters
This New Jersey band released their upbeat chart-topper in 1961 and capitalized on the teenage dance fad of the Twist.
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In this playful R&B number, the group that evolved into The Coasters sings about love's ability to melt a dauntless exterior.
Spice Roll-Out Cookies: Sugar and Spice by The Cryan' Shames
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Thu, Dec 10, 2009 5:45 PM EST
If the words "Gingerbread House" make you think of a structure as daunting as the one Hansel and Gretel stumbled on, take a look here. This charming cottage is actually quite simple to assemble, especially with the step-by-step photos and the detailed instructions.
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- bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – Wed, Dec 9, 2009 11:54 PM EST
The carbon dioxide trapped inside a bottle of Champagne is what makes it bubbly. It also means there can be anywhere from 70 to 90 pounds of pressure in the bottle-more than twice that of a car tire. A little extra care is needed when opening a bottle of Champagne (never use a corkscrew) so the cork doesn't fly off suddenly. Here's how to do it safely and smoothly:
- Make sure the bottle is well chilled. Wrap a napkin or dish towel around the fullest part.
- Take the foil wrapper off the cork. Remove the wire cage that secures the cork, and bear down with your hand to prevent the cork from popping off suddenly. Cover the top with another towel to further contain the cork. Don't grip the neck of the bottle-it warms up the wine and can encourage the cork to fly off.
- Continuing to bear down on the towel-covered cork with your hand, lean the bottom of the bottle against your hip and tilt it at a 45-degree angle, away from your guests.
- bon appétit magazine | Holiday – Wed, Dec 9, 2009 10:51 PM EST
You've just treated your family to a spectacular feast on Christmas Eve--the next morning, you may not feel like cooking. Keep your delicious holiday rolling on Christmas Day with comforting, festive brunch recipes that can be made the day before. Your only worry now? Keeping the coffee pot full.
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A dark brew with toasty malt flavors and hints of coffee an caramel.
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Caldera IPA, Oregan
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An exceptional IPA full of hops with citrus flavors and a bitter finish.
Maui Brewing Co. CoCoNut Porter, Hawaii
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Dark chocolate color with toasted coconut, roasted marshmallow, and coffee flavors.
New Belgium Fat Tire, Colorado
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Creamy with toasty malt and toffee flavors.
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From delicious recipes for everything from a chocolate-caramel macadamia nut tart and peppermint meringue cake with chocolate buttercream to a frozen grand marnier torte with dark chocolate crust and spiced cranberries, these 15 stunning desserts give every holiday party a big finish. For seventeen more holiday desserts, CLICK HERE.
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