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Welcome to the Holiday Gift Guide 2021!

We are all about “making every day the best day” here at RebbetzinUnplugged, so I put together this amazing list of 10 must-have games to play with family and friends.

Everyone loves board games (and even those without the board). They are fun to play, won’t break your wallet and last for years. There’s even a game in the list that my family and I adapted to playing on a video call together for when traveling and visiting is limited.

Here’s everything you need to know in one place. And there is something for everyone: for Mom, the guys, grandma and of course, for kids of all ages. Whether you have to shop for someone who is practical or picky, this Holiday Gift Guide 2021 will ensure everyone on your holiday list is happy.

So, let me help you take care of a good part of your holiday gift buying and go get playing!

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Mattel Games Apples to Apples Junior – The Game of Crazy Comparisons

This is a great game that will leave everyone laughing! It’s the perfect balance of using one’s imagination and competition.

Rummikub by Pressman – Classic Edition – The Original Rummy Tile Game

Who hasn’t played this classic! Bring joy to the new generation with this favorite game. Played and loved for over 70 years in 50 countries, how can you go wrong!

3-in-1 Wooden Portable Folding Chess, Checkers & Backgammon Game Combo Set. Classic Travel Board Strategy Game Set

Here’s something for everyone, with three classic games in one! This great portable set will keep the fun going for hours.

What Do You Meme? Family Edition – The Hilarious Family Game for Meme Lovers

This bestseller is now made for families! A hysterical game that lets you compete with family and friends to create the funniest memes.

Hedbanz Picture Guessing Board Game, for Families and Kids Ages 8 and up

Kids and kids-at-heart will love this game that really makes you stop and think. Help kids develop their deductive reasoning skills as well as their laughing muscles! Hedbanz now has an app so you can add wacky face filters while you play the physical game.

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Bananagrams: Multi Award-Winning Word Game

A friend gave us this gift over 10 years ago and it is still one of our family favorites! It’s a word game, a race and it may even drive you bananas!

Beat That! – The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges. Game and Household Objects Expansion Bundle [Family Party Game for Kids & Adults]

Challenge others and be challenged. With over 160 different challenges, the fun never ends! Get ready for hours of laughter!

Hasbro Gaming Yahtzee Board Game

My kids love this game as much as I did growing up. And it’s still one of my favorites! A combination of luck and risk, this game will keep everyone on the edge of their seats.

Pressman Triominos – Deluxe Edition Triangular Tiles with Brass Spinners

My sister introduced my family to this game and we have loved it ever since! Think dominoes but better. Triominos is easy, fast-paced and sure to become one of your family’s favorites!

Farkle

Farkle is a fun game of “Should I” or “Shouldn’t I”!

Roll the dice and take some risks, but whatever you do, don’t Farkle!

This game is easy to learn and will keep everyone wondering who will win until the last moment. If travel and visiting is limited, Farkle can even be played during a video call! Our family gathered from all over the world on a video chat and played Farkle together daily.

There’s nothing like gathering around with family and friends over hot cocoa, some delicious chocolate chip cookies and a great game. My Holiday Gift Guide 2021 will help fill your house (or video chat) with laughter and create memories that will last a lifetime!

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When the cold weather begins, one of my favorite things to enjoy is roasted chestnuts! It Italy, they’re called castagne and you can find them everywhere.  The delicious aroma fills the chilly air! You’ll see the steam rising from the special roasting ovens by street vendors in almost every piazza (plaza/square). 

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My favorite castagne are prepared by a street vendor in the Italian city of Bologna, near my mother-in-law’s apartment.  It’s a nice stroll through the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region and it is something special that my husband and I look forward to doing each winter.

Do Roasted Chestnuts Taste Good?

Roasted chestnuts taste so good, and are even better when paired with a glass of wine. Even more, chestnuts can be used in salads, pasta and both savory and sweet side dishes. They also add a distinct nutty flavor to stuffing and go well with many fruits and vegetables like cabbage or apples.

How Do You Roast Chestnuts at Home?

If you’ve ever wondered if you can roast chestnuts at home, wonder no longer! It’s quite simple and takes around the same time it would take to bake a cake. Chestnuts are a wonderful, natural snack. They are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. But you don’t have to stop at roasting them. Chestnuts can also be ground into flour to bake cookies, cakes and even to thicken soups. They are just the perfect staple to have stored in the pantry during the winter.

How to Roast Chestnuts Like an Italian Street Vendor

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Do You Have To Soak Chestnuts Before Roasting?

Soaking the chestnuts helps to create steam. Although some people do this additional step, I never have. You can try it both ways and see which texture you prefer.

Three Ways to Roast Chestnuts

  • Pan – An arrosticastagne is a special pan with holes in the bottom, that is used on a gas stove (or on another source of open flame). The pan allows the chestnuts to cook more evenly. It also allows the open flame to touch the chestnuts, adding to the flavor. You can also use a regular pan or a cast iron pan.
  • Oven – Cook chestnuts on a lined baking sheet. (This is how I usually make them)!
  • Air Fryer – Shake the air fryer basket a couple of times during cooking.

Roasted Chestnuts (Castagne)

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • raw chestnuts

Instructions 

Preparing the Chestnuts

  • Rinse and dry the chestnuts well.
  • With a sharp knife (like a paring knife), carefully score the chestnuts in the center, making a line going across the round side, just piercing the inner skin and not the chestnut itself.
  • Scoring is an important step, because chestnuts expand as they roast.
  • Optional: Soak the scored chestnuts in a bowl of hot water for one minute to help with steaming. Drain and dry them well.

Cooking the Chestnuts

  • Preheat the oven or airfryer 356F / 180C, unless you are using a pan on the stovetop.
  • Oven – cook chestnuts on a lined baking sheet. Shake baking sheet halfway through cooking. Depending on your oven, you may need to flip the chestnuts so they cook evenly.
  • Air Fryer – shake basket to flip chestnuts a couple of times during cooking.
  • Pan – Roast over a medium-low flame, tossing often. Approximately 10-15 minutes.
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: castagne, chestnuts, holiday foods, Italian desserts, italian food, kosher, Winter

Roasted Chestnuts – A Cherished Italian Treat

Enhance any meal or make a holiday even more memorable. A fruit platter, a bowl of hot roasted chestnuts and a bottle of wine (reds are my fave) are a special treat and the perfect way to end a holiday meal. Give them a try!

Have you ever had roasted castagne? What other foods are you looking forward to making this winter? Can’t wait to read what you wrote in the comments below!


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