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Want a first-class seat on the gravy train? Just follow these four steps:
1. Use a great recipe that pairs the gravy with your meal. Might we suggest one of our five favorites for turkey: Garlic-Rosemary Turkey with Mushroom Gravy, Roast Turkey with Pear and Port Gravy, Cider-Basted Turkey with Roasted Apple Gravy, Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy, or Herb-Roasted Turkey with Apple Cider Gravy?
2. Watch our How to Make Gravy video and see how to whisk your way towards lump-free gravy
3. If you want to thicken your gravy, mix flour with some broth or pan drippings first--this thickening sauce is called a slurry. Whisk to remove any lumps. No lumps in the slurry, no lumps in the gravy! Should you still hit some lumps in your gravy road, you can try these tips.
4. Make life easy by using the right tools, like this fat separating gravy strainer.
And, most importantly, keep your gravy hot and bring it to the table last. Spooning piping hot gravy over food brings it to an
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I remember my first turkey. I was 25; it was 20 pounds. I had no idea what I was doing, so I snagged a recipe from a glossy food mag that promised to produce the perfect turkey. The ingredients required for the stuffing and the glaze cost exactly two dollars more than the turkey itself, not including the gas it took to drive to three different markets in search of said ingredients.
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To make a long and painful story short, I worked my butt off all day long and was rewarded with a turkey that had all the flavor and mouthfeel of pulverized Sheetrock, though I have to say, the stuffing and skin were sublime. Of course, that's the ultimate goal of most turkey recipes: to create a great skin and stuffing to hide the fact that turkey meat, in its cooked state, is dry and flavorless. Does it have to be that way? No. We just have to focus on what the turkey is and what the turkey needs. And we have to consider what it is we really want. This is how IRead More »from Alton Brown's Tips for a Perfect Roast Turkey
- bon appétit magazine | Thanksgiving – Tue, Nov 17, 2009 10:51 PM EST
Pies, crisps, tarts, and cheesecake: Here are 12 luscious ways to finish the feast.
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Nibbles can save the day on Thanksgiving. Stocking up on a few good ones means being prepared for late-arriving guests or a turkey that's taking too long. The six items below are delicious ways to get the party started (and take the pressure off the cook). Headed to someone else's house this year? All of these are handy last-minute bring-alongs, too. --Amy Albert
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- bon appétit magazine | Thanksgiving – Wed, Nov 4, 2009 12:04 AM EST
It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without these classic ingredients. But there are excellent reasons to eat them on other days, too: They're delicious, they're easy to cook, and each happens to be a nutritional superstar.
A staple of the Thanksgiving table, these pucker-inducing berries are surprisingly versatile, brightening both savory and sweet dishes. Their high content of pectin (a naturally occurring thickening agent) makes cranberries particularly well suited for sauce. Cranberry sauce is one of the quickest and easiest holiday sides to make from scratch. Fresh cranberries are high in vitamin C. They are also a good source of antioxidants.
15 Cranberry Sauces That Will Add Zest and Zing to Your Thanksgiving Plates.
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Peak season for cranberries runs from October through December, though frozen cranberries are available year-round. You can stock up on fresh cranberries when in season and store them in the freezer. Whether fresh or frozen, cranberriesRead More »from 3 Thanksgiving Superfoods You Must Have On the Menu
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Provocative series like Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood have made vampires the sexiest thing since sliced bread that has been molded into the shape of a sensuous woman.
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That is why bleeding cupcakes are sure to win any Halloween/Sexy-Themed Baking Contest you might enter this week. They're not only showy and delicious, but super simple to put together as well--just like the scripts for all those dramas. (I'm just kidding. Don't bite me.)
1) Bake cupcakes using your favorite recipe.
2) Once cooled, dig a small lump of cupcake out of the top. Set the removed chunk aside.
3) Pour a little bit of an edible, reddish, runny substance, such as strawberry jam or cherry pie filling, into the hole.
4) Re-insert removed chunk.
5) Frost the top (thereby covering up the evidence of step 2).
6) Dip a toothpick into some of the leftover jam (filling, sauce, red icing, etc.) and stab the top of the
Some people think baseball is boring. I think they're just not eating right. Peanuts. Cracker Jack. Those ice cream sundaes served in miniature batting helmets. And while I'd love to enjoy these concession stand delicacies at the stadium, I'm told it's hard to get tickets to a late-October baseball game. So it looks like I'll be making this World Series opener a true home game.Read More »from World Series Menu: Recreate Ballpark Food at Home
Try one of BA Foodist Andrew Knowlton's Top 10 Hotdog Spots
For all of you rookies, here's the essential ballpark food lineup:
* Cracker Jacks
* A hot dog (or two)
* A beer (or, um, two)
* An ice cream sundae
(It's a lot. But what do you expect from a guy whose favorite player growing up was named Chili Davis?)
Check Out Bon Appétit's Slideshow of 74 Hotdogs Around the World
To recreate this experience at home, let's lead off with some Caramel-Almond Popcorn. That'll last a few innings until the Turkey Chilaquiles (think nachos, only better) step up to the plate.
I call them the "grossest," but it depends on whom you're asking: To your average Trick or Treater, these may very well be the 10 "coolest" Halloween candies. I put each of the candies through an evaluation from a friend's son, 5-year-old P.J. Koesterer, a New York City resident and trusted authority on candy yuckiness. --Matt SchneidermanRead More »from Top 10 Grossest Halloween Candies of All Time
1.Fangs with Tongue. This combo disguise-plus-candy is one part plastic, one part gummy, and all parts yuck. Kids are entitled to about 90 seconds of tongue wagging before the candy dissolves.
$1.95; Au'some Ghoulish Gummy Tongue; store.offbeattreats.com
5-year-old says: "Whoa, that's scary!"
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2. Severed Finger Dip Stick. Fun Dip for the witchy crowd. Grotesquely colored human digits--on sticks!--go into mouth, then into neon powder, then back into mouth.
$3; Galerie Creepy Candy Finger with Dipping Powder; galerieusa.com for stores
5-year-old says: "Spooky!"
3. Glow Worms. These gummies come packaged
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Some restaurants never go out of style. They follow no trends. They're stubborn, charming, quirky-and we love them for that. Here are our favorite old-school spots that are every bit as good today as the day they opened.Read More »from The 10 Most Classic Restaurants in the Country
The Colonnade Restaurant
A 1927 landmark for no-fuss southern cooking. The eclectic crowd-from grandmas to hipsters-fills up on sweet tea, fresh-baked rolls, and more than two dozen sides. 1879 Cheshire Bridge Road NE; 404-874-5642
La Dolce Vita
Some come for the celebrity sightings, others for the old-school waiters in black tie. We come to this circa-1966 Beverly Hills hangout for Steak Sinatra, Lasagna Verdi Bolognese, and the comfy dark-red leather booths. 9785 Santa Monica Boulevard; 310-278-1845; ladolcevitabeverlyhills.com
Opened in 1849, this is the city's oldest restaurant. Two of its most famous dishes are the cioppino (seafood stew) and Hangtown Fry (an oyster and bacon frittata). Don't miss the