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What’s the Difference Among Our Favorite Squashes and Pumpkins

What’s the Difference Among Our Favorite Squashes and Pumpkins

Out go the yellow summer squash and zucchini, and in come the pumpkins, butternuts, and heartier autumn squashes. Now that fall is upon much of the country, it’s time to ditch warm-weather vegetables and embrace this sweet harvest. But beyond pumpkins, butternuts, and acorns, many of us have no idea what all the squashes in crazy shapes and colors are called, and how to use them. Given the variety available in many markets, we wanted to give you a breakdown of what to look for when shopping. READ MORE

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving

The best way to cook a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner is to think ahead. Here, some tips, techniques, and game plans that will help you host your best turkey day yet. READ MORE

Holiday Glassware Guide: The Essential Wine Glasses for Holiday Entertaining

Holiday Glassware Guide: The Essential Wine Glasses for Holiday Entertaining

When it comes to wine, the vessel matters. Consider your glassware when planning your Thanksgiving and winter holiday meals. If you have a set of Riedel stemware for each varietal — bravo.  If not, stock up on a few essential glasses, focusing on red, white, bubbly, and possibly dessert wines too. The more casual oenophile can invest in some good all-purpose wine glasses, but make sure you have a dozen of them. Tell your guests to bring their favorite bottles of wine, provide a couple of your own favorites, pop that cork, pour, and salud! It's the holidays. Let the wine and conversation flow freely. READ MORE

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

13 Common Cooking Mistakes to Avoid This Thanksgiving

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be stressful even for seasoned experts. It’s a complex task that takes planning both in and out of the kitchen: how many guests will you have, do they have dietary restrictions, do they have other gatherings to attend, and do you have enough space at your table? Avoid common cooking mistakes to prevent a Thanksgiving day disaster. But remember: mistakes do happen. Whether you dropped the turkey or forgot to cook the rolls, Thanksgiving is mainly about spending time with loved ones. Stop worrying and enjoy the indulgence! READ MORE

Tricked-Out Caramel Apples

Tricked-Out Caramel Apples

Creative stuffings and coatings take this Halloween staple to a new level. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

What’s the Difference Between Stock and Broth?

It's a soup stumper. READ MORE

21 Soups & Stews You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

21 Soups & Stews You’d Never Guess Came Out of the Slow Cooker

When spoon weather rolls around, we have to satisfy the craving. While spooning with your partner is all warm and fuzzy (spoon away, you lovebirds!), we're referring to the utensil you need for soups and stews. Chilly weather requires it. But just because you toss a bunch of ingredients into a Crock Pot, press "cook," and head to work doesn't mean you'll have a meal to be proud of at the end of the day. Yet these 21 beautiful soups and stews make cooking with a plug-in appliance taste more sophisticated. Soup is a great make-ahead meal that's even better the next day ... and the next ... and the next, if you still have some left over. This idea works well for weeknight dinners, when you have a time crunch.  READ MORE

12 Ways to Serve Sweet Potatoes at Your Holiday Feast

12 Ways to Serve Sweet Potatoes at Your Holiday Feast

If you go crazy over sweet potatoes like many would for a pumpkin spiced latte, you know how to roast them to perfect tenderness. You also know that sweet potatoes don't have to be served as the traditional diced and roasted side. Break away from the norm this holiday season with these 12 creative sweet potato recipes. READ MORE

Keeping It Real: How Far Should You Go to Accommodate Thanksgiving Guests?

Keeping It Real: How Far Should You Go to Accommodate Thanksgiving Guests?

I hit snooze on my phone this morning, half dreaming of auburn leaves falling to the sidewalk. Somewhere along the way — and I’m not quite sure when it happened — fall arrived. We’re currently in the golden era, where the light is all honey sugar and the air is all bourbon maple. READ MORE

Storing and Re-Heating Tricks and Tips to Survive the Holidays

Storing and Re-Heating Tricks and Tips to Survive the Holidays

Maybe you're superhuman, but the rest of us mere mortals can't possibly make an entire, elaborate holiday dinner all on the big day and have everything as warm or cold as it should be, all at the same time, just as guests are ready to eat. And maintain our sanity. I mean, really. You've got to have a strategy. READ MORE