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Perfect Pie Crust

This foolproof method for pies and tarts will give you a tender, golden-crisp crust every time, without the stress or the floury mess<p>By<p>Gail Monaghan<p><b>EASY AS PIE?</b> That will sound like an oxymoron to those who have struggled with unruly dough only to throw up their floury hands in defeat. This was my …

Baking

How to Please All Your Pumpkin Eaters

This steamed pudding, a favorite at Tennessee's Blackberry Farm, has enough sweetness and warming spice to satisfy any fan of the classic Thanksgiving pie—and it's light enough to appease the haters, too<p>AROUND THIS TIME OF YEAR, Sam Beall looks out the window of his home on Blackberry Farm and sees …

Pumpkins

A Recipe for Orange, Almond and Pomegranate Cake

This recipe for an orange-almond cake drenched in an orange-pomegranate-honey syrup is dairy-free and full of healthy antioxidants. But you’ll love it for its scrumptious flavor and stunning good looks<p>THIS ORANGE and almond cake, finished with a syrup of pomegranate molasses, orange juice and honey …

Pomegranate

Chocolate-Chestnut Tart With Chestnut-Vanilla Syrup

Adapted from ‘Baking Chez Moi’ by Dorie Greenspan<p>By<p>Charlotte Druckman<p><b>Active Time:</b> 1½ hours <b>Total Time:</b> 5 hours (includes chilling dough) <b>Serves:</b> 8<p><b>For the sweet tart dough:</b><p>1½ cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface<br>• ½ cup confectioners’ sugar<br>• ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt<br>• 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon …

Dessert

Semolina Soufflé With Baked Apples

Soothing semolina graduates from hot cereal to dessert in this autumnal soufflé studded with baked apples. The recipe is easy to pull off even for soufflé novices<p>MEMORABLE MEALS have always been my family’s way of marking the passage of time. Recalling the foie gras de canard at Maison Lameloise, …

Breakfast

Recipe: Caramelized Turnips With Cloves, Cumin, and Anise

Adapted from an accompaniment to a 1st-century Roman duck recipe, this dish is a great Thanksgiving side<p>By<p>Gail Monaghan<p><i>Serve this with roast pork, duck, turkey or lamb. It makes a great Thanksgiving side, too.</i><p><b>Total Time:</b> 45 minutes <b>Serves:</b> 4-6 as a side dish<p>2 pounds medium white turnips, peeled and …

Onions

Switching Sides

With all due respect to Mom's sweet potato casserole, the old Thanksgiving standbys are ripe for reinvention<p>The turkey may be the paterfamilias of the Thanksgiving table, but like a family tree, every holiday spread needs an infusion of new blood now and then to keep it vital. This Thursday, when …

mashed potatoes

American-Made Ciders Redefine the Apple Cocktail

Upset the apple (cocktail) cart with drinks that make use of the new wave of American-made ciders—as in this recipe for an autumnal tipple made with crisp, sweet J.K.'s Scrumpy<p>Forget that toxic-green apple-tini you once made the mistake of ordering. A new wave of American-made hard ciders has …

Cocktails

Cardamom-Spiced Sweet Potato Gratin

This sweet potato gratin with cardamom is an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving buffet<p>Total Time: 1½ hours Serves: 12<p>6 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and coarsely grated 12 cloves garlic, grated or minced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1¾ teaspoons fine sea …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Hot on the Trail of a Wild Thanksgiving Turkey

Puerto Rico’s take on holiday turkey—spice-rubbed and spit-roasted pavochón—inspires speculation as well as intense craving. Here’s a recipe you can make at home<p>By<p>Kathleen Squires<p><b>BY THE MID-90S,</b> I had six or seven years of holiday meals with my in-laws in Puerto Rico under my belt. I anticipated …

Cooking

Alternatives to the Same Old Thanksgiving Bird

This year, trade in the standard-issue entree for a bird with a bit more flavor. Here's where to find the best quail, pheasant, wood pigeon, duck and goose<p>'LET'S FACE IT, turkey really isn't all that interesting," said Hank Shaw, author of the new cookbook "Duck, Duck Goose: Recipes and Techniques …

Birds

Thanksgiving Gravy in Three Simple Steps

Follow these easy, illustrated instructions for making the ultimate turkey topper this Thanksgiving—or try one of the variations flavored with everything from truffles to fresh herbs<p>LIKE "JOY OF COOKING" author Irma S. Rombauer, I come from a family where "gravy is considered a beverage"—at least …

Cooking

Cornbread Stuffing With Wilted Greens and Chorizo

The perfect companion to your Thanksgiving turkey<p>Total Time: 1½ hours Serves: 12-14<p>3 medium yellow onions, cut into 1-inch dice, plus 1 large yellow onion, roughly chopped 30 garlic cloves, peeled 2 large celery roots, peeled and cut into ½-inch dice 1 cup plus 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil …

Cornbread

Historical Recipes Are the Next Big Thing

Chefs are trolling archives and raiding centuries-old cookbooks in search of inspiration, and the results are some of the freshest recipes around<p>"SO MUCH OF what's served in restaurants these days isn't even recognizable as food," said Shane McBride. As the chef talked, his hands moved with care …

Recipes

Build a Better Turkey Sandwich

Thanksgiving keeps on giving in six inspired takes on the leftover-turkey sandwich<p>By<p>Gail Monaghan<p><b>THANKSGIVING IS MY</b> favorite holiday, above all because I'm crazy about the leftovers. I buy a much bigger turkey than I need, and Thursday, while savoring the main event, I'm already envisioning ways to …

Sandwiches

A Pudding That's Anything But Puritanical

Indian pudding, a colonial-era dessert spiked with a nip of whiskey, makes a grand finale to the Thanksgiving meal—or any fall feast<p>MARRY A PUDDING, arguably the most comforting of desserts, with the spices of gingerbread and the texture of a particularly rich Cream of Wheat, and you basically have …

Dessert

Thanksgiving in 3 Hours or Less: No-Stress Recipes for Easy Feasting

Who says you have to send your blood pressure soaring to set out a satisfying holiday spread?<p>By<p>Elizabeth G. Dunn<p><b>MANY NOVEMBERS,</b> I happily while away the better part of a week executing a Thanksgiving dinner strategy whose depth and precision could have won Napoleon Waterloo. There are notebooks …

Cooking