A chocolate pecan pie in a ceramic pie plate with one slice missing on a linen napkin.

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Pecans. Chocolate. Bourbon. Dunno about you, but that’s sufficient to make us forget all about that other traditional Thanksgiving dessert. Pumpkin who?

Dry brine turkey on a large white platter, garnished with fresh sage leaves.

Dry Brine Turkey

All the juicy, tender perks of brining. None of the fuss of finding a container large enough to contain a turkey and cramming it in your already overstuffed fridge.

Chili mac and cheese in close up, with breadcrumbs and melted cheese.

Chili Mac and Cheese

Chili mac. It’s short for chili mac and cheese. And yes, it’s exactly what the name would make you think it is. You’re welcome.

A poached pear with warm coffee sauce on a plate with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoon.

Poached Pears with Warm Coffee Sauce

Simply stunning. Stunningly simple. These fancy pants pears are perfect after being poached in a cinnamon-infused syrup and drizzled with a coffee-infused caramel sauce.

Almond flounder meunière in a wooden serving dish topped with sliced almonds and lemon wedges on the side.

Almond Flounder Meunière

Made with both almonds and brown butter, this little number from Dorie Greenspan is the love child of sole amandine and sole meunière.

King Ranch chicken in a large green casserole dish with a serving spoon and a portion missing. A plate, a dish towel and a bowl of spices next to it.

King Ranch Chicken

Whoever created this classic American casserole knew a thing or two. Layers of chicken, roasted peppers, and tortillas smothered in cheese. Gobsmackingly delicious.

Pine nut brittle broken into irregular pieces on a large brown tray.

Pine Nut Brittle

Crunchy, sweet, salty, buttery, and nutty. It comes together in 30 minutes, making it practical to toss together batch after batch for gifts if you get carried away with sampling.