Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  Let me make life easier for you — my faithful readers — as you gear up to host the big Turkey dinner.  Below you will find a variety of recipes guaranteed to make people thankful.  There is a little here for everyone.  Some recipes are traditional, some have a modern twist.

If you want a brined Big Bird or just feel like talking about how you brined your turkey (that would be my angle), check out this post for a step by step guide for making the Good Eats Turkey  — recipe courtesy of Alton Brown.

Thanksgiving can be daunting to even the most experienced of home cooks because everything seems to get made all at the same time.  This year consider making your stuffing outside of the bird and reducing your stress.  This recipe for Wild Mushroom, Baby Kale and Sausage Stuffing could be my favorite Thanksgiving side.

So what about veggies? We love Brussels Sprouts in the du Pont household.  Adults rave about these Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon, but the kids will eat up this Crispy Variety.  If you want to have one Superfood at your table, then make this Kale with Macadamia Nuts.  Seriously, it is my favorite side of 2013.

Feel like having a soup on Turkey Day? Try out either this yummy Butternut Squash or this utterly gourmet Squash Soup with Pepitas Two Ways.

Need some mashed potatoes like Grandma used to make? Try these potatoes — an heirloom recipe passed down for generations.

Or perhaps you are looking for a healthier grain to serve as a side.  I love this Spelt with Butternut Squash and this standby of Wild Rice with Wild Mushrooms is never a disappointment.

We always make room in our tummies for a nice hearty salad.  Try out this favorite Warm Butternut Squash Salad by Ina Garten or this hearty and original fall Tuscan Kale Salad with Currants.  If you like to feature fruit in your salads, this Arugula and Spinach Salad with Apples is also a good option.

And if you are looking for something you can’t find here, but I all means leave a comment on this post about what you’d like to see featured on Weekend Table before the Big Day!


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