LET'S START with dessert:

Classic Pumpkin Pie 

Classic Pumpkin Pie 

Dorie Greenspan's Cookie Tips

Dorie Greenspan's Cookie Tips

Get Inspired: Black Forest Cake

Get Inspired: Black Forest Cake

Beginning the meal: Cocktails, Appetizers and Sides

It's Turkey Time

How to Make Better Turkey
Turkey Leftover Ideas
Fried Turkey Done Safely
Chef's Turkey Tips
Bacon-wrapped Turkey
How to Brine Turkey

And in Non-Thanksgiving News:


Marinated Short Ribs

I love all the techniques that let a food sit passively and improve itself - pickling, brining and marinating all tend to make things better in my book. Why do more work when you can just let the liquid do it for you? Short ribs are particularly great for this, and Cote seems to have it down to a science.

The Easiest, Most Flavorful Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is one of those items that can really go either way. The tasteless ones dull an entire meal but the good ones can liven and brighten everything. Alon Shaya has figured out that perfect balance of brightness. The humble parsley salad shines in his capable hands. 


How Beer Is Made in 1 Minute

Beer is pretty complex to make a people have spent lifetimes studying it. But for the casual beer drinker like myself, it's sometimes more realistic to have an overview (don't think I have many beer brewing days in front of me). I recently took a trip to Portland, Maine and had the good fortune to stop into the Allagash Brewery.

The Secrets of Good Coffee

We might think our fancy coffee shop is serving us the best coffee, but there are ways to be a bit more discerning. How do you know if coffee is fresh? How do you know if coffee is sustainable? How do you grind coffee properly? We get these answers and more from sitting down at the Roasting Plant.


The Secret to Perfect Risotto

Scott Conant is known for his stints on shows like Food Network's Chopped, but he is renowned for his pasta. If you've ever been to one of his restaurants you know that he has a seemingly magic touch.

A Look Inside a Pasta Factory

Few things make me happier than fresh pasta. So going inside the Giovanni Rana factory in Verona, Italy was like being a kid in a candy store. 


How to Throw a Luau

I know what you're thinking: luaus don't make anyone outside of Hawaii look cool. No one wants to dress up like their dad in a bad Hawaiian shirt. 

But I'm here to tell you that that's where you've been going wrong. Hawaiian theme doesn't have to mean pineapples and cheap leis. And that's where Sheldon Simeon comes in.

How Lobster Gets to Your Lobster Roll

It's easy to think of lobster whole - unlike most seafood, we are accustomed to seeing them live and swimming around in tanks. But for most of the lobster we eat, it actually goes through a process that is a little more complex. 

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