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Soups & Starters

Sounds crazy, but the key to a sane Thanksgiving is to start cooking well ahead. The recipes here were created with this idea in mind. Only the salad needs a quick last-minute tossing.

    Velvety Beet Soup
    Chicory-Leek Soup
    Spinach and Orange Salad with Parmesan Pecans
    Fresh Goat Cheese and Crispy Shallot Dip

Main Course

Turkey is so traditional, so satisfying, so...predictable. But give it a curry sauce or a teriyaki glaze and you've added an element of surprise. An even bolder move: Serve a juicy pork rib roast instead.

    Pork Rib Roast with Orange-Whisky Glaze
    Imperial Turkey with Curry Gravy
    Teriyaki-Glazed Turkey with Shallot Gravy

Breads & Condiments

Making rolls or condiments from scratch might seem like a chapter from an over-achiever's Thanksgiving guide. But because they can be prepared days in advance, they're really the easiest part of the meal.

    Onion-Buttermilk Pinwheels
    Bay Leaf-Scented Spoon Rolls
    Applesauce with Dried Cranberries
    Port-Cranberry Sauce

Side Dishes

Beige, brown, more beige, more brown: A Thanksgiving plate can be a little drab.That's where great side dishes come in, adding a hit of color—not to mention texture and flavor—to the pigment-challenged turkey and gravy.

    Roasted Broccoli with Ancho Butter
    Cider-Braised Collards with Ham
    Ham and Sausage Strata
    Champagne-Roasted Cauliflower with Gruy�re
    Spicy Green Beans with Bacon and Tomatoes


Desserts make us greedy. Appealing to our want-it-all urges are recipes that combine several favorites in one: pumpkin cheesecake with a brownie crust, say, or macaroon bars topped with chocolate-covered chestnuts.

    Marbled Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brownie Crust
    Hazelnut and Raspberry Jam Linzer Tart
    Carrot Cookies with Orange-Brown Butter Glaze
    Coconut Macaroon Bars with Chocolate-Covered Chestnuts
Published November 2002


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