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Here's a collection of Thanksgiving recipes covering everything from how to cook that perfect turkey, all the way to traditional pumpkin pie. Whether you're wondering how to make great stuffing, a crowd-pleasing cranberry sauce, or gorgeous gravy, this list should prove helpful.

Five Simple Rules for Perfect Turkey Every Time

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By following these five basic rules, you will guarantee a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey every time. Proceed with confidence, joy, and the knowledge that since you are cooking the turkey, you won't have to wash any dishes!

Easy Step-by-Step Turkey Recipe

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The biggest myth in all of American cookery is the belief that a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is difficult for the novice cook to achieve. This step-by-step for how to cook a turkey will show a very easy method for producing a moist, delicious, and beautiful turkey every time.

Dressings and Bread Stuffing Recipes

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Stuffing and dressing recipes are really the same thing, with stuffing being cooked inside the turkey, or other bird, and dressing recipes being cooked in a baking dish separately. No matter what they're called, these recipes can be used either way.

Easy Turkey Gravy

This classic turkey gravy recipe is made right along side a roasting turkey. The neck is used to make a simple turkey stock, and the gravy recipe is finished with those delicious browned bits from the roasting pan.

Maple-Glazed Yams Recipe

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Simple and delicious, these maple-glazed yams are perfect for the Thanksgiving holiday, or as an easy side dish for a weeknight meal. The maple really brings out the yam's natural sweetness and great flavor.

Creamy Chive Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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This mashed potato recipe is perfect for those times when plain mashed potatoes just won't do. Unlike many garlic mashed potato recipes, this version cooks the garlic with the potatoes for a more mild, sweeter flavor.

Toasted Almond Green Beans Recipe

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This toasted almond green bean recipe is a holiday classic. It's also very simple to prepare and can be made ahead and reheated later. The almonds give the green beans a great texture, and make a basic vegetable side dish into something special.

Blue Cheese and Green Bean Casserole

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This rich and decadent blue cheese and green bean casserole recipe is for those special occasion meals when you aren’t going to be counting the calories. This green bean casserole makes a wonderful side dish for a grilled steak, and is also great for those holiday dinners.

Sweet and Crunchy Apple Coleslaw

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This simple and delicious coleslaw recipe has a wonderful combination of sweet crisp apples and fresh crunchy cabbage. The recipe's called winter coleslaw because of the apples, cabbage and citrus dressing, but would also work for any summer cookout.

Mashed Yams Recipe

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Are looking for a super-easy holiday side dish recipe? Then this low-fat, highly nutritious buttermilk mashed yams recipe is for you. Three simple ingredients combine to make yam magic! You can also use sweet potatoes for a delicious variation.

Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

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Making fresh cranberry sauce is not only easy, but it's fun! The sound of those fresh berries "popping" under the simmering liquid is quite mesmerizing. It sure beats the sound of a can opener. The salt and cayenne may seem like odd ingredients, but just a dash of each will really brighten the flavors of this great fresh cranberry sauce.

Classic American Pumpkin Pie

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This is my version of a classic pumpkin pie recipe. Pumpkin pie is a traditional holiday dessert, and also one of the easiest pie recipes there is. Often served with whipped cream, pumpkin pie is also wonderful with vanilla ice cream.
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