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Reader Request: Alex Stupak's Pickled Tongue

Our favorite piece of reader mail this year was a handwritten letter from a reader in Iowa who saw our feature on chef Alex Stupak's pickled tongue tacos and was reminded of her childhood on a farm.

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Mad Genius Tips

Takeout Hack: Leftover Rice Reincarnated

Jasmine Rice Pilaf

For those of us still struggling to plow through leftover turkey, chef Michael Hung offers a quick, easy solution that also uses up the rest of the takeout rice you ordered this weekend after turkey fatigue set in.

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Mad Genius Tips

Introducing Dry Brining, an Easier Way to Season Thanksgiving Turkey at Home

Classic Roasted Turkey

Chef Billy Allin of Cakes & Ale in Decatur, Georgia is a believer in dry brining, which requires neither a massive, leakproof cooler nor the fridge space for an enormous bucket. Here, his foolproof method for super flavorful, crispy skinned turkey.

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holidays

How the Chefs Behind State Bird Provisions Cook for a Crowd

Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski

As they prepare to open their highly anticipated new San Francisco restaurant, The Progress, chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski offer a preview of their family-style, meant-to-be-shared recipes.

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Where To Go Next

How to Share Thanksgiving with New Friends from Bangkok to Bilbao

Soy-Sauce-and-Honey-Glazed Turkey

This Thursday, the website MealSharing.com ("the AirBnB of home cooked meals") is hosting its second annual ThanksSharing event in an effort to make sure that no one spends Thanksgiving alone.

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Expert Guide

5 Ways to Transform Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving side-dish staple. This year, we think you should raise your game and make them unforgettable. Here, 5 supreme ways of transforming mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving.

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Expert Guide

7 Non-Traditional Ways to Serve Turkey at Thanksgiving

Apple Cider-Braised Turkey Drumsticks

From boneless whole breast to cider-braised drumsticks, here are 7 delicious, out-of-the-box ways to serve turkey this Thanksgiving.

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Mad Genius Tips

The Five Commandments for Making Perfect Biscuits

Dill-Seed Biscuits

At Olamaie in Austin, the off-menu biscuits are available by request only. People have been known to protest when they run out. Here, chefs Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas teach us their five commandments for perfect biscuits.

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Mad Genius Tips

The Best Trick for Cooking Button Mushrooms

Broccolini, Mushroom and Sesame Salad

Button mushrooms get a bad rap as the elevator music of the mushroom world. But Nashville chef Matt Bolus of the 404 Kitchen is out to get them the respect he thinks they deserve with this easy technique.

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Mad Genius Tips

The Thrifty Trick to Better Braises

Chef Tim Love's Braised Pork Shanks

The smartest chefs are always looking for simple ways to build flavor while using every bit of their ingredients. Here, chef Ian Wilson of Fenrir in Portland, Oregon shares a brilliant tip on creating economical, umami-packed stocks for braising.

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