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Party Plan: Send Off to Summer

You can feel it in the air…fall is just around the corner! As we wind down the summer season, here are a few recipes to squeeze a little more flavor out of your day.

30-Minute Vegetarian Red Curry

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

I’m almost embarrassed to admit how frequently I eat curry. Home-cooked curry-in-a-hurry makes its way onto the menu in my household every single week. You’d think I’d tire of the dish, but there’s no stopping the salivation when you start talking aromatic spices, coconut milk and fresh seasonal vegetables.

Bruschetta Cheese Ball

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

I love using seasonal fruits and vegetables because I know I’m getting fresh produce. Since we are right in the thick of summer, tomatoes are everywhere, and what better way to use them up than in a Bruschetta Cheese Ball!

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Watermelon Granita

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

This makes a great dessert for a warm evening!

Easy Turkey Salad Croissants

Created by: Laura Petersen, Pink Cake Plate

I love a good sandwich and if it is on a fancy croissant then it's even better. This Turkey Salad Croissant is loaded with delicious turkey, sweet cranberries and crunchy almonds. It sounds really fancy but it's really simple to whip up.

Margarita Popsicles

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

It’s a hot summer day and you have absolutely nothing on the agenda expect soaking up a little sun. I can’t think of anything more fitting as a snack for these types of days than a fresh batch of margarita popsicles in the freezer. Make and store for weekend lounging, or prepare the night before a backyard party!

Sesame Noodles With Shredded Chicken

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

When the summer heat has me straying away from the oven, this Sesame Noodle is my go-to. It’s a family favorite and comes together quickly, without turning on the oven! It is served cold and is enjoyed equally on the back patio or on a picnic.

Blueberry and Rosemary Jam

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Just four simple ingredients are all you need to perfect homemade jam. In this version, blueberries, lemon juice, plenty of sugar, and rosemary are simmered together until the berries are broken down, the sugar has melted, and the mixture is super thick.

Italian Inspired Pinwheels

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for busier routines with school back in session, lunch options can be a little repetitive. To switch things up from your average sandwich try these Italian inspired pinwheels. Made with a spinach wrap this makes a great lighter meal option and can be made ahead of time.

30-Minute Chicken Tikka Masala

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Chicken Tikka Masala is the first item I order whenever I try out a new Indian restaurant. While I’m a huge fan of Indian food in general and wholeheartedly embrace every last meal on the menu, the masala dishes are my all-time favorite. I tend to gauge the goodness of a restaurant based on the flavor of its masala.

Mason Jar Cobb Salad

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

Preparing meals ahead of time can make mealtime easier, quicker and help you stay on track with a balanced diet. Mason jars are perfect for storing soups, salads and trail mix to eat when on the go. Avoid buying fast food on busy days with this mason jar Cobb salad.

Mexican Quinoa Salad On the Go

Created by: Lauren Saylor, A Fabulous Fete

This Mexican quinoa salad is on my menu every single week. It’s simple to prepare with the quinoa being the longest step in the process and just a little chopping in advance, and it has a ton of flavor while still including healthy veggies and fats.

PB&J Trail Mix

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

School will be back in session soon, and that means the return of long days filled with homework, after school practices, and studying. Keep the kids fueled all day long with this easy to make and kid approved PB&J Trail Mix.

Back-to-School Photo Booth

Created by: The Crafting Chicks

Capturing Back-to-School photos is a tradition I look forward to every year. There's something about capturing the excitement of a new grade and all the possibilities of a new year. I also love to compare and see how much each child has grown from the year before and how their personal style changes and evolves over the years.

Create a Hub for Back to School Organizing

Created by: Sharon Garofalow, Cupcakes and Cutlery

If you are like me, sending the kids back to school is bitter sweet. After spending all summer with them, I miss when they aren’t with me all day, every day. However, I certainly do look forward to those kid-free hours in the middle of the school day. It means I have time to focus on the things that I love again and to get things back in order after a summer full of vacations and activities.

Orange Scented Vinegar

Created by: Crystal Owens, A Pumpkin & A Princess

As summer comes to an end and we prepare for the busy routines of back to school schedules, I like to take the time to catch up on some much needed cleaning and organization. Here are a few tips on how to prepare your home for the end of school and new school year.

Simple Zippered Tablet or Laptop Cover

Created by: Amy Christie, this heart of mine

From laptops to tablets, music players to digital cameras, we love our electronics. Unfortunately, we don’t always do the best job protecting our trinkets. With a few pieces of fabric and a zipper (plus notions!), you can create a zippered cover to fit any device you need.

Baby Shower Oreo Pops

Created by: Erin, Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Baby showers are a time of celebration for that new bundle of joy that is about to enter the world. Baby will be getting plenty of attention soon enough, so I personally think the shower is a great way to pamper mom.

Berry Blue Parfait

Created by: Britni Vigil, Play. Party. Plan.

One of the easiest themes for a baby shower is to pick a color and plan your menu and decorations based on a specific color. Try a tickled pink shower for a baby girl, full of pink foods and pink decorations.

Salmon Sliders with Baby Pea Pesto

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

These salmon sliders with baby pea pesto are the perfect handheld bite for a baby shower! The miniature slider is made with freshly ground salmon and packed with plenty of garlic, mustard and crispy panko breadcrumbs for an updated take on a classic salmon cake.

3-Ingredient Grilled Mango

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

5 Unique S'more Ideas

Although the mix of sticky-sweet marshmallow, crunchy graham cracker and creamy chocolate conjures up childhood memories of camping, s’mores can get old if you never break from tradition.

All-American Ice Cream Float

Scorching summer days call for decadent indulgences like this All-American Ice Cream Float. It's a versatile beverage that doubles as a dessert or a delightful adult cocktail.

7 Ideas for a Quick and Easy Party Cleanup

As a host, throwing parties is infinitely more enjoyable when cleanup is simple, but there's plenty you can do before your guests arrive to lighten the load. With a little preparation, you can minimize the time and effort it takes to tidy up, so you can relax and enjoy your party all the more. 

American Flag Mason Jars

Napping in hammocks, movie nights with the kids and patriotic celebrations all hold a special place in our summer schedules. Fill the quieter moments with creative crafts like these American flag Mason jars.

Brazilian Grilled Pineapple

Choose any color pineapple that has healthy green leaves and feels firm to the touch. It may be too ripe for the grill if it’s too soft or pulpy. The heat brings out the sweetness, tempers the acidity and leaves the all-important char marks. Enjoy it on its own or with a scoop of ice cream.

Breakfast Baked Apples

Breakfast apples baked in the glowing embers of a campfire are a sweet but hardy morning treat. Pack them with sausage and oats to fuel the day’s activities. 

Caribbean Jerk Pork Kebabs

Give a spicy Caribbean twist to Greek souvlaki with a marinade that balances hot pepper flavors with aromatic herbs. 

Grilled Shrimp and Vegetables

Created by: Leigh Ann Hieronymus

Celebrate summer on the grill with this colorful grilled platter bursting with flavor.

Grilled Summer Veggie Orecchiette Pasta

Grilling brings out the natural flavor of seasonal produce, while toasted orecchiette adds enough richness for this salad to work just as well as a main course as a side.

Grilling with the Kids: Keeping it Safe

Grilling is a traditional pastime for dads, but your kids may want to help you too, just like they help mom in the kitchen. Grilling is a little different than cooking in the kitchen, though. While the kids can pitch in on preparation, you need to set some ground rules to keep them safe.

Maple and Sesame-Glazed Pork Ribs

These sweet and tangy baby back pork ribs will have your guests licking their fingers and counting down the days to your next summer barbecue.

Marinated Flank Steak

A flank steak is easy on your budget and one of the most flavorful cuts of beef you can buy. Add a marinade to add depth of flavor and tenderize the meat, and you have a recipe for a successful barbecue.

Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Zucchini

A little crispy, a little crunchy – a mix of garlic and Parmesan take grilled zucchini to the next level for a crowd-pleasing summer dish with tons of cheesy goodness.

Patriotic Layered Sorbet

Keep the red, white and blue theme going this summer with this flag-inspired summer sweet that layers a variety of fruit sorbets.

Patriotic Party Cones

Looking for a craft to keep the kids busy during the big summer barbecue? Let their creative juices flow with this patriotic (and practical) activity. After they’ve decorated their party cone with stars and stripes, the kids can fill their holders with sweet treats – a delicious reward for their efforts.

Pesto Caprese Pizza

Pesto caprese pizza substitutes ripe Roma tomatoes for the standard sauce, pairing them with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves, just like in the classic caprese salad.   

Simple Barbecued Chicken

Salt, pepper and olive oil make the flavor of chicken shine. When you add smoky aromas and a bit of charring on the grill, your chicken will taste even better. 

Smoked Paprika Lemon Salmon

With a lemon-wine marinade and a gently-spiced, sweet citrus paste, these salmon fillets come out tender, juicy and perfect for the summer season.

Spiked Watermelon Lemonade

Create a signature drink for your adult guests with fresh watermelon and tangy lemonade at your next summer get-together. 

Sweet Star-Spangled Biscuits

A star-shaped cookie cutter turns biscuit dough into the base for a patriotic dessert! You can make these treats with minimal effort, packaged biscuit dough (sold in tubes in the refrigerated section of your store) along with prepared cream cheese frosting. But if you prefer a homemade touch, feel free to use your own pastry recipe.

Party Plan: Great Graduation Party!

Throw a graduation party to celebrate your grad’s achievement in style! We’ve got everything you need to throw a great graduation bash, from recipes to decorations and more.

Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

Looking for something this spring that will make graduation parties – or any summer get-togethers – easy and delicious? You can do most of the work for these potato skins ahead of time, so right before the party, all you have to do is layer them up, pop them in the oven and serve a hot and delicious treat.

Black Forest Trifle

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Black Forest Trifle combines rich, fudge chocolate brownies with tart ruby red cherry pie filling for the ultimate chocolate cherry dessert. Whipped topping provides a light creamy finish to the entire treat.

DIY Graduation Money Balloons

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

What’s more festive than balloons on graduation day? Balloons with money attached to them! Here’s a crafty and simple idea – gift your grads these Graduation Money Balloons. This is definitely a great way to congratulate them for all the hard work they’ve done!

DIY Graduation Globe Guestbook

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a clever idea for a guestbook at your graduation party? Here’s a crafty and easy one – pull out all the stops at your party with this Graduation Globe Guestbook! Wish your grads success and well wishes on this globe, which will be a perfect keepsake throughout their new adventures.

Fizzy Blueberry Basil Punch

Fresh, versatile and fun…this fruit-based beverage is the perfect bubbly addition to your next summer party!

Party Plan for a Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

Sometimes referred to as the “unofficial” start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend is a great time for friends and family to come together. This year, how about trying a few new recipes at your gathering?

Memorial Day Taco Bites

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Bite-size tacos? Count me in. With warmer temps and summer upon us, that means poolside barbecues, games of cornhole and taco bites for the win. This perfect snack for your weekend shindig has all the taco-meets-seven-layer-dip goodness in one little bite.

Party Plan: Mother’s Day

A day dedicated to Mom and all she does…it’s your chance to show your appreciation. While words can express your love, actions can be just as meaningful, and more fun and delicious!

Croque Madame Crepes

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Black Forest ham and nutty Gruyere cheese are nestled into freshly made crepes, and then slathered in a homemade Gruyere cheese sauce. A perfectly runny sunny-side-up egg tops off each package, making these the perfect breakfast to start the day.

Rosemary Lemon Salt Scrub

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Okay, so I have to admit I haven’t tried many salt scrubs and was excited to make one of my own after reading how easy they are. I'm one for a simple DIY project, and this couldn’t have been any easier and quicker to make.

Party Plan: Earth Day Party

This Earth Day, invite your friends and family over to celebrate brighter days, blooming buds and taking care of the Earth!

Dietitian’s Corner: What Makes Produce “Clean?” Understanding Pesticide Use and Safety

Created by: By: Allison Kuhn, MS, RDN, LD
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with The Little Clinic (inside select stores)

There’s no shortage of hot topics for food and nutrition today. One that comes up often is pesticide use on fruits and vegetables. Most people know that we need to eat more fruits and veggies for our health, but are the pesticides used to raise our produce safe?

Beer-Cider Slam

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

By itself, beer right out of the bottle is a perfect, self-contained beverage. Its naturally bitter and sweet taste, effervescence (who doesn't appreciate bubbles?) and lower alcohol content are all a plus. So why mess with a good thing?

DIY Basketball Hoop Serving Trays

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

Want a sporty way to serve snacks for basketball season? These DIY basketball hoop serving trays are a clever and easy way to pull out all the stops on your table display for the game. They’re made out of paper plates and will definitely be a slam dunk at your party!

Rhubarb Pie

Created by: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

While rhubarb is actually a tart vegetable, it’s most often used with fruits in pies, cobblers, and crisps. Here, it shines on its own—unless you want to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Upcycled Bird Feeder

Created by: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Products

Add some homemade beauty for your flying friends this spring out of an empty plastic bottle to make an upcycled bird feeder. If you use a plain container, try painting it or wrapping it in vinyl adhesive paper.

Homemade Hummus

Created by: The Simple Truth Blog

Hummus only takes a few ingredients to make—many of which you may have on hand! Enjoy with pita chips or fresh veggies like carrots or bell peppers.

Lavender Collins Cocktail

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something refreshing about a cocktail with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. This Lavender Collins Cocktail is the perfect mix of sweet (from a lavender-infused syrup) and tart (from lemon juice). The club soda topping gives it a nice sparkling twist.

Fusilli & Arugula Salad

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Springtime is here, and that means there are a lot of delicious and fresh veggies to go around. Try switching up your traditional green salad with pasta this season – you'll be surprised at what a little fusilli can do.

8 Ways to Welcome Spring

I love making small changes to my home to welcome the coming seasons. Spring is one of my favorite seasons because it reminds me of flowers, fruit and sunshine. Below are some of my favorite ways to ring in the spring season.

Breakfast Enchiladas

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Who doesn’t love enchiladas? The melted cheese mixed with the flavors of the sauce and meat are delicious. Combine this with breakfast, the best meal of the day, and you’ve got the perfect idea!

Coconut Overload Cupcakes with Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Cupcakes are not just for children (grownups love them too!), especially when they're soft, sweet and full of flavor. While cake mix versions are convenient, adults are often looking for something with a little more complexity, originality, substance and charm. However, I will say even the older crowd loves a really good frosting. 

A Healthier Easter for Your Kids

Created by: By: Molly Hembree, RDN, LD - Dietitian

Make this Easter both entertaining and health conscious for you and your family by following some of these helpful tips.

Party Plan: Love & Food

Share some fantastic food with someone special – the perfect combination for Valentine’s Day!

Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

One of the hardest things about being vegan or lactose intolerant is missing out on delicious desserts when you eat out or you're at a party. Every year on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I stay home and cook together in our pajamas, but we usually don’t make a dessert.

Vegan Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Every year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I make dinner at home. We always try a new recipe, and it becomes such a fun experience – cooking together in the kitchen, lighting some candles for ambiance and getting to eat in our pajamas.

Football-Shaped Rice Krispies Treats

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

We love football season! However, I have to admit I might be in it more for the food than the football. That's okay, right? Although there are a lot of die-hard female football fans, I enjoy cooking for the game a little more than just sitting and watching it. I bet I'm not in the minority on this one.

Non-Alcoholic Sangria

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

Every party or celebration needs a beverage that sparks conversation. When I'm getting ready for the big game, I start prepping and planning for a drink that will wow the crowd, and this sangria mocktail does the trick. It’s kid-friendly and – even better – it tastes superb.

Dietitian’s Tips: Enjoy the Game without the Gorge

Created by: By: Allison Kuhn, MS, RD, LD
Kroger Corporate Dietitian

Fall and winter may be famous for their traditional holidays, but let’s not forget about football season, a definite highlight of this time of year!

Alpine Mint Hot Chocolate

One sip of this decadent hot chocolate will transport you to a cozy ski lodge in the Alps. Patterned sweater optional.Sweet and delicious, with just a hint of mint, this hot chocolate is a favorite for family members of every age.

Carrot & Dill Soup

This cozy combination is big on flavor, for a soup that will deliciously chase the chills away.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Chili con Cremini

Step up your chili game with mushrooms and a host of other flavorful ingredients, for a cold-weather meal that’s sure to become a favorite.

Coconut Lentil Soup

Lentils and coconut combine perfectly for a soup that’s brimming with flavor.

Coffee Vienna

For a decadent morning coffee, or for a warm treat any time of day, try this tasty beverage!

Fire-Roasted Tomato Chili

This rich, flavorful, crowd-pleasing chili is a recipe that will keep you warm down to the tips of your toes! Serve alongside chips and dip, chicken wings and a vegetable tray.

Old School Beef Stew

This classic combination of hearty beef, potatoes, carrots, onion and celery makes for a crowd-pleasing dinner that’s just as delicious as leftovers the next day!

Snickerdoodles

Warm up this winter with a batch of snickerdoodle cookies! A little bit of cinnamon gives these cookies their classic taste…perfect for enjoying warm and fresh, just a few minutes out of the oven.

Caprese Frittata

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This Caprese Frittata is a twist on classic caprese salad flavor – tomato, basil and mozzarella – that’s ready in less than 30 minutes. You can even make it ahead the night before and reheat in the morning!

Chicken Tortilla Pie

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

This tortilla pie is made with chicken, black beans and corn, using a spring-form pan to layer it all together. It’s almost effortless, and supremely tasty. Plus you can spice it up as much as you like!

10 Tips for Healthy Resolutions, All Year Long

Created by: By: Sarah Koeninger, RD, LD

Many people think of a new year as a way to start fresh and make improvements in specific areas of their lives. The thing is, change is not easy –it takes time to develop new behaviors. Here are 10 Tips that will help you as you plan for a new year and a new you.

Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

There are several things in life that I have a maximum 30-minute attention span for: working out, cleaning and cooking dinner on a weeknight. My reasons are fairly obvious for the first two items on my list – I participate in these activities out of necessity only.

Homemade Slow Cooker Applesauce

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

I couldn't help but snatch up a bunch of the apples that were in season this past fall. Kroger had – and continues to have – a beautiful supply of apples. I splurged on a couple of bags so I could have a fun and affordable holiday tablescape.

Minimalist Cleaning Tips from Japan

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

Oosouji is an end of the year tradition in Japan. It literally translates to "big cleaning." Even if you're not thrilled about the idea of deep cleaning so soon after indulging in holiday treats or hosting out-of-town guests, follow a few of these tips for a calmer start to the new year.

Mint Yogurt Dip

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

After indulging on decadent food and drink over the holidays, it’s natural to want to cut back in the eating department for the new year. Many of us incorporate some sort of healthy eating New Year’s resolution into our habits, even if it only holds up for a month or two. I prefer to be optimistic in my goals.

Office Organizing Tips

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Whether you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to get organized or you’re just looking to tidy up your office, here are three Pinterest-worthy tips that will have your space looking and feeling beautiful.

Orange Glazed Boneless Pork Chops

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I'm always trying to find a solution to the classic family dinner dilemma – making a dish my kids will enjoy and one my husband and I will enjoy, too. I tend to look for recipes I can adapt for my one picky eater and the palates of the rest of the family. It can be really challenging. I often pick a favorite flavor and use it as a starting point to create something healthy with a taste everyone will enjoy.

Quick and Easy Protein Energy Balls

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I am a huge fan of “healthy” protein snack bars, and I typically grab a few every time I’m at the store – the downside is that this is an expensive habit. I set out to find a comparable snack, and love that this one is made with stuff most of us already have in our cupboards!

Panko Latkes with Sour Cream Horseradish Sauce

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

Latkes are one of my favorite parts of the Hanukkah meal. I grew up eating latkes, but not being Jewish, we called them potato pancakes. My Polish grandmother grated the potatoes on the finest section of her box grater. Before she could finish all the potatoes, they were turning brown because they're quick to oxidize. Ultimately, they didn't look very appetizing.

Apple-Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I have spent the last 15 years perfecting this Hanukkah apple cake for my husband. He absolutely adores cinnamon and apples together in baked goods. This particular sweet combination triggers happy childhood memories for him, especially during the holidays. His mother baked lots from scratch, with this flavor profile playing a dominant role.

Bacon, Apple and Pretzel Bread Stuffing

Created by: Cathy Pollack, Noble Pig

I love a good stuffing, especially a nontraditional one. Don't get me wrong, I look forward to classic recipes during the holidays, but I always make a few new dishes too. Stuffing is one of the easiest ways to add something unexpected and creative to the mix.

Almond Donuts with a Blueberry Glaze

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

The almond-blueberry combo in these homemade donuts is as fun as it is delicious. These are guaranteed to be just as exciting as the presents on Christmas morning. The frosting can be made ahead of time, and if you really want to be on top of things, you can make the dough the night before, too.

DIY Holiday Mugs

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

When the cold weather hits, everyone loves a good cup of hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Invite the kids into the kitchen to get creative with this simple craft that makes the perfect gift for friends or family.

Turkey Breakfast Casserole

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Certain recipes have been in families for years – recipes you remember enjoying from the time you first started forming memories. My family has a sausage egg casserole that my grandma has made for as long as I can remember.

Festive Gift Toppers

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

Wrapping paper is fun and festive, but what’s even more fun is to hint at who your gift is for by adding a clue to the outside of your gift! Whether it’s for the cook in your life, or your little artist, these wrapping additions will add a little excitement to Christmas morning!/p>

Cran-Apple Fizzy Mocktail

Created by: Emily Buys, The Clever Housewife

The party beverage often gets overlooked, or gets turned into a bottle of soda, juice or water. Just a little planning and creativity can really make that punch stand out. Every holiday party or gathering needs a fun beverage that can be consumed by kids and adults.

Cranberry Bruschetta

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Cranberries make for a great holiday recipe ingredient, but sometimes the recipes can be really time consuming. Try this quick and easy cranberry bruschetta, and your holiday party guests will be calling you the next Martha Stewart.

Pomegranate and Mustard Glazed Ham

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Holiday traditions. Every family has them at this time of year, and families have completely different ideas of what’s “traditional” for the holidays. For my family, Thanksgiving means turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie. But there are no food traditions to be heard of for my family during the holidays after Thanksgiving. We play around each year with different meal plans and proteins.

Cranberry and Pistachio Cheese Ball

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

There are a million reasons why I love the holidays. The lights are dazzling; there’s festive music everywhere you go and people just seem genuinely happy. Although, as a person who seriously loves to eat, perhaps the single thing I love most about this time of year is all the fun finger food I inevitably get to snack on at every party.

Dried Cranberry, Sage and White Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

I always thought when it came to the kitchen, you were either a cook or a baker – never in between – and for most of my life that mentality was pretty accurate. Although, in the last couple of years, I’ve actually found baking to be quite simple, and I even feel a heavy sense of accomplishment when a recipe I’ve developed from start to finish is received with rave reviews.

Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

Holidays are all about some serious side dishing. We all know how it goes. Life as we know it gets put on hold and we focus our attention on this one thing that seems fairly unimportant at any other time of the year – the side dish. But during the holidays, side dishes can be just as important and require just as much forethought and energy as the main dish.

Hot Toddy Apple Cider

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of apple cider during the holidays. Here's your classic apple cider taken up a notch. Hot toddy apple cider is an easy, comforting and delicious drink, perfect for snuggling by a holiday fire.

Healthy Tips for Making it Through the Holidays

Created by: By: Molly McBride, RD, LD
Kroger Corporate Dietitian

It’s that time of year when we all prepare some “wiggle room” for weight gain and delicious holiday goodies. What if we looked at the holiday season a little differently? We can indulge yet not overeat! Let’s enjoy the flavors of the season without sacrifice.

Holiday Confetti Popcorn

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth with our quick and easy Holiday Confetti Popcorn. Whether you're looking for a simple gift or just something sweet to snack on, this easier-than-it-looks treat is delicious and sure to delight friends and family this holiday season.

Party Plan: Thanksgiving Feast

Your Thanksgiving guests will have plenty to be grateful for as they gather for a gourmet get-together that pulls out all the stops.

Cheesy Bacon Pull Aparts

Shake up your normal breakfast routine with this delicious combination of cheese, bacon and biscuits.

Cheesy Crab Cake Cups

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy’s Digest

The only thing you need to know this holiday season are the four Cs: Cheesy Crab Cake Cups! These appetizers will seriously make you forget about the main course and have you looking forward to them every Thanksgiving!

Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Martini

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

I love pumpkin pie-flavored anything, so this cocktail was a no-brainer. I decided to make it dairy free because many of my family members, including myself, are sensitive to dairy. The last thing you want after a huge Thanksgiving meal and delicious dessert is to feel bad.

Dietitian’s Corner: Give Thanks for Plant-Based Eating

Created by: Molly McBride, RD, LD – Kroger Corporate Dietitian

It’s autumn, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Have you started thinking about what kinds of plants you can incorporate in or around the center of your plate this holiday season?

Eggnog Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

With festive notes of pumpkin and eggnog, this recipe from Nicole Leggio of CookingforKeeps.com is a great “wild card” dessert among the classic pumpkin and pecan pies we all love so much. Even better: it requires little to no preparation – perfect when you’re cooking an entire Thanksgiving feast from start to finish.

How to Package Thanksgiving Leftovers

Created by: Cathy Pollak, Noble Pig

Cathy Pollak, food blogger for NoblePig.com, has a tried-and-true method for packaging up Thanksgiving leftovers. Follow these tips so that everyone can wake up the next day and enjoy a turkey-stuffing sandwich with a side of mashed potatoes, and enjoy other memories from the meal for weeks and even months to come.

Moist Cake Corn Bread

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

This twist classic cornbread recipe is rich and moist, perfect to serve alongside all the fixings at your Thanksgiving dinner. Looking for an easy way to serve? Opt for baking the batter in a greased muffin pan. This cuts the baking time down to 20 minutes or so. Serve the individual servings in a basket on the table.

Pumpkin Mocha Fudge Brownies

Created by: Cathy Pollak, Noble Pig

I love classic dessert recipes for Thanksgiving, I really do. Would it be Thanksgiving without Mom’s pumpkin layer cake or Aunt Gina’s apple and sweet potato pies? I can tell you right now, it wouldn’t, at least not at my house.

Salt Dough Leaves

Created by: Elisabeth McKnight, Bella the Blog

These easy salt dough leaves are a great way to get the kids involved with the Thanksgiving decor. Poke holes through them before baking to use them as napkin ties, or just scatter them across the table to add a bit of color.

Thanksgiving Cheesy Onion Bread

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

Onions, cheese and bread, oh my! Talk about a delicious appetizer. Cheesy Onion Bread not only looks incredible, it tastes even better…making it perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday. Serve this recipe as an appetizer or pass it around the table during your turkey dinner. Either way, your guests will be satisfied!

Thanksgiving Pomander

Created by: Danielle Cheever, Envision Pretty

The holidays bring around special traditions every year. Decorating the Thanksgiving dinner table with a bowl of pomander – oranges with cloves – is something I've done every single year with my family. This is one of my favorite simple DIY projects that brings everyone together. The aromatic aftermath is simply amazing and the smell lingers for days!

The Untraditional Apple Pie

Created by: Ashley Torres, Pursuit of Shoes

An apple pie baked in apples – who would’ve thought? This recipe makes for a perfect Thanksgiving dessert that will “wow” your guests the second it comes out of the oven. Everyone expects apple pie on Turkey Day, but no one expects it to look like this!

Party Plan: Classic Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner

We've planned everything you need for a traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner, complete with crowd-pleasing side dishes that are sure to become favorites. Just remember to save room for dessert!

Vegan “Meatloaf” with Fig Glaze

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

While my family is all about turkey and ham for Thanksgiving, I have plenty of vegetarian friends who go meatless during holiday feasts. Vegan and vegetarian options may seem limited, but there is ample room for creating filling dishes that are both tasty and approachable.

Roast Turkey Tips

Don’t be chicken of your turkey. Follow these simple rules and your turkey will be moist and succulent!

Baked Dressing Balls

These pre-portioned servings of dressing are crunchy on the outside, and look fabulous placed around the bird on the table.

Bat Scream Sandwiches

Created by: Danielle Cheever, Envision Pretty

There are two things people love when it comes to sweet treats: fun-shaped food and ice cream. I decided to combine the two for a super easy Halloween Treat DIY. (I don’t even know if I should call it a recipe – it was that simple.)

Dietitian’s Corner: Have a Happy, Healthy Halloween

Created by: By Allison Kuhn MS, RD, LD

Without thinking too hard, fill in this blank: “Halloween ____________.” Did you think of candy? If so, you’re not alone! A major part of any Halloween celebration is collecting and enjoying super sweet treats, especially when little ones are involved.

Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie

Who saved room for dessert? If you like classic, creamy pumpkin pie, this streusel topped pie will be your new favorite.

Deli Ordering Tips

Fresh Turkey, Less Prep Required

No need to roast your own turkey. Just call or visit our Deli to order a precooked bird, along with anything else you may need for the big day. We have a great variety of main course, side items, party trays, and desserts available and with just 48 hours notice, our Deli can work holiday miracles.

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Party Plan: No Fuss Turkey Dinner

Pull up a chair to a hassle-free meal this Thanksgiving by leaving all the prep work to us! We’ve got everything you need to put a full holiday meal on the table in mere minutes, so you can give thanks for less time in the kitchen.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes paired with bacon, cheddar and parmesan make for an exciting side dish the whole family will love.

Trash Bag Spider Webs

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

If you're anything like me, you dread the idea of accumulating holiday decorations that will sit in boxes in the garage and gather dust until you are ready to bring them in (special bug visitors? No thank you). I love decorations that are cheap, easy and can be thrown away each year. This DIY idea is so cheap and easy it will blow your mind.

Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin Pie Dip

Created by: Carrie Robinson, Frugal Foodie Mama

This creamy trick-or-treat pumpkin pie dip from foodie blogger TheFrugalFoodieMama.com combines trick-or-treating candy with another fall favorite: pumpkin pie. Fat-free cream cheese and reduced fat whipped topping make this party-perfect dip a bit healthier than other renditions of this recipe. You can rely on the Snickers, Twix and M&M’s to provide plenty of sweetness and decadence.

Black Bean Spider Hummus

Hummus is more than delicious…it's easy to make, too! Blend up some at home and add a spooky Halloween touch with this simple recipe.

Caramel Coffee Toddy

Created by: Hannah Hagler, Champagne Lifestyle

There’s something about fall that makes me crave a warm adult beverage by a fire. This caramel coffee toddy is really easy to make in bulk for guests – just put a pot of coffee on, add a few ingredients and you’ve got a delicious coffee drink for multiple people that won’t take too much time or energy.

Chipotle Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

Your guests will love these miniature deviled eggs, made to look like tiny pumpkins, complete with stems! The chipotle chili powder gives them a spicy kick for even more irresistible flavor.

DIY Halloween Cocktail Rims

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Add spooky flair to your next Halloween cocktail party with DIY Halloween cocktail rims. With a few simple kitchen staples, you can transform your ordinary glasses into frightful drinkware that your guests will go crazy for.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

Fall means it's pumpkin season! This time of year it's great to stock up on canned pumpkin. You can use it in many different recipes – from savory to sweet. I try to make it a personal mission to figure out how many different baked goods I can add pumpkin to. In my mind, that is the very best kind of kitchen challenge.

Pumpkin Crème Brulee Tartlets

Created by: Greggy Soriano, Greggy's Digest

These mini-treats are the perfect pastry for your fall dinner party, a comforting and unique twist on your classic pumpkin pie. What's great about this recipe is that it's “no-bake,” so it makes life that much easier! Private Selection™ even has prebaked pastry tartlet shells that come right out of the box!

Savory Tex-Mex Corn Pancakes

Created by: Nicole Leggio, Cooking for Keeps

Pancakes. Everyone’s favorite breakfast food, right? Not mine. Pancakes tend to be my husband’s (and the rest of the country's) most requested breakfast item on lazy Saturday mornings, and while I share his love for inhaling fluffy pockets of dough with copious amounts of butter and sweet syrup, I actually happen to love pancakes just as much in savory form – for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Spooky Sangria Bar

Created by: Julia Mueller, The Roasted Root

My friends and I have a tradition of getting together on Halloween to enjoy appetizers, watch horror movies and pass out Halloween candy to trick-or-treaters. Some of us even dress up in costumes and we all enjoy a low-key evening with homemade cocktails. We enjoy making a theme for our evening by choosing a spooky Halloween-inspired food or drink to prepare and share.

Twix Icebox Cake

Created by: Emily Caruso, Jelly Toast

This no-bake layered icebox cake from Emily Caruso of JellyToastBlog.com turns leftover Halloween candy into a sophisticated culinary concoction. Just steal some small, fun-size Twix bars from your kids’ tick-or-treating sacks, combine with vanilla and chocolate ice cream and graham crackers, and you’ve got all the makings of an amazing dessert.

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