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Holiday Cookie Tradition: Nonni’s Knots

December 24, 2014

We all called grandma “Nonni.” It’s the Italian word for grandmother, although if you want to get technical, the proper singular variety is “Nonna.” Whatever you call her, “Grandma,” “nana,” “gram,” she can bake, and she absolutely loved baking during the holidays. My great grandmother came to the U.S. from Italy. She brought with her…

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Champagne 101

December 23, 2014

Champagne—and other sparkling wines—are a great way to amp an occasion from fun to unforgettable. If you’re breaking out the bubbly, keep these tips in mind. Choose it: Champagne is a very specific wine—it must be grown in a specific region of France to get the name. But there are a range of other sparkling wines…

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How to Wrap a Gorgeous Gift Every Time

December 21, 2014

In every home, there is a designated gift wrapper. In my home, that’s me. This is a problem for two reasons. First, and most importantly, I don’t have the patience to pull off a finely packaged gift. I’m just happy if I pick up the darned thing in time, much less fuss over how it’s…

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New Year’s Eve Bar Basics

December 19, 2014

Ready to take your bartending to the next level this New Year’s Eve? We’ve got some advice to help you out. 1. Make sure you have the gear you need: 2. Stock up with a good selection of spirits:   3. Get inspired to create new cocktails:   4. Or just stick to bubbly with these 8…

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