General: Thanksgiving

11 Thanksgiving Traditions That Real Simple Editors Swear by

Consider these fun, delicious, tried-and-true ideas to put a fresh spin on your holiday.

How Long to Cook a Turkey, in One Easy Chart

You have your bird (and a recipe), but how long, exactly, are you supposed to cook it? Here’s a handy guide.

9 Easy Thanksgiving Desserts

Each of these delicious Thanksgiving desserts—from a cherry cheesecake to a chocolate tart—takes 20 minutes or less to prep.

The Fastest Thanksgiving Dinner Recipes Ever

Anyone can pull off a simple, delicious Thanksgiving feast that takes just one day to make—no advance prep needed. All it takes is smart recipes, which we’ve rounded up right here. Start off by cooking our genius Quick-Roasting Turkey recipe. Cooking a bird just right, so the thighs are done but the breast isn’t dried out is challenging even for the most talented cooks. On top of that, having it ready on time is heroic. Spare yourself of the stress by cutting up a whole turkey before you cook it. Here’s how to cut up a raw turkey. Not only does this recipe allow you to give the breast and thighs separate treatment, but also it takes just 1 hour and 20 minutes from start to finish. Onto potatoes, there’s no need to mash them—really. We love smashed potatoes, which have all of the milk, butter, and salt of classic mashed, but are, well, smashed instead, skins and all (hey, they’re a little more nutritious this way, too). Sweet potatoes are delicious simply sliced in half and roasted with tons of fontina and Parmesan. No one will be asking for sickly sweet mashed sweet potatoes again, trust us. Read on for salad, stuffing, dessert, and more.

13 Chef-Approved Solutions to Common Thanksgiving Fails

These pros cook for crowds every day. Let them show you how it’s done.

12 Fun Conversation Starters for Your Thanksgiving Table

Get talking over the turkey. Tuck a question under each plate, or serve them up with dessert.

Breaking the Turkey Wishbone: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Discover the real meaning behind this Turkey Day custom.

111 Things to Be Thankful For This Year

Need a little help brainstorming what you're thankful for? We came up with plenty.

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dinner Menu    

With these crowd-pleasing recipes that you can prep in advance—plus an easy-to-follow timeline—your table will be deliciously composed this Thanksgiving. As will you.

5 Gourd DIYs to Make You Excited for Fall

They might have bumpy textures and odd shapes, but you can craft with them from Halloween until Thanksgiving.