Let the countdown to Thanksgiving begin. 

By Antara Sinha
November 09, 2018
Photo: Aaron Kirk; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Robin Bashinsky

Just as much as we love prepping for Thanksgiving, we also love hearing about other people’s holiday traditions. Whether it’s whipping up cherished recipes like old-school, classic scalloped potatoes, to your family’s favorite way to cook a flawless bird, Thanksgiving is one of those holidays where as much as we get a kick out of a fresh remix of a classic, it’s the annual favorites that we truly look forward to. Nikki Dinki stopped by on Facebook Live to share with us one of her picks: a multi-layered sweet potato casserole that’s one of her Turkey Day staples. And Chadwick Boyd also dropped in to share two Thanksgiving treats he loves making: a super easy Chai Pumpkin Pie that takes the stress and fuss out of baking, and some seriously addictive Carrot & Sage Biscuits that had our whole office reaching for more.  

Whether you’re a cooking pro or newbie, the lead up to Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to brush up on some basics to make sure your Turkey Day dinner is a (pleasantly) memorable one. We took a look at some techniques to make sure those mashed potatoes are flawless. And if you’re an overachiever, here’s how to practice turkey roasting and carving before the big day, to make sure it goes without a hitch at the dinner table.   
Of course, it’s not really Thanksgiving without holiday shopping, and the anticipation of Black Friday. If you’re a fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Target line, they’ve got some new holiday entertaining products that we’ve got on our wish list. Amazon already has some early Black Friday deals that we’ve filled our cart with. And Costco has some items on sale that’ll help you end this month of entertaining and cooking still on-budget. And if you’re really looking to level-up your budgeting and saving skills at the grocery store (and minimize food waste), give this genius trick by our Assistant Editor a try. Hint: It involves saving your receipts but using them in a way you probably haven’t thought of before.
If you’re not quite ready to take the plunge into holiday cooking just yet, you need to put French Dip Pizza and French Dip Fries on your weekend to-cook list. They’re the decadent, cheesy, rich, savory takes on a classic French Dip sandwich that you never knew you needed. Sweet caramelized onions, crisped roast beef, melted cheese—we couldn’t rave enough about these, and they’re perfect (and easy) dishes to cook up and share at a leisurely hang with friends.