When I imagine Stella Parks preparing for Thanksgiving, there's an enormous puff of confectioners' sugar filling the air. Sprinkles float through the sugar cloud like snowflakes, and my imaginary-Parks bats one away playfully with a whipped cream-coated balloon whisk.
But IRL Parks, the pastry wizard behind Serious Eats and James Beard Award–winning cookbook BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts (and my go-to source for all things baking), will more likely prep for Thanksgiving with a trip to the farmer's market. According to our Automagic Menu Maker, vegetables of all shapes and sizes will take centerstage at her Thanksgiving feast.
"I get a lot of sugar in my day to day life, thanks to my work at Serious Eats, so when Thanksgiving rolls around what I'm really craving is vegetables in every form," she says. "My menu is focused on bringing all kinds of fall produce to the table, without having to lift a finger for dessert."
Ella Quittner is a contributing writer and the Absolute Best Tests columnist at Food52. She covers food, travel, wellness, lifestyle, home, novelty snacks, and internet-famous sandwiches. You can follow her on Instagram @equittner, or Twitter at @ellaquittner. She also develops recipes for Food52, and has a soft spot for all pasta, anything spicy, and salty chocolate things.