Thanksgiving

Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars — Easy Dessert Recipes

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A slice of classic cheesecake is one of those desserts that takes nicely to added flavors and tinkering. If you love both pumpkin pie and cheesecake, these creamy bars are the perfect hybrid. There's a sturdy graham cracker crust on the bottom, then a layer of classic white cheesecake, and finally a delicate pumpkin cheesecake layer fragrant with cinnamon and pumpkin pie spices. One pan makes a lot of bars that you can take to your next party or potluck; I promise the pan will come home empty.

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Recipe: Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Ginger — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I love orzo — its plump, chewy grains so much like rice, but on a grander scale and with the tenderness of pasta — but I don't cook with it often enough, which seems silly, given how fast it can be. So I mused over what I would really like to eat right now and came up with all the fall vegetable flavors. Onions, garlic, mushrooms, sweet potato — preferably dark and caramelized, built from the ground up in one big skillet, browning, caramelizing, and sautéeing until you're left with a big pile of chewy orzo and dark, delicious fall vegetables.

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Recipe: Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes — 3-Ingredient Recipes

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For this super-simple side, thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted and then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan that turns irresistibly crisp around the edges after a few minutes under the broiler. A hit of garlic only makes them even more delicious. Make these Parmesan-coated sweet potatoes once and you will never go back to plain roasted sweet potatoes again. They will make you the hero of dinner and the talk of your next potluck.

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From High to Low, 5 Turkey Roasting Pans to Buy on Sale Now — Splurge to Steal

I will always fondly remember the year I forgot to buy a turkey roasting pan until the morning of my Friendsgiving celebration. Fortunately it wasn't an official holiday so my husband was able to run out and get one from Target, but it's a great example of overlooking the obvious in all my holiday preparations.

My point? Don't be like me! If you're planning on roasting a turkey for Thanksgiving (or a chicken, or a roast, or really anything else big!) a proper roasting pan with a rack is a fabulous addition to your kitchen. From high (copper, ooh la la) to a seriously great budget option, here are five we love, on sale at Sur la Table right now.

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Recipe: Butter-Roasted Sweet Potatoes — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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You've had roasted sweet potatoes before, so you've had them all, right? I used to think the exact same thing until I learned a technique for butter-roasting thick slices of sweet potato until they turned from hard tubers to almost butter themselves.

Popularized by the blog Dessert for Two, this technique for butter-roasted sweet potatoes — dubbed melting sweet potatoes by Christina over at Dessert for Two — roasts the potatoes until they are a dark amber on the outside, creating a layer of deeply caramelized sweet potato that just barely holds the soft, buttery insides together. She serves this with an incredible maple pecan sauce, but we think they are perfection all on their own with a fat pinch of salt to finish them off. This recipe won't let you think of roasted sweet potatoes the same way ever again.

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How To Make Kentucky Bourbon and Walnut Pie — Baking Lessons from The Kitchn

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This bourbon-spiked, chocolate and walnut pie (aka we-can't-call-it-Derby-pie pie) may well be the most controversial pie in the history of Kentucky. And controversy — and a lawsuit or two— has made this pie a part of Kentucky history. So eating a piece of this pie, you might say, is like eating a piece of history.

But we'd argue that this pie isn't just famous because of some back and forth over a name. This pie is famous because it's a downright delicious dessert that's easy to whip up and pretty as you please to look at — especially with a dollop of bourbon whipped cream on top. Try it and let us know if you agree.

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