November

We did it!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and I hope your festive meal went off without a hitch! I hope the turkey was tender and juicy. I hope the pies were mouthwatering and beautiful. I hope the gravy had no lumps at all. I hope the cranberry sauce was just the right amount of tart. I hope the sides were perfect and plenty. And I hope you had a meal surrounded by people you love who also love you. That's the heart of it all.

Now, enjoy those leftovers! We'll see you next week. In the meantime, I'll be in my favorite comfy corner taking a nap!

Maple-Glazed Carrots

For those who see Thanksgiving dinner as being all about the sides, here's another delight. Maple-glazed carrots rest on your dinner plate, but feel like they should be dessert! Look for a variety of brightly colored carrots for a very special holiday treat.

Smashed Miso Butter Taters

For those who see Thanksgiving dinner as being all about the sides, this one's for you. Delightfully seasoned and buttery and crisp, these smashed taters are so good, you'll be making them night after night and ignoring any main course in sight!

The Easiest Turkey: Dry-Brining

The key to a perfect Thanksgiving (or any other time of the year -- turkey is delicious and should be enjoyed regularly) turkey is salt and heat. Most people have the roasting part of that down more or less, but did you know that pre-salting (or dry-brining) is the best way to give a nod to the salting part?

Romanesco White Cheddar Bisque

A dressed up version of broccoli cheddar soup is a perfect first course for Thanksgiving dinner. You can serve it in bowls, ramekins, or even mugs. It's a great way to give everyone a taste of the decadence to come!

Apple-Arugula Salad with Grains

Instead of a plain green salad at the Thanksgiving table, why not work a blend of fruit, nuts, and grains into a meal that's looking for a special side? Your guests will love it and it can easily be made in advance -- this is music to the ears of anyone planning the big meal!

Roasted Pineapple Bars

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we're here to help you get ready. Let's begin with dessert! When using roasted pineapple in these bars, a summery treat suddenly looks in place on a Thanksgiving buffet.

Seasonal Comforts: Very Veggie Beef Barley Soup

Turn to your Instant Pot to get an all-day simmered flavor on the table in under an hour. Seared beef blends with tender barley and a bevy of fresh vegetables that's both beautiful in the bowl and hearty enough to fuel you for hours.

Seasonal Comforts: Spicy Shrimp and Corn Chowder

Take an hour and build an incredible autumn-inspired chowder from scratch, including making a special stock. The shells from shrimp and cobs from corn blend to make this a soup with incredible depth and flavor. Crown it all with spicy-sweet shrimp!

Seasonal Comforts: Spicy Asian Pork Chops with Sautéed Mushrooms

A quick, simple, and delightfully spicy sauce gives this dish its kick. If you have lovely red Korean peppers, they make the prettiest sauce, but good 'ol serranos or jalapeños will also work well. Pork chops give it a tender, juicy foundation and sautéed mushrooms give it a fitting crown.