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Pickled Cranberries: Not Your Grandmother’s Cranberry Sauce

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.


There are a few things you don’t talk about at the holiday table lest you risk the conversation turning sour. Religion. Politics. And whether jellied or chunky cranberry sauce is better. Seriously, it could come to fisticuffs. But to that I say: to heck with the sauce. This year, pickle your crans for a side that is surprising and delicious — and will surely mollify both sides of this intractable debate.

Now, when I first mentioned this idea, an Internet friend squawked: “Pickled cranberries? What will you pickle next, sorrel?” Allow me to alleviate your fears. We’re not talking kosher dills here. Think more bread-and-butter pickles, with a sweet brine that tempers and complements the cranberries’ natural pucker. Small-batch canner extraordinaire Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars first put forth this concept. Like most pickling projects, it’s easy as can be. The only thing to consider is to make them far enough ahead of time for the flavors to mellow and round out. A couple days will do, so there’s still plenty of time for Turkey Day.

As a bonus prize, your leftover brine will be a cranberry shrub, or drinking vinegar. Serve one part of the shrub mixed in four to five parts sparkling water for a bright, refreshing beverage that makes a lovely alternative to wine for your non-drinking guests.

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Fall Fest: Top In Season Thanksgiving Sides

In our humble opinion, Thanksgiving is superior to any other day of the year. In an effort to make this year’s feast the best of all time (sorry, Pilgrims and Wampanoag tribe), we’re bringing you the recipes, how-tos and decorating ideas to help you become a Turkey Day pro.

Roasted Cauliflower

With one week to go until Thanksgiving, plan on cooking these seasonal recipes that turn market-fresh produce into delicious sides for Turkey Day.

1. Roasted Cauliflower (pictured above)

This five-star dish requires just 10 minutes’ prep time. Toss cauliflower with oil, garlic and cumin before topping with panko breadcrumbs, then roasted until tender and golden brown.

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Meatless Monday: Roasted Butternut Squash

You’ve probably been seeing a lot of recipes for butternut squash lately, and for good reason. It’s rich, creamy and sweet, making it hard to believe that it’s healthy — a good source of fiber, low in fat, high in antioxidant-rich vitamin C kind of healthy.

Roasting is my cooking method of choice when it comes to butternut squash. Slicing the squash beforehand cuts out a big chunk of the roasting time. In a hot oven with just a touch of oil, salt and fresh herbs, the flesh softens and the edges caramelize in just a half hour. You can add it to any variety of dishes: toss it with quinoa, turn it into pasta or pair it with some stinky cheese. I love eating it just as it is out of the oven. I’ve even been known to use mashed leftovers to make the ultimate grilled cheese. Trust me on this.

Roasted Butternut Squash

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