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The Holidays Are Back! Tastemakers Share Recipes, Entertaining Tips and More

The last couple of years have been all about tiny celebrations. This time — finally — we may have a holiday season that feels… normal, and we want to party. For those who’ve forgotten how, our Tastemakers are at hand with entertainment tips and recipes for everything from savory-sweet brisket to Louisiana-style gumbo, traditional turkey, and baked treats galore. It’s all designed to ensure that you can have a festive season that’s perfect for you: the most normal, wonderful holidays ever.

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    Meet This Year's Holiday Tastemakers

    Our food and entertaining experts are helping you with everything from turkey recipes to cookies for Santa, plus entertaining tips from Bobby Berk.

    Non-Alcoholic Sips for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Anela Malik

    Non-Alcoholic Sips for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Anela Malik

    By Flipboard Foodies

    The winter holidays for us are a time of rest, family, and celebration. It's the season when we count on having time to slow down, connect more, and ignore our inboxes. In our house that also means it's the season of celebratory and indulgent drinks, though we keep it zero-proof for the many members of our family who abstain from alcohol for a variety of reasons. That doesn't diminish our celebrations though! We can decorate, lean into the season, and sip away, all without alcohol!

    How to Host a Holiday Party, by Tastemaker Bobby Berk

    How to Host a Holiday Party, by Tastemaker Bobby Berk

    Hosting a holiday party can be stressful. But even in the midst of planning, decorating, and compiling your menu, it’s possible to maintain a sense of calm — and actually enjoy the magic of the season! To help you out, I’ve compiled the best resources for holiday entertaining, with ideas for decorating, delicious party recipes, tasty cocktails and more. Because the holiday season should be a special time with friends and family, with the chance to make lots of new memories at your gathering!

    The Tastiest Plant-Based Holiday Season, by Tastemaker Camille Styles

    The Tastiest Plant-Based Holiday Season, by Tastemaker Camille Styles

    This holiday season is all about comfort and ease. So, rather than give you an endless list of to-dos, we’re giving you our no-fail menu planner. From mouthwatering vegan cauliflower mac and cheese to a smoky eggplant dip that does it all, these plant-based recipes come bursting with seasonal flavor. Choose your own adventure based on the unique tastes of your family and friends — while celebrating tradition and the most delicious dishes ever.

    Advance Your Mixology Skills This Holiday Season, by Tastemaker Camper English

    Advance Your Mixology Skills This Holiday Season, by Tastemaker Camper English

    Mixology is almost all fun and games, but I enjoy it more when I take time to learn new techniques like making awesome ice cubes and using milk to clarify punches, think about hot topics like sustainability and the new temperance movement, read about the weird origins of modern cocktails and spirits, and pick out more boozy books to gift to others or myself. That’s what keeps me busy and happy in between sips. I hope I can inspire you to explore this wonderful world this holiday season.

    Cookies and Cakes for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Joanne Chang

    Cookies and Cakes for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Joanne Chang

    After 20+ years of baking at Flour and creating hundreds of beloved recipes, I've realized that we really make just one thing — the feeling you'll have sharing homemade treats with someone you love. This holiday season, I hope you enjoy baking my recipes at home and then sharing the fruits of your labor with friends and family. From holiday cookies and seasonal desserts to some of my favorite Flour pastries that are perfect for brunch, these recipes are sure to make your holiday season sweeter.

    Holiday Dinner 101, by Tastemaker Justin Chapple

    Holiday Dinner 101, by Tastemaker Justin Chapple

    Whether you opt for weeknight dinners with family or throw epic parties for all your friends, the holidays are the best reason and perfect season to celebrate with every single meal. But that doesn’t mean it has to be tons of work. Want to build an extravagant but easy seafood tower? You got it. Need a next-level side dish that’s also a vegetarian main? I got you. Craving holiday cookies with a twist? No problem. This collection offers a little of everything to get your holiday dinner done.

    Sweet Baked Treats for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Maurizio Leo

    Sweet Baked Treats for the Holidays, by Tastemaker Maurizio Leo

    Holiday baking for me means soft rolls and crunchy bread but if we have savory, we need to balance it with sweet. And really, who can argue with decadent brownies, buttery shortbread, or chocolate babka? My baking turns toward chocolate, dried sweet-sour cherries, cinnamon, apple pie spices, warming vanilla, and even a little espresso — all included in recipes here. And I couldn’t omit traditional Italian panettone, a treat that really has no equal. I wish you a joyous, sweet, holiday season.

    Have Yourself a Very Soulful Christmas, by Tastemaker Rosie Mayes

    Have Yourself a Very Soulful Christmas, by Tastemaker Rosie Mayes

    It's the most wonderful time of the year, and I'm here to bring some holiday cheer! When I was growing up, and still until this very day, our Christmas spreads always included gumbo. Not just any gumbo, but authentic Louisiana-style gumbo full of crab, shrimp, andouille sausage, and chicken. Here’s my family recipe as well as some of my other favorites including delicious side dishes and fabulous desserts. So get comfortable, grab some eggnog, and let's get to cookin'!

    An Italian American Christmas, by Tastemaker Rossella Rago

    An Italian American Christmas, by Tastemaker Rossella Rago

    Nothing brings family together like delicious food around the holidays, and I have all you need to keep your family full and happy — the Italian way. If you want to make classic dishes, try my recipes for panzerotti and zuppa di pesce. If you’re looking for tips like what to do with an extra panettone, I’ve got you covered too. I’m even sharing videos on the meaning of the Feast of the Fishes, and a playlist of Italian American Christmas music. Buon Natale to you and yours!

    A Delicious and Light-Filled Hanukkah, by Tastemaker Shannon Sarna

    A Delicious and Light-Filled Hanukkah, by Tastemaker Shannon Sarna

    Hanukkah is a joyful holiday focused on the miracle of the oil used to light the menorah in the Second Temple. Since oil is at its core, it’s celebrated with fried food. Here is a range of recipes that represent the diversity of Jewish cooking. The most important thing, however, is carving out time to be with the ones you love. So whether you stand at the counter for hours frying latkes or try a shortcut for Hanukkah cookies, I hope your holiday is delicious and filled with wonder and light.

    Holiday Gift Ideas from Flipboard's Tastemakers

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    Let the Holiday Season Begin!

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