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Looking to do something a little different this Thanksgiving? Let us help! O turns to an all-star cast of chefs for their most delectable holiday menus. From classic roast turkey to a tradition-bucking, maple-glazed duck, from a buffet to unchain you from the kitchen to some lighter fare that won't make you feel like the stuffed bird, get ready to be inspired. We've even collected recipes for the perfect holiday cocktail. Pull up a chair; there is much to be thankful for...
7 Different Ways to Cook with Cranberries
Cranberries aren't just for Thanksgiving—these fruitified recipes for roast chicken, pound cake, and French toast add zest to everyday celebrations.
Guide to a Healthy Thanksgiving
Love Thanksgiving but hate the way you feel afterward? The holiday doesn't have to spell food coma, if you know which dishes you can eat with abandon—and which you should abandon entirely.
We asked chefs Mark Bittman, Giada De Laurentiis, Ina Garten, Joyce Goldstein, and David Waltuck for their simplest no-stress, bound-to-please holiday recipes. All you have to do is cook—and that part will be a breeze.
Colin Cowie's Incredible Thanksgiving Feast
Oprah's favorite event planner shares a menu to shake up your holiday tradition: turkey so juicy you'll swear it's a whole new bird; the nuttiest, crunchiest, most over-the-top stuffing ever invented; and pumpkin—no, not pie, deep-fried fritters dusted with cinnamon sugar.
Gobble, Gobble: A Light Thanksgiving Menu
Thanksgiving without the guilt: juicy organic turkey, yogurt-infused mashed potatoes, Merlot-poached pears with a vanilla-cinnamon drizzle—and it doesn't leave you feeling as if you're the stuffed bird.
Dinner for 20 with the Greatest of Ease
For Ina Garten, holiday celebrations aren't about stress, spending a fortune, or racing around. They're about delicious, just-help-yourself food, friends around your table, and going back for seconds. To maintain your sanity this holiday, serve this no-fail, delicious buffet.
Duck! Here Comes Thanksgiving
Give thanks for chef Govind Armstrong's variations on a feast: The noble bird is a maple-glazed duck, the cranberry sauce is spiked with Grand Marnier, and if the marshmallows taste a little different, it's because they're homemade.
The Party Season Starts Here
Something about this season makes you want to gather your nearest and dearest and kick off the holidays with a splendid feast. Chef, restaurateur, and author Debra Ponzek created this menu that's sumptuous, surprising, and easier than it looks!
Holiday Recipe Kit
Entertaining just got easier. Here's a wardrobe of six recipes you can reshuffle to suit any occasion, so no matter what comes up—brunch, potluck, big sit-down dinner—you're covered. In glory, may we add.
Steamy Passion. Pink Halo. Dark and Stormy. No, we're not talking romance novels, but the glorious technicolor cocktail. In a flute or on the rocks. With a twist or with a shout. Add flair to your holiday bash with these divine concoctions. Bottoms up, darling.
Desserts to Give Thanks For
Thanksgiving, the greatest feast of the year, shouldn't end with a whimper. So we created seven bang-up desserts—from spicy gingersnap-crusted pumpkin pie to luscious, bite-size pecan truffles—sure to make you pie-eyed with delight.
5 Genius Ideas for Turkey-Day Leftovers
If your fridge is jammed with leftovers from the Thanksgiving feast, transform them into these innovative treats.
From The Oprah Winfrey Show:
Cristina Ferrare's Holiday Menu
Oprah says her friend Cristina Ferrare makes the best holiday meal she's ever tasted! Now you can create her feast in your own kitchen. Wow family and friends with this seasonal extravaganza.
From the November 2008 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
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