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  • 14 ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

    14 ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

    We've compiled 14 of our favorite recipes that repurpose leftovers in new and, dare we say it, exciting ways. From soups and stews, to "pain perdu" and, yes, the classic turkey sandwich, it's all you need to reimagine those leftovers.

  • Another, more long-term Thanksgiving survival guide

    Another, more long-term Thanksgiving survival guide

    Happy Thanksgiving! You might think the exclamation point conveys our sincerity about the season but, in truth, we are not completely onboard with the holiday sentiment -- we regard it with a wariness that is sometimes difficult to contain. And we’re concerned about you, as well -- with your hopes...

  • 6 snappy, statistics-based responses to those awful questions you get at the holidays

    6 snappy, statistics-based responses to those awful questions you get at the holidays

    Ah, home for the holidays. A time for fun. A time for family. A time to be interrogated about whether you've hit life's benchmarks, and if not, why, and when will you, you aren't getting any younger. Ah. Thanksgiving kicks off the five-week period during which your relatives will A) indulge in...

  • The day before Thanksgiving at the Santa Monica farmers market

    The day before Thanksgiving at the Santa Monica farmers market

    For Nate Peitso, Thanksgiving begins in July. The farmer and owner behind Maggie’s Farm planted eleven acres of sage on his Fillmore property late last summer. On Wednesday he will sell most of it within six hours. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for the Wednesday Santa...

  • How to cook a turkey

    How to cook a turkey

    Whether you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first or the 50th time, having a step-by-step guide to cooking a great turkey is helpful for everyone. From brining the turkey before it hits the oven, to making sure it's done, to carving the bird for a beautiful presentation, Test Kitchen Director...

  • Gluttony? It's the holiday season; don't judge yourself

    Gluttony? It's the holiday season; don't judge yourself

    It's the buildup to Thanksgiving, the opening round of the holiday eating season, and my in-box is already filling up with suggestions on how to work off all the food and drink we'll consume. One even suggests that Thanksgiving become America's National Cheat Day. Really? This is worse than having...

  • Want to make donations for the holidays? Some places to consider

    Want to make donations for the holidays? Some places to consider

    Many local organizations that serve the needy are collecting donations this holiday season. If you'd like to make a food and or monetary donation, here are some programs looking for help. Food Finders, a food bank and food rescue program based in Lakewood, is hosting its annual food drive to serve...

  • 14 recipe ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

    14 recipe ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

    It's the day after Thanksgiving, and you have all those leftovers from Thursday's big dinner. And while it's true that sometimes nothing tastes better than a cold plate of leftovers in the calm quiet the day after the big holiday, even the best leftovers can get a little boring after a while. Here...

  • Five beer brewers tell you which beers to bring to Thanksgiving

    Five beer brewers tell you which beers to bring to Thanksgiving

    No matter what form your Thanksgiving holiday takes, craft beer can be a welcome addition to any feast. The array of flavors and styles available to modern beer lovers means there’s a fitting match or memorable foil for every part of the celebration. We asked craft brewers from Los Angeles and...

  • Thanksgiving tips beyond the turkey: color, carving, crimping and more

    Thanksgiving tips beyond the turkey: color, carving, crimping and more

    Are you ready for the big day yet? Perhaps you're getting a final head count, fine-tuning your grocery list, planning the table decorations and/or navigating the intricate politics of the seating chart. But have you thought about how your Thanksgiving spread will look? You took all that effort...

  • How to carve a turkey

    How to carve a turkey

    Carving a turkey is a holiday right of passage. LA Times food editor Russ Parsons offers a few quick tricks.

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    Holiday recipes and cooking tips

  • Thanksgiving video and recipe tips: Turducken 101

    Thanksgiving video and recipe tips: Turducken 101

    At first glance, it looks like a roast turkey on steroids. Slice into it and there's layer after layer of meats and stuffings. It's a glorious monster of a roast, a guaranteed showstopper at any holiday dinner. Forget Dickens' prized turkey -- this bird is big enough to crush Tiny Tim. Just make...

  • What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    What to drink with Thanksgiving dinner: How about a growler?

    The pairing possibilities for craft brews at your Thanksgiving feast are nearly limitless. From lively pilsners to awaken the appetite to syrupy barleywines to settle you into your turkey-coma, beer offers the versatility to fit into any menu. One way to include beer at the table this Thanksgiving...

  • Thanksgiving menus from the Food staff

    Thanksgiving menus from the Food staff

    [The Perfect Menu] A most excellent Thanksgiving Thanksgiving dinner can be for just two people or for 90; with tender, juicy turkey that's been brining for days or with wonderful duck tacos. Browse the menus of the Food staff and be inspired. Russ Parsons, Food Columnist Noelle Carter,Test Kitchen...

  • Thanksgiving debates: mashed or smashed potatoes, dry or wet brining

    Thanksgiving debates: mashed or smashed potatoes, dry or wet brining

    Thanksgiving is a holiday when we all eat together in a spirit of warmth, kindness and loving togetherness. Unless, of course, someone mentions brining a turkey. Or brings up the matter of mashed versus "smashed" potatoes. Then things can get really ugly really quick. Cooks and eaters have strong...

  • Make great pie: Everything you need to know, plus video tips and dozens of recipes

    Make great pie: Everything you need to know, plus video tips and dozens of recipes

    No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the pie. Whether you prefer pumpkin or pecan -- or perhaps apple, lemon meringue or even mincemeat -- pie of some sort is the classic way to end this ritual holiday meal. And while you can find a number of great store-bought pies, there's nothing like homemade....

  • Thanksgiving tips: Are you cooking? How to plan for the big dinner

    Thanksgiving tips: Are you cooking? How to plan for the big dinner

    So, are you getting ready for the big meal? For some of us, planning Thanksgiving dinner is an exciting "Iron Chef"-like challenge; for others, it's perhaps more of an exercise in self-torture. Whether you're hosting your first Thanksgiving or your 50th, this is one meal that can best be tackled...

  • Thanksgiving creativity: Six ways each with six vegetables

    Thanksgiving creativity: Six ways each with six vegetables

    So much of the Thanksgiving menu is mandatory, dictated by personal history and family dynamics: turkey, dressing, cranberries, pumpkin or pecan pie. There's not much room for a cook to be creative (and neither should there be; it is, after all, a holiday built on tradition). But vegetables? Now,...

  • Fresh, frozen, organic, natural? A guide to Thanksgiving turkey labeling

    Fresh, frozen, organic, natural? A guide to Thanksgiving turkey labeling

    Once upon a time, buying your Thanksgiving turkey was easy. You went to your neighborhood grocery store and picked up whichever frozen bowling ball they were selling. No more. Today, a high-end grocery may sell as many as a half-dozen types of turkey, and telling one from another takes a bit of...

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