Do you serve cheese for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you're bringing it along as your contribution? How do you know just exactly how much to purchase, so you have just the right amount? Nothing worse than not enough cheese, right? (Though leftover cheese ain't that bad.)
There's a little formula that you might not know about, which could inform your wedge-choosing this Thanksgiving day.
Monday night, I invited some lovely people to dinner who are visiting South Carolina from Pennsylvania. I wanted to highlight our local culture and food and, after a busy Monday, I needed something easy! Shrimp and grits seemed like the best choice. Though you can find them almost anywhere in the United States by now, they always taste best at home.
There are a lot of things that can make a Thanksgiving turkey turn out rather underwhelming. The bird can be dry, flavorless, or just plain boring compared to the rest of the sides and salads that typically accompany the meal.
The infamous Thompson's turkey, however, is said to have magical powers that put it, stunningly, in its rightful place as the star of the table. The people who have made this legendary bird claim it is by far the best turkey they have ever had. The story of how this turkey came to exist and the actual recipe itself change from person to person, but it is always incredibly labor-intensive and shrouded in an air of mystery.
Q: I've been thinking about the ideal Thanksgiving Day breakfast. You know, something to tide you over till the main meal, keeping you safely out of the Hangry Danger Zone, but also something light enough that you feel appropriately eager to dive into a mile-high plate with abandon. Any tried-and-true suggestions?
As you've probably heard, this holiday season includes the once-in-a-lifetime convergence of Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, an occasion more popularly known as Thanksgivukkah. Cooks all over the country are embracing the opportunity to mix the traditional foods of two holidays on one table, and this week we are sharing Thanksgivukkah recipes and ideas from our favorite chefs and cookbook authors.
Today pastry chef Paula Shoyer, author of The Kosher Baker and The Holiday Kosher Baker, shares her advice for combining the flavors and recipes of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah into memorable desserts worthy of this special holiday.
A few weeks ago I received a little treasure in the mail: a copy of Adrian Butash's new book, Bless This Food: Ancient and Contemporary Graces from Around the World. This small, rich book is designed for that moment when we sit down to eat and halt for an instant to say a brief word of gratitude for the food set before us. Butash's book offers a generous, ecumenical selection of 150 poems, prayers, and blessings from all over the world that have been used at the table, gratefully. Here are two of my favorites.
Holidays present a unique challenge for small space hosts who want to open their home to friends and family. Where will everyone sit? Is there enough table space for all the food? How can you make your space feel more cozy and less cramped? Is a folding table the answer, and if so, which one should you get?
Thankfully, The Kitchn and Apartment Therapy have deep archives on entertaining in small apartments! Here are 15 posts offering tips and tricks to help ease your concerns. They prove what we've long known to be true: you can throw a great holiday dinner party, no matter how small your space!
My mom's potato dough rolls are famous among our extended family and the subject of negotiation, requests, and even squabbling. The relatives insist she bring them to every holiday meal: "Is Sandy bringing her rolls?" is all they want to know. As soon as we arrive plates of rolls get squirreled away for cousins who haven't shown up yet, or for "later." And that's before the meal even starts.
My mother, being a very kind and gracious cook, is not one to be secretive about her recipes. These rolls are an open secret — not hidden away but shared freely. They're perfectly easy to make, and this Thanksgiving, let me suggest that you do.
This festive eggnog bread pudding is the perfect recipe to serve on Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. It is equally tasty at room temperature or straight from the oven, so it will satisfy both the early risers and late sleepers in your crowd. Prep is minimal and can be done the night before. Come alarm time, just pop it in the oven and head back to bed for a well-deserved snooze.