Thanksgiving 2014: The Best Recipes for Your Meal

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Beautiful Happy Thanksgiving table setting centerpiece with ornaHave you hit the panic button on your Thanksgiving day planning yet? We have. It’s less than a week to go, and we have many miles of meal planning to go before we sleep—or eat. Here are some of our favorite menu planning tips and recipes, all of which should help you select and finalize your menu, ingredients, and maximum Turkey Day pleasure. Remember: It’s just a meal! Don’t psych yourself out. As our favorite organizer Barbara Reich advises, pick a main and 2-3 simple side dishes. No need to go nuts.

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Appetizers
The Best Layered Dip Recipe
Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip
A Deceptively Simple Appetizer: Antipasto Bites
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The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Paula Deen Recipe: Bubblin’ Brown Artichoke and Cream Cheese Dip
4 Ingredients Christmas Recipe: Sweet Fig and Gorgonzola Pizza

Sides
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pureed Cauliflower with Caramelized Shallots and Fried Sage
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Caramelized Brussels Sprouts
Joy of Cooking caramelized Brussels sprouts recipe
Clinton Kelly’s Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Recipe
4 Ingredients Christmas Recipe: Sweet Squash Galette
Rachael Ray Thanksgiving Recipe: Green Bean Casserole
Paula Deen Recipe: Southern Brown Rice with Mushrooms
Paula Deen Recipe: Buttery Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
Simple Food, Big Flavor Recipe, Chipotle-Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Bread Stuffing with Giblets
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Cornbread Stuffing with Oysters
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
Joy of Cooking cranberry sauce recipe
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Whole Cranberry Sauce with Dijon and Walnuts

Main Dishes
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Turned Roast Turkey with Fresh Herbs
Joy of Cooking roasted turkey recipe
Paula Deen Recipe: Baked Sugared Ham
Pat LaFrieda’s Crown Roast of Pork with Pineapple Bread Stuffing
Pat LaFrieda’s Pork Meatballs with Toasted Pignoli and Golden Raisins

Desserts
Joy of Cooking Recipe: Pumpkin-Maple Pie with Buckwheat Crust
Joy of Cooking Pumpkin Pie recipe
The Pollan Family Table Recipe: Mack and Cam’s Mini Pecan Tarts
Make the Bread, Buy the Butter Recipe: Pumpkin Pie
Callie’s Biscuits Recipe: Mom’s Cinnamon Stickies
Cinnamon Stickies
Chloe’s Vegan Dessert’s Recipe: Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies
Chloe’s Kitchen Recipe: Coconut Whipped Cream

Festive Beverages
John Cusimano’s Warm Skater’s Toddy
Skinnygirl Cocktail Recipe: Pretty Pear
Skinnygirl Cocktail Recipe Pretty Pear
The Self-Health Revolution Recipe: Chai-Spiked Pumpkin-Pie Green Smoothie
4 Ingredients Christmas: Christmas Candy Martini
America’s Most Wanted Desserts Recipes: The Bouchon Bakery’s Hot Chocolate
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