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Fall Fest: Winning Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Truffled Cheese Mash

Let’s be serious. The sides are the real stars of the Thanksgiving dinner table. Once your plate is piled high with mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and cranberries, the bird is hardly the main event.

We’ve rounded up our go-to picks for each category, but tell us: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Vote in the comments as we give thanks to our picks.

1. Mashed potatoes are comfort food royalty. Dress them up for the Thanksgiving holiday with truffles and cheese (pictured above), and you may earn VIP spud status for life.

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Fall Fest: Carrot Recipes to Covet

A versatile root addition to salads, soups and sides, carrots are more than just bunny food. Whether served crisp and snappy or roasted to sweet tenderness, the orange (or sometimes purple, red, yellow and white) vegetables are a sure-fire fall fan favorite. Here are a few ways to get them on the table.

1. Bring out carrots’ natural sweetness with Sunny Anderson’s honey-glazed carrots (pictured above). They complement almost any meaty main, and offer a bright pop of color to the table.

2. Bobby Flay crowns the carrot as the king of this salad, and tops it with a citrusy-sweet-spicy dressing. Cumin and cayenne pepper give the dish an earthy flavor with just the right amount of heat.

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Meatless Monday: Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Breakfast for dinner is not a novel concept. It is, however, a glorious one. Why? Because,at its core, the morning meal is meant to comfort. Breakfast’s star dishes are the ones that require no sharp utensils, but welcome copious pats of butter (think of them like love taps in dairy form) and are best eaten in pajamas.

Giada’s simple vegetable frittata is the kind that proves eggs are just as enticing in the PM. Make sure to to watch closely so you can set the pan under the broiler just before the yolks are set. The results will be puffy clouds of egg perfection for any time of day.

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Dinner Rush! Creamy Rigatoni with Squash, Sage and Pine Nuts

Move over, pumpkin spice latte — you’re not the only squash-themed edible that deserves the seasonal spotlight. Let’s clear a path for good ol’ reliable butternut. Is it the sexiest squash at the market? Hardly. But what it lacks in front-porch decor appeal it more than makes up for with a cute name and remarkable versatility.

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Meatless Monday: Leftover Baked Potato Soup

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Soup season has officially started. And while we love our hearty chilies and simmered-for-hours stews as much as ever, they’re not exactly easy to throw together in a flash. This brilliant recipe has just 15 minutes of prep and uses leftover baked potatoes, which both cuts down on cooking time and lets you use things in your fridge. Its velveteen finish and comforting flavors are amplified with buttermilk, sour cream and Parmesan cheese. Garnish the bowl with chives just before serving — they’ll add a hint of onion-y flavor and make for a beautiful presentation.

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Meatless Monday: Shakshuka

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Shakshuka doesn’t translate to “ultimate breakfast for dinner meal,” but it probably should (because that’s exactly what it is). The traditional Middle Eastern dish, which has recently developed a fan club throughout the US, combines garlicky tomato base with a large dollop of harissa for some heat. Slowly poach eggs in the sauce until they’re set (but still runny in the center) — aka perfectly cooked for max bread-sopping opportunities. Sprinkle with fresh herbs and a few grinds of black pepper, then enjoy for dinner, for breakfast or whenever.

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Dinner Rush! Quick Cauliflower Curry

In the fast-paced, cutthroat world of trendsetting foods, one industry veteran has managed to stay the course through it all. While sprouts, kale and juices may come and go with the seasons, the mighty cauliflower has managed to keep its head high and its florets robust through the storm. 

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Meatless Monday: Watermelon Gazpacho

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Are you a soup person? You either love it or hate it and, most likely, you’ll instinctively announce your chosen camp. This fruity gazpacho is for the pros — the soup lovers who puree with vigor and slurp in solidarity. Sweet, ripe watermelon, tomatoes, serrano chiles and cucumbers are blended until smooth, forming a vibrant, refreshing stew that will make wonder why you weren’t eating this dish all summer. Crumbled feta cheese and a sprinkle of dill offer a hint of tang, while a few extra cubes of watermelon lend satisfying body to the overall dish. And since the entire recipe comes together in just 15 minutes, it’s the perfect last-minute dinner for a hot summer night (or for convincing soup foes to come around).

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Meatless Monday: Smoked Panzanella

Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of lifeEating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

Sure this salad uses peak produce — cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, snap peas — but it’s the day-old bread that really gets top billing. Traditional recipes for this classic Tuscan dish call for soaking bread (in water or another liquid) before tossing it with other salad ingredients. Kelsey adds extra crunch and flavor to her dish by baking her cubed bread in the oven before combining it with the other ingredients. Smoked mozzarella lends just enough heft to this otherwise light meal — its rich taste subbing in for (completely unmissed) bacon. Best of all, this easy recipe can be made in minutes, so the only thing you’ll need to worry about is grabbing a fork and digging in.

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Summer Soiree: 4 Cobs, 4 Ways

From ear to ear, no two cobs of corn are the same. Consider those kernels a canvas for your culinary creativity, whether that involves slathering on spices, drizzling on oil or rolling them in a pinch of pepper. Stumpted? Here are four ways to add global gusto to your hometown husk.

1. Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Butter: Tyler applies a three-layered coating of lime butter, queso and ancho chile powder for a smooth and spicy cob that ignites the taste buds (pictured above).

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