Ultimate Thanksgiving: Potato, Potahto

by Bruno Bornsztein
Curbly's Ultimate Thanksgiving Potato Recipe Roundup

Potatoes are the bridge-builders, the peacemakers, the United Nations of the thanksgiving table. Some people hate Turkey. Others hate yams. Not everyone likes pie. But everyone likes potatoes. Mash-em, bake-em, roast-em, shake-em ... as long as they're not raw or made from a powdered mix, people will eat your potatoes.

Here's a collection of interesting, delicious-sounding, or well-reviewed potato recipes to help you tame the Thanksgiving...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: The Vegetarian Edition!

by DIY Maven

Ultimate Thanksgiving: The Vegetarian Edition!
Happy Vegetarian Thanksgiving! That might sound like an oxymoron, considering the holiday’s nickname: Turkey Day. “How," meat eaters might ask, "can you possibly have a proper Thanksgiving without turkey?” As a practicing vegetarian for 20 years, let me just say we do just fine, thank you!

Side dishes, like stuffing and mashed potatoes and such are easy: you just leave out the meat and use vegetable-based broths to make ‘em. As for the main...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

by Chris Gardner

Ultimate Thanksgiving: Stuffing and Dressing Recipes

Some people refer to it as stuffing, others dressing. Some folks roast it inside the turkey, and many in a dish to get a crisp top (and to avoid any food safety issues). But whatever you call it, and however it makes its way to the table, it has become a quintessential part of the Thanksgiving meal, and it's totally delicious. Here's a collection of tantalizing recipes that can match any menu or palate. We'll keep this post updated with new...

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

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I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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Holiday How To: Make Edible Snowmen from Pantry Staples

by Holidaymagazine
Today, guest blogger and nationally known style expert Matthew Mead shows you how to create these adorable Edible Snowmen (directions after the jump):

Holiday How To: Make Edible Snowmen from Pantry Staples

"Holiday with Matthew Mead" is a "book-azine" offering inspiration and DIY/how-to projects for the Christmas holiday season. It'll be available in early November via online orders only, and in limited quantities (click here to purchase it).

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DIY Back-of-the-Door Spice Rack

by Chris Gardner

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Finding space in your cabinets to store all your gadgets, cookware, and pantry items is tough enough. But all those cooking staples, oils, vinegars, seasonings, herbs, and spices can totally break your kitchen's proverbial back. There simply isn't enough shelf space to hold it all.

So, don't store everything on the shelves. Vertical storage is the way to go for small rooms, and it works equally well in other small spaces, like your kitchen cabinets.

Joe Provey created these back of the door racks with a few hardwood (cherry?) 1x6"s, and gave them acrylic faces to see the jar labels.  

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How To: Make Your Own Freeze Pops at Home

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Your Own Freeze Pops at Home

Growing up, I heard these things called everything - tubepops, freeze pops, freezesicles, those long plastic popsicles in the plastic things...for some reason, we even called them "fatties." But no one ever called them "healthy," and understandably so: traditional recipes are nothing more than sugar, water, faux flavoring, and lots of chemical coloring.

But, if you've access to a vacuum food sealer - we've been drooling over this one for years - you can make your own with any fruit juice or popsicle recipe you please. The Kitchn has come up with this cool "pre-divide then fill with straws" recipe that we think is brilliant!

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DIY Bagels

by DIY Maven

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A secret: I could probably live on bread. English muffins, croissants, sour dough, BAGELS, whatever. I've baked my share of bread in the past, using both my mom's recipes and kneading it the old-fashioned way, as well as employing a bread machine. (The outcome from the bread machine doesn't even compare, I'm sorry to say.) I have not, however, attempted to make bagels.

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Make Homemade Twix Bars

by DIY Maven

Make Homemade Twix Bars

I'm not a candy bar eater, however if there are Twix Bars in the house around Halloween, I'm gonna have one. Or ten. Which is why when I saw this recipe for homemade, no-bake Twix Bars, a squealed a little. And get this...the recipe took 2nd place at the Indiana State Fair a few years back so, you know, it's GOTTA be good.

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The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar

by Chris Gardner

The World's Best Idea: Pie in a Jar
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - I think all tasty treats belong in individual servings, and most things belong in jars. (Just not brains...)

Plus, with this recipe from Our Best Bites, you can store them in the freezer and have pie whenever the mood strikes! I best they'd work equally well with savory options.

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How to make your own Irish Cream Liqueur

by DIY Maven

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From what I've been told, when temperatures fall, liquor stores start selling more Bailey's Irish Cream and Kaluha and such. For people like me, who don't partake, I feel like I'm missing out on a popular cold-weather activity. So, when I came across this recipe for homemade Irish Cream Liquour, via Bon Appetit, I thought I could finally join in the fun. The entire recipe follows, but omitting the whiskey would still make a deliciously creamy, chocolaty coffee flavoring.

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How To Make Olive Penguins.

by Chris Gardner

Try floating one of these in your next Ultimate Arctic Martini.

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From Serious Eats: "These are probably meant for six-year olds, but they still provide me with gobs of joy. All you need is a black olive (for the penguin head), a bigger one (for the bulbous bod), a little carrot medallion (with a triangle sliced out for the beak), and a mozzarella ball (or cream cheese works). Extra credit if you can make them an edible igloo. It's pretty...

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How To: Organize Your Thanksgiving.

by Chris Gardner

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AOL's DomestoBlog ShelterPop has created a very helpful Countdown to Thanksgiving checklist to help you spread the amount of work over the next few days and to guarantee you won't forget anything! So, sure, they presumed you started three weeks ago, and you may have - but whether you've already got your placecards set or are headed to the grocery store this weekend to plan your menu, take these tips from Judy Ketteler with you.

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