Go Homemade for the Holidays

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Why buy from the store when making it yourself can be cheaper, tastier and a lot more fun? Build on current holiday traditions or invent new ones by getting the whole family involved in making dinner from scratch this holiday season. From stuffing cubes and cranberry sauce to pie crust and whipped cream, eHow Food shares expert tips on how to make a perfectly homemade holiday meal.

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Cranberry Relish

It literally takes seconds to make your own cranberry relish if you follow one of Louisa Shafia's family traditions. Throw a bag of cranberries, some oranges and OJ into the blender and you'll never buy canned cranberry sauce again. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Chunky Cranberry and Orange Relish in HD

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Pumpkin Puree

Sure, the can is convenient, but homemade pumpkin puree has more nutrients and a noticeably more vibrant flavor and color. All it takes is a small pumpkin, some olive oil, an hour in the oven, a whirl in the food processor, and you're well on your way to a pumpkin pie made from scratch. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Quick Tip: Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree in HD

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Pie Crust

Forget the horror stories -- making your own pie crust is simple, rewarding you with a buttery flavor and well-deserved sense of accomplishment. Heather Bertinetti walks you through her super easy recipe (Hint: it's called "3-2-1 dough" for a reason). - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch How to Make a Pie Crust from Scratch in HD

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Whipped Cream

Why stop now? Top your homemade pies with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. A few minutes with a mixer and a bit of vanilla and sugar brings pillowy peaks of whipped cream to share with your guests. Now the only question is, who gets to lick the beaters? - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Whipped Cream Made Easy in HD

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Put an end to holiday fights for the best chocolates in the box by making your own. Heather shows that all you need is chocolate and any flavors you want to include. She uses peppermint candy, but your creative options are endless. - in association with Rachael Ray

Related: Watch Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Truffles in HD


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