Thanksgiving recipes, advice, solidarity and sanity
November 22nd, 2012
02:00 AM ET
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We're sharing our time-tested hosting tips and Thanksgiving recipes, as well as plenty from chefs, hospitality experts, celebrities, hosts and home cooks we love. Our goal – sending you into Thanksgiving with a confident smile on your face, and seeing you emerge on the other side with your sanity intact.

It might seem like a world away but sooner than you think, you're likely going to sitting down to a dinner with loved ones (and a stranger or two), and feeling exceptionally lucky to be doing so.

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Gratitude is the watchword, and it's incredibly easy to lose sight of that while you're bogged down in the details of serving a dinner that packs a certain amount of expectation. So how about giving yourself a break?

This doesn't mean that you're not making your best effort to ensure that your guests have a great time, or that the dish you're bringing isn't as painstakingly made as it possibly could be. We're just saying that the warmth and welcome with which it's served will linger even longer than the leftovers.

Consider printing out these mantras and cross-stitching them on throw pillows or possibly taking them to the tattoo parlor:

1. Don't be a martyr, be a host.
2. You can never, ever have too much ice.
3. If they're your guests, they're very likely rooting for you.
4. Accepting offers of Thanksgiving help is a sign of sanity & inclusion not weakness.
5. There is no such thing as too much stock or too many containers for leftovers.

And a word to the wise - the sooner you get a beverage or appetizer into your guests' hands, or assign them the task of doing so, the more quickly they'll ease into the swing of things.

Un-buckle up, follow our ongoing Thanksgiving recipes and advice, and get set to have an absolutely delicious day.

If all else fails, repeat after us: "It's just a meal. It's just a meal. It's just a meal..."

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Get your prep work out of the way

– – Turkey

Defrost that bird!

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Philippe Cousteau's perfect turkey and gravy (and an ethical dilemma)

Turkey tips you wish you'd known sooner

5 Turkey don'ts

Thaw that bird!

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Stress-free brining

Deep-fried indoor turkey – for science

– – Appetizers and sides

Crowd-pleasing (and easy!) appetizers

Stuffpuppies. Stuffpuppies! STUFFPUPPIES! (The only side you'll need to serve)

Brilliant Brussels sprouts

Mastering mac 'n' cheese for Thanksgiving

Make cornbread dressing like a southern grandmother

Gravy lessons from a master

Quick, simple vegetable sides

Don't fear the vegan - feed them

Everything you need to know about squash

Squash the winter doldrums

Slim down your dishes

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A 5 ingredient Thanksgiving fix from a Food Network star

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Take care of your gluten-free guests

How to cook a country ham

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Pumpkin beyond the pie

– – Desserts

Master the chess pie

Make perfect pie

Best pies across the country

– – Leftovers

5 Tips for leftovers

Aaaaand even more leftovers

Can you get your leftovers through the airport?

Thanksgiving goes to the dogs (but is that OK?)


Hard cider to serve with the big dinner

Bubbles, bubbles solve your Thanksgiving troubles

Rosé for Turkey Day

Wine advice from our favorite bar

Bargain wines for Thanksgiving dishes

Brilliant cold weather beverages

Pitcher drinks and Prosecco are a host's best friends

The best wines for casseroles

When this is all over, you're going to want a drink - dessert wines


Dealing with difficult guests, vegetarians and surprise drop-ins - and not running out of food

Must 'Friendsgiving' be a thing?

Confessions of a cooking alpha

Round up the orphans and celebrate their traditions

When a picky eater comes to your Thanksgiving table

Embrace the chaos (and make excellent dairy-free mashed potatoes)

Remain calm in the face of Thanksgiving madness

How do you deal with family drama?

Last-second anti-freakout tips

Make your guests feel right at home

My first Thanksgiving with white people

el Dia de Las Gracias – Thanksgiving with a Latin twist

What to serve if Wolf Blitzer shows up

Where to eat if you're in Vegas

Thanksgiving stuck at your desk

Thanksgiving dinner in a restaurant? Go big!

How to get a drunk guest out of your home (safely)

It's not Thanksgiving without...leftovers and strays


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Andrew Zimmern's top airport dining

Your must-eat places while you're at home for the holidays

Still stressing? Leave your question in the comments below and we'll do our best to get you back on track.

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