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like to think of November as the month of food. It’s a time when the
best cooks can shine and the best of eaters will surely get their

you’re hosting a Thanksgiving feast, it’s one week before the big
day! Double-check that you’ve ordered your turkey. You’ll want to
start defrosting a frozen turkey three days before the feast.
Here is a checklist to help you get ready for holiday
cooking and eating.

Plan Your Menu 

Bagged Roast Turkey with Cornbread, Chestnut, and Sage
Stuffing recipe
is an Almanac recipe contest winner. As
our readers say, it’s “no muss, no fuss” and makes “the moistest
turkey ever.”

Here’s a Cranberry Fluff recipe that may become
a new standard at your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a “family favorite”
from The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Cookbook.


  • 2 cups raw cranberries, crushed or finely

  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups diced, unpeeled apples
  • 1 cup grapes, sliced into quarters or

  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup heavy cream

a large bowl, mix together the cranberries, marshmallows, and sugar.
Refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add the apples, grapes, salt,
and walnuts. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it forms stiff
peaks but is not dry. Gently fold the whipped cream into the fruit
and nut mixture. Place the fluff into a glass bowl and refrigerate
until ready to serve—no more than a few hours. Makes about 10

See more Thanksgiving recipes for side dishes and the
turkey at our Holiday Feast, Folklore, and Fun page

and Get It!

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for today’s tastes and busy times? The Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday

what we give, but what we share,
For the gift without the
giver is bare.
—James Russell Lowell

Harvest Home

At this season, every sense is
keened and quickened. The sultry sameness of the dog days of
August is over and done. November is all contrasts, sun and
cloud shadows, the crackle of leaves in the forests, the sharp
smell of smoke in the evening damp, black limbs on white
Moons, the first icy touch of snow on unmittened hands.
Certainly if we do nothing else we should see now that all is
snug and ready for winter. If winter is just around the
corner, let it come.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac,
“Farmer’s Calendar,” Nov. 1948

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In the Garden

November 21, so the winter.

Did you know that we
list our monthly gardening tasks online? Here are November’s chores to help you prepare
for the winter ahead

Don’t forget to visit our Blog page to see new topics
from root cellars to deer problems to composting. Read and
join in!

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November 21, 1620
The Mayflower
Compact was signed.

22, 1963

President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas
at the age of 46.

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Decorate your home with this nature-inspired Nut
A wide variety of nuts is sold at holiday

orange pomanders to freshen your house. Take firm oranges and stud
them with whole cloves. As the orange dries, it will release a
delicate, spicy fragrance.
To hang your
pomander, thread a large needle with string and run it through the
orange; make a knot at the bottom and a loop at the

is a turkey done? Why do turkeys gobble? See our turkey trivia!

Find out the difference between a yam and a sweet

Turkeys perched on trees and
refusing to descend indicate snow.
–Old weather proverb

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