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Entertaining and Favorite Recipes

At some point, everybody has to entertain in their home. This event can be a wonderful time if you know how to plan, cook and serve the meal. In these articles you'll find tips for entertaining, easy foolproof recipes, some of my favorite and reader's favorites, and ideas for celebrating.
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Best Family Cake Recipes
People don't seem to make cakes much anymore, except for special occasions. That's too bad - a cake can be really easy to make and can dress up a dreary weekday. These cakes are simple, quick, and flavorful without being fussy. Make a cake just because it's Tuesday, or because your child brought home a good report card.

Summer Appetizer Party
June is the time of year for parties, whether graduations, weddings and showers, or birthdays and Father's Day. Throw an easy appetizer party, with great recipes and tips to make your job easy.

Holiday Central
This collection of articles focusing on planning for the holidays, gift giving, entertaining menus and recipes, and make ahead and freeze ahead foods to help you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, and Hanukah.

New Year's Open House
An Open House is a wonderful way to entertain a large group without spending a lot of money and effort on a sit-down dinner. When you invite friends and family to your open house, just tell them the beginning and ending times and that it will be a casual, relaxed gathering.

Super Bowl Party
Football fans need snacks. And it's very easy to make them happy. These traditional appetizers are great for munching during the game. Put down the platters and get out of the way!

An Anti-Super Bowl Party
Now I don't want to make football fans angry, but there are some people who just aren't interested in the Super Bowl. This party is for nonfans.

Valentine's Day Celebration
For the most romantic meal of the year, choose this easy menu that is simple enough for the beginning cook. From Almost Instant Fondue to Cashew Truffles, you and your sweetie will be delighted.

Crockpot Holiday Recipes
Your crockpot can be such a space and time saver in the kitchen during the holidays. You can make everything from appetizers to side dishes to beverages to gifts in this wonderful appliance. Add Crockpot White Chocolate Bread Pudding, Crockpot Oyster Stew, or Sugared Nuts to your holiday repertoire.

Gifts From Your Kitchen
I feel that the best holiday gifts are those that come from the heart. Think about making your own gifts from your kitchen this year for very personal presents. You can make candy (Tootsie Rolls, Nut Goodie Bars, Coconut Drops), homemade liqueurs, Gifts in a Jar, preserves or condiments, and much more with these easy recipes.

St. Patrick's Day: Corned Beef and Cabbage with a Twist
For St. Patrick's Day this year, try a recipe or two with a twist on tradition. Corned beef and cabbage are combined in new ways for some wonderful tastes. Try Corned Beef and Cabbage Tarts or Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage for your Irish celebration.

The Busy Cook Entertains
You'll find four easy buffet party ideas with tips and lots of easy recipes in my article on entertaining.

Labor Day Cookout
Try any of these easy and delicious menus for Labor Day or any summer celebration; one is totally make-ahead (even the ribs!), one is cooked in crockpots, and the other is a classic summer cookout.

Fourth of July Bash
The Fourth of July is a great holiday to celebrate with family and friends, and these five spectacular menus, from a great grilled meal to a totally make ahead meal to five ingredient recipes.

Busy Cooks History
Searching for easy and delicious recipes? Learn about the history of quick cooking, starting with World War II and the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

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