The end of a holiday meal can be daunting. Exhausted and stuffed, you might be ready to simply toss any leftovers and call it a day. But wait -- with a bit of strategizing and creativity, superb meals lie in your future. The real question, of course, is which dishes will hold up in the freezer and which should be enjoyed immediately. Not to fear, our food editors are here to distinguish between the two groups. So grab your zip-top bags and airtight containers -- as well as your forks and knives -- and get ready for the ultimate dish debate: Eat vs. Freeze -- Thanksgiving Leftovers Edition.
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!).
Be sure to save the turkey bones from your Thanksgiving feast -- you can use them to make a pot of flavorful stock. Simmer them with some onions, carrots, and celery, and you'll have a freezable, low-sodium base for soups, stews, rice dishes, and more.
A homemade apple pie is definitely a labor of love -- what better reason to make one? If this is your first attempt, don't worry if the crust has a tear or two; the pie will still be juicy and delicious. Pie-making just takes a little patience -- but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.
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.
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.