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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
AP PHOTO/LARRY CROWE By using pumpkin puree in these Double Pumpkin Dinner Rolls, they are kept moist and are wonderfully rich.

Adding squash or pumpkin to a dinner roll produces a bread that is soft, slightly sweet and wonderfully rich.

It also helps keep the rolls moist, making it easier to bake them ahead without worrying they will dry out.

This recipe uses canned pumpkin for ease and pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas) for a nutty-toasty crunch. Canned squash also could be used.

These rolls are just as delicious served at room temperature, but if you'd like to reheat them, cover the pan with foil and pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

Double PumpkinDinner Rolls

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Q: When cooking for our large family on Thanksgiving, it's difficult getting all the food ready and having everything fresh and hot. Timing is an issue. Any pointers?

A: There are a few ways to make sure everything you have is up to temperature the first, and big, one is to have a game plan for the days leading up to Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 19, 2010
PRNewsFoto/Foster Farms Foster Farms Turkey Helpline experts answer your turkey cooking questions at (800) 255-7227. Operators will be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week during Nov. 17-29, including Thanksgiving Day.

Need to talk turkey? Baffled by Brussels sprouts? Sure, you could go old school and call a 1-800 holiday helpline. But these days, cooks are finding inspiration, or salvation as the case may be, online.

From smart phone apps that put together your grocery lists to Twitter sessions that answer your pressing pumpkin questions, traditional sources of holiday help are transforming to meet the demands of a digital age.

"People are just going online more and more to get their Thanksgiving questions answered," says Angela Moore, vice president of

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

With just one week left until Thanksgiving, it's time to create a shopping and savings plan. If you'll be cooking a big meal this year, you're probably dreading next week already all of that cooking, prep work, and the cost of feeding a larger crowd.

Fortunately, being in charge of Thanksgiving doesn't have to be a big headache or a huge expense. Start planning now.

The turkey

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This July 2, 2010 photo shows pumpkin bee sting pie. It's not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie and this pie with its crunchy topping will be a memorable one. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Simply put – it isn't Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie.

But that doesn't mean you can't vary from the side-of-the-can recipe. This version is inspired by bee sting cake from Germany (called bienenstich), which has a crunchy honey and almond topping. Pumpkin bee sting pie starts with a honey-sweetened filling. It's baked until the filling is set, then topped with a honey-almond-coconut mixture, then popped back into the oven and baked until the topping is crispy and golden. The result is a crunchy, creamy, spiced dessert worthy of a second slice.

Pumpkin BeeSting Pie

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This Oct. 19, 2010 photo shows herbed monkey bread. Thanks to using frozen white bread dough this recipe can be made by anyone in no time flat. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Even if you don't have the time (or know-how) to make bread from scratch, you still can bake up delicious Thanksgiving dinner rolls.

This savory monkey bread uses frozen white bread dough that is shaped into small balls, dunked in butter, herbs and cheese, then mounded into a pan and baked. The result is deliciously easy. So easy, in fact, it's a good project for the kids while you focus on the bird and more complicated sides.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
AP PHOTOs/LARRY CROWE The flavors of the season are front and center in this recipe for Maple-cider glazed turkey with gravy and apple-onion stuffing.

The goal here was a deliciously moist roasted Thanksgiving turkey with tons of autumnal flavor.

So we started with that most classic of fall beverages – apple cider. But to get the greatest flavor from it, we decided to boil it down until we had reduced 8 cups to just 4, thereby concentrating the sweet-tart flavors. That reduction is used as both a glaze for the turkey as well as to flavor the stuffing and gravy.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This Oct. 12, 2010 photo shows creamy bacon and scallion mashed potatoes. With some of the favorite toppings of a baked potato this recipe may not win any health awards but for the once a year Thanksgiving feast the taste is worth it. (AP Photo/Larry Crowe)

Since Thanksgiving is no time for sacrifice, I decided to amplify the flavor – and, consequently, the fat – of one of the meal's most critical sides.

And so I took a basic mashed potato and added some of the most popular baked potato toppings, bacon and scallions. I also considered whipping a bit of sour cream into the mix, but feared it would be too, well, sour. So I opted for an 8-ounce block of cream cheese.

The result is a delicious, creamy mashed potato with enough flavor to truly shine on an otherwise crowded table of sides.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

It's fall, and you know what that means cold and flu season.

I felt my first cold of the season coming on a few days ago, so I did what any reasonable person would do I took a chicken out of the freezer, roasted it for dinner, and made chicken soup with the leftovers.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chances are you know linguine goes with clam sauce and fettuccine loves Alfredo. But which pasta pairs with pesto? Or a hefty carbonara?

"Pasta has evolved over many hundreds of years in Italy and it's taken a long time for them to work out what tastes best," says British chef Jacob Kenedy, co-author with graphic designer Caz Hildebrand of "The Geometry of Pasta" (Quirk Books, 2010). Together they are advocates of a simple truth: pasta and sauce, correctly paired, yield a sublime experience.