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Williams Sonoma Is Having a Major Sale on Le Creuset—And There Are Pieces for Less Than $100

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How to Throw an Amazing Cookie Swap (That Even Your Vegan and Gluten-Free Friends Can Enjoy)

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On the day of the final taste test for our annual holiday cookie contest, the excitement in the EatingWell office mingled with the scents of cinnamon and toasted nuts. People had trouble staying at their desks. They couldn’t wait to get into the Test Kitchen to taste the 10 semi-finalist cookies and vote for their top picks. “I love cookies! Today is definitely my favorite day at EatingWell,” squealed Brierley Wright, our associate nutrition editor, when she saw the rows of cookies cooling on racks in the kitchen. Anne Treadwell, our research editor, had the day off.

Hilarious Food Costumes to Win Halloween This Year

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Halloween is my favorite time of the year—I like the decor, the joy it brings and of course, seeing my adorable niece and nephew all dressed up in their costumes.

You Need to Make This Luscious Chocolate Dessert Board for Your Next Party

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Uncork the wine, put out a selection of chocolate bars with accompaniments like fruit and nuts on a beautiful board and invite friends to bring a few of their favorite chocolates to share.

Move Over, Pumpkin: These Spooky Fruit and Vegetable Jack-O'-Lanterns Are Winning Halloween This Year

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Halloween is a time for crazy costumes, spooky recipes, trick-or-treating, pumpkin-flavored everything and, of course, jack-o'-lanterns! This year, take your traditional pumpkin carving up a notch with these four fruit and vegetable jack-o'-lanterns. Use our free printable stencils to create your next holiday-party centerpiece.

Pickling Parties Are the Best Kind of Party & Here's Why

I've always been a big partier, but at age 40 you won't find me doing keg stands. Instead, my last several gatherings have been in the name of food preservation. Sounds strange I know, but I'm a produce hoarder who preserves every fruit or vegetable I can stuff in a jar. It's a time-consuming hobby that goes a lot faster if you have lots of hands on deck. So to satisfy both my obsession with pickling and my love for entertaining, I throw pickling parties. At the end of it all, every­body goes home with jars of tangy jewels.

How to Throw a Backyard Seafood Boil Party

Since eating seafood like lobster, crab and peel-and-eat shrimp is both a deluxe food experience and a hands-on activity, it's great for a party—especially in the summer. Boiling up a large pot of shellfish with all the fixings of a classic low-country boil—potatoes, smoked sausage, Old Bay seasoning and plenty of melted butter for dipping—is one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd. The benefits are endless: