Category: Thanksgiving

Dressing to the Nines

Stuffing or dressing. Dressing or stuffing. Did you know that they are exactly the same thing? What differentiates one from the other is what you do with it.

Dressing is most commonly a combination of aromatic vegetables, bread or other starch, herbs, spices, and occasionally meat, sausage, or seafood. Flights of fancy add just about any other type of ingredient.

That same dressing recipe becomes stuffing when you put it inside something else—a turkey, for example. Dressing is cooked separately as a casserole.

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Kicking up the “Wow!” Factor

Keeping it simple is a good strategy for everyday cooking. But when holidays come around, a great host really goes all out for family and friends. You want to serve a meal to remember. And that means taking the extra step, going the extra mile. We’ve put together some ideas that are a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
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New Video! How To: Roast a Turkey

Thanksgiving is coming… are you confident in your turkey-roasting abilities? In this how-to video tutorial, David Lobel breaks it down for you, step by step.

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Thanksgiving Strategy: It’s All in the Preparation

Thanksgiving is one of those meals that has a lot going on, and there’s great importance in getting it right. This is Thanksgiving, after all! It’s one of the most anticipated meals of the year. And whether you trot out all the family-loved favorite recipes or your own variations on a theme, it’s a meal that makes memories.

So to up your chances of pulling it off without a hitch, here are a few tips that’ll make your day a bit easier and give you an idea of how long some preparation steps actually take. No need to wind up in a panic on Thanksgiving morning because you didn’t consider how long it would take to bring the turkey to room temperature before stuffing and roasting.

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Accompaniments: Traditional and Non-Traditional

Everyone looks forward to the traditional side dishes for Thanksgiving Day dinner. Stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, tart cranberry sauce, golden brown rolls, roasted sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, warm biscuits, and more! Are you hungry yet?

So while we all crave traditional Thanksgiving accompaniments, traditional doesn’t have to mean plain. Put a little twist on the classics for your best-ever Thanksgiving Day dinner! (more…)

Ask the Butcher: How do you carve a turkey?

Evan Lobel gave a master’s class on carving holiday turkeys when he joined Martha Stewart for a live demonstration on Martha. He was featured in a segment called “30 Things Everyone Should Know.” You can watch the video on Martha’s website.

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Giving Thanks for the Leftovers

Thanksgiving turkey without leftovers? That’s absurd!

In a lot of households, a whole, roasted turkey is a once-, maybe twice-, a-year kind of thing. In between, turkey is pretty much a deli item or something we buy in parts. So when we do it, we tend to do it big—making a larger turkey than we need for a single meal. Thereby, we extend the joy and enjoyment of a home-roasted turkey.

The truth of it is that without all the nap-inducing, enriched, starchy, and sweet accompaniments traditional to Thanksgiving dinner, having plenty of left-over turkey is a high-protein, low-fat antidote to holiday excesses. And it’s endlessly variable and adaptable to recipes and on-the-fly culinary creativity in your own kitchen.

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