If you haven’t had time to plan your Thanksgiving dinner yet, drop the catering menu. We’ve got 5 easy and delicious recipes that can be on your table in just two hours, thanks to the help of the turkey breast and the microwave. Don’t believe us? Here’s a real-life testimony that proves it’s never too late for a home-cooked turkey dinner.
You’ve got one chance to roast your Thanksgiving turkey to golden, crispy perfection, so you better believe we insist on splurging on a hefty roasting rack.
We couldn’t imagine a Thanksgiving day without a few tunes to help get us through the hours of prep, the overwhelming amounts of family members and the incredulous food coma. Whether it’s The Beatles blasting while you baste the turkey, or some low-key Nora Jones to help ease your indigestion, music is as essential to the holiday as the turkey. This year, music app Spotify is making our lives even easier with their Time for Turkey playlist creator.
Photo courtesy of Spotify
On the morning of, simply head over to the Spotify website, select the weight of the bird you’re cooking, choose whether or not you’re stuffing it and your favorite music genre. Spotify will create a custom playlist that is guaranteed to keep you motivated and last throughout the day and . It’s as easy as (pumpkin) pie!
We wanna know: What’s your favorite music to cook to? Tell us in the comments below!
If you thought Shandies were just for summer and tailgating, think again: we’ve got a recipe perfect for cold, snowy nights by the fire. A Winter Shandy is just what your holiday party or night in needs. It’s light enough to casually sip among friends, but the warm and spicy hints of orange and pumpkin will make you feel as cozier than a cashmere sweater. Wanna know the best part? Each serving is less than 150 calories!
5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer
2 ounces lemonade
1/4 ounce warm orange marmalade
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a chilled highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice. Makes 1.
More easy cocktail recipes
The 10-day countdown to Thanksgiving starts today, and between buying your bird, making your pie crust and picking out that perfect wine, you’re bound to have some questions. That’s why we’ve gathered our test kitchen pros to host a Twitter chat and share their Turkey Day expertise!
Join us on Twitter on Thursday, November 20th at 3 pm EST for an hour-long session of turkey talk. Be sure to include the hashtag #RRTgiving on your tweets and one of our test kitchen pros will be sure to answer your question.
One hour. All the Thanksgiving knowledge you could ever need. And you don’t even need to bring a hostess gift. We’d say this is going to be the best party ever!
Looking for even more tips? You can download our booklet filled with 96 ways to ensure Thanksgiving success here.
It’s officially holiday season! That means these next few weeks are going to be full of casseroles, pies, cocktails and brunches, and probably a good deal of cooking. Have no fear: This week’s meal planner promises five easy and delicious recipes that won’t take you away from the bigger tasks ahead.
Monday, November 17th
There are just two weeks until Thanksgiving and we’re in full dinner planning mode. But between the turkey and gravy, Grandma’s cornbread stuffing and Aunt Sue’s pumpkin pie, we have to find room for a cocktail! And that’s where the Double Orange Spritz comes in: This bright orange sipper is so simple to put together, you can even sneak away between hors d’oeuvres and turkey carving to make yourself another (no judgment!).
4 ounces chilled Campari
8 ounces chilled prosecco (or sparkling white wine)
4 ounces chilled orange soda or seltzer
Orange, sliced, for garnish
Divide Campari bewteen 2 ice-filled glasses. Top with prosecco and soda. Garnish with slices. Serves 2.
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Soups, stews, casseroles and pasta bakes; we just can’t get enough of fall comfort foods. But here’s a spin we haven’t explored yet: adding some sweetness and spice to otherwise hearty and rich dishes. A dash of teriyaki sauce, a sprinkling of chile pepper or even a chopped apple can add a ton of flavor and personality to a dish that will keep your family on their toes. Try making these dishes this week to spice (and sweeten!) up dinner time:
Monday, November 10th
Did you know November is National Pomegranate Month? And while we love a good sprinkling of seeds in our fruit salad, on our burgers or even tossed with Brussels sprouts, sometimes we need something a little more potent… in the form of a cocktail.
The Pom Selleck is just the thing we’re looking for: It’s sweet and fruity with a hint of effervescence to round it all out. Make this drink after a long day at the office, for a cocktail or holiday party or on a game-day afternoon. It’ll wet your whistle any which way (say that 10 times fast)!
3 cups pomegranate juice
1 1/4 cups vodka
1 cup triple sec
1 lime, juiced
2 cups seltzer
Combine the pomegranate juice, vodka, triple sec and lime juice in a pitcher; refrigerate until cold. Just before serving, add the seltzer and pour the mixture into tall, ice-filled glasses. Make 8.
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Now that it’s officially November, we’ve gone a little comfort-food crazy. And what’s more comforting than a giant pepper or potato filled with lots of cheese, veggies and grains? Not much. That’s why this week’s Meal Planner is stuffed to the brim with hearty dishes to warm you from the inside out. Even if you’re not ready to admit that it’s officially sweater weather, you can still indulge in a little something stuffed.