10 Sangria Recipes to Make for Friendsgiving — Recipes from The Kitchn

Here’s why we love sangria (and mulled wines) for the holidays: They make inexpensive wines more festive, feed the thirst of a crowd easily, and look gorgeous on a bar or table.

Sangria is simply wine, a little liquor, sometimes sugar, and fruit or spices added for flavoring and can be made in big batches days in advance. Here are 10 of our favorites for Friendsgiving.


Next Week’s Meal Plan: 5 Easy and Cheap Dinners — Next Week’s Meal Plan

I know, I just wrote another meal plan around eating down my pantry in an effort to keep my grocery budget in check, but after a week of birthday dinners, election night self-soothing, and general laziness our family needs another week of easy, cheap dinners.

The recipes are simple because as we head into the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I want to use any extra cooking time I have on making pie crusts, freezing gravy, and just generally preparing for one of my favorite meals of the year. Here’s how we’re keeping meals cheap and easy in our house this week.


I Tried Ina Garten’s Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts — Celebrity Recipe Showdown

Ina Garten and Brussels sprouts: Could there be a more perfect pairing? (Other than Ina and Jeffrey, of course.) When considering the most popular Thanksgiving recipes on the internet — many of which we’re sharing on Kitchn this month — Ina’s balsamic-roasted Brussels immediately came to mind. Not because I’d made them before, but because anybody who has won’t shut up about them.

It wasn’t that long ago that Brussels sprouts were known as the stinky, mushy veggie that you spooned onto your plate to be polite to your aunt who made them but then promptly hid under your mashed potatoes and gravy. In fact, if you were assigned to bring Brussels sprouts to Thanksgiving dinner, it probably meant you weren’t trusted to bring something important (sorry, Aunt Jan).

But Brussels sprouts have made a huge comeback. People love them now. And if you’re in charge of making them, they better be good. I had to know: Were Ina Garten’s Brussels sprouts worthy of that coveted spot on my Thanksgiving table? Here’s what I found out.

Recipe: Ina Garten’s Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts


“Turkey In Disguise” Is the Thanksgiving Trend You’ve Never Heard Of — Pop Culture

Halloween might be over, but it’s never too late to celebrate an awesome costume, even if it’s going on a paper turkey rather than a human. Forget tracing your hand and turning it into a turkey, that’s so 20th century: kids these days (or their parents or teachers) have gotten more creative with their Thanksgiving crafting, and the hottest craft for these rainy November days is the turkey in disguise.


Who Wins the Title of “Best Mashed Potatoes Ever”? — Celebrity Recipe Showdown

In the hierarchy of Thanksgiving side dishes, a big bowl of mashed potatoes is forever firmly planted at the top of my list. In fact, it’s my favorite dish on the holiday table, period. And this month I tested some of the most popular mashed potato recipes out there — from Alton Brown, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, and Ree Drummond — to determine which one was the absolute best.

Cooking and tasting these four recipes back-to-back showed me the clear differences — sometimes small, sometimes big — that can set this staple dish apart from its peers. So, which one deserves a prime spot at your Thanksgiving table? Here’s how they ranked, from my least favorite to most favorite.


​I Tried Trader Joe’s New Turkey and Stuffing Potato Chips — Grocery News

In case you hadn’t heard, Trader Joe’s just released a bunch of items for Thanksgiving. And in true Trader Joe’s fashion, there are some weird but delightful-sounding things, including a bag of chips that apparently tastes just like turkey and stuffing. Apparently they were around last year, but I somehow missed the memo (rude).

Now, Thanksgiving might be a couple weeks away, but that wasn’t going to stop me from running over to the grocery store immediately to try these. I took my dad along for the ride because he has the car and I didn’t feel like taking the Metro system (sorry, dad).


Here’s Why Costco Actually Checks Your Receipt at the Exit — Grocery News

For most of my life, the guy checking receipts at the Costco exit was a well-known quasi-celebrity — as you walked up, he would guess your total just by looking at your cart before you handed him your receipt on the way out the door. He was very good — and is very missed, since he left for warmer climes.

But if you assumed Tom and the folks like him at your local store that check your receipt were looking to make sure that you hadn’t stolen anything, Kate Bernot at the Takeout is here to disabuse you of the notion.


Oprah Shares Her Favorite Kitchen Finds for 2018 — Pop Culture

Oprah is so wise. When she speaks, people know to listen. We rely on her advice to decide what books to read, what to cook for dinner, even who to vote for. So when she releases her list of favorite things every year, we are all ears. This list is basically the ultimate Christmas hack. What Oprah chooses, your friends and relatives are guaranteed to love — awkward Christmas morning gift exchange avoided. And this year, Oprah’s list includes some covetable food items.

Read more: The Entire 2018 List of Oprah’s Favorite Things