RECIPE: Cranberry-Orange Relish Variations

[1] This recipe, from Healthy Seasonal Recipes, substitutes raspberry jam for some of the sugar. [2] Whole fresh cranberries last for months in the fridge. We pop them into the freezer to make this relish year-round (photo courtesy Ocean Spray).   November 22nd is National Cranberry Relish Day. This classic cranberry-orange relish recipe from Ocean…
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TIP OF THE DAY: How To Keep Gravy Hot

Yesterday we offered seven tips to fix gravy that was too thick, too thin, too salty, etc. So now that you have your perfect gravy, how can you keep it warm? It’s simple: Use your thermos! This tip works with gravy made in advance, as well as gravy whipped up just before serving…and the extra…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Cranberry Sauce Gelatin Mold

This retro idea from Williams Sonoma is an elegant addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas tables. Our family was mold-centric for every special occasion: for Valentine’s Day, raspberry Jell-O with raspberries, strawberries and red grapes; for Easter, lime Jell-O with sour cream and crushed pineapple; for Independence Day, red, white and blue layers; and on and…
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RECIPE: Oyster Dressing & The Difference Between Stuffing & Dressing

[1] Dressing is cooked in a separate pan (photo courtesy Good Eggs). [2] Bluepoint oysters, a variety of Atlantic oyster (the different types of oysters; photo courtesy JP’s Shellfish). [3] Fresh sage, an aromatic herb for recipes and garnishes (photo courtesy Good Eggs).   Mom was an autocrat in the kitchen (a nicer-sounding word than…
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THANKSGIVING: Easy Cranberry Flower Centerpiece

If you like flowers on the table for a special dinner, you know that it’s necessary to keep the arrangement low. Otherwise, guests can’t see each other across the table. Tall arrangements belong on a buffet or side table. You can finds scores of Thanksgiving centerpieces online (check out these on Pinterest). But for the…
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