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EatingWell Blogs (Page 249)

November 18, 2009 - 10:46am

The first time I hosted Thanksgiving dinner I was terrified. Mostly I was terrified about the prospect of roasting a turkey. Thankfully, that ended up being the easiest part of my day. With my 3 last-minute tips for perfect turkey and delicious Thanksgiving recipes, menus and planners, it will be the easiest part of your Thanksgiving day too.

First, you need to pick a turkey recipe. EatingWell’s 7 perfect turkey recipes use flavorful herbs and spices and fresh fruits and vegetables to add a lot of flavor without a lot of fat. ...

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November 17, 2009 - 11:04am

For some people, Thanksgiving dinner is all about turkey or pumpkin pie. For my sister and me, it’s all about mashed potatoes. The first thing we put on our plates is a big pile of potatoes—everything else is just garnish. When it’s time to dig into leftovers, I always heat up mashed potatoes and gravy. (...

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November 16, 2009 - 11:08am

The jury is out when it comes to the best dish at Thanksgiving dinner. Some people think roast turkey is the star, but for me it’s all about classic Thanksgiving sides and desserts and sweet potato casserole is at the top of my list.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Traditionally topped with marshmallows and containing upwards of a stick of butter this decadent side dish can...

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November 13, 2009 - 11:23am

Here’s why I love desserts so much: when they’re really good, they have the power to move people. Everyone remembers a really great dessert. A truly memorable meal begs for a fantastic dessert to make it complete—to give you an excuse to linger at the table just a little longer. Whether you’re hosting the whole shebang this Thanksgiving or just bringing a dish to share, these special Thanksgiving desserts will make a lasting impression (and it doesn’t hurt that they’re healthy too!)

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake
This gooey cake is insanely delicious and makes for a very pretty presentation. The...

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November 12, 2009 - 12:17pm

Gravy goes on nearly everything on my plate at Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, green bean casserole, the sweet potatoes. Hey, even if some gets on my pumpkin pie I’m OK with it.
The most important thing about gravy is that it be lump-free. Perfect gravy is silky and smooth.

The secret to lump-free gravy? Our Test Kitchen cooks recommend:

  • Use a whisk! It’s the best tool to distribute ingredients quickly and evenly.
  • Whisk your thickener (like flour or cornstarch) into a small amount of broth or water before adding it to your gravy. Adding your thickener directly into the gravy can cause gooey lumps that are hard to mix in.

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