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The Basics: How to Make Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are essential at Thanksgiving, but what you don't need is extra stress. Good thing making a delicious, orange-scented, and not-too-sweet cranberry relish is so easy, you don't even need a recipe, certainly not a complicated one. Here's a simple, memorizable method that turns four ingredients into the perfect condiment for your holiday bird. When you're ready to move on and tackle something a bit more complex, check out the recipes below. READ MORE

How We Made the Turducken of Cheese Balls

Here's how we made The Turducken of Cheese Balls: a layer of cheese stuffed inside another layer of cheese stuffed inside another layer of cheese. It was more challenging than we thought it would be. Construction-wise, it needed a solid core onto which we could mold more pliable layers. We hit on using a small washed or bloomy-rind cheese as the central building block, and cream cheese mixed with other shredded cheeses as the layering materials. We also wanted the cheese ball to look stratified, like a cross section of a planet from a kids' science movie. But what toppings would taste good with what cheeses? READ MORE

Mark Your Calendars for the Most Anticipated Beer of the Year

Each fall on Black Friday, hordes of beer enthusiasts crowd the sidewalks and parking lots outside beer shops and liquor stores, anxiously awaiting a chance to purchase the current vintage of Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stout. The liquid inside the bottles—a silky, jet black Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon barrels—is the culmination of years of work by Goose Island’s brewers, the Kentucky-based distillers who first appropriated the barrels, and the meticulous cellarmen who track the barrels and blend the beer that’s been resting in them for 12 months. READ MORE

Thanksgiving for Beginners

New rule: No more fussy holiday meals. You cook a turkey (we show you how in a simple, photo-heavy recipe) and all the fixings. You time it just right (again, we'll show you how). And you enjoy it immensely (for that, you're on your own). We do, however, show you what to do with the leftovers. READ MORE

DIY Sticky Buns: 7 Essential Gooey Recipes

From the tradition of Danish and Swedish yeast cookery come American cinnamon rolls, a.k.a. sticky buns: big, sweet, sticky, optionally glazed and absolutely glorious. The basics remain the same: a simple yeast dough enriched with plenty of butter, coated with honey or sugar and even more butter before baking. In the oven, they develop sticky, sometimes caramelized edges. Make any one of these 7 recipes for a special weekend brunch or morning potluck! READ MORE

9 Semi-Homemade Dinners in 15 Minutes or Less

If you’re reading this, you love food. Maybe you’ve made bread from scratch, or smoked your own ribs, or brewed homemade beer. READ MORE

7 Tips For Making Better Kimchi at Home

DIY kimchi is one of the more accessible at home food projects out there: it doesn’t require much more than some basic ingredients, the lidded crock or container of your choosing, and time. Should be simple enough, right? READ MORE

11 Celeriac Recipes That Will Have You Going Back to Your Roots

Root vegetables don’t do sexy. In fact, you could say they’re the edible equivalent of an ugly sweater party. READ MORE

Everything is Better with Butter, As Proven by These 7 Recipes

If you thought everything tastes better with butter…then you were right. But these recipes for flavored butter take it to the next level. READ MORE

It’s Getting Chilly Out: 8 Styles of Chili Worth Knowing

If you ask the International Chili Society (and most Texans), a true chili is “any kind of meat or combination of meats, cooked with red/green chili peppers, various spices and other ingredients, with the exception of beans and pasta which are strictly forbidden.” READ MORE