I'm planning my Thanksgiving gathering and finding myself with more pages with sticky notes than not in this month's batch of magazines. Let's dig in!


Classic Beef StewWith a slew of holidays approaching (and my October Twix-a-palooza situation coming back to haunt me), this Classic Beef Stew from Health Magazine is just what I need to survive the coming months. It's hearty, filling, and simple enough to hold its own against the coming onslaught of delicious holiday dishes.


Double-Chocolate Bread PuddingI'm famous, famous I tell you, at my house for buying gorgeous loaves of French bread and creating exactly nothing. Mine gets too stale to even salvage for croutons. It's sad, so I look for things that would bring out the best in day-old (stale) bread, like this Double-Chocolate Bread Pudding from Coastal Living. For one thing, I want to be sitting at that table right now. And for two, forget what I said about being on a chocolate detox. Who was that girl?


Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow ToppingAttention: Your favorite holiday side dish is now officially a dessert. I'm not sure what this does for your specific holiday portioning, but it can't be good. It can be, and is, delicious. This Sweet Potato Pie with Marshmallow Topping from All You is getting my vote in the Thanksgiving Dessert-Off. What, your family isn't competitive about who makes the best pie? Aw, bless!


This Simple, Classic Grilled Cheese from Sunset Magazine about says it all. In a month of hearty casseroles, pillowy pies, and turkeys the size of your bathtub, sometimes you just need classic comfort food in the form of buttery bread and melted cheese. I'm pretty sure right now is one of those times.


When I think of the holidays, I think of laughter, cooking, and family that just might overstay their welcome. It's always best to have the makings of a killer brunch on hand, but preferably not one heavy enough to send them straight to nap land. On your way, beloved relatives! This Sausage-and-Grits Quiche recipe from Southern Living is the perfect balance between indulgent and airy. Plus, the recipe tells you how to double the recipe for use in a casserole dish if you're just so over anything in a pie plate right now.


And now, to the main event. This year when Aunt Annie asks you to bring the same old tired "cream of" casserole, surprise her with this over-the-top, to-die-for dish. Check out the list of ingredients; we aren't kidding! This beauty would pair perfectly with any turkey and makes for killer leftovers. Bonus: It's from Cooking Light, so you can use more of your calories on that side-dish-turned-pie situation we mentioned before.

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By Ashley Kappel and Ashley Kappel