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