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14 ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers

Congratulations! You’ve made it through Thanksgiving. And while you may be impressed with how successful the turkey turned out, or that domestic relations around the dinner table didn’t dissolve into war this year, perhaps you’re most proud that you were able to cram all the leftovers into the...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Restaurants and bars open for Thanksgiving, plus where to pick up the essentials to go

    Thanksgiving is a cook's holiday. But if you're not feeling the whole I'm-going-to-spend-all-Thanksgiving-and-the-night-before-in-the-kitchen thing, here are some places that are open Thanksgiving Day, and some restaurants and bakeries preparing all the essentials to order ahead and enjoy at home. ...

  • 13 wines for the holiday table at $25 or under

    13 wines for the holiday table at $25 or under

    Before the shopping frenzy begins in earnest, now is the time to lay in a stash of wine for the holidays. No plonk allowed. This is the time to bring out some interesting bottles that everyone from novice to wine aficionado will appreciate. They don’t have to be ruinously expensive, though. We've...

  • 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 video tips: Homemade pie tips and 52 recipes

    Thanksgiving video tips: Homemade pie tips and 52 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...

  • Thanksgiving entertaining tips: Planning for the successful holiday potluck

    Thanksgiving entertaining tips: Planning for the successful holiday potluck

    While planning an event can be fun, it can also be a bit daunting, especially if you use your party planning skills only once or twice a year. Here are some tips and tricks to help you successfully plan your next gathering: Invitations--Send online invitations so people can respond at a common...

  • Thanksgiving entertaining tips: Buffet psychology 101

    Thanksgiving entertaining tips: Buffet psychology 101

    With the holidays just around the corner, more than a few of us will be hosting a festive dinner party, buffet or potluck. Following are a few helpful tips and tricks I've learned from hosting my own gatherings over the years: BUFFET PSYCHOLOGY 101: As pleasant as any holiday event may be, it seems...

  • Thanksgiving kitchen tips: Almond meal from scratch (and a recipe)

    Thanksgiving kitchen tips: Almond meal from scratch (and a recipe)

    Almond meal can generally be found at well-stocked markets in the Los Angeles area. But occasionally I'll hear from a reader who can't seem to find it at any local stores. No worries. Almond meal (or flour) is nothing more than ground almonds. Simply pulse the almonds in a food processor until...

  • Thanksgiving kitchen tips: Cleaning leeks (and a recipe)

    Thanksgiving kitchen tips: Cleaning leeks (and a recipe)

    As wonderful as they may be in a recipe, leeks can often be a real pain to clean. A member of the onion family, leeks look like large scallions with a thick stalk or base. Because the white part of the base is prized in cooking, farmers mound dirt around the leeks to keep out the sunlight, extending...

  • Thanksgiving recipe video and tips: Mashed potatoes 101

    Thanksgiving recipe video and tips: Mashed potatoes 101

    Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away, and it's never too soon to start planning your menu. Food editor Russ Parsons and I will be demonstrating videos of classic dishes and sharing holiday-themed tips on the blog every couple of days to get you in the mood. Let's start with mashed potatoes. Properly...

  • Savor Thanksgiving, but watch the carbs: 47 easy ways to scale back

    Savor Thanksgiving, but watch the carbs: 47 easy ways to scale back

    As the holiday eating season begins, here are a few tips on how to slash your carb intake and bump up the fruits and vegetables on your dish.

  • How to cook your holiday turkey in the dishwasher

    How to cook your holiday turkey in the dishwasher

    If you can't seem to keep your Thanksgiving turkey moist in the oven, you may want to try your dishwasher. Yes, people have been using the kitchen washing machine to cook proteins and fish since the 1970s, but famed chef David Burke insists you can also use it to cook the star of your Thanksgiving...

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