Costco’s Pumpkin Pie Recipe Hasn’t Changed in 31 Years — Grocery News

You know how the saying goes: If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. And that seems to be the philosophy that Costco has stuck to when it comes to its pumpkin pie. The recipe for the pie has remained unchanged since 1987. Costco’s pumpkin pie is so beloved, the big-box grocery chain sells millions of them every year.

This obsession makes a ton of sense. Why bake for the holidays when you can buy a pie for every holiday party you’re attending in one shopping trip? According to Market Insider, in 2015 Costco sold 5 million pumpkin pies, which is all the more impressive given that the pies are only available for four months, from September to December.


Jennifer Garner Will Bring Her “Pretend Cooking Show” to TV — Pop Culture

Of all the people that I thought would become a social media superstar in 2018, Jennifer Garner was not among them. And yet here we are. This is the year that Garner stole our hearts on Instagram, and proved that the world would be a better place if she had her own cooking show. After all, she’s probably picked up a few tricks from her best friend, Ina Garten. In fact, Garner already has a cooking show of sorts, which she features on her Instagram page, cheekily titled “Pretend Cooking Show.


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.