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Help! Easy Thanksgiving Fixes

Posted by Natalie

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HELP I burned/undercooked/dropped the turkey/stuffing/pie! To brine or not to brine? How much do I need?!

We know just cooking for Thanksgiving, let alone hosting it, can be more than a littleee overwhelming. So we’ve gathered some tips and tricks to answer your panicked questions and make your turkey day just a bit easier!

Should I brine the turkey?

Many think it’s a great idea, but, according to Diane Phillips in Perfect Party Food, “Since not everyone has the space to refrigerate a turkey soaking in water, I recommend that you buy either a kosher turkey or a Butterball-brand bird because they are already brined… I find that by slow-roasting the turkey in a 325°F oven, it comes out juicy and tender without the brining.”

I’m having a lot of people over… how big of a turkey do I need?

Diane says, “Plan on 34 pound per person if you want enough leftovers for a meal the...

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How to Host a Vegan-Friendly Thanksgiving

Posted by Natalie

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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Thanksgiving is the time for family and friends to come together and share a meal. Turkey, stuffing, buttery mashed potatoes… all of the classics! But let’s say you have a vegan at your Thanksgiving table, or maybe you are one yourself? That complicates matters a bit. How do you make everyone happy and comfortable when you have a table full of relatives insisting on turkey and nothing else?

There are options! In fact, you can create an entire Thanksgiving spread that is purely vegan, with all of the comforts of tradition…

THE MAIN COURSE:

Try Fat Free Vegan Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf! According to Susan , this recipe combines all of the savory, Thanksgiving flavors that we all love in a concentrated recipe, but without the meat. If you want to add a gravy, she’s got a great recipe for Impromptu Vegan Mushroom Gravy that complements this Meatless Loaf very well.

MASHED POTATOES:

Spice things...

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Thanksgiving Made Easy

Posted by Natalie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, so it’s time to start thinking about the biggest eating day of the year! Waking up at an absurd hour of the morning to start cooking food… staying in the kitchen all day to continue cooking said food… come to think of it, why do we like Thanksgiving again?

Family and other loved ones aside, it’s obviously because the traditional Thanksgiving dishes are down-right delicious, even if they are numerous and time-consuming. So how do we battle that? How do we have a Thanksgiving without the stress?

The answer? Cook ahead of time. Save yourself a headache by preparing dishes in advance, so you (the lovely cook and/or host!) can enjoy Thanksgiving just as much as your guests.

UP TO 3 MONTHS AHEAD:

Try making your delicious gravy in the months or weeks when turkeys aren’t all being snatched up at your local supermarket. Try this Do-Ahead Turkey Gravy Stock from Savoring...

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Hot Drinks for Cold Nights

Posted by Natalie

Monday, November 10, 2014

It’s definitely starting to get chilly up here in Boston. While heaters begin to kick on and our ovens start to fire up in full swing, we need to remember to warm ourselves up from the inside out. What better way to start than with some delicious heated beverages?

Let’s start with the nonalcoholic kind first. It’s tough to go wrong with hot chocolate, but why not try it with a twist this year? Slow Cooker Spiced White Hot Chocolate, courtesy of Mom on Timeout, is just the way to go. The best part is that this decadent treat can be prepared in advance and enjoyed later, after dinner is over and the blankets on the couch are calling your name.

If you just can’t imagine making that run to your local coffee shop because of the freezing temps, never fear. Mom Advice has a great recipe to help you make your very...

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