A few ideas for those Thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving dinner takes so much time, energy and planning to prepare, and then everyone’s done eating in what feels like five minutes. It’s enough to drive a conscientious cook crazy. Thank goodness, then, for the meal’s many leftovers, which give those of us who prepare the holiday feast a second (and maybe even a third) […]

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Stunning, reliable cranberries are steeped in Thanksgiving’s heritage

BROWNS MILLS, N.J. — Love ’em or hate ’em, cranberries have long been part of America’s culinary history. Even before Gen. Ulysses S. Grant gave orders in 1864 for the tart ruby berries to be given to Union soldiers as part of their holiday meal, cranberries were common on the table. Native Americans ate them and […]

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Saying good-bye to Pittsburgh’s beloved thumbprint cookie

Pittsburghers are passionate about their cookies. So when Macy’s announced last month that the Arcade Bakery would be closing along with its Tic Toc Room on July 31, a kind of panic ensued.  What’s a holiday, or for that matter, any day of the month or week, without the bakery’s signature thumbprint cookies? Piled with […]

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J. Kenji Lopez-Alt explores the science of home cooking

A self-described science nerd, and proud of it, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt planned a career in biology when he entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990s. He was the type of kid who chose Nickelodeon’s “Mr. Wizard’s World” over ABC’s “Full House.” The only problem was, much as he loved science, he absolutely hated working in […]

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Chasing fall’s colors in Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley

LURAY, Va. — Some years ago, fresh out of college and poor as church mice, my husband and I set out on our great honeymoon adventure. Our three-day drive from Pittsburgh to jobs in Miami would take us through Virginia’s picturesque Shenandoah Valley. To humor my father, we agreed to stop at Luray Caverns. Good call, […]

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All-star Thanksgiving: Roast turkey parts instead of the whole bird

Every year on Thanksgiving Day, the same scene plays out on countless American dinner tables. You score with the holiday bird’s thigh meat (so moist and juicy) but its breast, most unfortunately, is a dry and stringy epic fail. Thank goodness for gravy. Or maybe it’s the reverse. The breast meat carves into tender, magical […]

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A gluten-free Thanksgiving

Cooking for someone with a wheat allergy or sensitivity is never easy, but it’s particularly trying during the holidays. So much of what we love to serve at our Thanksgiving table is chock-full of gluten — from the buttery crust on the pumpkin pie, to the giblet gravy, to the fresh-from-the-oven bread and rolls that are […]

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