Every Thanksgiving we check in with food magazine editors around the country to see how they have gone about putting together their Thanksgiving issues. Everyday Food's editor, Deb Puchalla, gave us some insight into how that Martha Stewart–owned mag does Thanksgiving.
How did you approach Thanksgiving at Everyday Food this year? We're five-years-old and we've done tactics and strategies, so this year we wanted to do something with feeling. We looked at different regions of the country for inspiration. So we have warm and fuzzy Southern Thanksgiving that's rich and a little heavy, we thought we would give it some energy. More people are guests than cooks at a Thanksgiving meal, so we wanted to have portable dishes. Myself, I'm going to my sister's house, so I'm bringing a side dish. People get creative with starters and side dishes.
What about the turkey? We feel compelled to do Martha's Turkey 101 and to cover basic roasting techniques. Everyone's worried about overcooking their turkey, so we have you basting frequently, adjusting the oven temperature, and letting it rest before you carve.
What are your Thanksgiving plans? I'm bringing two things to my sister's, cranberry sauce because I can make it a couple of days in advance—I might add a little ginger to give it some zip—and pear and almond cream tart. This is what we do in my family: We eat in moderation during feast so we can indulge ourselves with multiple desserts, and then we make killer sandwiches with the leftovers a couple of hours later.
What are your favorite recipes from the issue? People will love the pecan cornbread dressing. We did this stuffing as part of a Southern meal. Feel free to use herbs instead of bourbon. I'll put mine in a baking dish and make it a couple of days ahead. The butternut bisque and the cranberry sauce are both great for people who are time-stressed. These days I think everyone is time-stressed.
Side dishes are my favorite dishes at Thanksgiving, maybe because I am a lapsed vegetarian. Traditionally I love the combination of mashed regular and sweet potatoes, green beans, and stuffing. I want more of the side dishes than I want of the turkey. It's just comfort, deep flavors, and familial. In times like these I want a little comfort!
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