"I'M JOINING MY GIRLFREIND'S FAMILY FOR A HOLIDAY MEAL. SHOULD I BRING SOMETHING?" --TYLER W., ANN ARBOR, MI
The short answer is yes. The bigger question is what to give the people you may one day call your in-laws. Luckily, you can't go wrong with one of these parent-pleasing presents:
1. Bottle of Wine
Opt for something moderately priced and easy to drink, yet labeled to impress. Try Hahn Pinot Noir, Bogle Zinfandel, or a Bordeaux red blend.
2. Pumpkin Pie
If you can whisk and pour, you can make this dessert. Try my Maple-Spiced Pumpkin Pie recipe.
3. Seasonal Bouquet
If you're serious about this girl and seriously want to charm her mom, flowers are a good pick. Keep the arrangement to less than $25.