Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times because it allows us to focus on family and friends. It stirs feelings of thankfulness for the simple things in life—time with loved ones, a warm place to gather, and peacefulness. Of course, it's also the start of holiday food! In this issue, we offer make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes so your feast day is less stressful. Also, enjoy our new page of delicious sweet potato recipes—plus, trivia on the difference between a sweet potato and a yam!
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E'en in these bleak November days
There's gladness for the heart that heeds.
–Charles Dawson Shanly (1811–75)
Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes Make some Thanksgiving recipesahead of the feast day so that your main concern on the day itself is the “ruling roast” or the “big bird”—and quality time with family. Here is a list of great make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes, including appetizers, soups, side dishes, and ...
Best Sweet Potato Recipes Here are some delicious sweet potato recipes, including sweet potato fries, biscuits, casseroles, and desserts. Sweet potatoes are versatile, nutritious, and low in calories, making for the perfect addition to any meal.
Get the recipes that folks rave about! We invited Almanac readers to share their best recipes—the favorites served at family gatherings, potlucks, parties, and supper tables. You’ll love the heartwarming, humorous, and true stories that these cooks tell, too!
Predicting Weather with a Wishbone Can you really predict weather with a wishbone? Back around the turn of the last century, in the days before the National Weather Service, the so-called goose bone method was a famous weather-forecasting technique. Here’s how to try it at home.
How Are Yams and Sweet Potatoes Different? Are sweet potatoes the same as yams? No… and yes. When orange sweet potatoes were first introduced, grocery stores called them “yams.” Why the confusion? Let’s get to the root of this matter—and give you the scoop on the difference between yams and sweet potatoes!