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  1. Enjoy an Italian masterpiece: Eggplant and Spinach Parmesan

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    Make-ahead meals and cooking for the freezer, once relegated to suburban supermoms who had it more together than the rest of us, are now trendy with the healthy-eating crowd.

    There’s no pasta in Eggplant and Spinach Parmesan, but it won’t be missed, thanks, in part, to some serious cheese.
  2. Looking for something extra quick and comforting? Try 10-Minute Tortilla Soup

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    I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute meals. I never had the heart to correct them: I hosted Ten Dollar Dinners. Ten-minute meals, I always mused, would be about a thousand versions of PB&J, which sounded like hard television to pitch to …

    The recipe for 10-Minute Tortilla Soup is flexible, so you can play around with the ingredients. You can even use your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers.
  3. Five ideas for cooking with fresh cranberries

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    Cranberry sauce has long been a fixture on the holiday table. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ocean Spray, the popular producer of cranberry sauce, cans about 70 million tins of the stuff a year, 85 percent of which gets sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Last year, canned cranberry sauce sales declined, …

    Cranberry Hot Toddy.
  4. Five ideas for easy Thanksgiving appetizers

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    Thanksgiving can put a heavy burden on the host. We've assembled five appetizers that are quick and easy to prep. Some, like our risotto balls and goat-cheese figs, cater to vegetarian diets, so you can be sure to please all your guests. Even if you're not hosting the meal, bring one of these trendy appetizers to a …

    Sweet potato wedges
  5. Tips for first-time Thanksgiving hosts (or really, any of us)

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    Take small bites.

    This may be the most crucial advice for Thanksgiving hosts who don't have years of cooking and coordinating experience to provide the confidence that comes with leading the charge on the year's biggest cooking day.

    Heidi Diestel’s grandfather started Diestel Family Turkey Ranch.
  6. Thanksgiving 101: Everything you need to prepare for the big cooking day

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    From appetizers to pies and everything in between, we're here to help you put together a low-stress Thanksgiving spread. Here are a few ideas, and be sure to check out our Thanksgiving special report for more tips on preparing for …

    (Andrew Scrivani/The New York Times)
  7. How to make a pie from scratch: filling ideas, decorating tips, crust recipes and more

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    Perfect your crust. Try new filling recipes. Learn some decorating tricks. And prepare for the biggest pie day of the year: Thanksgiving.

    From apple to thyme

    Plum Fig and Thyme Pie. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  8. Thanksgiving sides beyond the classics: corn casserole, Brussels sprouts salad, pecan pie carrots

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    There are probably a handful of essentials, things you must have on the Thanksgiving table lest some family members begin to riot. But I find there are often a couple of slots open for new things, chances to get weird or creative or, gasp, healthy.

    Various sides to serve at Thanksgiving.  Bottom clockwise: Cheesy Corn Casserole, Brown Butter Cauliflower, Pecan Pie Carrots, Brussels Sprout Salad, center. FOR TASTE SECTION.
  9. How to make solid turkey gravy before Thanksgiving Day

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    As far as we're concerned, anything you can make in advance of actual Thanksgiving Day is a good thing, and this make-ahead gravy fits the bill.

    Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy uses turkey meat plus the giblets and neck that come already bundled in the whole turkey.
  10. How to plan your Thanksgiving menu

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    Planning a really good menu is the stealth approach to being a really good cook. Here are some tips from the experts.

    New York Times

    The turkey is the unquestioned star of the Thanksgiving meal.