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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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 tiny bites Thanksgiving, Part 1

  When you’re the holiday’s designated cook, and your extended family is large, Thanksgiving can be a very long day. Up early to stuff and throw a 20-pound bird in the oven, there’s barely time to swallow a single cup of coffee before starting the slow and steady work of preparing the expected smorgasbord of […]

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A Thanksgiving Feast

By the time my hip pushed open my parents’ back door just after sundown, the 14-pound turkey I’d just finished roasting sliding precariously on the rimmed cookie sheet I held in my hands, their kitchen was standing-room-only. Bob was bent over the sink, hurriedly cubing apples, pears and persimmons for a colorful fall salad of […]

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