LET’S TALK TURKEY
Gravy is to turkey as frosting is to cake. As coffee is to donuts. As leggings and knit hats are to autumn days. Neither is really complete without the other. Get the picture? Although the turkey is often thought of as the Thanksgiving centerpiece, a good gravy is actually your secret weapon.
FEAST YOUR EYES
If you've put cheese and crackers in the "boring" box, we invite you to think again. A big, bold, flavorful display is the smartest shortcut to major wow-factor when the guests walk in.
We vote for this outrageously adorable turkey cake. This kind of fun comes exactly once a year — don’t miss it!
HERE’S HOW WE ROLL
A dinner roll done right is a thing of beauty, especially for a special-occasion meal when you're busting out the pretty dishes. And don't get us started on the aroma that fills your house when fresh bread's in the oven. They should bottle that stuff.
Imagine if a buttery croissant and a feather-light challah had a delicious, roll-sized baby. That just about sums it up. And if these aren't on your holiday must-bake list, we suggest you reconsider.
ON THE SIDE
There are salads and there are great salads. Martha walks you through the bounty of lettuces and herbs you can combine for a refreshing variety of tastes and textures. Learn the principles of making your own delicious vinaigrette and you'll never need to buy another bottle. Martha also shows how easy it is to make your own crispy croutons from leftover bread.
Cruciferous vegetables are crunchy and bright in Nicki's kitchen. Cook her Caramelized Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms with HoneyGarlic Balsamic Vinaigrette & Fried Shallots and Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Almond CaperCauliflower Salsa and change the way your guests perspectives on these fall and winter staples.
Hearty greens such as Swiss chard, kale and beet tops can be the centerpiece of a colorful and flavorful meal. Anna shares tips for washing, prepping and storing such greens, then walks you through a a recipe for orecchiette pasta with lacinato kale and sun-dried tomatoes, perfect for a weeknight dinner. If you have greens left over, try making crunchy kale chips!
Our no-frills guide takes the guesswork out of picking the perfect holiday pour.
DRESS THE TABLE
Pro floral arrangements might look like complex, intricately crafted works of art, but if you know the right techniques they're much easier than you’d think. Carly Cylinder from The Flower Kitchen is here to give us some pointers just in time for party season.
Orange pumpkins will always hold a special place in our hearts, but we're ready for something a little more original. These faux-marbled pumpkins totally do the job, and they're incredibly fun to make. Get in there and play around with your color scheme to make a Halloween palette that's 100 percent fresh.
We’ll sum up the magic in just two words: save room.
Elevate your dessert game with the best pies around!
MORE DIY STYLE
We love a good mashup, and this DIY fall wreath/chalkboard is no exception. It's easy to make from a repurposed picture frame, and brings that cozy vibe we're all craving hard right now. Think of it as a pumpkin spice latte for your walls.
A SWEET FINISH
Don't mess with tradition. That's the rule behind this old-fashioned cake, and one bite will tell you why. It's got all the fall flavors you crave (think cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger and cloves), and you can mix the whole thing up in just one bowl, literally in minutes.
Sugar, spice and everything nice! Nicki's mini pumpkin spice loaves make for the sweetest holiday gifts. And they're equally delicious when served as dessert or delightful breakfast treats. Not to mention the bourbon cream-cheese frosting, which takes them totally over the top.