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Our Favorite Thanksgiving Magazine Covers

Thanksgiving Magazine Covers Favorite Covers Holiday Food Cooking MagazinesCan’t wait for turkey? Prefer pecan pie instead? We’ll whet your appetite for the Thanksgiving feast by counting down our favorite November food magazine covers.

By now, most of you are either busy preparing the Thanksgiving meal or traveling to gather with family and friends around one (or maybe several). Even as you count your many blessings or treasure time spent with loved ones, the holiday feast typically takes center stage; after all, it’s generally what gathers us all together in the first place.

So as you cook and bake or fly the friendly skies to your holiday destination, we thought we’d help get you in the spirit—of the Thanksgiving feast anyway—with our six favorite November cooking magazine covers.

Southern Living: Thanksgiving just wouldn’t be complete without a pecan pie, but this creation takes it new a new level. Practically a work of art, this Salted Caramel-Chocolate Pecan Pie is definitely worthy of the November cover and would be a welcome addition to any table.

EatingWell: Whole or jellied, cranberries usually play second fiddle to the turkey and dressing that are the focal point of the Thanksgiving spread, so it’s nice to see them get their due on this simple, yet elegant November/December cover.

Martha Stewart Living: Martha’s covers always have a flair for the artistic, and for the carved turkey on the November cover, it’s is all about the presentation. She suggests fanning out the cut pieces of meat, garnishing with fruits and herbs, and serving on a pretty platter.

Bon Appetit: Now this is a sight we like to see on Thanksgiving: the presentation of the centerpiece of the holiday meal. This November cover celebrates a holiday moment that’s bound to be repeated again and again in homes across the country, but it never gets old.

Taste of the South: Yes, the turkey is important, but let’s also give thanks for the delicious sides that will be served on plenty of Southern tables this year. Favorites like Green Bean Casserole, Cornbread Dressing, and Sweet Potato Casserole are just as beloved as the turkey—and this cover recognizes that.

Cooking With Paula Deen: The next best thing to turkey and all the trimmings has to be the dessert selection, and this cover features three drool-worthy options—Salted Caramel Pumpkin Pie, Buttermilk Pie with Glazed Cranberries, and Chocolate Cream Pie with Peanut Butter Topping.

Easy Thanksgiving Home Decor

11 Easy Thanksgiving Home Décor Ideas from Pinterest

Easy Thanksgiving Home DecorJust a week until the big day and your home could use a festive touch. Even if you don’t have much time, you’ll be thankful that these Thanksgiving decor ideas we pulled from Pinterest are so easy!

Feeling like Thanksgiving has already passed you by? You’re not alone. The pumpkins, scarecrows, and assorted fall décor seems to have been replaced just a little too soon with everything you can imagine (and more) for decking the halls for Christmas.

Before you give up or give in to the crush of red and green, these are some easy ways you can add a timely and festive touch to your home for Thanksgiving. You’ll find plenty in home magazines, but these we snagged from Pinterest are probably your best bet if you’re feeling pressed for time.

Flowers and Nuts: Fill clear vase with acorns, chestnuts, berries, or some other appropriate filler, then top with a fall-colored or seasonal flower. If you forgo the flower, add an elegant touch by adding burlap and tying a ribbon around it.

Thanksgiving Placemat: Save those fancy placemats for Christmas and opt for these simple coverings made of brown paper or a recycled bag. Before or after the meal, ask everyone around the table to fill out a few of the things they are thankful for and discuss over dinner.

Painted Acorns: Dressing up your home for Thanksgiving could be as simple as going for a walk around your year. You can even get the kids to help with this project, then use the finished product to display in clear vases or other pretty decorative dishes.

Cinnamon Candles: Tie cinnamon sticks around a candle to release a sweet-smelling scent that can take your home from Thanksgiving right into Christmas.

Thankful Tree: Prepare a “thankful tree” to display in your home, then ask guests to share their blessings and attach them to the branches of the tree. It functions as both festive décor and a conversation starter.

Turkey Apple Dip: Speaking of functional, who says your appetizers or treats can’t serve a dual purpose? We love the fun presentation of this chocolate fruit dip and sliced apples to look like a turkey!

Pilgrim Hats: If you prefer an even more chocolatey treat, try these cute Pilgrim Hats. Chocolate wafer cookies topped with a mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Attach the two with frosting and add a decorative buckle.

Candles and Wine Glasses: Put the wine glasses you’re not using to good use. Turn them over, add a seasonal filler (like maybe those painted acorns), and top with a votive candle for an interesting tablescape.

Pumpkins: Placing pumpkins on the table adds an instant festive touch, but make them look even more elegant by displaying them on candlesticks, serving bowls, and small pedestal dishes.

Chalkboard: If you’ve already got a chalkboard, this one’s super easy. Get creative with artwork or seasonal quotes, menus, or a welcome for your guests.

Pine Cone Garland: This is another idea that can take your home from Thanksgiving into Christmas. Attach ribbon to pine cones and hang in front of a window or mantel for a new twist on garland.

See more about each of these ideas on our Pinterest board here.

Holiday turkey

Thanksgiving Wine Pairings and Recommendations

Wine enthusiast Dr. Richard Parker breaks down pairings and recommendations for your Thanksgiving feast, plus what to keep in mind and where to buy in Nashville.

Every Thanksgiving it seems that people are always sparring over what wines might best go with their traditional turkey dinner. Fortunately there is enough variety in the wine market to keep these deliberations from derailing your well-planned meal and festivities.

As most people will be enjoying the traditional Thanksgiving turkey, it’s easy enough to actually rule out a number of wines; I am talking, of course, about red varietals like zinfandel, merlot or cabernet sauvignon. But if you insist on serving a red with your meal, I would recommend going with the most food-friendly of the reds, the versatile pinot noir.

If you’re looking to shop economically for this varietal, I would recommend a Kenwood or Clos du Bois Pinot Noir—either should run less than $20 a bottle. However if you’re considering something a little more special, look for a David Bruce or Saintsbury; both will offer tantalizing flavors that will go well with almost every bite of your holiday feast from turkey breast to sweet potato casserole.

Now that we’ve dealt with the easy part, let’s tackle the more difficult option—the white varietals. What you choose will largely depend on your own taste preferences. While many people might seek out something rich and buttery, like a Newton Chardonnay from California, others might choose something cleaner with a hint of pepper, such as New Zealand’s Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

Since I’ve already mentioned it, I think the Matua Valley is the most underpriced wine on the market. Selling well below the $20 price point, this crisp, clean white with hints of pepper would easily complement the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and would be among the first bottles I would open at my own table.

But let’s go back to the chardonnays for a moment. This varietal makes for a fine pairing with most Thanksgiving meals. While Newton’s price point between $35 and $45 may make some hesitate in the current economy, there are some good alternatives that will work very well and still leave you with plenty of money for Christmas shopping at the Mall at Green Hills, including chardonnays by Chalk Hill, Buena Vista and Alice White. My recommendation for a best value chardonnay under $15 is California’s Toasted Head Chardonnay.

Alternatively if you’re pondering something a bit more exotic than a chardonnay or sauvignon blanc, consider an Austrian gruner veltliner—one of the best white wines flying under the radar today, a German gewürztraminer or a California viognier. Toasted Head also makes a very nice version of this varietal. But if your tastes run sweeter, try Relax, a German riesling that sells for under $15 and pairs nicely with lighter fare. And if a dessert wine is what you’re after, look for an ice wine from Canada or a late harvest sauvignon blanc from California.

Inevitably, there are those who love their blush wines and fortunately there are some that can contribute to the Thanksgiving recommendations. Most people are familiar with the ubiquitous white zinfandel, but there are other blush wines including white merlot and white Grenache. But if you are looking for a surprise, Biltmore Estates Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc de Noir will offer a delightful wine experience for even those who normally shy away from any wine with even a hint of pink.

With all the available choices you may be asking yourself, “What’s the right wine for my Thanksgiving dinner?” The important thing for you to consider is not what’s the right wine, but what wine will make the experience memorable.

Fortunately for Nashvillians, there are plenty of good stores to help you make the right selection. For folks living in western Davidson County, try Red Spirits and Wine in Bellevue. If you are in the Green Hills area, The Wine Shoppe at Green Hills has a good selection. West End Discount Liquors and Wines can help you in the midtown area. And those in East Nashville can stop by Woodland Wine Merchant.

May your Thanksgiving be happy and your wine selections be as satisfying as the late Thursday nap.

Parents magazine's Howdy Pilgrim Veggie Cup craft

How to Make Parents Magazine’s Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cups

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, believe it or not. If your Thanksgiving celebration includes children dining at the table, this is a fun way to make their place a little bit more fun! This month we’re making Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cups from Parents Magazine.

Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup finished

This project is very simple to make. It does not require many supplies or much time. Here’s how you do it.


  • 9-oz. black paper cup
  • 3-oz. paper cup
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Paper circle made from black card stock paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Veggies
  • Veggie dip


Step 1: Poke a hole in the bottom of the black paper cup and cut about eight slits to the edge of the bottom of the cup. Push them into the inside of the cup.

Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 1
Step 2: Cut a 1-inch slit into the top edge of the 3-oz. cup. Overlap the cut edges to make the opening small enough to fit into the bottom of the black cup. Run a line of glue along the inside bottom rim of the black cup, and push the 3-oz. cup (right side up) into the hole.
Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 2
Step 3: Cut a circle out of the black paper. It needs to have a circumference that is a little bit wider than that of the opening of the black cup. I used a bowl to trace the circle. This will be the rim of the pilgrim’s hat.

Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 3

Step 4: Create a buckle out of the yellow paper by cutting out a 2-inch by 1.5-inch rectangle, then cutting out the center.

Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 4

Step 5: Glue the buckle to the hat and glue the hat to the black circle. Fill the inside of the cup with your child’s favorite veggie dip and stick some veggie sticks in the dip. Ta-da!

Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 5
Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 6
Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 7
Parents magazine's Howdy, Pilgrim Veggie Cup step 8

Somehow, eating veggies from a pilgrim’s hat makes them taste better. I refilled that hat four times! They couldn’t get enough! Your kids will love it too and it will make this Thanksgiving dinner a bit more memorable for them.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! See you next month!

Cooking Light magazine November 2011 cover

4 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menus From Magazines That Aren’t Talking Turkey

Cooking Light magazine November 2011 coverAs un-American as it sounds, some of us just don’t care for turkey. Nope, not even on Thanksgiving. But don’t tell that to the Pilgrims (though it’s likely the bird wasn’t part of their first feast).

There aren’t many ideas in this month’s food and cooking magazines that buck the traditional holiday meal. That is unless you’re a vegetarian. Nearly all of the menus involve turkey–or no meat at all. Good news if you fall at either of those extremes.

But what about the rest of us? A few years ago, the band of non-turkey lovers beseeched Bon Appétit columnist and restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton to suggest a tastier alternative to the bird. (Like them, he didn’t want to talk turkey either.)

The general consensus was that it doesn’t matter what you serve for Thanksgiving, so long as everyone is thankful for it. Some folks opted for a vegetarian meal with delicious “sides” and desserts. Others responded that they served steaks and prepared everyone’s favorite veggies. Or still others had several entrees, including turkey, on their menus.

If you can’t stomach the thought of turkey, here’s four sources for vegetarian holiday feasts. Or you can always reach for those go-to recipes you’re grateful for.

  1. Martha Stewart Living: She’s not abandoning the turkey and all the trimmings, but this seasonal menu pulls double duty as colorful veggies like cabbages and Brussels sprouts serve as hearty entrees and all-natural–and functional–pieces for the tablescape.
  2. Whole Living: This Martha Stewart sister publication serves up six sides (in both vegetarian and vegan and gluten-free forms) that can act as main courses or complements. Included are new takes on traditional components like sweet potatoes, green beans and cornbread, and non-traditional dishes like Stuffed Acorn Squash with Quinoa and Pistachios.
  3. Saveur: No surprise that this vegetarian menu delved into the history of how the dietary lifestyle and the holiday fit together. The author’s menu didn’t mirror the first known meat-free Thanksgiving meal served in 1895, but it was inspired by traditional flavors and family favorites with a nod to history. Autumn Vegetable Patties were served as the centerpiece of the meal, which was accompanied by beer rather than wine since that’s what the Pilgrims brought with them.
  4. Cooking Light: If you really want to throw tradition–and meat–to the wind, look to this “Meatless Holiday Mains” in the regular Everyday Vegetarian feature. These unexpected holiday recipes include Wild Mushroom Pastitsio, Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tamales with Tomatillo Sauce, and Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna.