Blog Posts by Everyday Food

  • Beginner's Luck: A Foolproof Plan for Your First Thanksgiving

    Novice hosts, no need to be intimidated by a turkey! Follow this handy timeline for preparing our First-Time Thanksgiving Menu, and you'll get dinner on the table without a hitch.

    Related: All of the Turkey Recipes You'll Ever Need

    Two Weeks Ahead

    Reserve your bird. Whether you're picking up your turkey from your farmer or grocery store, or even ordering online, contact your purveyor and confirm that one will be available when the day arrives.

    The Weekend Before

    Clean the kitchen; it will help keep you organized and create room in your fridge. Toss any expired foods, wipe surfaces, and gather platters and cookware. Also wash and properly store produce and make the cranberry sauce.

    Three Days Before

    Thaw your turkey. If using a frozen turkey, defrost on a rimmed baking sheet on the bottom shelf of your fridge. Allow a full day for every four pounds of turkey being thawed.

    Make the Herb-Marinated Olives and Garden Veggie Dip.

    Two Days Before

    Make pie dough

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  • A Brand-New Recipe for Brussels Sprouts

    "It's no secret that I absolutely love Brussels sprouts! And while I typically enjoy them roasted or sauteed, today I'm serving them in a new (but equally delicious) way -- raw! For this healthy side, I'm slicing my sprouts super thin and mixing them with shredded radicchio and sunflower seeds. A bit of grainy mustard and honey help to enhance the vibrant flavors woven throughout each crunchy bite. This recipe may be untraditional, but I promise that it's a winner every time. Save space in the oven for your turkey and bring this festive slaw to your Thanksgiving table."

    -Everyday Food's
    Sarah Carey



    Brussels Sprouts Slaw

    Related: 20 Classic Comfort Food Recipes from Martha Stewart


    1 tablespoon grainy mustard

    3 tablespoons white-wine vinegar

    2 teaspoons honey

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    Salt and pepper

    1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded

    1 small head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced

    1/2 cup chopped fresh chives

    1/4 cup toasted sunflower

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  • A Few Subtle Tweaks, One Out-of-This-World Apple Pie

  • You'll Love These Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    "Mashed-potato lovers, meet your new best friend: duchess potatoes. This decadent side is every bit as creamy, buttery, and fluffy as its stove-top counterpart, but has one outstanding difference: These spuds can be made completely in advance. (Seriously!) And while their name sounds fancy, these potatoes are a cinch to prepare. In fact, I think the hardest part about making this dish is waiting to eat it. Bring a little royalty to your holiday table and give this recipe a try!"


    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Duchess Potatoes

    Related: 20 Classic Comfort Food Recipes from Martha Stewart


    2 1/2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes (about 10 medium), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
    Salt and pepper
    3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, plus more for parchment
    3 large egg yolks, divided
    1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons heavy cream, divided
    Ground nutmeg

    Related: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    1. In a large pot, cover potatoes with cold salted water by 2

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  • Welcome to Thanksgiving Week!

    "Thanksgiving might feel like it's far away, but it's right around the corner! My foolproof strategy is to get a head start on planning the meal, which is why I'll be making festive and seasonal dishes all week long. Today's recipe for a nutty wild rice stuffing calls upon the same wonderful flavors found in traditional stuffing, only this version is completely gluten-free; it's also vegetarian. This is one healthy dish that will definitely have your family giving thanks!"


    -Everyday's Food Sarah Caray

    Related: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    Wild Rice Stuffing

    2 cups wild rice
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 stalks celery, diced medium
    1 small yellow onion, diced small
    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    1 large jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
    Salt and pepper
    1/2 cup toasted pepitas (hulled pumpkin seeds)
    1/2 cup golden raisins
    1/4 cup vegetable broth
    2 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
    1-2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar


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  • Make Room in Your Freezer for These Easy Shortbread Cookies!

    "Have I told you how much I love cookies? I do! And as the holiday season approaches, I'm always looking for simple -- and simply delicious -- new treats. Today, I'm baking a batch of almond-orange shortbread cookies that are crisp and buttery. They're the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea in the afternoon (or morning)! Make them today and freeze them for up to three months."


    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Related: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family


    1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

    1 cup confectioners' sugar
    3/4 teaspoon almond extract

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)

    Grated zest of 1 orange (about 2 teaspoons)

    3/4 cup sliced almonds


    Related: 35 Beyond Delicious No-Bake Dessert Recipes


    1. Make the dough: In a mixer bowl, beat butter, sugar, almond extract, and salt until smooth. With mixer on low speed, add flour and orange zest; mix just until a dough forms. With a wooden spoon, Read More »from Make Room in Your Freezer for These Easy Shortbread Cookies!
  • The Baked Pasta You'll Make All Season Long

    "Some meals need no ceremony -- the ingredients speak for themselves -- and today's recipe falls into that category. Pasta, tomatoes, chicken sausages, and fontina cheese get baked together in a lusciously rich dish that's reminiscent of lasagna (but doesn't require nearly as much work). A sprinkle of dried oregano and some chopped garlic also up the flavor ante, making it completely irresistible. Your family will flip for this meal -- so make it tonight!"

    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey


    Baked Pasta with Chicken Sausage

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    Coarse salt and ground pepper

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    1 medium red onion, chopped

    4 cloves garlic, minced

    1/4 cup vodka (optional)

    1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes with juice, lightly crushed with hands

    1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

    1/2 cup heavy cream

    1 pound rigatoni

    10 ounces baby spinach

    12 ounces smoked chicken sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick

    6 ounces fontina cheese, 4 ounces cut into

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  • You'll Love These Easy Beef Hand Pies

    "Here in New York, it finally feels like fall! And if there's one thing I always enjoy in brisk weather, it's a body-warming meal of beef and potatoes. Today's recipe for Irish beef hand pies was inspired by the classic flavors of beef stew, but it's wrapped up in a portable puff-pastry package. While this dish is typically served around St. Patrick's Day, there's no reason why you can't enjoy it any night of the week. Enjoy!"

    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Irish Beef Hand Pies

    Related: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    1/4 head green cabbage, shredded
    1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and diced
    1 pound ground beef sirloin
    3 tablespoons tomato paste
    1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    All-purpose flour, for rolling
    2 piecrusts (9 inches each), homemade or store-bought


    Related: 20 Classic Comfort Food Recipes from Martha Stewart

    1.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium

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  • These Chicken Enchiladas Are Tasty (and Healthy!)

    "Let's talk about comfort food. With the arrival of shorter days and cooler temperatures, I'm craving meals that are warm and satisfying. Today's recipe fits that description perfectly; it's a lightened-up version of classic chicken enchiladas. Spiced up with chipotles in adobo and fragrant cumin, this cheesy recipe is one of my absolute favorites. And it's freezer friendly! Double this recipe so you can enjoy it tonight and all season long!"


    -Everyday Food's
    Sarah Carey


    Lighter Chicken Enchiladas

    Related: Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family

    Coarse salt and ground pepper

    Coarse salt and ground pepper
    3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each)
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as safflower
    2 garlic cloves, minced
    1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 to 2 tablespoons minced canned chipotles in adobo
    1 can (14 1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
    8 corn tortillas (6-inch)
    1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese (2 Read More »from These Chicken Enchiladas Are Tasty (and Healthy!)
  • It's Getting Cold Outside -- Warm Up with Chili!

    "Good morning! Did you remember to change your clocks last night? During these shorter days, there's nothing I love to come home to more than a warm bowl of hearty chili. Today's recipe is not only deliciously seasoned, but it's also bean-free. (Did I mention that this is Texas-style chili?) Whip up a hearty batch of chili tonight and put it in your freezer for the next time you have a hankering for something spicy!"


    -Everyday Food's Sarah Carey

    Texas Red Chili

    Related: 20 Classic Comfort Food Recipes from Martha Stewart

    1 1/2 ounces dried guajillo chiles

    1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, plus 1 tablespoon sauce

    1 pound boneless beef short ribs, cut into 1-inch pieces

    Coarse salt and ground pepper

    1 tablespoon vegetable oil

    1 1/2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces

    1 medium white onion, diced small

    4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled

    1 teaspoon ground cumin

    1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)

    2 tablespoons cornmeal

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