Norman Rockwell, I am not.
I have a special fondness for the Thanksgivings that got weird. The one where I packed my Jiffy corn mix and poultry seasoning to visit my brother in Paris. The one where the turkey smoked mercilessly, so we threw open the windows and ate dinner in our winter coats. And, especially, the one with the Turducken.
Because in all of those Thanksgivings, the family adventure trumped the picture-perfect feast. And even though 2022 might be our most traditional in years, I want to remember that spirit: Of spending time with family—not ironing napkins, but talking about family lore and the simple tricks that made our turkey so juicy and green beans so bright.
Wishing you and yours the same,
There is no better way to de-stress Thanksgiving cooking than salting the turkey a few days ahead. (800+ Food52 reviews agree.)
These steam-roasted sweet potatoes are the best I’ve ever cooked. And the parade of toppings brings welcome crunch and freshness that mini marshmallows generally don’t.
3. Habichuelas Guisadas al Estilo de la Costa (Colombian-Style Green Beans Cooked in Milk) From Maricel Presilla
These bright, make-ahead-friendly green beans will take 5 minutes in one skillet on the stovetop on the big day—no oven hogging.
The simple step of caramelizing the canned pumpkin converted me from tolerant to eats-pumpkin-pie-for-breakfast. (It also bakes in half the time.)
I love a good oven-to-table baking dish, and that every generation will have a Dansk story to tell. (I keep my late grandma-in-law Virg’s big, orange Købenstyle baker out on the counter as a sunny fruit bowl.)
No judgment if you love ironing napkins, but I’m taking the time back. These look billowy and charming, just as they are.
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For both make-ahead prep and leftover management, these reusable beeswax wraps always make me so proud I’ve left the plastic wrap in the drawer.
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