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Robin’s Healthy Take: Last-Minute Appetizers

by in Healthy Holidays, December 24, 2010

Caprese Tartlets and Stuffed Peppers
Caprese Tartlets and Stuffed Peppers

Looking for hostess gift for a holiday party? Or are you hosting your own gathering and need quick, easy nosh ideas? I was just faced with an impromptu gathering at my house and needed refreshments for a hungry crowd. Here are 5 festive ways to feed your friends and family, fast.

Get Robin’s last-minute appetizer ideas »

Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Alton’s Free Range Fruit Cake

by in Healthy Holidays, Meal Makeovers, December 23, 2010
Alton's Free Range Fruitcake
Turn fruitcake into a parfait topper for a festive, lighter treat. Photo courtesy Food Network Magazine.

Love it or hate it, ‘tis the season for fruitcake! Alton Brown’s version is a recipe worth trying, but all the brandy, dried fruit, and nuts can weigh you down. Here are 6 ways to lighten up this famously heavy holiday treat.

Healthier fruitcake you’ll want to eat »

Spotlight Recipes: Bone-Warming Drinks

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Recipes, December 20, 2010
Low-Fat Eggnog
Low-Fat-Eggnog

Come in from the cold and cozy up to these winter-warming drinks. With 200 calories or less per serving, these soothing bevvies are a guiltless pleasure.

Recipes to try:

Top Holiday Recipes, Lightened Up: Paula’s Rib Roast

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 15, 2010

Paula's Standing Rib Roast

Paula’s Foolproof Standing Rib Roast is a holiday favorite. With only 4 ingredients, there’s not much more to the recipe than tossing this bad boy in the oven.  Making this recipe healthier is also pretty simple.

Get our tips for a lighter main dish »

Healthy Swaps: Holiday Cocktail Party

by in Healthy Holidays, Healthy Tips, December 13, 2010

cocktail party

Typical holiday cocktail parties are overflowing with alcohol and high calorie foods, but you can be festive while watching your figure. These 5 swaps will save you a whopping 1000 calories at your next shindig.

Healthy cocktail party swaps »

Make Your Own Flavored Oils

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Recipes, December 12, 2010

flavored oils

We’ve served up 12 days worth of homemade holiday gifts! Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Instead of forking over tons of cash for fancy oils, make your own custom blends. Jazz up everything from salad dressings to late night snacks with these flavorful infusions — and get a dose of heart-healthy fats while you’re at it.

Get our flavored oil ideas »

12 Days of Healthy Holiday Gifts: DIY Limoncello

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 11, 2010
Homemade Limoncello

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

When life gives you lemons—make Limoncello!  This classic Italian liqueur is mainly produced in southern Italy and is traditionally served as a sweet after-dinner digestif.

Made from pure grain alcohol or sometimes vodka, this sweet beverage has a powerful kick, but a smooth flavor. This Christmas, I’m giving my friends small individual bottles of Limoncello that I’ve had fermenting since earlier this fall. It only takes one month to make, but the longer it sits the smoother it gets!

Try this smooth spirit as a holiday gift, or make some to bring in the New Year.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Crackers

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, December 10, 2010
Whole-Wheat Tortilla Crackers and Parmesan-Oregano Crackers

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

If you’ve got the cookie recipes covered, try a savory twist on your holiday gifts with homespun crackers. We’ve got two basic recipes you can use to create all kinds of festive flavors.

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12 Days of Holiday Gifts: Homemade Caramels

by in 12 Days of Holiday Gifts, Healthy Holidays, December 9, 2010
Ina's Salted Caramels
Ina Garten's Salted Caramels - Image Courtesy Food Network Magazine

We’re serving up fresh gift ideas every day from now until December 12. Catch up on the previous gifts here.

Sure, you can buy candy for friends and family this holiday season, but why not add a special homemade touch? We’ve got 3 winning caramel recipes and a video from Alton Brown to help walk you through the simple steps.

Make your own homemade caramels »

Healthy Eating for Holiday Shopping

by in Dining Out, Healthy Holidays, December 8, 2010

holiday shopping

It’s the heart of the holiday shopping season: Malls are flooded, parking lots are jam-packed, and your inbox is overflowing with e-coupons. Whether you’re hitting up the food court or doing your shopping online, keep these tips in mind.

You wouldn’t fall for an overpriced sweater deal, so don’t fall for these food traps while you’re out shopping. Plus, how to keep your appetite at bay while you’re bargain-hunting.

Dos and don’ts for healthy holiday shopping trips »

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