Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Perhaps the simplest precursor to a dinner party ever. Just make the savory shortbread dough, freeze it, slice it, and bake it at the very last second. You’re welcome.

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  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 10 M
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Sugar Pumpkins

Pumpkin Quick Bread

Home cook and storybook savant T. Susan Chang explains how she eventually came around to baking this quick, fragrant, subtly sweet loaf from a gourd of fairy tale proportions.

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  • 2 H
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Thanksgiving Disaster Frozen Turkey

Thanksgiving Disaster 1: The Bird’s Still Frozen

Nothing can stop Thanksgiving dinner–not rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor a bird that’s still frozen solid a few hours before you intend to say grace.

The Thanksgiving Turkey is Too Big

Thanksgiving Disaster 2: The Bird’s Too Big for the Oven

You know the rule: one pound of turkey per guest. But when your back-of-the-envelope calculations say you need a behemoth, what to do? We have answers.

Thanksgiving Disaster Thermometer

Thanksgiving Disaster 3: The Bird’s Roasted—But Still Raw

The pop-up timer popped. The skin’s burnished. The drumstick jiggles. Yet when you commence carving, you still see a trickle of pink. Ohhhh $(%!

Thanksgiving Disaster Dropped Turkey

Thanksgiving Disaster 4: Transferring the Bird to…Oops!

The bird may be done–whew!–but your work isn’t. Here, foolproof tactics on how the heck to heft a sweaty hen from roasting pan to carving board without incident.

Thanksgiving Disaster Crowded Counter

Thanksgiving Disaster 5: One Oven, 4 Burners, 124 Recipes

Thanksgiving is easily the most denial-inducing meal you’ll contend with all year. But deal with it you must. Here, advice on how to elude oven overload.

Thanksgiving Disaster Help

Thanksgiving Disaster 6: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen!

Offers of help aren’t always that, um, helpful. We’ve got tricks to tuck up your sleeve for keeping those pesky, well-intentioned, do-gooder guests out of your way.

Spiced Maple Pecan Pie

Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise

Here’s a nifty little trick. Reduce maple syrup until sticky, infuse it with spice, and rely on it to impart its ridiculously intense essence to pecan pie.

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  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 20 M
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Baked Mushrooms, Broken Bread

Baked Mushrooms, Broken Bread

An effortless, elegant side that fancies up the form as well as the flavor of two enduring entertaining icons: the stuffed mushroom and Thanksgiving stuffing.

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Pureed Potatoes Recipe

Velvet Mashed Potatoes

No mere mash, this creamy potato puree owes its uber velvetiness to indecent amounts of butter and cream. Oh yeah.

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  • 15 M
  • 35 M
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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

What’s not to love about Brussels sprouts–yes, Brussels sprouts–when they’re buried beneath nutty, buttery Gruyère? Nothing. Nothing at all.

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  • 25 M
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