Autumn may bring shorter days, but there’s still plenty of brilliant color to feast our eyes and appetites on. Thanksgiving meals display the season’s variety of colors from green bean casserole to jewel-toned cranberry sauce. One that creeps on to all our plates is November’s reigning color, marigold. It’s a fall favorite that both HGTV and foodies love. As a Design Happens blog contributor puts it, “Gorgeous to look at and good to eat.”
Marigold reminds me of harvest foods and my favorite time of day in fall when the sun lights up valleys in the last hour of the day and similarly in early morning. In photography terms, it’s called the “Golden Hour,” and it’s even prettier in the fall when slanted rays hit red, brown and gold trees. In celebration of golden sunrises and marigold, I’m hungry for breakfast, particularly leftover Turkey Day breakfast with family and friends.
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I believe that it’s important to have at least one really good chicken recipe in your array of kitchen skills. It needs to be one that you know from heart and can make no matter where you’re cooking or how limited the assortment of available tools. It’s even better if it’s a dish that can be made with easily available ingredients that are unaffected by the changes in season.
Beyond those requirements, the actual chicken dish can be just about anything. The ability to truss a whole chicken and roast it until its skin browns and crackles beautifully certainly counts. A Pyrex pan of chicken legs, painted with honey-mustard dressing and baked until tender is always a good option. I’ve even known people to employ a slow cooker in their quest for the ideal chicken recipe.
Recently, in my ongoing search for the consummate chicken dish, I spotted Alton Brown’s recipe for 40 Cloves and a Chicken. I was fairly certain it would be love at first bite. He has you brown the chicken, top it with fresh thyme and an obscene number of garlic cloves (yes, 40) and bake until the meat is tender and the garlic nearly melts into the pan juices. Oh, yes.
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The turkey: It’s the star of almost every Thanksgiving dinner table. Whether you prefer dark or white meat, legs, breasts or thighs, the Thanksgiving bird is a family-favorite tradition that can be brined, fried, seasoned, stuffed, glazed, roasted and more. Our top five turkey recipes below encompass a unique mixture of classic and creative takes on this holiday classic that are fit for any Thanksgiving feast.
5. Bobby’s Black Pepper-Pomegranate Molasses Glazed Turkey — For a crispy skin that is both sweet and savory, Tyler brushes the turkey with a tangy glaze featuring pomegranate molasses, Dijon mustard and horseradish.
4. Apricot and Tequila Glazed Turkey — Marcela uses a flavor injector to add a mixture of chicken broth, melted butter and tequila directly into the turkey breasts, thighs and legs to ensure a moist, succulent bird.
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Give humble root vegetables a chance with this easy roast turnip recipe from Food Network Magazine. The root itself is high in vitamin C, but don’t forget the leafy turnip greens. Similar in flavor to mustard greens, choose smaller leaves for a less bitter taste.
For the root: Peel and cut into wedges. Toss with olive oil or melted butter, and salt and pepper on a baking sheet. Roast at 425 degrees F, 35 to 45 minutes. Try this: Melt 2 tablespoons butter with 1 tablespoon each maple syrup and lemon juice, and a pinch each of cumin and red pepper flakes. Toss with the roasted turnips.
For the greens: Wash and dry 10 cups of turnip greens. Put in a saucepan with 1/2 cup olive oil, 2 thinly sliced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook over medium-low heat until tender, about 40 minutes. Season with pepper.
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An adaptable, budget-friendly meatless pick, pasta is a kid-approved meal that grownups can appreciate as well. Ellie Krieger’s light yet satisfying pasta dish is made with protein-packed cannellini beans and sweet, roasted tomatoes and is topped with creamy Parmesan cheese. Add extra roasted vegetables — onions, eggplant or in-season squash are great options — to beef up this vegetarian plate.
Finish the meal with Tyler’s cool and refreshing Pomegranate and Arugula Salad, featuring peppery arugula, juicy pomegranate seeds and toasted walnuts for added crunch.
Get the recipe: Ellie’s Penne With Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and White Beans
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For crisper skin, unwrap the turkey the day before roasting and leave it uncovered in the refrigerator overnight.
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Find the perfect turkey for your feast, starting with our most popular ever: Alton’s Good Eats Roast Turkey, an outstanding 5-star standby. Browse our top turkey recipes.
I made my first solo pot of soup in November, on a Sunday afternoon, when I was a senior in college. I had found a giant orange Dutch oven at a local thrift store for the bargain price of $10 and it called for nothing more than a colossal batch of soup. I made beef barley, calling my mom for instructions at least four times during the cooking process. My roommates and I ate it for days, curled up under blankets in our rickety rental house.
I have made hundreds of pots of soup since that first batch but it has yet to become tiresome (here’s hoping it never does!). During late summer, I make a vegetable soup from eggplant, zucchini, onions and tomatoes, simmered with a Parmesan cheese rind and then lightly pureed. In fall, I am all about squash, leeks and root vegetables. Winter calls for hearty bean soups made from scratch. By springtime, I am grateful for asparagus and the light, creamy soup that it makes.
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There’s nothing wrong with showing a bit of skin. Especially if it’s steamy.
Because while they may appear a rather mundane ingredient, wonton skins are an inexpensive and easy way to jazz up your cooking. And with the demands of holiday cooking barreling down upon us, anything that produces snazzy and simple company-worthy treats is worth taking notice of.
So let’s start with the basics. Wonton skins (also called wonton wrappers) are thin sheets of dough made from flour, egg and water. That’s basically the same formula as Asian egg noodles, and not all that far off from Italian pasta. Except wonton skins are cut into round and square sheets.
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When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, pies take the cake. But making the perfect pie crust can be daunting, right? Should you use butter, lard or oil — or all three? At what temperature should you keep these ingredients? How should you handle the dough? No need to stress, because we have an easy guide on How to Make Pie Crust and also traditional pie recipes that turn out sweet and flavorful desserts every time.
Fat Talk: Dough built with butter will yield the most flavorful crust, but it’s important to work with very cold butter so as to avoid a gummy finished product. Using shortening is the ultimate way to ensure a flaky consistency, but it is not as naturally tasty as butter, so most recipes that feature lard or shortening will often call for butter as well.
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With so many Thanksgiving recipes to choose from, it can be deliciously difficult to pick out the ultimate, tried-and-true ones for this most important of food holidays. We’ve compiled a menu of our five best-ever Thanksgiving recipes, featuring traditional supper staples such as roast turkey and sweet potatoes, so set the table and serve up this classic holiday feast.
5. Traditional Southern Deviled Eggs — Light yet satisfying, these two-bite appetizers won’t fill up your guests before the turkey is carved.
4. Pumpkin Cheesecake — With an easy graham-cracker crust and pumpkin-cream cheese filling laced with ground nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, Paula’s down-home cheesecake is a favorite finish to any Thanksgiving dinner.
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