Taste of Home December/January 2020

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cheers to the holidays

Whether your glass is full of eggnog (like Senior Editor Rachel Bernhard Seis’) or champagne (like mine), it’s always good to take a minute to celebrate. To that end, this issue has you covered for whatever you have planned this season! If you’re headed to a potluck, your dish will be the first to go if you pick from our Festive Party Food contest (page 57). There’s something for every occasion and taste, savory and sweet. We were raving over these winners—we know you’ll love them, too. For a different spin on the holidays, check out Holidays in the Homeland (page 40), with unique flavors from around the globe, including the gorgeous chocolate babka on our cover. It may seem difficult, but we promise it’s easy! Grandma’s Holiday Handbook (page 30) shows…

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facebook.com/tasteofhome twitter.com/tasteofhome instagram.com/tasteofhome pinterest.com/taste_of_home ROCK THIS HOLIDAY CAKE ROLL Try something new this holiday season and have fun while doing it! Our Bakeable Challenge for December is this tasty Chocolate Gingerbread Yule Log. Bake along with our community of avid bakers, get step-by-step instructions including a how-to video, and share your results online. tasteofhome.com/bakeable Make Grandma Proud It’s time to get cozy, and no one knows how to deliver that feeling better than Grandma. Our Winter Special Delivery Box is filled with surprises, but we’ll let you in on one special item: Grandma’s Favorites, our big cookbook with 475 recipes from Grandma’s recipe box. Order yours and start creating those special memories. shoptasteofhome.com/delivery FIELD EDITOR SPOTLIGHT Danielle Lee, Sewickley, PA As a registered dietitian and a vegetarian, Danielle likes experimenting with produce from the farmers market. Her passion, however, is baking. She…

brunch board

2019 GIFT GUIDE MODERN MUG Your daily cuppa joe looks chic and stays piping hot in this ceramic mug. Nadia Mug $35 roomandboard.com Black & White Grid Beverage Napkins $7/20 geeseandganders.com GOOD EGGS This cute porcelain coddler makes it easy to cook your eggs just the way you like them. Boiled Egg Breakfast Maker $27 uncommongoods.com BUTTER ’EM UP Safely and stylishly store butter in this marble container that keeps it soft and spreadable. French Kitchen Marble Butter Keeper $25 crateandbarrel.com When serving brunch for a bunch, slice the bagels vertically rather than horizontally. The “St. Louis-style” thin slices make it easier to share with your brunch buds. And guests can try all the spread flavors. Araucana Bread Board $95 farmhousepottery.com Pro Holm Oak Bread Knife - 8” $157 zwilling.com With just a hint of raspberry finish, this honey brightens morning toast or tea. Raw…

cheese board

2019 GIFT GUIDE A LITTLE DRIZZLE Stuff those stockings with mini bottles of balsamic vinegar straight from Italy. Small Premium Balsamic Vinegar of Modena $12 oliviersandco.com Creative Home Genuine Marble Stone 12” Round Board $27 amazon.com MAKE YOUR MARK Help your cheeseloving friends create their own board by gifting them these handmade markers. Handmade Ceramic Cheese Markers $20/5 potterybysumiko.etsy.com Balance the board with sweet, savory and salty faves to let guests build the perfect plate. No need to go overboard—a few kinds of cheese, cured meats, fruit, spreads and crackers should do the trick. NONDAIRY, TOO! With flavors like Winter Truffle and Herbs de Provence, this dairy-free cheese is a vegan dream. Miyoko’s Cheese Wheel - Classic Chive $10 mylkguys.com Don’t forget your dairy-free friends! Along with the standard cheeses, add a plant-based variety to the board so everyone can join in…

dessert board

2019 GIFT GUIDE Schott Zwiesel Mondial Brandy Snifter $42/6 shop.fortessa.com SHINY & CHIC Whether at stay-home happy hours or holiday dinners, brass coasters make any drink feel fancy. Antique Brass Hammered Coasters $50/4 williams-sonoma.com CHOCOLATE LOVE These flavored drinking chocolates take hot cocoa to the next level. Chocolate Lover’s Gift Box $42 www.flyingbird botanicals.com WHAT A TREAT! Sweet and salty lovers, this one’s for you. The kiss of peppermint makes it just right for Christmas. Peppermint Pretzels $3 fattysundays.com Hayes Black Marble Board $30 crateandbarrel.com Cordoba Brass Finish Cheese Tools $3⅔ dearkeaton.com Pack your platter with chocolate, candy, cookies, fruits and sweet sauces. Dunk, dip, sprinkle and spoil yourself. It’s the holidays. We love wine with a dessert spread like this, but next time try your sweets with whiskey. A caramelly bourbon pairs well with pretty much anything. Hover camera here! Shop our entire gift guide…

presents for pets

2019 GIFT GUIDE BED & BREAKFAST Cats nuzzle right into this cozy tart-shaped bed with plush fruit toys on the side. Fruit Tart Cat Bed $26 meowingtons.com BERRY NICE HIDEOUT Give small pets a sweet place to keep cozy. Echo Paths Strawberry Tent Bed for Pets - XS $15 amazon.com TASTY TREATS This specialty treat bakery makes ultra fun flavors. Bocce’s Bakery Dog Treats from $6 boccesbakery.com THE PURR-FECT POUR This safe-for-cats “wine” lets you sip with your softest friend. Pinot Meow & MosCATo Cat Wine Bundle $18 meowingtons.com TROPICAL FLAIR It’s the ultimate statement in canine island wear. Mariana Bandana from $20 pinkpapyrus.com DRIVE-THRU DOG TOYS Because even Fido needs his fast-food fix. P.L.A.Y. Pet Lifestyle and You American Classic Food Set Dog Toy $50 chewy.com UNDERWATER CHILL Give your fish a cool new friend for the aquarium. Top Fin Floating Flamingo Aquarium Ornament $8 petsmart.com Find these and more favorite…