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12 Cocktails to Help You Get Through Thanksgiving

If, like us, you get sick of beer and wine at Thanksgiving, try one of these recipes for a special cocktail (or big cocktail batch) that you can use to impress those relatives you only see once a year. With just a few ingredients you already have in your bar, you can make something that pairs perfectly with the rich and seasonal fare we all love to sit down to. READ MORE

Best Squash Recipes

Winter squashes have a special place in our hearts and on our holiday tables (naturally, the two are linked). From a puréed soup of roasted butternut with a tangy undercurrent of Granny Smith apple, to a salad of roasted delicata slices, we find ourselves eating a diversity of squash varieties in an array of preparations. Here are 6 we make all season. READ MORE

Pondering What to Bring for Thanksgiving? Use This Chart

Accept an invitation for Thanksgiving and you figure you’re in the clear: no need to get up at 4 a.m. to wrestle a corpse-cold turkey out of a bathtub filled with ice and brine. Only you promised you’d bring something, and this is probably the one day of the year when you can't show up with some dusty bottle of cooked Cabernet from the corner market. So here, in convenient flow-chart format, a system for deciding that gnawing question: What to bring? READ MORE

Best Bread Recipes

From quick breads to yeasted rolls, something baked and sliced is always our favorite side, be it a Thanksgiving buffet or ordinary Wednesday supper. Breads can be intimidating for the novice cook, but really, once you get the timing down and (in the case of yeasted breads) a feel for properly risen dough, breads are a snap to make. Here are 10 we couldn’t live without. READ MORE

The Basics: How to Make Apple and Sage Stuffing

Apples and sage are one of the most evocative fall pairings we know—the sweetness and subtle acidity of aromatic apples like Galas or Pink Ladies, with the resinous, piny scent of the fresh herb. We’ve paired them for the ultimate autumnal celebration dish, the Thanksgiving stuffing. It’s a classic, easy-to-assemble bread stuffing baked outside the turkey so the top ends up golden brown and crisp. We designed this recipe to be easy to master, more of a general formula than a strict recipe. Enjoy! READ MORE

Alton Brown’s Roast Turkey is Amazing, Especially with These Thanksgiving Side Recipes

Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey recipe from Food Network is a marvel—it yields a tender, juicy bird, wafting heady holiday flavors. Perfect, right? Except even perfection can be improved on, in this case by a whole tableful of equally amazing sides. Here are 8 that do full justice to Alton's recipe. READ MORE

14 Great Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren’t Pie

Although pie is the usual star of the Thanksgiving dessert parade, sometimes you’ve got to branch out and try something new. If you’re looking for an alternative to pie, here are some highly recommended Thanksgiving dessert recipes you haven’t tried yet. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

Aren't stock and broth just the same thing? Are they interchangeable in recipes? READ MORE

6 One-Dish Thanksgivings You Don’t Have the Guts to Make

These days nothing about Thanksgiving is sacred. Case in point: BuzzFeed’s Thanksgiving in a Bucket, which is exactly what it sounds like: stuffing, mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce, all layered on top of one another in a three-gallon pail. (We can just hear Patton Oswalt singing “I want a failure pie in a sadness bowl” in our heads right about now.) We prefer not to taste all of Thanksgiving in one bite, but should you feel inclined to do so, here are six mash-ups to inspire you. READ MORE

The Best Mac and Cheese Recipes

One of the most popular American dishes ever, macaroni and cheese is more of a mindset than a recipe, shorthand for easy, unchallenging comfort food. Mac and cheese succeeds when it is creamy, rich, and cheesy, but that’s where any particular imperatives end—recipes can be variable, creative, incorporating garnishes, unexpected cheeses, and inventively crunchy toppings. Here are 6 to add to your repertoire. READ MORE