Thursday, November 8, 2018

The only Thanksgiving recipes you'll need

My sister-in-law unabashedly assigned us specific Thanksgiving recipes every year. "Why not just request a dessert?" I asked my husband early in our marriage. I soon learned of the meticulous way she selected recipes; searching cookbooks, magazines, and this source. The result was an absolutely epic meal year after year.

Due to her efforts, I'd like to think our family has a solid list of the best Thanksgiving recipes around. Whether you're hosting or bringing a dish to pass, I can promise these recipes will not disappoint:

If your a prepare-in-advance-type-gal (that's me!), you can't go wrong with this Ina Garten recipe. It's delicious (especially that stuffing!) and you're guaranteed to impress your guests with your skills.

But if it's just not Thanksgiving without the presentation of the whole bird, this recipe is our tried and true, with gravy.

But truth be told, I'm in it for the side dishes, and there are so many good ones.

The best stuffing.

The best salad and this citrusy gem.

As I child, I loved canned cranberry sauce, but this grown-up version (minus the pepper) is much more appetizing.

If sweet potatoes are your thing, these are the best. These are delicious and beautiful. But you also can't go wrong with the traditional buttery mashed.

These green beans are full of flavor and can compete with the Thanksgiving favorites.

If you're kids are like mine, it's not dessert without chocolate. This pie hits all the seasonal notes (mmm, that cinnamon) while satisfying your chocoholic.

But a girl's gotta have her favorite pumpkin pie. And the girl's husband has to have his apple pie.

And while we're on the topic of Thanksgiving, do you dress up for the holiday? I love to wear something pretty, but comfortable. I just ordered these (hello, elastic waistband) to wear with a simple sweater and colorful statement earrings. And I love these festive heels, but these beautiful flats are more practical for running around the kitchen. Cheers!

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