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Thanksgiving Feast Cheat Sheet

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Brown Sugar and Cayenne Brined Turkey 


This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful that Mama is hosting! However, I know my turn is coming in the not-so distant future. So, for your reference and mine, here’s a handy collection of PBS Food Thanksgiving tips and recipes. If you have last minute questions like, “How exactly does this deep frying business work?" or "Where is that blasted cranberry sauce recipe?!” don’t panic. The answers are here:


General Tips:


Five Common Thanksgiving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


Thanksgiving Planning Guide



Cooking The Almighty Bird:


Brown Sugar and Cayenne Brined Turkey


Five Ways to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey


Five Safety Tips for Deep Frying Your Turkey



Yummy Veggies:


Fancy Green Beans


Roasted Butternut Squash


Kale and Marcona Almond Salad


Zucchini Au Gratin

Autumn Roasted Vegetables


Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots


Spinach Salad With Candied Bacon and Fresh Blackberry Vinaigrette


Tasty Sides:


Garlic Mashed Potatoes


Parsnips and Potatoes Bake


Pumpkin Stuffed With Everything Good (Pumpkin shell filled with stuffing)


Macaroni and Cheese With Mornay Sauce


Homemade Cranberry Sauce


Baked Pumpkin Shells and Cheese


Twice-baked Sweet Potatoes With Streusel Topping



Delicious Dessert:


French Silk Chocolate Pie


Pumpkin Pudding


Baked Apples With Cinnamon



Savory Soup (for you overachievers):


Sweet Potato and Pear Soup


Basic Chicken Stock

Sweet Potato Soup With Bacon


Potage Crème d’Asperges

Vegan Corn Soup


Aromatic Bread:


Cheddar and Apple Biscuits


Herb Biscuits


Herbed Biscuits

Sweet Potato Biscuits


Family-friendly Beverages:


Hot Spiced Apple Cider




Candy Cane Hot Cocoa


Mulled Apple Cider With Sweet Honey Cream



Adult Beverages:


Julian Van Winkle’s Old Fashioned Cocktail


Mexican Coffee



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