For eaters of all generations, this may be the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re in hot pursuit of new Thanksgiving recipes to please every palate (yes, you can make your vegan cousin happy!) or you’re focused on decorating the table in a whole new way, we have the advice and strategies you crave. And because we all know Thanksgiving is not just about the moment of truth, but the many moments leading up to it (and how to pack away the leftovers later), we have timelines, shopping lists, organizing advice, and play-by-play plans to make sure the season is filled with lots more joy than stress. Experienced hosts can find fresh inspiration, those new to the role can get all the lessons they need—and a guest who wants to wow ’em with a stunning side dish will find a vast array of options. It’s all here, from soup to nuts. Or rather, from soup to stuffed mushrooms to mashed potatoes to green beans to turkey to cranberry sauce to apple pie. Hungry yet?

6 Hors D’oeuvres that Start With a Cracker

Look out, cheese and crackers. These recipes top you any day.

This May Be Why You Fall Into a Food Coma, According to Science

Why do you fall asleep after a big meal? New research on fruit flies (yep, they get food comas too!) offers clues about why eating sometimes makes you tired. It seems salty food, meals heavy on protein, and meals that are just big in general—think Thanksgiving—may be snooze-inducing.

12 Secrets to Hosting a Great Thanksgiving Meal

Real Simple readers share their best tips for hosting a great Thanksgiving meal.

The One Secret to Better Pumpkin Pie 

Take this one simple step for no more soggy bottoms

How to Conquer Your Food Hangover

‘Tis the season for excess—and we’re not just referring to eggnog. If you overdid it at dinner, we’ve got your recovery plan.

4 Chic Thanksgiving Looks From Talbot’s

It’s not too late to go shopping.

5 Extras Worth Adding to Your Grocery Cart

More wine? Sure. But you may consider tossing these items in, too. They might seem small or insignificant, but they can make the meal you worked so hard on even better—with almost zero effort.

3 Tricks for Hosting in a Small Space

Don’t let a studio apartment stand in the way of a good time. Here are a few genius tips for making the most of your square footage.

How to Dry-Brine a Turkey

Dry-brining yields a juicy, seasoned bird—minus the gallons of water and angst over where to put the bird bath. All you need is kosher salt.