Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same without cranberry sauce. This collection of our easiest recipes has a sauce, relish, chutney, or compote to please every palate, from the most basic and traditional to ones featuring bolder flavors such as ginger, pomegranate, and dried cherries.
Whether you call it stuffing or dressing, it's one of our favorite dishes on the Thanksgiving menu. Choose from bread stuffing with apples, sage, chestnuts, or mushrooms; cornbread dressing with sausage or pecans; or wild-rice dressing with nuts and dried fruit.
Potatoes and sweet potatoes are integral to Thanksgiving dinner, and with these easy recipes, you can add both to the menu without much fuss. Choose from mashed potatoes with garlic, herbs, or caramelized onions, as well as rich gratins and crisp roasted potatoes. Enjoy your sweet potatoes whipped with maple syrup, in a traditional marshmallow-topped casserole, or glazed with bourbon and brown sugar.
Turkey doesn't have to be the main event at the Thanksgiving feast. These satisfying and delicious meatless main dishes will be a hit with everyone from vegetarians to omnivores. Choose from simple but impressive recipes for pastas, risottos, savory pies and tarts, and much more.
Welcome guests this autumn with a rustic gourd garland, cornhusk wreath, or any of our fall indoor and outdoor touches. These decorations make the perfect first impression when family and friends come calling on Thanksgiving Day or any day.
Looking to kick off Halloween with a bang, not a boo? This version of a classic carnival game also makes a festive wall decoration, and bursting the confetti-and-candy-filled balloons in this Halloween party game will make everyone explode with laughter.
I love the cocktail culture in the Pink Panther movie of the 1960s. It was so glamorous, so effortlessly swank -- and nobody seemed to be trying too hard. Since I can't get myself (or my friends) invited to one of those celluloid soirees, I do what I can to re-create the vibe when I entertain. I use lots of silver and glass: As many reflective surfaces as possible help set the stage. And I keep the menu limited -- there are options but not endless options. This makes it possible for me to spend time mixing with my guests rather than mixing drinks all night.
Pumpkin desserts are synonymous with the fall season, most especially at Thanksgiving time. And pumpkin pie is just the beginning! In our collection of easy pumpkin desserts, you'll also find crowd-pleasing recipes for pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, bread pudding, and even a knockout pumpkin-almond tiramisu.
Look no further for great Thanksgiving potluck recipes, including casseroles, gratins, easy vegetable side dishes, and desserts. All of these recipes can be prepared ahead of time and brought to the holiday gathering. Many only require a bit of assembly or reheating in the oven, while others can be served right from the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Whether your family has past you the cooking baton or you're preparing a spread for your friends, hosting your first Thanksgiving can be a daunting task. But it doesn't have to be! With a little bit of strategizing and a menu of foolproof recipes, you can pull off the big feast without a fuss. These classic yet simple staples -- and a bit of advice from our experienced food editors -- will allow you to pull off the festivities with ease (and have fun doing it!).
Turkey, the traditional center of the Thanksgiving table, need not be time-consuming and elaborate in order to be delicious and impressive. Choose from an assortment of recipes to prepare whole turkeys for feeding a crowd, as well as turkey breasts for smaller gatherings.