Heirlooms are so-called because the seeds have been handed down over generations, and they are open-pollinated, meaning they produce seeds that resemble the parent plant, not always the case with commercial hybrids, which are bred for durability rather than taste. There are 100-plus kinds of heirloom tomatoes growing on vines these days, and most have names and flavors -- Sun Golds, Green Zebras, Black Krims -- as unique as their looks.
Because they're easy to grow, tomatoes are the most common backyard garden crop. There are thousands of varieties, including beefsteak, plum, and small-size cherry, grape, and pear tomatoes; all are at their most flavorful in late summer.
Famously prolific summer squash plants bring plenty of zucchini, yellow crookneck, and pattypan squash into our lives at this time of year. The mild-tasting, versatile vegetable (okay, technically a fruit) is equally delicious in savory and sweet dishes.
Toast the bounties of the Thanksgiving table with cocktail in hand. There's something for everyone in this collection of festive drink recipes that includes hot ciders, crowd-pleasing sangria, sparkling wine cocktails, and nonalcoholic beverages.
Whether it's a historic recipe passed down through the generations, a regional specialty, a dish from your ethnic heritage, or just a hands-down favorite that you eat only on this day, every family has at least one dish that defines Thanksgiving and makes the spread unique to your clan. Check out some of our favorite out-of-the-ordinary Thanksgiving dishes.
Our collection of refreshing salad recipes includes choices that work as first-course appetizers or as Thanksgiving sides. In addition to lettuce-based green salads, you'll find dishes centered around green beans, wild rice, and root vegetables.
Let friends and family gather around appetizers while dinner is being prepared -- and nobody will notice if the turkey's running late. Take your pick from favorites such as baked brie, cheese logs, crackers, dips, spiced nuts, and cheese straws.
As essential as it is to the meal, this relatively simple concoction causes untold anxiety as we fret about gravy turning out too thin, too lumpy, or simply not flavorful enough. Master your technique with these foolproof recipes, flavored with white wine, bourbon, cider, Madeira, or simply delicious pan drippings.
Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without the customary cranberry. Add a spark to your holiday feast this year with a new recipe from our collection, which encompasses traditional and adventurous dishes.
For many, the real star of a Thanksgiving dinner is the assemblage of side dishes, not the turkey. To help you put together a showstopping selection for your table, we've rounded up our favorites, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and much more.
We've selected more than 100 of our best quick pasta recipes -- all ready in under an hour. You'll find year-round pasta recipes, including macaroni and cheese, lasagna, and spaghetti and meatballs, to recipes featuring seafood and seasonal vegetables.