Chicken seems to be among the easiest protein choices for meals, especially the uber popular boneless, skinless chicken breasts. With veggies, it’s a quick stir-fry. With some lettuce, a salad. Have half a pita? You have a sandwich.
However, because the meat is so lean (those same breasts, in particular) it’s actually quite hard to get right. These tips and techniques may help you turn your sad slab of chicken into one of the most delicious meals you make.
Almost no Thanksgiving Day will go off without a hitch. It’s just a lot to get right—a lot of food, a lot of details, a lot of people. The good news is most mistakes can be avoided if you know to anticipate them, plan ahead, and prepare yourself properly.
Here, 22 of the most common Thanksgiving mistakes, why they happen, and what you can do to keep them from popping up while you’re cooking the biggest meal of the year.
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Squash is especially abundant this time of year, and it can be tempting to load up your basket with all shapes and sizes. Butternut, spaghetti, delicata, Kuri, acorn, pumpkins and the like abound. But as you begin to explore this autumnal bounty, it is essential to avoid some classic squash mistakes.
The other day, the conversation veered off track during our morning staff meeting (not an uncommon occurrence, FYI). It started when one of our editors was lamenting the loss of her slow cooker after a miscommunication with her fiancé. From there, we spiraled into swapping tales of soap-scrubbed cast-iron and unintentionally abused knives. It seemed like everyone had a story about a well-meaning loved one whose efforts to help in the kitchen went awry.