Thanksgiving A-Z
Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays--full of love, delicious food, and family. However, it comes with its fair share of stress. Don’t worry because has put together the ABC’s of Thanksgiving --from recipes to entertaining tips and words of wisdom, we’ve got you covered. 


A is for apples.

Recipe: Applesauce
This is not your grandmother’s applesauce.

Recipe: Apple Crumb Cake
An apple crumb cake is the perfect sweet treat for the end of the night. Leftovers also go great with that morning cup of coffee.

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B is for bread and basting.

Recipe: Aunt Sally’s Cornbread

Every Thanksgiving dinner needs some kind of bread for sopping up that extra gravy.

Quick tip:  Basting does little to actually keep the turkey moist. Its sole purpose is to help give the skin that delicious golden brown color. To have an evenly cooked bird begin basting during the last hour of cooking and if you really want it to be moist, turn to another B word brining.



C is for cranberry sauce and company.

Recipe: Cranberry Sauce
No Thanksgiving meal is complete without cranberry sauce. It gives your taste buds that sweet and salty kick when mixed with stuffing.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Checklist
Make sure you plan ahead for the company you are having. Do people have allergies? Are some relatives staying over? 



D is for dishes.

It’s always nice to break out the fine china, but for big parties and quick clean up try the disposable plastic plates that look like real china. Companies like Hanna K Signature and Reflections make paper plates look classy. There is even plastic flatware that looks like real silverware. You can purchase these for under $20. Just throw them away for less work at the end of the night or wash and save for that other big holiday coming up. What’s it called again? Oh right, Christmas.

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E is for entertaining.

Put out a craft or some board games for the kids. Have soft music playing in the background before the football game gets switched on. Keep the decorations easy with a center piece of pretty fall flowers such as mums and a few small pumpkins. 



F is for flavor injector.

Check out this a neat cooking tool to keep your bird from getting dry --and other essentials.    

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G is for gravy and green beans.

Recipe: Chardonnay Gravy
The Chardonnay in this Gravy adds a smooth touch of elegance setting it apart from any other gravy out there.

Recipe: Green Beans with Pancetta 
Mushy green beans swimming in cream of mushroom soup. I know it's one of the tastiest things on the menu during the holidays. Here's a lighter recipe that doesn't sacrifice flavor.

(The Palms)


H is for Happy Thanksgiving.

Think really hard about what you are thankful for and now here’s a fun way to share it with others. Decorate a piece of poster board and have your guests write what they are thankful for on it.



I is for invitations.

Let people know you are throwing this year’s thankful celebration with an invitation. You can easily pick some up at the store or buy pretty card stock to create your own. For the technology savvy people in your family send an e-vite or Facebook invite.




J is for Jam.

Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Jam
Aunt Sally’s corn bread would taste even better with a sweet jam spread on top.

(Will Budiaman)


K is for kids table.

Allow the kids to have fun at their own table. Just remember to check on them every once in a while.



L is for lethargic.

I bet everyone will need a nap after your fantastic meal. Word of the day should be tryptophan.



M is for microwave and mashed potatoes.

Did you know you can cook a turkey in the microwave? Find out how here: 10 Weird ways to Cook a Turkey

Recipe: Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
Light, fluffy, buttery mashed potatoes are the perfect companion to gravy and stuffing.

(David Pazmiño)


N is for napkins.

Take your fancy paper plates and add a touch of holiday spirit with Thanksgiving themed napkins.



O is for organic.

Do you go organic for the big day? Some foods will last a little longer when purchased organic like diary, apples, and potatoes. However, others don’t. Make sure you do a little research before spending the extra cash.



P is for pumpkin and Pilgrims.

Pumpkin is the biggest food trend of the fall. So, why go traditional with a basic pie? Try these on for size.

Recipe: Pumpkin Cookie Dough Truffle Pops

Now let’s not forget where this Thanksgiving tradition started. Learn what the pilgrims' really ate during this time of the year.

Eat like the Pilgrims: Thanksgiving foods of our forefathers



Q is for quality food and quality time.

We know you want to include every Thanksgiving treat on your menu, but remember quality over quantity. A lovely turkey and few good sides will satisfy all your guests. And, don’t spend all your time cooking. Make sure you actually get to see the people you are cooking for.



R is for roaster.

The most traditional way to cook is a turkey is by roasting it. Here’s one that may help you get the job done.

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S is for sweet potatoes and stuffing.

These are definitely the star side dishes of the day. Try these holiday staples with a unique twist.

Recipe: Sweet Potato grits

Recipe: Sausage Stuffing

(Virginia Willis)


T is for turkey or turducken?

Why just have plan old turkeys when you can have a duck and a chicken too?

10 Weird ways to Cook a Turkey

For those of you who want to go traditional here are two good old classic turkey recipes.

Recipe: Roast Turkey with Madeira Pan Gravy

Recipe: Provencal Turkey

(Marcus Nilsson)


U is for unity.

It is the bringing together of the people we love for a common purpose of family and friendship.



V is for votives and vacation.

Decorate your home with pretty little votives that smell of sweet cinnamon and apple. They will make the whole house feel warm and inviting. 

And for those of you who don’t want the hassle of Thanksgiving here are some of our best travel tips.

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W is for wassail and wine.

Wassail is a great warm and spicy treat for youngest and oldest guest on your list.

Three Great Ways to 'Punch' Up Thanksgiving Dinner

Pair your Thanksgiving dinner with wine that was made to bring out all the wonderful flavors of your cooking.

Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines



X is for x-rated.

Turn your favorite fall and Thanksgiving flavors into naughty adult’s only beverages.

Recipe: Thanksgiving Cider

Recipe: Fall Berry Pie Infusion Cocktail

(Pinnacle Vodka)


Y is for yams.

Watching your weight? Here is a healthier sweet potato recipe.

Recipe: Naturally Sweet Smashed Potatoes



Z is for zucchini.

Not traditionally a Thanksgiving food, but not a lot starts with Z. This zucchini and gruyere quiche is a rich and creamy addition to your side dishes.  Or make it for brunch the next day as an alternative to leftovers.

Recipe: Zucchini & Gruyère Quiche


Thanksgiving A-Z

Thanksgiving is one of the most beloved holidays--full of love, delicious food, and family. However, it comes with its fair share of stress. Don’t worry because has put together the ABC’s of Thanksgiving --from recipes to entertaining tips and words of wisdom, we’ve got you covered. 

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