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FOOD52 Holiday Recipe & Survival Guide, $9.99 for iPad.
This app, spun off of the crowd-sourced site Food52, has 75 recipes for Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's, 100 minutes of video tutorials, plus extras like step-by-step photos of zesting, peeling and segmenting citrus; rules for reheating food; and a dish-washing game plan.
Baking with Dorie, $7.99 for iPad.
Cookbook author Dorie Greenspan gives more than 20 baking lessons via 100-plus videos in this app that's as useful as it is beautiful to look at. Learn how to make Dorie's All-in-One Holiday Bundt Cake (with pumpkin, cranberries, pecans and a maple syrup icing), Cinnamon Squares and more cold-weather treats.
Grocery iQ, free for Android, iPhone and iPad.
This app lets you build your food shopping list quickly by scanning the barcode for any product, or via predictive text (and its database contains millions of food items). You can create lists for multiple stores, sort your list by aisle, and find coupons for items you're shopping for.
Polka-Dot Garland, $18. Crisp circles of paper in alternating shades of green dangling on cotton string can perk up any space: A corner in your bedroom, the bar you set up for your holiday party, that space in the garage right above your car’s windshield....
“Oh No! Not You Again” Doormat, $30. Is your inner Scrooge starting to make his presence known? Let it all hang out with this misanthropic doormat.
Fancy Marshmallows, 9 for $10. These marshmallows have no business acting as an accompaniment to hot chocolate; with flavors like chai spice, roasted pineapple and pumpkin pie, they deserve a bowl of their own.
Moustache Bottle Stopper, $18. On this last day of Movember, punctuate your tabletop with this glossy stoneware stopper.
Frasier Fir All-Purpose Surface Cleaner, $9. Spritz away dirt and get an aromatic lift from the scent of Siberian Fir needles, cedarwood and sandalwood.
1. Sea Scallops with Orange and Rosemary
Low-calorie scallops and high-vitamin OJ combine in this fancier-than-your-average-Tuesday-night dish.
2. Lisa Oz's Lentils with Chia Seeds Recipe
Aromatics and herbs transform vegetables from simple to spectacular.
3. Mango Chicken Salad
This simple salad lets the fresh, sweet flavor of mangoes shine through.
4. Low-Fat Spaghetti Carbonara Pasta with Peas
Thanks to the low-fat milk in this recipe, you won't come away from the table feeling like you overdid it.
5. Moroccan Chicken Over Couscous
This is one of those back-pocket recipes you can take in any direction: Our instructions explain how to make it Italian, Indian or Chinese.
6. Miso Salmon with Cucumber Salad
Broiling salmon in miso, mirin and soy sauce keeps it moist and imparts salty-sweet flavor.
7. Double-Soy Ginger Tofu
Humble bean curd is actually incredibly delicious. With rice and a salad, or some nice green vegetable, this makes a more-than-satisfying dinner.
8. Curry Carrot Ginger Soup
This tangy, Asian-inspired take on traditional carrot soup includes lemongrass, coconut milk and ginger.
1. Couscous, quinoa or pilafs
2. Thanksgiving stuffing
3. Roasted apples, sweet potatoes or winter squash
4. Teriyaki (really!)
5. Tuna or chicken salad
6. Turkey wraps
7. Brie wrapped up in crescent roll dough and baked
8. Cookie batter (they go especially well with white chocolate)
9. Banana bread
10. Apple pie
Tyler Florence's recipe for Broccoli Slaw with Cranberries
7 ways to cook with fresh cranberries
November's must-try food guide
The side isn't completely vegetarian (it does contain fish sauce), but it's considerably less meaty than the fare Chang is known for, in that it does not call for at least a little bit of chicken fat. And while we are aware that some people keep a safe distance from these cute little cabbages unless they're served with some sort of cured meat (and yes, this Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe does sound amazing), there's so much excitement in Chang's dish--spicy heat, tangy citrus, cooling herbs--that they just might turn on the teenager whose plate is usually a half-and-half mix of turkey and mashed potatoes. It's a brilliant mash-up of international flavors with a traditional American food (for more examples of fusion that works, check out this Ginger-Pear Cranberry Sauce and this Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Canned Cranberry Jelly Cut-Outs).
For Chang's recipe--and 8 other sides from Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Giada De Laurentiis, April Bloomfield, Eric Ripert and others--see our Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes from the World's Best Chefs slideshow.
Containers You're Willing to Part With
There will be leftovers: Now's the time to assess your Tupperware collection and toss any partner-less bottoms or lids. If the clean-up session leaves you with just a few choice sets you don't want to give away, buy inexpensive containers at your supermarket or consider these Biotek take-out boxes, which you can order in small quantities for just $1.10 each.
Heavy-Duty Tin Foil
Any kind of foil will work if you just want to keep side dishes warm, but a heavier weight one is necessary to keep turkey breast meat juicy and prevent the skin from burning before the rest of the bird has cooked (which is a likely scenario, since higher-fat dark meat cooks more slowly than white). Many cooks like to cover the bird loosely with foil for the first few hours of cooking.
What to look for in a turkey baster, and how to make sure your thermometer's giving an accurate reading...
Which is why I love when a recipe tells me to thicken a sauce with yogurt. I adore cream cheese and sour cream (which many recipes rely on to make dishes creamy), but they aren't staples in my house. Yogurt is, though, since it's healthy, kid-friendly and something everyone in the family will eat for breakfast, a snack or dessert. And with the cool weather, my weeknight suppers have taken a heartier turn, so now yogurt's popping up on my dinner menu, too. I'm using it in in soups and stews from carrot-ginger to curried lentil; cooling dips, which go well with spicy chicken dishes; and salad dressings accompanying winter greens like endive.
Cooking with yogurt is easy. Here's how to do it.
Flavorpill's list of fictional places you can actually visit in real life covers locations that have been created for the movie version of the novel, or because they've actually existed all along. The photo of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, England, is reason enough to visit (it's where Pooh perfected Pooh-sticks with Piglet and the rest of the gang), but what we love best about the list is the joy in learning that such iconic places do not just live in our heads. It's similar to the feeling of watching a movie based on a book you loved without the inevitable let-down. Because seeing those hobbit holes in person (which you'll be able to do starting next year) is actually pretty amazing.
Office Escape Lunch Box, $25. Have an eco-friendly picnic before the park near your office is covered in snow. This cardboard box looks like a briefcase and contains four compostable trays, small and large bowls, utensil sets, cold cups, napkins and a trash bag.
Air Quote Mittens, $65. It's no longer impossible to make air quotes when your hands are hidden under mittens, thanks to these inventive handwarmers. "Yes," "please"!
Scratch Map, $24. This poster lets you track your travels in a fun way: Scratch off where you've been to reveal pops of color and local facts.
Jumbo Hair Clips, $15. Holding your hair in an updo, half-updo or off to the side, these oversized barrettes will definitely turn heads.
On the average evening, my joy of cooking has turned into a duty of cooking. It's not that I don't love cooking—and all the eating that goes along with it. But in the relentless parade of roasted chickens and broiled fish and meat loafs (all family dinner standards) I just can't approach the activity with the same zest. I need some inspiration. I need some old fashioned, spaghetti-sauce splattered fun, something that goes beyond throwing the boiled pasta on the ceiling to see if it's done.
Imagine my surprise when I found out on Time.com that brilliant famous chefs need this too. Luminaries like Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio and David Chang paired up with the band One Ring Zero, which turned their recipes—word for word—into songs. The chefs picked their own musical styles, from classic rock (Michael Symon) to Mexican banda (Aaron Sanchez) to rap (Chris Cosentino), creating a hilarious ode to all things musical and culinary. A CD of the songs comes packaged in a book by Black Balloon called The Recipe Project, edited by Oprah.com's own Leigh Newman, which includes all the recipes (you can actually cook the dishes), plus interviews with the chefs (David Chang dishes on childhood violin lessons), original playlists by chefs, and essays on food and music by every kind and stripe of writer. But perhaps John Besh, the New Orleans chef, put it best in the video by Time.com as he sang along to his own recipe for shrimp remoulade, "Why didn't I think of this?"