Finding solace in spending time in the kitchen.
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Thanksgiving Side Dishes Galore

Friends, it’s been a wild week. 
It’s been a wild month, it’s been a wild year. The sense that we are now moving into a new era, into a time of healing, is such a welcome and poignant thought, and I am holding tightly to it. United we stand, divided we fall—I read that somewhere once. There is much work to be done, but I think we are all up to the task, don’t you?
I am still finding solace in being in the kitchen (though certainly not immune to bursts of cooking fatigue), and I hope you are, too. When the world feels topsy-turvy, the smell of garlic simmering in oil is really comforting. Plunking a warm lasagna on the table for my family is rewarding. Tucking containers of meat sauce into the freezer for another week is gratifying.
Speaking of cooking fatigue, thanks to all who reached out to ask what happened to the NPR segment last weekend. There was a bit of news happening (cough), and I got bumped to this coming Sunday. Tune in to Weekend Edition around 8:45 a.m. and you can hear my musings about pandemic cooking fatigue and the upcoming holidays.
OK, let's start by working to make this Thanksgiving the best it can be. Last week I started the festival of sides, and this week, we continue! Next week we’ll focus in on the turkey, with tips and options for a whole bird or a breast. And don’t think for a minute I am forgetting about desserts. Stay tuned.

Sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving are pretty non-negotiable, and this casserole gives them a starring role. Old school, and smells heavenly.

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This is that perfect stuffing that makes Thanksgiving feel like Thanksgiving (and it's vegetarian).

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Homemade cranberry sauce takes your holiday meal to another level, and it takes all of 15 minutes to make.

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We have to have a salad at Thanksgiving, to balance out the meal, to add some different textures, and to offset the copious amounts of butter in pretty much every other dish. This fall/winter salad includes roasted fennel, cooked with a dusting of Parmesan, plus spinach, arugula, and red onion in a lemony vinaigrette.

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The dish is amazingly complex for being so simple—and that is the true beauty of Parmesan.

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An updated version of a favorite holiday side dish, made with fresh green beans, an easy homemade sauce, and buried under a mound of crispy fried shallots.

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