Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! We’re deep into our turkey hangovers (okay, to be fair, they may be Glenlivet hangovers), but we wanted to take a moment, as we do every year, to share the things that we are thankful for. Jillian: I am thankful for Maine, which has made us feel so welcome for more than… 

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Everything Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

Everything Bagel and Bacon Stuffing

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, so I’m afraid I don’t have any meaningful anecdotes about the time I made this stuffing as a child, and how it taught me an important life lesson about how to treat others on my road to becoming a man. I just don’t have the time, you guys. What I… 

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Spicy Cranberry Pepper Chutney

Spicy Cranberry Jalapeno Chutney

My favorite Thanksgiving movie is Pieces of April. It is ugly and unresolvable, and not necessarily a great film, but one I like a lot and watch every year, usually after guests have gone or we’ve come home half drunk on stuffing. It caps the holiday for me, like Santa bringing up the rear of the… 

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How to Shuck an Oyster

How to Shuck an Oyster

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to crack open a few dozen Maine oysters. Our icy autumn waters are the ideal environment for these strange, salty, slurpy creatures. I love the idea of presenting guests with beautiful, just-shucked oysters while everyone gathers in the kitchen and drinks a glass of bubbly. The rest of the meal is going to consist of heavy,… 

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Pumpkin Spice Cake with Rum Raisin Icing

Pumpkin Spice Cake

If you’re going to make this cake (and you should), you need some advance warning. Perhaps you’re a better person than I am and always read through a recipe all the way before embarking upon it. I think we learned about this in seventh grade home economics, or that meeting with financial aid at the ending of… 

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Roasted Apple Soup with Cider and Gruyere

Roasted Apple Soup

The last time I went to the desert, I was four and had a lot on my mind. I took a road trip with my mom, her sister, my aunt’s new husband and their erratic cocker spaniel, Nathan, to Arizona where they lived. I watched as a thousand saguaro cacti went by out the window of… 

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Achiote Butter-Basted Roast Turkey with Ancho Chile Gravy

Achiote Butter Basted Turkey with Ancho Chile Gravy

We had lived in Mexico for a little over a year when my dad arrived. After years of marriage, he was in the middle of a rough patch with my mother, and was determined, at 65, to have one last big solo adventure abroad, taking a caretaking position for a beach house about 45 minutes… 

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Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Pie is really having a moment. Am I right? As a nation, we’ve revisited cupcakes, experimented with cake pops, gotten cozy with red velvet and all went bananas for salted caramel everything. I think now we’re in the midst of a pie Renaissance. Pie is humble. It has working class roots. In the movies scrappy,… 

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