Holidays

Even if you rarely cook, chances are that you do on special holidays. Whether it’s a dish to share for a Memorial Day picnic or your once-a-year perfectly roasted turkey for Thanksgiving, here are articles related to holidays and holiday cooking that you may find helpful. You’ll also find some articles exploring the history of holidays and how other cultures celebrate.
 

Last Minute Thanksgiving Checklist

November 25, 2010 0 Comments
Last Minute Thanksgiving Checklist

A Thanksgiving Checklist for a Perfect Meal For those of you who have not started their Thanksgiving prep, I put together this last minute checklist for just a few of the details involved with getting a great meal on the table this holiday. There are so many things to think about so please feel free […]

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Fun Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

November 24, 2010 2 Comments
Fun Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

DID YOU KNOW…. Here are a few fun facts related to Thanksgiving and some of the main ingredients that may be on your table this year. If you have your own “fun facts” please add them in the comments section below. Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Facts: The original cornucopia was made from a curved goat’s horn […]

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Turkey Tips From Harold McGee

November 23, 2010 2 Comments
Turkey Tips From Harold McGee

Great Turkey Tips from The Curious Cook Yesterday I was sitting here listening to Harold McGee on NPR’s “Radio Times” with Marty Moss-Coane promoting his new cookbook. Harold is a food scientist and author, with a regular column titled “The Curious Cook” in the New York Times. On the radio show this morning, Harold gave […]

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Thanksgiving Video Cooking Lessons

November 20, 2010 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Video Cooking Lessons

Everything You Need To Watch For Preparing Your Thanksgiving Dinner If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is a cooking video worth? I have lots of Thanksgiving articles with tips and recipes to help make your holiday meal a little easier but sometimes a cooking video can make it a little […]

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Thanksgiving Dinner Help

November 19, 2010 0 Comments
Thanksgiving Dinner Help

The Reluctant Gourmet’s Thanksgiving Category Thanksgiving is probably the busiest time of the year for the Reluctant Gourmet. I have been providing Thanksgiving culinary tips, recipes and techniques since 1997, and this year is no different. With Thanksgiving only a week away, there’s lots of work to be done. Since my Thanksgiving pages have been […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

November 15, 2010 2 Comments
Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkey Buying and Cooking Tips With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought you might enjoy talking turkey including some tips on choosing a bird and how to cook it. You would think cooking a turkey is not that big a deal but looking at all the articles in the current November issues of cooking […]

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Natale – An Italian Christmas

December 23, 2009 4 Comments
Natale – An Italian Christmas

Christmas In Italy I asked my friend “Lola” Baldwin how she celebrates Christmas with her family in Italy where she lives with her son.  She was kind enough to share her family tradition with us in great detail and I thank her for doing so. She also shares with us a secret family recipe for […]

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The History of Thanksgiving

November 25, 2009 2 Comments
The History of Thanksgiving

Do You Know the Real History of Thanksgiving? Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate this special holiday when families get together to give thanks. It is also one of those holidays where we get to test our skills in the kitchen by preparing a lot of dishes for a lot of people. I […]

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Traditional Creamy Pumpkin Pie

November 23, 2009 2 Comments
Traditional Creamy Pumpkin Pie

How To Make a Traditional Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin pie is basically a custard pie.  It contains dairy, and is thickened with eggs and sits in a wonderful, flaky pie crust like the one we just talked about a couple of days ago.  The pumpkin and spices evoke the aromas and flavors of fall, and more […]

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

February 9, 2009 2 Comments
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dipped Strawberries When I think of a romantic dessert to round out our perfect Valentine’s Day meal, my mind goes in two different directions. First, there is “red fruit:” raspberries and strawberries. Strawberries are an especially romantic fruit because, when you slice them, they kind of look like little hearts. Also, they […]

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