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I am thankful that I somehow managed to cook the best and most beautiful turkey I've ever cooked (I made everyone come into the kitchen and stare at it before I hacked it up. I can cook, I can't carve). I am thankful that I was able to make Thanksgiving dinner for my family. I am thankful that we are able to carry on traditions. I am thankful that I was able to get it all done (almost) on time (despite the fact that I went into the day with zero game plan, my dad would have had the whole schedule tacked to...

I usually spend Thanksgiving over an oven. Dressing the turkey, mashing the potatoes, casseroling the green beans. It's my favorite meal and one of those things I shared with my dad over the years as we both worked in the kitchen all day. It was one of those things I took over on my own the last couple of years. It was poor planning on my part that had me spending Thanksgiving traveling all day. Taking two mini buses and two ferries. From Koh Lanta back to Phuket. Alone. Getting back to a city that I didn't much care for just...

I had a tough decision to make this Thanksgiving. I'm really the only one in the family who cooks. Or at least who cooks extravagantly. Last year I made the entire Thanksgiving dinner from scratch. And, for very many reasons, it was the hardest thing I've ever done. I wasn't really in the mood to do that again this year. We tossed around a few ideas. We debated just going out to eat. Which I was really tempted to do. But, since I probably won't be there next Thanksgiving, and maybe the one after, I kind of wanted a meal at...

My dad was the family cook. And he always cooked the entire spread for Thanksgiving dinner. Since he had been bedridden this year, I had been planning on taking over cooking Thanksgiving dinner anyways. There was no question in my mind that we wouldn't have Thanksgiving dinner. Ever. Even if, at first, because the big turkey is my favorite meal of the entire year. And even if, at last, I had already bought $200 worth of groceries that I didn't want to go to waste. When the question over the holiday first came up my mom threatened...

I was pretty much on my own cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. To be fair, my family offered to help but I'm stubborn and a bit of a control freak and just wanted to do it all myself. So here's what I made: turkey (brined last night), stuffing (both in bird and out), mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, dinner rolls (not homemade), and pumpkin cookies. And here is the evolution of Thanksgiving Dinner: from taking the bird out of the brine, to claiming a drumstick for myself. [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" size="full" ids="51598,51599,51600,51601,51602,51603,51604,51605,51607,51608,51609,51610,51611,51612,51613,51606,51614,51620,51622,51615,51616,51617,51618,51619,51621,51623,51624,51625,51626,51627,51628"]...

'Twas the night before Thanksgiving and all west and east This creature was stirring, preparing a feast The turkey was brining in the fridge with care In hopes the bird with taste light as air The cookies were baking all snug in the stove with flavors of pumpkin with cinnamon and clove. *** I'm pretty much on my own this year preparing for and cooking Thanksgiving dinner. So, on this night before Thanksgiving, I'm doing some prep work. The American Heirloom Collection Turkey I pre-ordered from Whole Foods came with a couple of feathers in it. Those had to be plucked. Don't buy a turkey with feathers...