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The Food Lab's Complete 5 Step Guide to a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

The key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning. Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you. There's no better way to derail a calm evening by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, or the gravy isn't burning. By far the best way to make sure your kitchen doesn't turn into a disaster site on the big day is to prepare everything as far in advance as you can. Some foods not only do well prepared in advance, but actually improve with a few days in the fridge. There are many theories as to when to prep each individual item, but here's my own schedule of events starting three weeks before Thanksgiving.

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4 Ways to Look Smart About Football on Thanksgiving

As you gather around the television for food and football on Thanksgiving, why not wow the family with your NFL knowledge? Sure beats bickering. Here are four conversation points that will make you top turkey.

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Thanksgiving Travel: Top 3 Ways to Spot Delays

Thanksgiving Day is one of America's most cherished holidays, yet the 24 hours before the celebration begins seem to create the biggest challenges. Will you get to your destination safely? Will you be on time? It's no surprise that Americans encounter snags. Some 42.5 million people will be traveling more than 50 miles this year to their Thanksgiving destinations, according to AAA, a 4 percent increase over last year. Here are three methods to help you plan ahead and avoid travel delays.

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25 Appetizing Thanksgiving Dinner Plates

I canít wait for my Thanksgiving meal tomorrow, so Iíve been looking at pictures of other peoplesí Thanksgiving dinner plates all day. I guarantee that this gallery of Thanksgiving food will make you incredibly hungry, so youíd better have something to eat nearby. Although, if itís not turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, and tons of gravy, then it probably wonít satisfy you anyway. Get ready for Thanksgiving by checking out these 25 appetizing Thanksgiving dinner plates.

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The Not-So-Ancient History of 10 Thanksgiving Dishes

On Thanksgiving, more than any other day of the year, Americans sit down and eat the same meal as their neighbors and countrymen. Itís tradition, after all! But we know our history: most of the Thanksgiving dishes we enjoy today werenít at the original Pilgrimsí feast in 1621, or at least not in the way we enjoy them. How did we come up with the modern menu on so many tables?

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Zagat-Style Guide to the 10 TVís Best Thanksgiving Episodes

Thanksgiving is upon us, and itís high time to enjoy all of our favorite yearly traditions: the turkey, the stuffing, the pumpkin pie, the awkward family encounters, pretending to care about footballÖ and, most of all, that venerable standby of episodic television, the Thanksgiving show. As best as we can determine, the first weekly series to do a Thanksgiving-centered episode was The Burns and Allen Show, back in 1951; Ozzie and Harriet, Father Knows Best, Make Room for Daddy, and Mr. Peepers quickly followed suit, realizing that a Thanksgiving show offered plenty of fodder for conflict, resolution, and warm holiday cheer. Weíve selected ten of our favorite Thanksgiving episodes ó and in the culinary spirit of the holiday, we present them in the ever-popular Zagatís dining guide format, because why not?

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13 Black Friday Sales You Can Snag on the Web

When did Black Friday get so confusing? Some deals are happening all weekend, while others are only taking place at specific times. Companies have merged traditional in-stores deals with web specials. Some even extend bargain periods all the way into Cyber Monday, the traditional big day for online shopping. Technology has made it easy for companies to advertise deals through social media and specific holiday landing pages on their websites, while others are sticking to weekly ads to promote sales. Whether you choose to be among the crowds for Black Friday, or to snag online deals in bed while you recover from a Thanksgiving food coma, thereís no argument that the big shopping event requires a little preparation before you dive in. Weíve gathered some of the noteworthy deals to check out on Friday (or earlier). Know of more deals being advertised online? Share them in the comments section. Happy shopping!

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11 Safe Driving tips for Thanksgiving Travel

Planning to hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday to visit with family and friend? You wonít be alone. The AAA forecasts 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, marking a 4-percent increase over last year. Before you embark, consider these tips to help prepare you and your car for whatever challenges might be faced on the road.

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Top 10 Reasons Why Thanksgiving Eve Is the Best Bar Night of the Year

Wednesday night isn't just Thanksgiving Eve, it is also one of the most anticipated and celebrated bar nights of the entire year. But you probably already knew that. And you probably already know that throughout the year there are other nights filled with more preposterous acts and bigger parties; but the unique spectacle that is the night before Thanksgiving is truly an event all its own. The key to feeling the full effects of its majesty, however, lies in celebrating it where you grew up, because that's the only acceptable way to do it. When else can you participate in a gigantic, unorganized high school reunion? In fact, what other time of year can you even go back to your hometown, post-high school graduation, and go out knowing full well that every person you ever loved, loathed, and fingered on field-trip bus rides will be out? The answer to both questions is obviously "a friend's funeral," but that's fucked up, so forget I ever said that. Point is, not even during winter break do the stars align like they do on Wednesday night.

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