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  • How to Freeze and Store Soup

    Leftover soup will last up to 3 days in the fridge, but up to 1 month in the freezer. Follow these steps on how to freeze and store soup, stew, and chowder and you'll be set all winter long!

    Queso Potato ChowderQueso Potato Chowder


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  • 5 Delicious Mashed Potato Bakes

    Mix up your mashed potatoes routine by trying one of these 5 delicious variations. Tasty additions like caramelized onions and chorizo sausage will makes these mashed potatoes a family favorite.

    Mashed PotatoesMashed Potatoes
    Classic buttermilk mashed potatoes are always a favorite side dish, but if you're having them week after week, it can get a bit boring. Spice up your dinner with one of these new recipes. Start out with our Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes recipe and try out some of the tasty combos below.

    Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

    4 lb. baking potatoes
    2 tsp. salt
    3/4 cup warm buttermilk
    1/2 cup warm milk
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    1/2 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. salt

    Peel potatoes; cut into 2-inch pieces. Bring potatoes, salt, and water to cover to a boil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat; boil 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to a Dutch oven, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes or until potatoes are dry.

    Mash potatoes with a potato

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  • Makeovers for Turkey Day Leftovers

    We're not saying you have to give up the beloved leftover turkey sandwich, but why not explore a few new ways to enjoy your Thanksgiving leftovers? These recipes give the actual turkey day feast a run for its money.
    Harvest PizzaHarvest Pizza
    Use leftover sweet potatoes and turkey in...

    Harvest Pizza

    1 lb. pizza crust dough
    1 cup mashed sweet potatoes or leftover sweet potato casserole (without toppings)
    1 cup shredded roasted turkey
    1 cup shredded spinach
    1/2 cup sliced shitake mushrooms
    1/2 cup sliced red onion
    1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Havarti cheese
    1 tsp. freshly ground Italian seasoning

    Preheat oven to 450°. Roll pizza crust dough into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Spread mashed sweet potatoes over dough. Top with turkey, spinach, sliced shitake mushrooms, sliced red onion, shredded Havarti cheese, and freshly ground Italian seasoning. Bake directly on oven rack 18 minutes or until edges are browned.

    Related: Leftover Sweet

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  • 5 Cozy Apple Cider Recipes

    Mull over these apple cider recipes to warm up and get in the winter spirit. Creamy, mulled, spiked, or sparkling, we guarantee you'll love them! Pair them with a roaring fire for a perfect winter evening.

    Try one of these cozy apple cider recipes on a cold winter night.Try one of these cozy apple cider recipes on a cold winter night.
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    Hot Cider Nog
    Whisk together 2 cups half-and-half, 1 cup each milk and apple cider, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp. each salt and ground nutmeg in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, whisking constantly, 15 to 20 minutes or until mixture thickens and coats a spoon. Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup bourbon, if desired. Top each serving with sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon, and apple slices, if desired. Makes: 5 1/2 cups

    Cider Tea

    Place 6 regular-size hibiscus tea bags and 2 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to 2 cups. Remove tea bags, and stir in 4 each whole allspice and cloves and 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks.

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  • Nuts About Pecans! 16 Must-Try Recipes

    Whether you say pee-can or peh-kan, we're pronouncing these pecan recipes as some of the best we've ever tasted!

    Mama's German Chocolate CakeMama's German Chocolate Cake
    Mama's German Chocolate Cake

    Parchment paper
    2 (4-oz.) packages sweet chocolate baking bars
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 cup butter, softened
    2 cups sugar
    4 large eggs, separated
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 cup buttermilk
    Coconut-Pecan Frosting
    Garnish: chocolate-dipped toasted pecan halves

    Coconut-Pecan Frosting
    Preheat oven to 350°. Bake 2 cups chopped pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through. Cool completely (about 20 minutes). Meanwhile, cook 1 (12-oz.) can evaporated milk, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 3/4 cup butter, and 6 lightly beaten egg yolks in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cook, stirring constantly, 12 to 14 minutes or until mixture becomes a light caramel

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  • Sweet Potato Casserole with Half the Fat!

    We cut more than half the fat and sugar in our favorite Thanksgiving side, and we like it better than the original! Try one of these three delicious versions at yourThanksgiving dinner.
    Cornflake, Pecan, and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato CasseroleCornflake, Pecan, and Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserole
    Don't Miss: Thanksgiving Menus, Sides, and Dessert Recipes

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  • Rustic & Natural Thanksgiving Table

    Incorporate the colors of fall to create a woodsy and rustic theme for your Thanksgiving dinner.

    Rustic Elegance
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    Start With a PlateStart With a Plate
    Start With a Plate
    Simple white plates paired with timeless flatware and thin stemware keep this more rustic setting looking elegant. Bold orange napkins give the setting a pop of seasonal color.

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    China: White Oak by Sophie Conran for Portmeiron;

    Related: 12 Ways with Pecan Pie (Cheesecake, Brownies, Deep-Fried, and More!)

    Multilevel CenterpieceMultilevel Centerpiece
    Stack a Multilevel Centerpiece
    Use cut logs to create different levels at the center of the table. You can also use wooden boxes or vintage books. Stack the logs along the length of the table, and top some with moss, others with small arrangements, and still others with candles.

    Love It? Get It!
    Log slices: Winter Woods;

    Related: Simple Slow-Cooker Thanksgiving Sides

    Small Floral ArrangmentsSmall Floral Arrangments
    Create Small Arrangements

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  • 5 Ways with Pecan Pie

    an't get enough of the gooey, sweet flavors of pecan pie? We've got you covered! Try our classic pecan pie recipe or get creative with delicious variations like Pecan Pie Brownies or Pecan Cheesecake Pie. Everyone at your Thanksgiving dinner will thank you.

    Pecan Cheesecake PiePecan Cheesecake Pie
    Pecan Cheesecake Pie

    1/2 (15-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
    1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
    4 large eggs, divided
    3/4 cup sugar, divided
    2 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
    1 cup light corn syrup

    Fit piecrust into a 9-inch pie plate according to package directions. Fold edges under, and crimp.

    Beat cream cheese, 1 egg, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, and salt at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into piecrust; sprinkle evenly with chopped pecans.

    Whisk together corn syrup and remaining 3 eggs, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla; pour mixture over pecans. Place pie on a baking sheet.

    Bake at 350° on lowest

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  • Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Dressing

  • Slimmed-Down Green Bean Casserole (Under 200 Calories!)

    This Thanksgiving dinner essential gets a much-needed makeover from fresh veggies and a lightened (but super-rich!) homemade sauce.

    Home-Style Green Bean CasseroleHome-Style Green Bean Casserole
    Home-Style Green Bean Casserole

    1 1/2 lb. fresh green beans, trimmed
    2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
    1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk
    1 Tbsp. Ranch dressing mix
    2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. butter
    1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
    Vegetable cooking spray
    1 cup French fried onions, crushed
    1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
    2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped

    Preheat oven to 350°. Cook green beans in boiling salted water to cover in a Dutch oven 4 to 6 minutes or to desired degree of doneness; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain and pat dry.

    Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in Dutch oven over medium heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups milk; cook, whisking

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