Embracing the idea of household favorites, we asked our food editors which dishes they cherish most, and let their answers inspire the quintessential Thanksgiving meal. Our menu is meant to be adaptable: Prepare it entirely or choose individual recipes, weaving them into your customary spread.
These recipes for appetizers, main dishes, sides, and desserts eliminate almost all of the slicing, peeling, marinating, brining, and other hours and hours' worth of prep work that usually makes you weary just to think about when deciding whether to host the holiday meal. Choose your favorites and get a fabulous, festive meal on the table in record time.
Heather Chontos and her two daughters relocated to Montana for the mountains, rivers, sprawling pastures, and big blue sky. It was time to explore a new place and let the landscape (golden willows, weathered red barns, blazing pink sunsets) inform her crafts -- all of which bring color and style to a Saturday-evening twilight dinner party.
By flying off to Copenhagen and cooking for days, food editor Jennifer Aaronson happily returned a long-ago favor. Her close friend Nichole Accettola was finally having a wedding celebration on her “copper anniversary” (a Danish tradition celebrated at 12 1/2 years, halfway to 25), and Jen was there to help throw the party, just as Nichole had done for Jen’s wedding nine years before.