It's never too early to plan your Thanksgiving table! It doesn't have to be fancy, but at this time of year I like a little color and one pretty plate to give the setting some style.
The centerpiece of Thanksgiving is always the turkey! I have lots of turkey recipes, but once I figured out how to roast it in advance, I never looked back. My Make-Ahead Roast Turkey with Make-Ahead Gravy not only takes the stress out of roasting and carving but it’s also the moistest, most delicious turkey I’ve ever made.
As the days get shorter and the nights get chillier, I start thinking about warm satisfying comfort food for dinner. One of my favorites – Penne with Five Cheeses - is always a hit around here. With a rich, creamy sauce made with Pecorino, Gorgonzola, Fontina, ricotta and mozzarella, it’s like grown-up mac and cheese! I assemble the pasta in gratin dishes and bake it before dinner.
Pumpkin is a great base for cupcakes, because it keeps the cake moist. I’ve added lots of pumpkin pie spices, like cinnamon and ginger, plus a frosting made with cream cheese and pure maple syrup. For Halloween, it’s fun to crumble some Heath Bars on top for added crunch. These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting are a treat for both kids and grownups!!
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