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Thinking About Thanksgiving Yet?

Friday, October 7th, 2011

I was talking to my grandmother (a great cook) the other day and she asked: What new recipe are you trying for Thanksgiving this year? She knows we always have the feast at my house, and I change up the side dishes every holiday. I was telling her about this recipe for lemony greens that I saw in my review copy of the Macy’s Culinary Council’s Thanksgiving & Holiday Cookbook, a collection of 80 recipes by 13 celebrity chefs. It only seems fitting that we try a Macy’s recipe because my daughter runs into the kitchen every five minutes on Thanksgiving morning to tell me what float she saw watching the parade. So Macy’s gave me permission to share the recipe I had my eyes on: Cat Cora’s Sauteed Greens with Lemon. Cat has four young kids so if she can make this so can I!

Boil a large pot of water on high; add 4 lbs. coarsely chopped Swiss chard or kale and salt to taste. Return to gentle boiling, covering the pot partially, until greens are cooked. It will take about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the greens and let them cool in the colander for 10 minutes. Squeeze out excess moisture. (You can do all these steps ahead of time, if you want.) Then about 15 minutes before you plan to put out your feast, heat about ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil in a large pan on medium high. Add 6 cloves thinly slice garlic and stir until it begins to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Mix in the greens and cook 2 to 3 minutes; remove from heat. Add about 4 Tbs. lemon juice and season with salt and pepper; toss together. Have a taste and add more seasonings, if needed. Serves 8.

You can pick up a copy of the $25 cookbook at Macy’s stores or on, starting October 11. And for a drool-worthy maple sweet potato recipe from the book, see the Busy Cooks blog. Still hungry for more? Check out this great Thanksgiving story I worked on last year. The Orange Green Bean and Pecan Cherry Stuffing recipes are so yummy.

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Happy Thanksgiving from A to Z!

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Thanksgiving CraftWhen you sit down to the Thanksgiving feast, take a few moments to ponder the true spirit and meaning of Thanksgiving: the family, friends, food, and fellowship.

In-between preparing the roast turkey and the pumpkin pie, remember our resources for helping you have the best Thanksgiving ever:

  • What Are You Thankful For? – Our readers share stories of gratitude. 

  • The ABCs of Gratitude – An A to Z guide to giving thanks, from everything from best friends to popcorn.

  • Is the Food Done Yet? – 17 popular foods and how to tell when they’re fully cooked and ready for dinner.

  • Turkey Day Crafts for Kids – Keep the kids busy with these turkey-rific crafts.

  • 5 Ways to Give Thanks – Ideas to make this year’s dinner more meaningful.
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Ocean Spray Bogs up Rockefeller

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    When you think of New York City, you might not automatically think of a cranberry bog. Yesterday, however, the good folks at Ocean Spray decided it was about time New York got a bog of its own and created a 1,500-foot Cranberry Bog at Rockefeller Center, with special guest Martha Stewart taping her show live. The company created a Thanksgiving table full of children from New York City Public schools who spent the day eating delicious foods and participating in fall-themed crafts.

    The event was sponsored by Share Our Strength’s “Families Feeding Families” campaign, aimed at ending childhood hunger by 2015.

    The “pseudo” Thanksgiving table was complete with Martha Stewart cranberry-inspired garnishes and foods such as a “Cranberry Trifle.” The table itself was surrounded by more than 2,000 floating cranberries, so all of the children and staff had to wear boots and waders to enter.

    Click here for more information on Martha Stewart’s Kid Friendly Thanksgiving recipes and fall-themed crafts.

    And here for Ocean Spray Cranberry inspired recipes.

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    Time for Turkey!

    Monday, November 30th, 2009

    6a00d8341c30cf53ef012875b32f18970c-piBelieve it or not, Thanksgiving is around the corner—literally, it’s next week. I have a particular fondness for autumn crafts, when kids can run into the backyard to gather their supplies (sticks, pinecones, bark, etc.).

    Check out the November issue of Parents where we made a centerpiece from sticks, napkin rings from acorns, and trivets from wood rounds. We also featured this precious turkey place card (let’s call him Max), made from corks, feathers, and other simple craft supplies (including feet fashioned out of bobby pins!).

    After you figure out your most important task (the menu planning) then begin to gather your craft supplies so that you and your little Pilgrims can decorate a memorable Thanksgiving table!

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    Friday Night Movies

    Monday, November 30th, 2009

    6a00d8341c30cf53ef0120a65d34c0970b-250wiThis Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

    Poor Thanksgiving. Halloween is barely over, and we’ve already skipped to Christmas! Disney’s A Christmas Carol (rated PG) is breathing new life into the old classic this weekend. The holiday favorite gets a 3D update in this animated version, starring Jim Carrey and Robin Wright Penn. I love 3D movies, but this beloved tale is already a bit creepy–and that’s before you have the Ghost of Christmas Past jumping off the screen. Maybe I’m just being overcautious. Let me know what you think if you see the film.

    6a00d8341c30cf53ef0120a65d3f3d970b-250wiThis Week’s DVD Goodies:

    Dora the Explorer: Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure

    Fraggle Rock: The Complete Final Season

    Fraggle Rock: A Merry Fraggle Holiday

    G.I. Joe: Resolute

    Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Complete Season 7

    Wolverine and the X-Men: Beginning of the End

    The Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Pick of the Week:

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Ultimate Collector’s Edition)

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    It’s Turkey Time!

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

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    It's too early to start cooking the turkey, but not too early to start making these adorable creations! This year I'll give thanks to the fact that turkey crafts have come a long way beyond the traditional tracing of the hand on paper.

    Starting from the top left:
    Stuffed fabric handprint turkey by Bella Dia; Turkey cookies by Billy and Green; Spin art turkey by Ordinary Life Magic; Toilet paper tube turkey by Just for Fun; Yarn turkey by yours truly (; Turkey Cupcakes from; Turkey cards by My Paper Crane; Turkey t-shirt by One More Moore; Cereal box turkey puppets by Plum Pudding.

    Most crafts found via The Crafty Crow.

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    Panicking About Holiday Pounds?

    Monday, December 10th, 2007

    2100072102_7f6e78df8fHoliday weight gain is definitely a legit concern, but there’s a bit of good news: A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that most of us don’t pack on as much weight as we think, phew! (The average study subject gained about one pound from early November to early- to mid-January.) The real problem is that we don’t lose those few pounds we do gain from super-size holiday feasts—and all that extra weight adds up as the years pass. Get the full scoop on how to eat, drink, and be merry in moderation here.

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