Raise your holiday cooking game

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Whether it’s hosting your family for a traditional holiday meal, preparing an appetizer to share at the potluck party or just getting a wholesome dinner on the table for your household, the busy days between Thanksgiving and the New Year pose a culinary challenge for us all.

Thankfully, the Internet is chock-full of helpful sites that provide inspiration and recipes for weekday dinner winners and fancy fêtes alike. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorites:

Taste of Home proves easy weeknight meals on a budget are possible, rounding up 40 Family Dinners for Under $10. Throw the ingredients for this stew into the crockpot on your way to the office holiday party and let your babysitter take care of the rest. Or, gather your busy family around the table for a new twist on Fiesta Friday with this enchilada casser-olé!

Between the office and neighborhood or extended family get-togethers, potluck parties abound. It can be challenging to come up with new and different ideas to answer the age-old question of “what can I bring?” has 22 Christmas Potluck Recipes That’ll Earn You Mad Respect. From classics like spinach dip in a bread bowl to cowboy caviar dip, these ideas will help you raise your potluck game. Chowhound is another great resource for answering covered-dish conundrums.

Hosting the holidays at home?  The Food Network is a treasure trove of ideas, including 5 Tips for a Quicker-Cooking Holiday Dinner. We love these simple, easy-to-follow recipes and ideas like assembling salads in advance and substituting Cornish hens for turkey.

Finally, some might say that leftovers are the best part of a holiday meal, and we’re not going to argue with that. Check out 24 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Ham at Delish.

But let’s not forget that in order to step up your cooking game, you may need to step up your appliances game as well. Get the cooking tools you need to prepare these delicious delights at

Happy cooking (and eating)!

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