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Thanksgiving 101: Recipes and tips for a memorable holiday meal

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This Thanksgiving, spend less time fussing in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of your friends and family. Here is a road map to a traditional turkey meal with all the trimmings, much of which can be made in advance and reheated.


-- Wild Mushroom Soup

-- Roasted Turkey with Stuffing and Quick Gravy

-- Cranberry Sauce

-- ...Read more

Bold flavors of Provence brighten fish dish

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Spicy, lemon pepper fish with couscous, capers and olives combine to make this a tasty one-pot meal that can be prepared in 15 minutes.

The fish marinates for a few minutes in lemon juice, olive oil and cracked black pepper while you prepare the remaining ingredients. Onion, garlic, tomato paste, capers and olives flavor the couscous while the ...Read more

Tart cranberry sauce balances rich salmon

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Cranberries, brown sugar, orange juice and mustard make a mouthwatering quick sauce for salmon that's perfect for this time of year.

Fresh cranberries are at their peak right now. This is a great way to use them.

They freeze well, too. Freeze extra for use throughout the holiday season.

As the sauce ingredients cook, the cranberries will ...Read more

Pair flavorful lamb kebobs with hearty salad

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Souvlaki -- chunks of lamb marinated in lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic, then grilled on skewers -- is sold as a quick meal on many street corners in Athens.

The best cut of lamb to use is from the leg. Most supermarket meat departments will cut some for you, if it is not on display. I cook these kebabs on a stove-top grill, but a ...Read more

Apples, pork and hot buttered noodles: Dishes' autumn ingredients meld tart, sweet flavorings

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Bobbing for apples was one of my children's favorite Halloween party games. Hence, I think of cooking with apples at this time of year. Here I have caramelized them in a brandy sauce for pork chops and noodles.

Granny Smith and Golden Delicious apples hold their shape when cooked. I prefer the tart Granny Smith for this recipe, but either one ...Read more

Boneless chicken makes quick work of Cuban classic

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Arroz con Pollo, or Chicken with Rice, is a Cuban favorite that makes a perfect one-pot quick dinner. There are probably as many versions of this popular dish as there are people who make it.

This recipe is simple, yet keeps the traditional flavors and the combination of spices is delicious. The rice cooks in the pan and absorbs the flavors of ...Read more

Veal with cider adds a taste of fall to dinner

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A sweet and tart cider glaze coats thinly cut veal scaloppini for this quick dinner.

I love the colorful display of so many different apple varieties and also the taste of apple cider at this time of year. It reminds me of New England with the smell of cider being made in the orchards near my childhood home.

Apple cider is made from fermented ...Read more

Pasta meal offers a taste of Sicily

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The vibrant flavors of Sicily, tomatoes, pasta and garlic inspired this quick and easy dinner.

Perciatelli -- a long, hollow pasta -- adds texture and flavor.

Serve with a washed, ready-to-eat Italian-style salad. Warm Italian bread and a glass of red wine- pinot noir or merlot are good; choices -- will enhance the flavors of Sicily in this ...Read more

A snappy Greek-style snapper

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Sweet, fresh snapper needs very little cooking -- only about eight minutes under the broiler. Tangy pimentos and capers enhance the natural flavor of the fish, and a simple Greek-style salad with warm whole-meal baguette complete the meal.

Readers have asked the best way to freeze and defrost fish. Buy the freshest fish you can find and wrap it...Read more

Spices jump to life in quick Moroccan lamb dish

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Lamb mixed with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric make a savory Moroccan dish.

Turmeric adds color and an earthy flavor to this dish. It's the orange-yellow spice you may know from curry dishes and is a new health-food darling. At this summer's Fancy Food Show in New York, I found the warming, slightly bitter spice infused in everything from teas ...Read more

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