By Carla Hall
Author of Cooking With Love
It’s here: The gateway to the holiday season. Thanksgiving is the time to pull out all the culinary stops. It is the time to make an impression. Of course, and most importantly, it is the time to be thankful.
This was one of my favorites as a kid, one of the first meals I made on my own, and one that I’m constantly reinventing to make even better. It triggers so many happy food memories! From Cooking with Love by Carla Hall.
By Laura Schroff
Author of An Invisible Thread
The holidays are the time of year when we count our many blessings—but they should also be a time when we focus on those who are far less fortunate. I’m not saying we shouldn’t throw parties and buy presents and cook big dinners. But we should also make time to more profoundly connect by reaching out a helping hand to someone in need.
Who among us feels comfortable throwing away the result of so much expense, time, and effort? You may find yourself yearning for this delicious leftover-friendly hash before you even start roasting next year’s bird. From Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition.
If the majority of your prep is done before you wake up on Thanksgiving, you will have more time to spend with your guests. You will also be able to focus on the centerpiece of the family feast: the turkey. From Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition.
By Crystal Paine
Author of The Money Saving Mom’s Budget
Leftover Thanksgiving turkey has a way of taking over your fridge. This is what people like to call “a good problem.” Get some basic supplies (bread, extra potatoes, tortillas) when you do your other Thanksgiving grocery shopping, then use these creative, delicious ways to cook with leftovers.
Cooking a turkey is enough to give any cook, seasoned or otherwise, pause. After all, such a large piece of meat seems more like an investment than a main dish. But turning out a succulent Thanksgiving turkey only requires a little patience, know-how, and an accurate kitchen thermometer. You’ll have to provide the patience and the thermometer, but we can help with the know-how. From Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition.
Buttermilk is indispensable in the South because of its rich, creamy flavor. It makes these potatoes smooth and tangy at the same time. Make your family meal complete with this mashed potato recipe from Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Deen.