Thanksgiving Practice Round: 30 Inspiring Side Dishes That Go Next Level

Brussels sprouts, root veg, wild rice with a twist
Nov 24, 2014 12:00 pm

Thanksgiving is the time of year the dinner table gets all dressed up. Make sure it's full to the point of creaking with any (or many!) of our masterfully curated Thanksgiving sides. Looking to cook with squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, root veggies and more seasonal ingredients? Here are 30 recipes to peruse.

Thanksgiving Practice Round: Pies And Desserts

Practice these great Thanksgiving desserts now
Nov 21, 2014 11:00 am

Ready to make pumpkin pie hopping mad? Here are a few of our favorite alternative dessert recipes for Practice Thanksgiving. It's the same as regular Thanksgiving, but with way fewer people to share with — and almost none of the kvetching. Believe us, between these 13 seasonal fall dessert recipes there's something for every sweet tooth. 

Thanksgiving Practice Round: Main Courses

Behold: the shining stars of the Thanksgiving table
Nov 20, 2014 3:00 pm

Here they are, everyone, your 2014 Thanksgiving All-Stars! Take your pick from our biggest, fanciest, juiciest turkeys and assorted roasts of the finest caliber. Brine away, reduce those sauces, tent with foil and rest before carving, it's time for the main event. No matter which one ends up on the table, you'll be a hero for delivering it yourself. 

Mario Batali's Italianish Stuffed Turkey With Apples And Walnuts Recipe

Roll up the best of fall in one lucky turkey
Nov 20, 2014 12:00 pm
Photo: Quentin Bacon

Renowned chef Mario Batali's new cookbook, America — Farm To Table, is a celebration of local farmers around the country. Travel from coast to coast with one of the nation's most beloved culinary faces and see how the master uses local fare to everyone's advantage. Looking for an easier way to serve up moist, delicious turkey this Thanksgiving? Look no further than simple, seasonal stuffed turkey breast.

Enjoy An Organic Thanksgiving Feast At Monsanto Of All Places

Rev. Billy Talen will say grace, among other things
Nov 20, 2014 9:00 am

Looking for a ironic way to spend Thanksgiving? Then head to St. Louis and enjoy an "organic, local, non-GMO and pesticide free" meal at Monsanto, the controversial multinational agrochemical giant. Activists including the theatrical rabble-rouser Rev. Billy Talen are staging a demonstration at the company's headquarters on Thanksgiving day with a planned holiday meal intended to showcase foods that contrast sharply from the company's famous genetically modified crops.

Spicy Sourdough Stuffing Recipe

Tip: pickle your mirepoix, make tangier stuffing
Nov 19, 2014 3:00 pm
sourdough stuffing recipe
Photo: Paul Harrison

When it comes to my favorite Thanksgiving food, I'm in the (proud) minority: I LOVE stuffing. And to be honest, I love even the most basic boxed stuff. But while I have a soft spot in my heart for Stove Top and that ilk, we can all do better. You know what's in that box? Seasoned bread crumbs. Come, my child, and let me show you how to ascend to a higher plane of stuffing. It involves sourdough bread and home-pickling. And it is good.

Chunky Pork And Fennel Pie Recipe

Infuse pie pastry with fennel for layers of flavor
Nov 19, 2014 12:00 pm

When it comes to the basics, look no further than a cookbook by renowned Test Kitchen master Pamela Clark. Her simple, triple-tested recipes are delicious and genuinely foolproof. Her newest book, Pocket Pies, celebrates empanadas, pasties, turnovers and more from the world of sweet and savory handheld pastry. 

Thanksgiving Practice Round: Appetizers

Master these great Thanksgiving appetizers now
Nov 19, 2014 11:00 am

We're all eager to get to the main course, okay? We thought about turkey on the long journey to your house, stuffing at the wine shop, pumpkin pie while were pulling into the driveway, but we're not quite there yet. Don't just dive into your Thanksgiving feast like a barbarian, start it off in a civilized and delicious manner with any of our excellent appetizer recipes. 


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