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Party Apps That Look <i>Way</i> More Complicated Than They Are

Making small, hand-held bites does not have to mean you'll spend hours in the kitchen, as these speedy yet great-looking hors d'oeuvres show.<p>The …

The five best cookbooks for Christmas

Every year, more and more Christmas cookbooks flood the market. Which are the classics worth buying?<p>My kitchen shelves are groaning with Christmas-themed cookbooks. From how to build a gingerbread house to 100 ways with leftover turkey, they cover virtually every aspect of the festive period – and …

Bored of hummus? Three dips for Christmas parties

Ditch shop-bought dips and make your own this Christmas<p>‘Tis the season of the drinks party and, alongside the full glasses, there will be brimming bowls of crisps and their much-loved partner, dips. Last year we managed to dunk our way through 12,000 tonnes of hummus alone, which is quite an …

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The 50 Worst Food Gifts in the World

From bacon mugs and fat magnets to pizza forks and motorized ice-cream cones, 50 food-related gifts no one should be giving this holiday season<p>One hazard of being a so-called food person—or “foodie,” if you must—is that everyone buys you food-themed presents. Some of them are great; most of them …

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22 Vegan Recipes for Jay-Z and Beyoncé

Jay-Z turns 44 today, so he and Beyoncé are going vegan for 22 days. Might we suggest these 22 delicious recipes, Mr. and Mrs. Carter?<p><b>Jay-Z</b>'s just turned 44, and he's celebrating like all ballers do—by going vegan for 22 days. (Al Gore is also a recent convert, so you know it's cool.) Better still, …

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Christmas dinner recipes: damson and claret jellies

These boozy jellies are a perfect end to a festive dinner, especially when served with cinnamon clotted cream<p><i>Makes 8 x 80ml glasses</i><p>These fruity, slightly boozy jellies are to be made the day before. Buy good-quality damson jam to use in the base (Duchy Originals, from Waitrose, is ideal).<p>10 gelatin …

The new baker: Christmas yule log

A festive chocolate yule log filled with brandy and chestnut cream and coated with a rich chocolate ganache<p><i>Serves six to eight</i><p>170g (6oz) dark chocolate<br>3 tbsp espresso<br>6 eggs, at room temperature, separated<br>140g (5oz) golden<br>caster sugar<br>4 tbsp cocoa powder<p>For the cream filling:<br>220ml (8fl oz) double …

The juice diet: how to squeeze the most out of juicing

Juicing has been one of the big diet trends of the year. But is it as good for you as popular opinion seems to suggest?<p>Over the past year, the so-called Juice Diet has seen a dramatic rise in popularity. It was popularised by Joe Cross, who challenged himself to consume only juice for 60 days in an …

'Tis the Season for Seasoning Chicken with Chermoula

A quick and flavorful North African-inspired dinner is just what you need after braving the mall for holiday shopping.<p><i>Hallelujah, the weekend is in sight, and you need a no-brainer dinner tonight. Quick Main Thursday has you covered.</i><p>It's hard being Santa's little helper: your niece wants this, your …