At any festive holiday get-together, the kitchen is the spot to be, and it’s no different at CHOW HQ. Holidays are food, and as they get closer, the vibe in our test kitchen gets a little crazier—especially today. Adela is cooking loads of Thanksgiving food, Chris is taking pictures of it, and Meredith, Eric, and Blake are shooting videos of it. Aïda and I are writing up recipes and styling the food for pictures, the designers are debating which photo sizes to use for their layouts, and the rest of the staff keeps trickling in to sample what we’re cooking—all in our usually peaceful little test kitchen. Just like being around all of your family at once, we eventually drive one another crazy, but at the end of the day, we just have a cocktail.

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