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Best Thanksgiving Tips

10 Latke Upgrades

Are you one of the geniuses who will be frying up latkes as a starch this Thanksgiving? In a serendipitous collision on the holiday calendar, November 28 is also the first night of Hanukkah and, frankly, now that the idea has been presented, eating latkes on Thanksgiving should become as much of a tradition as cranberry sauce and gravy. Whenever you eat them this winter, here are some ingenious tips from Kay Chun of F&W’s Test Kitchen. Read more >

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Instead of Soup, Serve Hors d'Oeuvres

Sausage-and-Apple Stuffing Bites

Soup is not the greatest party food for a crowd—it spills on the way from the kitchen, and it gets cold while you wait for everyone to be served. Hors d'oeuvres, on the other hand, offer immediate gratification. Read more >

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

This Thanksgiving, Go Green

Thanksgiving Tips, Twists & Tactics: Go Green

Instead of serving just one green vegetable and feeling like you've got it covered, try an explosion of greens with different textures and flavors that all go together. Read more >

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What Not to Do

5 Surefire Ways to Botch Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Takeout from Chicago's The Goddess and Grocer

There are, of course, an infinite number of ways to screw up Thanksgiving. You can bring your biological parents unannounced; you can make inappropriate jokes about the recently deceased; you can look bad, smell funny, or take all the scalloped potato crust, leaving just white mush for everybody else. But this being Food & Wine, I will stick to cooking mishaps. Any of these can easily happen, even to an experienced cook, and most of them have at one time or another. So be vigilant! Read more >

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Highlights from Sirius XM’s Food & Wine Thanksgiving Hour

Earlier today, F&W’s editor-in-chief Dana Cowin hosted a Thanksgiving-packed hour on Sirius XM’s Stars 106 with guests Aaron Sanchez, Dorie Greenspan, Jonathan Waxman and F&W wine guru Ray Isle. During the show, Dana and her guests took calls, answered questions and shared brilliant Thanksgiving tips. The show will be rebroadcast this Saturday at 9 a.m. EST, Sunday at noon EST and next Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. In the meantime, here are a few of the best tidbits from the show. READ MORE >>

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Crunchy Thanksgiving Garnishes

Double-Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw

For foods like potatoes or soup that aren't as naturally crunchy as this Double-Apple and Brussels Sprout Slaw, try one of these garnishes. Read more >

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Essential Drinking

A Thanksgiving Red to Buy by the Case

2011 Château d'Oupia Les Hérétiques

A solid house red is indispensable at Thanksgiving, and Les Hérétiques fulfills all the requirements: It's delicious on its own, it tastes good with almost any food and it's quite cheap, even if you don't find it locally. Read more >

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Expert Guide

6 Ways to Make Stuffing

6 Ways to Make Stuffing: Smoky Chorizo Stuffing

The one thing all delicious Thanksgiving stuffings or dressings have in common is, actually, nothing. They can be made with any kind of bread or no bread at all. They can be studded with everything from sausage to pecans to oysters to fennel. They can be baked in a casserole dish or oven-safe skillet or muffin tins or not baked at all. Here are six of the best ways to make this essential Thanksgiving side dish. Read more >

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Make a Bright Floral Centerpiece

The Fall Harvest Table

For a more beautiful holiday table, check out The Flower Recipe Book. Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo of San Francisco's Studio Choo share "ingredient lists"and step-by-step instructions for fantastic arrangements. Read more >

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Best Thanksgiving Tips

Serve Something Fresh and Tangy for Dessert

Lemon Curd Parfaits

Not everyone has the fortitude to handle a rich dessert after a big holiday meal. Pastry chef Sarah Jordan of Chicago's Boka prefers to go the fresh and tangy route. Her three recipes are light, refreshing and very pretty too. Read more >

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