The holidays certainly don't end with Thanksgiving. Find our favorite holiday recipes, reviews, tips, and gift ideas, plus America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country TV episodes for extra inspiration.
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We've got the recipes you need, no matter what holiday you're celebrating and who you're celebrating with. Here are some of our favorites.
Elegant Mains for Your Holiday CelebrationFrom beef wellington to a whole side of salmon, these elevated dishes are sure to be a hit.
Holiday Cookies That Aren't Chocolate ChipThis special time of year calls for out-of-the-ordinary sweets. Find your new go-to holiday cookie here.
Holiday Desserts That Aren’t CookiesThese desserts are anything but cookie cutter.
Hands-On Holiday Recipes That Will Get the Kids InvolvedHolidays are all about spending time together. Why not spend it in the kitchen stirring, shaping, smashing, and slicing?
Perfect Recipes for Your Holiday BrunchBrunch is big around the holidays. These recipes will make it memorable, too.
Our Favorite Holiday DrinksOur favorite festive cocktails or nonalcoholic beverages to the menu this year.
Holiday Recipes for Special DietsYour vegetarian, gluten-free, and paleo guests deserve the best, too. These recipes will impress them—and everyone else at the table.
Homemade Foods That Make Great Holiday GiftsThe best holiday gifts are the ones you make yourself.
Every year, we put thousands of products to the test to determine which ones are worth your money. These are the holiday essentials that you'll use year round.
Carving BoardsClever features on new carving boards promise easier carving and serving. But does clever always mean useful?
The Best Roasting Pans with RacksWe went looking for a model that we’d want to use all the time, not just twice a year.
The Best Rimmed Baking SheetsA rimmed baking sheet is essential for sheet cakes and handy for cookies. But if yours is flimsy or you use it only for baking, you’re not getting your money’s worth.
The Best Instant-Read ThermometersWe've recommended a Thermapen for more than a decade, but there's new competition. Is it still the best digital food thermometer?
Slicing/Carving KnivesWant perfect slices at your holiday table? Lose the chef’s knife.
The Best Chef’s Knives for $75 or LessOur longtime favorite chef's knife is sharp, capable, and comfortable to hold. But is it still the best?
The Best Pie PlatesIngredients are important, but the real secret to a perfect pie may be the dish you bake it in.
The Best Pie ServersDon't destroy your pretty pie with a subpar serving tool.
Pie WeightsFor a perfectly baked pie crust, use the best pie weights.
Pie CarriersTraveling with a delicate pie can feel like tempting fate, but a good pie carrier can make the task easier and more secure.
The Best Silicone Baking MatsFor cookies and tuiles, silicone baking mats are as good as parchment—and sometimes better.
The Best Tart PansFor making crisp-looking tarts, pans with a sharper, fluted design have the edge.
The Best Kitchen ScalesNo matter what you’re cooking or baking, weighing the ingredients helps guarantee perfect results. But only if your scale is accurate and easy to use.
The Best Cocktail ShakersWe tested three Boston shakers and eight cobbler shakers with capacities ranging from 16 to 28 ounces, using them to make stirred, muddled, and shaken drinks.
Tips and Techniques
How do you fix seized chocolate? Or put together the ultimate charcuterie board? Find the answers to important holiday cooking and baking FAQs here.
How to Fix Seized ChocolateWhat causes chocolate to seize? Is there any way to undo it? A simple guide to fixing your chocolate.
How to Pack Cookies for ShippingPack your care package with care.
The Best Way to Reheat a RoastHave a leftover portion of a beef roast or pork roast? Here’s the best way to reheat your leftovers without drying them out.
The Importance of Letting Cookie Sheets CoolWe baked sugar cookies on three cookie sheets of different temperatures to determine if it makes a difference.
How to Substitute ChocolatesChocolate is a finicky ingredient, so it's always best to use the type called for in a recipe. But in a pinch, here's how to substitute these common kinds.
How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board for Any OccasionOur expert tips will help you put together a balanced board that looks as good as it tastes.
How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Without Taking Someone's Eye OutI had to open dozens of bottles of bubbly at a wedding. I've learned a few tricks.
Vanilla 101Vanilla comes in several forms: liquid, paste, powder, and whole beans. Here’s how and when to use each version of the world’s most popular spice.
Watch and Cook
America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country TV shows are chock-full of holiday recipe inspiration. Watch the casts prepare holiday showstoppers, special brunches, and delicious desserts and then add them to your menu.
Home for the HolidaysHappy holidays! Join the America's Test Kitchen cast as they share their favorite holiday recipes and memories.
Holiday FeastIn this episode: Crumb-Crusted Rack of Lamb, Brussels Sprout Gratin, and a review of electric knives.
Elegant Dinner PartyIn this episode: Braised Brisket with Pomegranate, Cumin, and Cilantro; Duchess Potato Casserole; and a review of twist corkscrews.
Chuck Roast and PotatoesIn this episode: Roasted Beef Chuck Roast with Horseradish-Parsley Sauce, Torn and Fried Potatoes, Creamed Spinach, and a review of kitchen timers.
Holiday Dessert and SaladIn this episode: Cranberry Curd Tart with Almond Crust; Wheat Berry Salad with Radicchio, Dried Cherries, and Pecans; a tasting of blue cheese, and a roundup of the best green gear.
Holiday Roast and PotatoesIn this episode: Boneless Rib Roast with Yorkshire Pudding and Jus, Lighthouse Inn Potatoes, and a tasting of black tea.
Prime Rib and PopoversIn this episode: Sous Vide Prime Rib with Mint Persillade, Popovers, and a review of vacuum sealers.
Italian Seafood SuppersIn this episode: Linguine allo Scoglio, White Bean Stew with Shrimp, a review of manual pasta machines, and a roundup of restaurant tools every home cook should use.
Roast Beef and PotatoesIn this episode: Classic Roast Beef Tenderloin, Lyonnaise Potatoes, and a review of tongs.
How to Roast EverythingIn this episode: Beef Tenderloin with Smoky Potatoes and Persillade Relish, Turkey Breast en Cocotte with Pan Gravy, and a tasting of turkey.
Sous Vide for CompanyIn this episode: Sous Vide Rosemary–Mustard Seed Crusted Roast Beef, Sous Vide Crème Brûlée, and reviews of handheld vacuum sealers and funnels.
The Perfect CookieIn this episode: Easy Holiday Sugar Cookies, Best Lemon Bars, and reviews of parchment paper and silicone baking mats.
Eggs for the HolidaysIn this episode: Orange, Cranberry, and Mint Pavlova; Holiday Eggnog; a tasting of vanilla; and a review of cocktail tools.
Elegant DessertsIn this episode: Millionaire's Shortbread, Gâteau Breton with Apricot Filling, and a review of serrated knives.
The Very Best Paris-BrestIn this episode: Paris-Brest and a review of burr grinders.
Chocolate DelightsIn this episode: Foolproof All-Butter Pie Dough, Chocolate Cream Pie, Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce, and a tasting of cocoa powder.
Never Enough ChocolateIn this episode: Triple-Chocolate Sticky Buns, Thin and Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies, and a tasting of milk chocolate.
Brunch FavoritesIn this episode: Coffee Cake with Pecan-Cinnamon Streusel, Broccoli and Feta Frittata, and a roundup of smart kitchen gadgets.
Brunch at HomeIn this episode: Eggs Benedict, German Pancake, and a review of espresso machines.
The Ultimate Sticky BunsIn this episode: Sticky Buns, a review of waffle irons, and a tasting of almond butter.
Shareable Spanish FareIn this episode: Albondigas en Salsa Almendras (Spanish-Style Meatballs in Almond Sauce), Espinacas Con Garbanzos (Andalusian Spinach and Chickpeas), and a review of meat pounders.
Tristate TreatsIn this episode: New Jersey Crumb Buns, Cheese Blintzes with Raspberry Sauce, and a review of nonstick skillets.
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