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Hosting Thanksgiving for the first time? Some tips
NEW YORK — The potatoes are wrong. The football game’s too loud. The kids aren’t dressed right. Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line it can also be prime ground for sniping and griping the first time the torch has been passed. Your mothe...
By Leanne Italie The Associated Press FULL STORY
Guide to help with cooking math
Ready for the annual Thanksgiving math quiz? QUESTION: How large a turkey do you need if you are expecting 12 guests (but possibly 14 if Aunt Sue hasn’t broken up with her loser boyfriend and his tagalong mother by then), one of whom will only eat birds raised on a gluten-free diet, three of them...
By J.M. Hirsch The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fresh take on herb-roasted turkey
There is something splendid about an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey, not the least of which is the way it fills the home with rich, savory aromas. So with this recipe, we didn’t want to stray too far from that ideal. But we did want to mix things up just a bit. We drew our inspiration from Arge...
By Alison Ladman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Bring leeks in from the sidelines of Thanksgiving
Leeks too often are a sideshow. They are given bit parts in other dishes, usually a soup or a saute. And in the process, all that is wonderful about leeks is lost. So this Thanksgiving, we decided to gives leeks the star treatment. They are deliciously sweet, yet pair wonderfully with so many savor...
By Alison Ladman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ten fresh ways to doctor stuffing mix
Let’s be clear about something... When making stuffing, it’s always better to slice and dry your own bread cubes. Hands down, the taste and texture are better. But let’s also be realistic. In the chaos of getting the many components of Thanksgiving dinner on the table in a timely manner, many...
By Alison Ladman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Making your mashed potatoes extra creamy
I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life, faithfully adhering to the method I was taught in cooking school. And I’ve always been reasonably happy with the results. And really, how far wrong can you go with potatoes, butter and cream? Who cares if your mashed potatoes are a little...
By Sara Moulton The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ten ideas for cranberry sauce
We get it. The allure of canned cranberry sauce goes well beyond convenience. There’s something about the ridges on the side, about the way it jiggles on the plate, about the way it slides down your throat. We get. So you should to. On this day of giving thanks (and indulgence), embrace canned cr...
By Alison Ladman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Pumpkin pie reconfigured as Thanksgiving cannoli
Who says the Thanksgiving pumpkin dessert has to be a pie? We decided to tinker with tradition just a bit by turning the usual pumpkin pie filling into cannoli. Same great taste, whole new packaging. Not only is this an impressive, finger food-friendly way to get a pumpkin dessert on the table, it...
By Alison Ladman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Use citrus to lighten the meal, not its impact
Sausage in the stuffing, cream in the potatoes, gravy on that big, rich bird. Face it, Thanksgiving is one heavy meal. The best way to lighten things up? Citrus. “It adds brightness, freshness, it accentuates other flavors,” says cookbook writer Michael Ruhlman, author of “Ruhlman’s Twenty...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Another traditional Thanksgiving pie — mincemeat
It’s important to keep Thanksgiving dinner a rich affair from start to finish. That’s why we decided to skip the usual pumpkin pie in favor of a thick mincemeat crumb-topped pie jammed with dried fruit, spices and citrus zest. The result is a dessert that is both lightly sweet and richly spicy....
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Sweet potatoes that are sweet, minus marshmallows
Our goal was simple — a sweet potato recipe for Thanksgiving that is sweet... But not too sweet. As in, no marshmallows needed. Our solution was to reach for citrus and honey, a wonderful combination that pairs so well with roasted root vegetables. A splash of white balsamic vinegar helps balanc...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Use sage to up the savory flavor of acorn squash
Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of winter squash. Now add a drizzle of maple syrup, a sprinkle of maple sugar and a few fresh sage leaves, and that same roasting takes this simple Thanksgiving side dish totally over the top. If you’d rather use butternut squash, buy small squash, then h...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
A trio of T-Day sides tied together with sage
Sage is one of those herbs chefs love to love. With its earthy, peppery perfume and textured leaves that fry crisp like chips or saute soft like blankets, it offers a range of savory sensations that can help pull together an elegant Thanksgiving menu. Sage is beloved around the world for its heady ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Real browning on a turkey comes from a bottle
Want the secret to a beautifully bronzed roasted Thanksgiving turkey? It’s all in a bottle. In our many years of cranking out too many Thanksgiving birds, we’ve found that no roasting technique produces that perfectly browned bird quite as well as a dumping a bottle of soy sauce over the turkey...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Give thanks for the scent of turkey and sage
Simple, beautiful and wonderfully scented. That was the goal with this recipe for sage-infused roasted turkey. We get the bold flavor of sage — at once herbal and savory — into the turkey two ways. First, we add minced fresh sage to softened butter, which then is rubbed both under and over the ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Brown sugar and spice give turkey a sweet heat
For this combination of sweet and heat, we reached for a bunch of spice cabinet and baking shelf staples. We start with a base of brown sugar (light or dark, it doesn’t matter). We then tame that sweet jolt with smoked paprika, chili powder, onion powder, cayenne, garlic powder, salt, pepper and ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Ditch the dinner rolls and do easy fennel biscuits
Dinner rolls are dandy, but for ease biscuits are best. We created this simple biscuit recipe to let the flavors of crushed fennel seeds and fresh chives shine. They are delicious warm from the oven and are perfect for sopping up excess gravy and mashed potatoes. They also can be prepped ahead of ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Fresh fennel slaw brightens the Thanksgiving table
So many traditional Thanksgiving foods are rich and heavy, it’s a good idea to balance things by also serving something fresh and light. So we blended thinly sliced fresh fennel and dried apricots with a vinegary yogurt-mayonnaise dressing to create a slaw that is both hearty enough to stand up t...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Put an exotic touch on a classic Thanksgiving roll
Injecting a taste of the exotic at Thanksgiving is a tricky business. After all, this is a holiday built on tradition; mess too much with what everyone loves and you’re going to have some grumpy diners. Which doesn’t mean you can’t mix it up a bit. You just have to be selective. Start by leav...
Tarting up your Thanksgiving butternut offering
Much as I love butternut squash — and firmly believe it belongs on the Thanksgiving table — I’ve grown bored with the ways it typically shows up. Too often, the squash is cut into chunks, then either seasoned and roasted or steamed and mashed. And while both approaches can be delicious, they ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
A healthy, Thai take on the Thanksgiving pumpkin
Halloween may be done, but pumpkin season rolls on! And it’s a welcome fact of life for a pumpkin lover like me. I’m a fan of traditional American pumpkin pie, of course, but I also know that pumpkin is versatile, and I thought I might be able to internationalize it a little, too. This recipe, ...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
A little protein makes pumpkin pie a lot healthier
AP Photo NHMM107, NHMM104, NHMM102, NHMM108, NHMM101, NHMM105 Eds: The Healthy Plate helps home cooks discover the healthier side of everyday ingredients. It runs every week. With AP Photos. By MELISSA D’ARABIAN Associated Press The holiday season just isn’t the same if I don’t stuff my fa...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Roasting vegetables to be both fresh and familiar
Tired of the same old sides at Thanksgiving? We decided to come up with something both fresh and familiar. This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics — onion, butternut squash and corn — but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes. The chickpeas add a mild nutty flav...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
This day in history
In 1789, North Carolina became the 12th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In 1861, Judah Benjamin, who had been acting Confederate Secretary of War, was formally named to the post. In 1922, Rebecca L. Felton of Georgia was sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. In 1934, the...

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