Design to Dish: Roasted Garlic Brisket

minted hanukkah dinner ideas brisket

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, begins in just two weeks! I’ve always, always wanted to celebrate Hanukkah. I’m a fan of pretty much any and every holiday, especially one with beautiful, sparkly decorations, glowing candlelight, and incredibly delicious food.

Speaking of delicious food, this slow-cooked garlic brisket is a long-time family favorite and would be perfect for Hanukkah dinner. The recipe was given to my mom decades ago by a woman at church, and we’ve made it ever since when we need something a little more special than our usual pot roast. It is simple to make and tastes fantastic, as all good recipes should. Happy Hanukkah!

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Design to Dish: Roasted Garlic Brisket

Recipe: Classic Cranberry Sauce (With Printable Gift Label!)

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Susan Brown
Where you’re based: Menomonie, WI
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since 2011
My favorite thing about the holidays is… having our son and his fiancé home for a few days.
This year, I’m thankful for… good friends, good books, and gold foil!
Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving unless… my family fights over the dark meat.
Stuffing—love it or loathe it? Love it (especially mine!).

There is little that signals the approaching holidays better than the bright red cranberry bogs along Wisconsin’s highways. Since Wisconsin is the biggest producer of this versatile berry, it seemed only natural to share this simple Thanksgiving recipe for fresh cranberry sauce with you. And if you’ve never made this tasty, tart sauce before, I hope it will become a tradition in your family, too.I like to make an extra-large batch of cranberry sauce and spoon it into small canning jars to give as a parting gift. That way, when I’m passing out Thanksgiving leftovers for guests to take home, I include a jar so everyone can enjoy turkey sandwiches with cranberry sauce the next day.  —Susan

Keep reading for Susan’s easy-to-make cranberry sauce recipe…


Design to Dish: Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

By Melissa of  Lulu the Baker

I love Thanksgiving for so many reasons. It happens during the fall, my favorite time of year, there are a million delicious things to eat, and it’s a simple holiday focused on family, love, and gratitude. I’ve always wanted to host a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner filled with mouth-watering food and beautiful details. Some of my favorites—including my grandmother’s delicious pumpkin muffins recipe (perfect for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning!)—are featured below.

thanksgiving breakfast harvest pumpkin muffins

I decided to go in a slightly new direction with the recipe for this post. When we think of Thanksgiving, we always think of dinner, but what about breakfast? For lots of us, Thanksgiving means house guests, and who wants to make a huge breakfast right before making a huge dinner? At the same time, something quick and easy like cold cereal isn’t quite special enough for a holiday or for out-of-town company. These delicious pumpkin muffins are a happy medium: they are quick and easy to make, and taste amazing. If you make the full recipe, there will be enough muffins to feed the army of relatives camped out in your living room!

Keep reading for the recipe…

MORE AFTER THE JUMP... Comments Off on Design to Dish: Harvest Pumpkin Muffins

Recipe: Peanut Butter Fondue

The holidays are just around the corner and that means lots of great opportunities for entertaining. My trick is to have a few tasty treats prepared beforehand so that they’re ready to go, like this twist on traditional chocolate fondue. Peanut butter is always a crowd pleaser, and this sauce tastes like liquid peanut butter fudge. Best of all, the peanut butter fondue can be made up to two weeks ahead and stored in the fridge, so once your party guests arrive, all you need to do is heat and serve.

Keep reading for the full recipe…


Recipe: Pumpkin Loaf Cake

By Ashley of  Sugar & Cloth

November means one more month of shameless pumpkin plugs (without judgement!), so I decided to take advantage of that fact with this pumpkin loaf cake recipe. It’s simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving Day spread—keep it out on the kitchen counter so your dinner guests can help themselves to a slice (or two!).

Keep reading for the recipe after the jump…

pumpkin loaf cake recipe

pumpkin loaf cake recipe


Design to Dish: Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies

By Melissa of Lulu the Baker

chocolate dipped spiced shortbread cookies

My October wedding anniversary might make me biased, but I just love fall weddings! Spring and summer tend to be the most favored, but autumn is a lovely and beautiful time of the year to get married, too. You can easily incorporate natural elements and rustic textures that are so season-appropriate, and I think fall strikes the perfect balance between cozy and glam—a fabulous combination for a wedding, don’t you think?

Today’s recipe, Chocolate-Dipped Spiced Shortbread Cookies, was inspired by the flavors of fall: warm, heart-warming spices like cinnamon and cloves, paired with rich, decadent chocolate. They are so irresistible! I meant to make a big batch to give to friends, but we ate them all by ourselves!

Keep reading for the recipe…


Recipe: Halloween Miniature Candy Apples

Halloween is pretty laid-back at the Hall house—we order take-out, dispense candy to hordes of kiddos, and watch scary movies. To keep things festive, though, I usually add one easy homemade treat, like these pint-sized candy apples. Don’t worry, I’m not handing them out instead of Snickers bars (doesn’t everyone have bad memories of the candy apple- and popcorn ball-dispensing neighbors?). No, these are strictly for the grown-ups, a sweet treat to prevent you from raiding your kid’s candy stash, plus just the right amount of Halloween nostalgia.

Get the recipe for these mini candy apples after the jump.


Creepy Halloween Cocktails (Part Three): The Poisoned Apple

Poisoned apple halloween cocktail with dry ice by kelli hallWith Apples, Tequila, and Pomegranates

If pressed to pick my poison, tequila is always my drink of choice. This potent potion (the final concoction in our three-part Halloween cocktail series; be sure to also check out The Black Heart and Swamp Swill Martini) is spiked with just enough tequila flavor to counteract the sweetness of the apples, and I’ve added a few dry ice chips to the drink to create swirls of smoke—a cautionary warning about this sinister concoction…

Keep reading for the cocktail recipe…


Recipe: Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

October is often your last chance to relax before ramping up for the busy holiday season. So, in honor of all things cozy and warm, I wanted to share this delicious homemade buttermilk scone recipe with you. Enjoy them yourself, of course, but don’t forget that baked goodies are a great, inexpensive gift to give—simply attach a thank-you note or include the treats in a get-well-soon basket (just remember to inquire about food sensitivities and allergies!).

Get the recipe after the jump…


DIY: Spooky Halloween Centerpiece (That’s Entirely Edible!)

Add a little fright to your dinner table with a spooky Halloween centerpiece that’s totally, deliciously edible. If you’re having friends over for a Halloween party, your guests can nibble on this sinister spread of dark plums, grapes, and berries and a creepy-crawly cheese ball that combines blue cheese, dates, and pistachios. I displayed the centerpiece on my favorite mint-green milk glass cake stand. It’s a fun and unexpected color palette for Halloween and proves that the holiday can be spooky and sophisticated.

Once you’ve gathered all the supplies and ingredients, you’ll be able to put this together in just minutes. Read on for the recipe and instructions after the jump…