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Easy Holiday Decoration Storage

The holidays are a blast, but cleanup and storage sucks. These tips will make it much easier.

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The Kiddie Cookie Factory

The holiday cookie factory is a really efficient way to get a ton of baking done and keep the kids happy.

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This Raunchy Grandma Won’t Let Anyone (Peking) Duck out of Her Dinners

On tonight’s My Grandmother’s Ravioli at 8pm ET, Ilene and Freddie Tsuhara are throwing a bash at their Concord, North Carolina, pad. Mo Rocca helps assemble the appetizers, like Shrimp Cocktail ShootersGrilled Short Ribs and Pineapple and Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Rolls. Then he learns some potent potables, including the Harvey Wallbanger, from mix master Freddie.

The food and drinks are a success, but the real surprise of the night is firecracker Ilene. In this web-only deleted scene from the show, Ilene explains why showing up three hours late for a dinner she’s made is a bad idea, plus the reasons she was the worst military wife who ever walked the Earth:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Get a Grandma’s Web-Only Family Thanksgiving Recipe for Greek Cookies

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Mo Rocca with George and Kathy Boulukos

I consider Thanksgiving one of my favorite holidays, and I love to prepare the traditional foods of America — with a few twists. For example, I always stuff a huge turkey, but I use a very traditional Greek chopped-meat stuffing, which includes chestnuts and raisins (but no breadcrumbs!).

Since I am a huge dessert lover, I always include one special cookie from my family archives to serve. It is an old Greek family cookie recipe from my mother called Pastules. The cookies seem to hit the spot, since they’re small butter-type cookies and the perfect ending to a big meal. I make them year-round.

Quite simple to make, Pastules are basically butter cookies with a few changes, namely that you dip the rolled balls of raw cookie dough into beaten egg whites, then into a chopped-almond mixture. You then place the balls on an ungreased cookie sheet and make a small indentation in the center of each cookie. Once the cookies have baked and cooled, you sprinkle them with powdered sugar and add a tiny dollop of jam in the center. I try to use fig preserves, as fig preserves are very popular in Greek cuisine. However, other jam will suffice, so I sometimes use orange preserves.

These cookies can be prepared a week ahead and stored in an airtight container.  Since they’re so easy to make (form little balls, dip in egg white, then roll in nuts), if my grandchildren are around, they like to help make them.

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Get a Grandfather’s Web-Only Family Thanksgiving Recipe for Granma Rolls

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Louie Larson and Pete O’Connell from My Grandmother’s Ravioli

Ever since I can remember, even as a little boy, my mother made homemade dinner rolls at every holiday. Thanksgiving was especially important, not only because the rolls were a favorite at the Thanksgiving table along with the turkey, stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes, squash, gravy and all sorts of other really good traditional fare, but also due to the fact that they made the very best cold turkey sandwiches later that evening and for the next several days — until the hoard of rolls everyone stashed was used up.

Since they freeze very well and, before and after the microwave, were easy to reheat and delicious when heated just before dinner, Mom sometimes made them days in advance, as oven space was always at a premium on the big day.

When I got out on my own, I always liked to host family holiday meals, so the family would end up at our house. After Louie joined the family, our record attendance at Thanksgiving topped 30, including families, friends and a few students who couldn’t make it home during the short break. Needless to say, Mom’s responsibility for contributing to the meal shrank to making up to 10 dozen rolls. When our kids came along, these delights were one of the first things they ate at Thanksgiving. Now, the grandkids love them as well.

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3 Hidden Food Gems in NYC

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.

Famous Fat Dave (left) hanging with Eden on Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan

There are foodies, and then there are food fanatics. I do not consider myself a foodie, but I certainly do consider myself a food fanatic.

Foodies relish keeping up with all the endless food trends. Foodies can’t seem to get enough braised pork belly and kale. Foodies will dutifully stand in line for hours for a taste of a Cronut.

But food fanatics are a horse of another color. We love food just as much as foodies, and we are equally, if not more, dedicated to the pursuit of delicious bites. But the food in which we are interested doesn’t trend on Twitter or light up your RSS feed. It’s not about how new or “in” something is. It’s not about the marketing or the presentation; it’s simply about how good it tastes.

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Easy Vegan Substitutions

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.

Every non-vegan in the world seems to be asking: “What are a bunch of easy substitutions I can use to make vegan versions of the dishes I love and have them taste exactly the same?”

I have some good news and some bad news for you: Sometimes it works perfectly, and sometimes a substitution can be great but just different than the taste of the meat or dairy it’s trying to emulate.

First, substitutions that taste great but not necessarily exactly the same:

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3 Hidden Food Gems in Los Angeles

On Log On & Eat with Eden Grinshpan, Eden travels the country to meet the most outrageous and original food bloggers and social media stars who invite her to devour their favorite dishes. We connected with them to pick their brains and score some exclusive advice and tips.


SusieCakes will become your new favorite spot the second you take that first bite. Susan Sarich is making everything from scratch, inspired by both her grandmothers’ recipes. These cakes, cookies and cupcakes are remarkable — we will go so far as to say the best cupcakes in town. Their dedication to making everything from scratch using the finest ingredients is appreciated in every bite. You know the old saying, “a cupcake a day…”? Okay, there’s no such saying, but we just want a cupcake from SusieCakes EVERY DAY.

Honey’s Kettle-Fried Chicken is serving up some of the best fried chicken in town. They’re frying it up in a kettle! What the hell does that mean, you ask? Well, that’s what we said. It’s basically an old-school technique that allows them to fry the chicken at crazy high temperatures to ensure a beautifully crisp outside with a moist nongreasy inside. Oh, and the biscuits are NOT to be missed. In fact, pick up a few extra for home — trust us.

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