Holiday Cooking Skills

Feel a little bewildered when it comes to carving a turkey, making gravy, or baking layer cakes?  Learn these essential holiday cooking skills from our experts.

  • Classic Roast Turkey
    James Carrier

    Carving a Turkey

    Carving a turkey properly is an essential skill for getting the most meat possible from your bird.

  • Preparing a Turkey for Roasting

    Preparing a Turkey for Roasting

    Your Thanksgiving turkey will be juicy and flavorful when you follow these tips for preparing a turkey for roasting. 

  • Roasted Turkey and Gravy

    Making Gravy

    Gravy is a key part of most holiday tables—and making your own is easier than you may think.

  • Gingerbread Lighthouse
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Decorating Gingerbread Houses

    Who doesn't love making and decorating graham cracker gingerbread houses?  Learn how with this step-by-step video.  (The gorgeous Gingerbread Lighthouse pictured here is courtesy of the fantastic staff at Coastal Living).

  • Royal Icing
    Photo: Mary Ellen Bartley

    How to Make Royal Icing

    Royal icing is an essential part of holiday baking, and oh so simple to make yourself.
  • Christmas Cookies 4 Ways

    Decorating Cookies

    Learn how to decorate gorgeous iced Christmas cookies.

  • Hot Spiced Cider
    Photo: Tina Cornett; Styling: Mary Lyn Hill Jenkins

    Making a Spice Bag

    Make your own spice bag for using in mulled wines or spiced ciders. 

  • Red Velvet Peppermint Cake
    Photo: Tina Cornett

    Making a Layer Cake

    Learn tips for baking the perfect holiday layer cake.

  • Making a Piecrust

    How to Make a Pie Crust

    While storebought pie crusts make a nice pie, it's so satisfying to make your own pastry crust.  Learn how with this step-by-step video. 

  • Iced Browned Butter Sugar Cookies
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    How to Freeze Cookie Dough

    Freezing cookie dough ahead of time makes holiday cooking baking a truly stress-free activity. Our tips make freezing dough easy as pie.

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