Holidays

Why You Should Skip Washing Your Turkey this Thanksgiving

One of my absolute least favorite Thanksgiving dishes to prepare, ironically enough, is the turkey. I want the photo-worthy table with the gloriously golden, crisp skinned turkey shining like a holiday beacon in the center of it all… but oh, the lengths you have to go to in order to get it. Handling a massive raw bird makes me feel like a true […]

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How Your Slow Cooker Can Make This the Easiest Thanksgiving Ever

Calling all who lean on and cherish their slow cookers through the hustle in bustle of day-to-day life, and are ready to take that relationship to the next level: bringing it to family Thanksgiving. As any Crockpot convert knows, slow cookers are crazy versatile and highly lovable (no matter what the haters say). Minimal prep is required for slow cooking, creating time […]

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How to Deal with Thanksgiving Leftovers–The Semi-Dreaded Gift That Keeps on Giving

  What the hell am I supposed to do with all these leftovers? It’s the question heard around the world the day after Thanksgiving. Why? Because once Thanksgiving is over, you can count on two things: One, a food coma from stuffing yourself silly. Two, leftovers. Lots of ’em. Like many, I can tolerate eating turkey and a few sides […]

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5 Smart Tips for How to Tackle Breakfast on Thanksgiving Day

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, whether for the first or 50th time, you’ve likely been focusing almost, if not entirely, on the big feast. It’s pretty obvious that the Thanksgiving meal gets all the attention–and for good reason. The Thanksgiving spread is one of, if not the most sacred and traditional of all American holiday meals, and it follows a […]

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5 Updated Side Dishes to Try on Your Turkey Day Table This Year

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, 2 1/2 weeks away to be exact, and if there’s anything I’ve learned about the holidays the past few years since becoming an integral part of the holiday cooking responsibilities that are shared among the Crist women, it’s that preparation is key. If you wait until the last minute, you’ll inevitably settle for the same-old, same […]

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In Defense of the Almighty Green Bean Casserole

  It’s time to give the modest, and ever-so-underrated green bean casserole the respect it deserves this Thanksgiving. I already know the biggest reservation some of you have concerning my favorite holiday staple:  “Blah, green beans are plain and, almost always, overcooked.” Before you roll your eyes at the notion of welcoming yet another green bean casserole to your holiday table this […]

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7 Things I Wish Someone Told Me the First Year I Hosted Thanksgiving Dinner

  In life, there’s always a first time, for everything: A first time to get married, have a baby, move out of your parent’s home, etc. And one of the most overwhelming first of them all is hosting your first Thanksgiving.  I thought I knew everything there was to know about Thanksgiving, from how to shop for the best turkey to […]

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7 Terms to Know When Picking Out Your First Thanksgiving Turkey

This piece originally appeared on FWx.com. By Farrah Shaikh Whether this is your first time hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, the turkey situation can be daunting. The key to a tasty result is starting with a good bird, but when you get to the grocery store you are faced with multiple options like organic, heritage, free-range…and Butterball. What does this all mean? We asked […]

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10 Valid Questions From a First-Time Thanksgiving Host–Answered

  I’m hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year and slightly freaking out. By the way, I cook dinner at least 5 nights a week, prep and pack my lunches for work every day, and host parties fairly often. If I’m this nervous, I can’t even imagine how my other first-time hosts (who don’t cook quite that often) are feeling. The struggle […]

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It’s National Sandwich Day, and We Have So Many Sandwich Feelings…

This is not a lie–most every time I cook dinner, I consider how much sandwich potential the leftovers will have. Seriously, last night at the meat counter, I opted for a 1.5 pound porterhouse over the other appealing steak options so that I would be guaranteed enough beef to make a couple sandwiches, too. I currently have a reminder set […]

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