Chances are, a turkey won’t be your only visitor next week. Houseguests may be coming, too – but there’s no need to fret. This year, you can give bed-and-breakfasts some serious competition. Here are five ways to make family and friends feel right at home.

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November 19, 2014

‪@chrisrockoz: The five stages of waking up:
1. Denial
2. Bargaining
3. Anger
4. Depression
5. Coffee
We’re thankful for Thanksgiving, and the break from this routine – minus the coffee. We never take a break from coffee.

‪@CollegeCandy: You won’t believe how many calories there are in #Thanksgiving Dinner (or how far you have to walk to burn it off.) ‪http://bit.ly/19LJBAF 
Say it with us: who cares? (Okay, okay – we’ll go for a walk after.) #eating #alltheturkey 

@Allrecipes: When Thanksgiving leads straight into Hanukkah, you get the greatest food holiday of all time! http://ow.ly/qMFa8 #Thanksgivukkah
Hello, eight days of light, liberty, and latkes. Our dream come true.

‪@BravoTopChef: What’s on your #Thanksgiving menu? Might we suggest this bacon mac & cheese? ‪http://bravo.ly/1cI9xQQ  ‪#TopChef
Uh… yes. Yes, you may. While you’re at it, what else would you like to suggest? We’re all ears.

‪@HuffingtonPost: Stuffing cookies are the new pumpkin pie ‪http://huff.to/1bMO8rn  ‪#Thanksgiving
We have a hard time believing this is a thing that tastes good, but it has “cookies” in its name. So we have to try it. It’s in the rules.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

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November 27, 2013

The fact that Thanksgiving is this week is reason enough to celebrate. But throwing Hanukkah into the mix? Things are about to get wild.

1. What comes first? Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, of course.

2. A scarf for the chilly drive and an empire-waist dress for an impending full stomach.

3. Setting the table can be tedious. But it’s not often the dining room gets a chance to be the center of attention.

4. Forget the turkey. We want to skip right to the dessert.

5. After this year, Thanksgivukkah might not happen for another for 79,000. So we’re going all out.

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November 26, 2013

This year Hannukkah and Thanksgiving will overlap – for the first time since the 1800s. And they won’t be celebrated on the same day again until year 79811. So, obviously, some extra-festive celebrating is in store. Behold: the Menurkey. As the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, this turkey-shaped menorah pays homage to both holidays. So break out the latkes and pumpkin pie, then light the Menurkey. It’s nearly time to commemorate this once-in-about-2,000-lifetimes experience.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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November 14, 2013

The year was 1888. When what? you may ask. When Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah last landed on the same calendar day. Now, 125 years later, the great crossover is happening again. Thanks to the Twittersphere and the brilliant nine-year-old who created the Menurkey, Thanksgivukkah is officially an unofficial holiday.

Happy Thanksgivukkah! Chef-Approved Recipes For Your Mashup Holiday

Ever in search of another reason to throw a party, we’ve scoured the web for a few Thanksgivukkah dishes to share – and landed on four chef-approved recipes from Refinery29. “Luckily, there’s some crossover between traditional Hanukkah fare and the stuff usually found on the Thanksgiving table,” Refinery29 says. “Looking for latkes? Swap out the spuds for sweet potatoes. What about apple pie? Try Concord-grape-jelly-filled doughnuts instead.”

Grab these recipes and read the full article at refinery29.com.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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November 6, 2013

 

The latke. (Or, if you must, the “potato pancake.”) It’s the ultimate Hanukkah comfort food, and everyone has their very own “best” way of making it. Here, peep how we whip up this savory holiday treat in the Berliner household (then replicate with abandon). From my family to yours, enjoy.

Serves 4 – 6

Ingredients

6 potatoes (I swapped a white potato for a sweet potato, but don’t tell latke traditionalists)
2 large eggs, well-beaten
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
Oil for frying

Directions
1. 
Peel and coarsely grate potatoes, then throughly press all liquid out of them.
2. Toss all ingredients together, and refrigerate to keep cold.
3. Heat oil on medium-high in a frying pan, then add batter by spoon to oil without crowding. Gently flatten with a spatula.
4. When latkes are crisp and brown on both sides, remove and drain on paper towels.
5. Reheat in oven just before serving, if necessary.
6. Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or both. Tip: make your own applesauce. It makes all the difference. (This recipe is to die for.)

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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December 3, 2012

Some say Hanukkah’s giftiness was created as a response to the retail-heavy festivities of Christmas – it doesn’t have the same religious significance as Yom Kippur or Passover.

But regardless, ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved everything that comes with the eight-day celebration. Crisp golden latkes heaped with applesauce. That sweet little box of multicolored candles. The simple act of taking the menorahs (yes, plural!) out of the hall closet. And – of course – the presents.

This year, Hanukkah comes early – sundown on December 8 – so I’m already well into checking off my gift lists. Below, peek at eight day’s worth of go-to gifts (including two DIYs that cost under $10…. shh).

Day One 
Cookie mix in a mason jar. I plan on gifting this perfectly buttery sugar cookie mix – complete with Star of David cookie cutters – to the family friend who’s hosting this year’s annual Hanukkah party.

Day Two 
Cozy cashmere throw. Paired with a box of spiced hot cocoa and a New York Times bestseller, this luxe blanket is the ultimate cozy-day gift for Mom.

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November 26, 2012