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Look What I Made: Cinnamon Baked Apples

Baked apples are both versatile and delicious. They can be eaten late at night alongside a scoop (or three) of vanilla ice cream, or at the crack of dawn with your morning cup of coffee. They’re the perfect addition to any holiday spread, and while dinner guests may “ooh” and “aww” at each succulent apple, heaping with toasted nuts and warm fruit, they’re relatively easy to make.

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Taste Test Thursday: Pumpkin Pie

Iron your great grandmother’s fall foliage table runner and polish your turkey-shaped candelabras, Thanksgiving is merely a week away. How did it creep up so fast? Good question. Don’t worry if you haven’t had time to dust off your Williams-Sonoma cookbook, though. Area grocery stores are stocked full of ready-made, no fuss options for your holiday banquet. Some of which aren’t too shabby, either.

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Taste Test Thursday: Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and while your Pinterest board may be overflowing with mouthwatering recipes that you’ve been daydreaming about making since April, it’s important to keep alternative, quick options on hand. Let’s face it, life throws curveballs — especially around the holidays — and that heavenly turkey and cranberry strudel that you’ve been dreaming of might never materialize.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be tasting Thanksgiving staples that can be purchased at grocery stores in and around Dallas. We’re kicking things off this week with cranberry sauce. The holiday side comes in a variety of flavors, shapes and consistencies. My personal favorite is the gelatinous blob that comes in the shape of the can. The more can rings imprinted on the mold, the better. On the other hand, there are some delectable whole-berry, organic sauces out there that are sure to delight even the snobbiest of dinner guests.

I ran around to a handful of grocery store in town and picked up a few varieties of cranberry sauces, and a handful of helpful D Magazine staff members tasted them. Here’s what they thought.

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Thanksgiving and Hanukkah Collide Thursday: Plan a Mashup Meal

Yesterday, Jeffrey Weiss at the DMN wrote an interesting piece on how, for the first time in history, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah celebrations ended up on the same day. His “dissimilar calendar” calculations are over my head, but make for an interesting read. Spoiler alert! He writes:

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Thanksgiving Stuffing: 7 Mini Reviews of Dallas’ Dressing Situation

To say I love stuffing is to be polite in front of strangers. My infatuation with stuffing (or “dressing” if you’re fancy) runs deeper than allegiances to blood or country. I know what you’re probably thinking: “Yeah right, Jake. A side that consists of bread crumbs, onion, celery, salt, pepper, and other spices is so […]

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Book Your Thanksgiving Reservations and Order That Turkey.

Thanksgiving is 10 days away. That’s scary. After Thanksgiving, there’s only Christmas to look forward to, then New Year’s, and then it’s all over. The holiday season is done. No more candy canes, no more cookies with red and green icing. Time to hyperventilate a little. Or, if you’re like me, pretend life is wonderful […]

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2013 Thanksgiving Guide: Where to Pre-Order Turkeys and Where to Dine in Dallas

Al Biernat Artizone Bolsa Mercado Bread Winners Cafe Pacific Del Frisco’s Steakhouse FM Smoke House The Grape Green Grocer Greenling Highland Park Cafeteria Katy Trail Ice House Kent Rathbun Omni Hotel The Pyramid Second Floor Bistro Malai Salerno’s Tart Bakery Wine Poste Yummilicious’ Yo-Pie III Forks Central 214 Cook Hall CRU Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa […]

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D: The Cookbook Recipes: Pecan Lodge’s Collard Greens

Serves 12 INGREDIENTS For the collard greens: 1 cup bacon, diced 4 ounces butter, unsalted 1 cup yellow onion, chopped 3 pounds collards, stemmed and cut into 1-inch square pieces For the broth: 8 cups water 1 tablespoon salt 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons smoked paprika 1 tablespoon garlic powder 1/3 cup cider vinegar […]

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