4 Delicious Twists on Thanksgiving Turkey

This is the bird you dream about: juicy meat, crispy, golden skin and rich, delicious gravy to pour on top. Our simple, foolproof recipe gives you all that, plus three flavor combos to choose from–so you can try a new one next year!

 

 

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A Spicy-Sweet Weeknight Meal Planner

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

Pasta with Spicy Fresh Tomato Sauce & Ricotta

 

 
 

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What’s in Season: Butternut Squash

Despite the millennium-long lifespan of squash, butternut is relatively new to the game–it wasn’t introduced until 1936! Now it’s one of America’s most popular squashes, and for good reason! Butternut squash is hearty, sweet and oh-so versatile. We love it in soup, salad and even dessert. But you already knew all that. Here’s what you may not know about this delicious gourd.

 

 

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A Sweet & Tangy Five-Ingredient Cocktail

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)!

 

Ingredients

3 cups pomegranate juice

1 1/4 cups vodka

1 cup triple sec

1 lime, juiced

2 cups seltzer

Ice (freebie)

 

Directions

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.

 

 

More Delicious Cocktail Recipes

Hard Apple Cider Cocktails

Blushing Cocktails

Rum & Coke Slushies


Three Tiny Critters that Make Great Pets

Good things come in small packages! These three cute, minute critters make great pets, especially for owners with small homes. Find out which of these half-pints is right for you!

 

 

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A Stuffed-to-the-Brim Weeknight Meal Planner

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.
 

Monday, November 3rd

Double Stuffed Shells

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3 Tricks and Treats to Scare Up Your Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It wouldn’t truly be All Hallows’ Eve without some spooky snacks to dig your vampire teeth into. These recipes are super quick and easy, so you won’t even have to take a break between face painting and candy distributing. Just watch out for any extra-hungry ghosts and goblins!

 

Lobotomy Loaf

 

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The Spookiest Four-Ingredient Cocktail

Don’t even think about throwing a Halloween party without a stiff drink (pun intended). Here’s a cocktail that’s as creepy as it is tasty (and is sure to get you pickled): The Embalmer

 

Ingredients

1 15 ounce can pitted dark cherries in light syrup, drained, syrup reserved

8 ounces vodka

4 ounces triple sec

1 bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

Directions

Drop 1 cherry in each of 8 champagne flutes. Divide the cherry syrup, vodka and triple sec among the glasses. Top with the sparkling wine. Serves 8.

 

Have a happy Halloween!

 

 

More Delicious Four-Ingredient Cocktails

Sweet Ruby Cocktail

Rum & Coke Slushies

Red Velvet Champagne Cocktail


A Croque for Every Occasion

On her show today, Rach is whipping up a batch of croque monsieurs with a turkey twist– delish! Check out some of our other spins on this exquisite French sandwich:

 

 The Traditional

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic.

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Test Kitchen Challenge: New Riffs on Seasonal Lattes

 

 

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