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A Small & Swanky Thanksgiving Dinner — Gatherings from The Kitchn

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We're getting into the Thanksgiving mood this week, bringing you a small, swanky Thanksgiving party that I hosted in my home. So far I've shown you the make-ahead menu, a schedule for getting it all done, and 10 things you can be doing now to make Thanksgiving a little smoother.

Now that we have all the prep out of the way, let's party! Come into my home and see how we cooked Thanksgiving dinner, doing most of it ahead to keep it low-stress, and enjoyed a swanky afternoon of good food, good wine, and Thanksgiving cheer with friends. Are you ready for some turkey action?

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A Small & Swanky Thanksgiving Dinner: The Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu — Gatherings from The Kitchn

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Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It's a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.

But this image no longer reflects all of our experiences. You may be hosting a smaller gathering or "Friendsgiving," one closer to home and without the extended family around the table. If so, and especially if it's your first time doing it all yourself, then this week's feature is for you. I'm inviting you to share the Thanksgiving dinner I threw a little earlier this year. A simple meal, a swanky table, and a make-ahead menu will help you embrace this holiday for what it is — a moment to share good food with friends and family.

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A Small & Swanky Thanksgiving Dinner: The Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu — Gatherings from The Kitchn

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Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It's a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.

But this image no longer reflects all of our experiences. You may be hosting a smaller gathering or "Friendsgiving," one closer to home and without the extended family around the table. If so, and especially if it's your first time doing it all yourself, then this week's feature is for you. I'm inviting you to share the Thanksgiving dinner I threw a little earlier this year. A simple meal, a swanky table, and a make-ahead menu will help you embrace this holiday for what it is — a moment to share good food with friends and family.

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Halloween Was Thursday (Inconveniently). Celebrate Día de Los Muertos Instead

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I started yesterday morning by devouring a few thick slices of Pan de Muerto with my morning coffee. If you haven't had this treat, imagine an airy Portuguese bread topped with an orange powdered sugar. It's a thing of beauty. But as I stuffed it into my mouth I paused and realized, "D'oh! It's already Halloween."

If the hallowed day caught you by surprise yesterday too, maybe you can make up for it today with a impromptu Dia de Los Muertos celebration. Fridays are better for parties anyway. Here are some tips and recipes to help you celebrate tonight.

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5-Minute Recipe: Candy Crunch Dip — Recipes from The Kitchn

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We all have one. You know, a recipe that you're probably a little ashamed of, either because it is unglamorous or unhealthy (or both). Candied Apple Dip is one of those recipes I wish I didn't know existed. Because, quite simply, it is absolutely delicious, even if it is just plain wrong.

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How To Make Peanut Butter Cups — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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This is how you win friends: make them homemade peanut butter cups. Peanut butter plus chocolate is always a winning combo, of course, but peanut butter cups are really the ne plus ultra of what the duo can accomplish. Made from scratch, they seem almost magical — how did that creamy peanut butter filling get in there? But it's not magic! In fact, it's quite simple.

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