Thanksgiving

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?

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31 Satisfying Vegetarian Recipes

In celebration of National Vegetarian Month, which begins October 1, we’ve compiled an entire month of dinners, so you won’t even have to think about what’s on the menu.   

The Simple Secrets of Delicious Mashed Potatoes

Real Simple’s food director shares the secrets to a stand-out recipe.

10 Simple Sweet Potato Recipes

Try one of these easy takes on the versatile root vegetable.

5 Mini Pies Made in a Muffin Tin

These individually-sized pies are the perfect addition to your holiday spread. They’re made with easy press-in crusts or prepared pie dough so assembly is a cinch. All you’ll need to consider is whether to serve whipped cream or ice cream alongside (but we think it’s OK to have both).

10 Leftover Turkey Recipes

These simple recipes are also great year-round―just sub rotisserie chicken for turkey.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Headquarters

Thanksgiving should be all about celebrating with family and friends—and eating... and eating. But too often, the stress of getting dinner on the (beautiful) table clouds the revelry. Not to worry: Our simple, streamlined videos show you how to pull off everything from appetizers to turkey to pie.

4 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes

Make the most of this sweet vegetable with four simple recipe ideas.