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As we enter this festive season, and more emphasis is placed on time with family, enjoying delicious seasonal food and drinks, what better time to host a cookie exchange? Considered an American holiday tradition, the cookie exchange is a wonderful way to get into the spirit, while building your recipe repertoire. Although it’s unclear when cookie swaps officially began, according to Robin Olson, author of /The Cookie Party Cookbook/, the earliest documented event happened in Syracuse, Ne...

This winter, skip the store-bought stuff and make your own. This way, you can adjust the amount of chocolate and sugar to make your hot chocolate a little bit healthier (that is, if you want!).   Making hot chocolate can be an activity for the entire family, so go ahead and get the kids invol...

Autumn is finally here! I don't know if it's the crisp, cool weather or the leaves changing from bright green to warm shades of red, orange and yellow, but it's truly my favorite season. To me, autumn invokes images of corn mazes, bonfires and picking pumpkins from the local pumpkin patch. No matter where in the world I'm living, this time of year makes me feel comfortable, happy and – most importantly – at home. When pumpkins arrive at the market, you know autumn is right around the ...

Wintertime sure can bring the blues, but as the old saying goes: When life gives you lemons, make dessert! My favorite springtime treats are anything with lots and lots of citrus flavor. The tantalizing tartness of lemon just screams /zàijiàn/ winter! As soon as the sun comes out, No-Bake Layered Lemon Cheesecake will make its seasonal debut at my house.    The first layer is the pistac...

My family loves taco night. We enjoy crunchy shells filled with chicken or ground beef, cheddar che...

My family’s Saturday breakfasts remind me of a bustling diner, churning out everything from panca...

There’s no denying that Shanghai gets hot in the summer! My family’s first year here, we did not leave for a vacation until mid-July, and it was swelteringly hot and terribly humid. There is no better way to stay cool in that kind of heat than lazing around the pool while enjoying an ice-cold...

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