Shop for non-perishable goods now. You can buy flour, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, canned pumpkin, rice and cranberries, all before the crowds descend. Wait until the day before Thanksgiving to buy fresh vegetables, seafood and bread.
Move over chocolate, today is all about vanilla — vanilla cupcakes to be more specific. National Vanilla Cupcake Day may just be another food holiday, but we’ll take any excuse to start the day off with a vanilla cupcake smothered in frosting.
Sure, you could visit your neighborhood bakery to celebrate this sweet treat, but take the extra minute to get out the mixing bowls at home and try Giada’s five-star Vanilla Cupcake recipe.
Plan on each guest drinking three drinks, and be sure to provide both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverage choices. To spike this family-friendly cocktail, substitute champagne for the sparkling water.
Get the recipe: Non-Alcoholic Pomegranate Bellinis
Quick breads freeze well; just wrap tightly in foil or freezer-wrap and freeze for up to three months. To thaw, let stand, wrapped, at room temperature for about 1½ hours. Serve on Thanksgiving, or the next morning for breakfast.
Try making: Anne’s Cranberry Orange Quickbread (pictured above)
Try roasting a few pumpkins, then freezing the puree — that’s what Alton does. You can thaw it to make pie just before Thanksgiving, and the rest will store up to 6 months in the freezer.
The fourth season of The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs is in full swing with 10 new chefs fighting it out for a grand prize that so many would-be chefs covet: joining the ranks of Iron Chefs Marc Forgione, Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto, Cat Cora, Jose Garces and Michael Symon. Each chef will try to pull out all their tricks to stay in the competition but, ultimately, one chef must go home each week. Every Monday, FN Dish brings you exclusive exit interviews with the latest Super Chef to get the boot.
When thickening a fruit pie filling, there are several options to consider. Very often flour or cornstarch is used, but in certain instances tapioca, arrowroot and potato starch can also help achieve the desired consistency.
Find out which thickener won’t break down, preventing your pie from becoming a watery mess in Food Network Kitchens Pie Thickener 101 post.
Now that you’re armed with these tips, start baking these popular Thanksgiving desserts.