When it comes to the holidays, shopping, throwing parties, and entertaining guests can be hard. The Daily Meal is here to make everything a bit easier with our list of every recipe you’ll need for the holidays.
In our round up, we have carefully selected recipes appropriate for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas (both Eve and Day), and New Year’s (likewise). You'll find recipes for breakfasts and brunches, cookies, tasty (and healthy) desserts, edible gifts, holiday drinks, late night noshes, leftovers, lunch, turkey alternatives, and side dishes, as well as five different ways to make turkey.
Need a side dish? We have them. Need turkey alternatives? We have those, too — even lobster. Lobster for Thanksgiving? Why not? It's festive — and it's quite possibly one of the things the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving.
To help with all the food shopping you'll most probably be doing as the holidays arrive, here are some expert grocery-buying tips — useful now but good all year long — from Coupons.com savings expert Jeanette Pavini.
It starts with the store circulars or weekly ads that come in your mail every week. Many of us immediately toss them into the recycling, which is a mistake. Plan menus around what’s on sale. You may even start to notice patterns – items that go on sale at regular intervals. Most ads appear in your mailbox on Tuesday for deals that go into effect on Wednesday. Look for special, limited-time sales.
Look for coupons that match up with items on your list. Inventory is constantly changing so you will want to check back regularly for new deals. Remember, coupons aren’t just for groceries.
Some stores will require a loyalty card in order to receive sale prices. Many also offer incentive programs — like gas savings — when you spend a certain amount on groceries. You want to be familiar with the perks of your grocery store loyalty program so you can maximize these savings.Plan menus around what’s on sale. You may even start to notice patterns – items that go on sale at regular intervals. — Jeanette Pavini
Use the old-fashioned envelope system. Designate a set amount of cash for groceries every week and stick to it. When the cash runs out, make do with the groceries that you have on hand. If there’s extra money at the end of the week, put it into savings.
Always ask for a rain check if an item is on sale and out of stock. A rain check entitles you to the sale price when the item is back in stock. Most rain checks do come with time limits, so read the fine print. If you had intended to buy multiple of the item, make sure that is noted on the rain check.