Eats: Thanksgiving Day Tips and Recipes



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Whether making traditional side dishes, or trying something a bit different, these cooking tips and recipes for Thanksgiving from the Eats cookbook are sure to help make this cooking holiday go as smoothly as possible. 

Eats Cookbook: Thanksgiving Day Cooking Tips

  • Planning on making mashed potatoes? Try adding some roasted garlic! If you don’t have time to roast garlic heads (which takes almost an hour), mince a couple of cloves and cook them very gently in butter for 1 minute. Add the garlic and butter to the potatoes and mix to combine. 
  • If using olive oil for any of your dishes, use extra-virgin olive oil, which has true-to-the-fruit taste and superior color and aroma, as well as nutritional benefits. It is ideal for dressings and dipping bread.
  • When using eggs, make sure to check if they are fresh. To test an egg for freshness, put it gently into a bowl of cold water. If it sinks to the bottom, then it is suitable for use. If it floats, it is too old.
  • Cheese Bits: When a recipe calls for shredded, crumbled, or grated cheese, use these guidelines for purchasing cheese by weight:
    • 4 ounces regular cheese = 1 cup shredded
    • 4 ounces blue or feta cheese = 1 cup crumbled
    • 3 ounces hard-grating cheese = 1 cup grated
  • Brown Sugar Storage: Some of your favorite Thanksgiving Day recipes  call for brown sugar. Don’t get stuck on Thanksgiving Day without this important ingredient. Place a few marshmallows in your bag or box of brown sugar to prevent it from turning rock-hard.

Thanksgiving Recipes from the Eats Cookbook

Roasted Autumn Vegetables


Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Super-Creamy Mac and Cheese


Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pecan-Crusted Sweet Potato Casserole


Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Caramel Apple Crumb Pie


Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Get This Recipe and More in the Eats Cookbook

Want more delicious baking or anytime ideas? Get your copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac Eats cookbook today!

Get Eats as a free gift with our Readers’ Best Recipes Cookbook at our online store. View three more recipes from Eats and three recipes from Readers’ Best Recipes.


~ By  Almanac Staff

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