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Best Thanksgiving Tips

6 Ways to Change Up the Bird

Soy-Ginger-Lacquered Cornish Hens

For some people, a whole roast turkey can be the low point of the meal—bland, hard to cook perfectly—but there are satisfying alternatives, like roast Cornish hens or pimentón-spiced turkey breast. Read more >

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Instead of Cranberry Sauce, Try Chutney

Cranberry-Apricot Chutney

Classic cranberry sauce is great—but can be one-dimensional. Make Cranberry-Apricot Chutney instead, or try store-bought ones. Read more >

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5 Value Wines for a Crowd

Thanksgiving Wine Values

Here are five Thanksgiving-perfect wines to buy by the case, for $15 a bottle or less. Read more >

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5 Ways to Amp Up Any Gravy

Smoky Turkey Gravy

It's easy to upgrade gravy (like Kay Chun's fantastic smoky version) by spiking it with simple mix-ins. Here are 5 sweet and savory options. Read more >

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Start the Meal with Pie

Spinach-and-Artichoke Galette

Instead of finishing the meal with pie, begin it with savory tarts while everyone is hungry and happy to eat something rich. The three versions here are delicious together. Read more >

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The Secret to Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Make-Ahead Potatoes

Reheated cold mashed potatoes are rarely as good as fresh, but F&W's Justin Chapple found a way to fix that. His recipes, from plain to harissa-spiked, call for a little mayonnaise, which keeps them super-creamy even when made ahead. Read more >

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Instead of Pies, Make Pie Bars

Pecan Pie Bars

There's nothing wrong with the usual pecan, pumpkin or fruit pies, but serving the classic fillings as pie bars is fun, surprising and an easier way to feed a crowd. To make these three recipes from pastry chef Sarah Jordan of Chicago's Boka, you don't even need to roll out dough; you simply press it into the baking dish. Read more >

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Grateful for Gadgets This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Gadgets: Waring Pro Turkey Fryer

We’re always testing new gadgets in the F&W kitchen. Some of them are just the things I need to simplify my Thanksgiving prep. Others, unfortunately, are no more than a waste of precious space in my small New York City kitchen. Here, six recent tools that passed the test and just might end up on my holiday wish list. Read more >

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