We know, Thanksgiving was a few days ago. But if you hosted a 25-pound turkey and a table of 15, and no one went home with a goodie bag, we bet you still have a few half-eaten casseroles in the fridge. Enter: Rue Foodies and Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, who have these eight easy-to-whip-up recipes starring two-day-old mashed potatoes, turkey, and stale bread. Sounds delicious, right? Just you wait.

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Photos by James Ransom, Sarah Shatz, and Linda Xiao

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December 1, 2013

Obviously, you will eat cranberry sauce with your latkes. Obviously. But what else will you do to celebrate this unusual meeting of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah? Here, a little inspiration.

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November 28, 2013

We’re all about Thanksgiving tradition. I mean, what’s not to love? There’s family, oven-roasted bird, and football. That said – doing and eating the exact same thing can get a little old. So, this year, breathe new life into the most American of holidays with these tips.

SLIDESHOW: 25 Tips for Updating Thanksgiving

1. Make Your Turkey with Truffle Butter
What makes everything better? (If you said “truffles,” you’re so, so right.) Roast your turkey with black-truffle butter and white-wine gravy for a luxe take on this annual main dish.

2. Try Baked Apples Instead of Apple Pie 
Apple pie is a classic… that is far less healthy than it sounds. Skip the crust – but not your fix of brown sugar, pecans, and cinnamon – with a more fruit-focused treat.

Check out 23 more ideas at The Vivant.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

How do you like to shake up Thanksgiving? Tell us about it on Twitter at @ruelala.

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November 10, 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

Well, what will you be feasting on this Thanksgivukkah? Tweet us at @ruelala to share your thoughts.

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November 6, 2013

Thanksgiving is upon us, and we couldn’t be more excited for a tryptophan-induced, post-dinner nap. Here, a gold mine of Pinterest resources for cooking the turkey, baking your favorite pie, and decorating the table.

1. We’re taking a break from traditional pumpkin pie with these mouthwatering pumpkin desserts.

2. But, if you really love pie, this Pinboard has plenty to keep your Thanksgiving guests satisfied.

3. Food & Wine has all the Thanksgiving side dishes you could ever possibly want.

4. Wondering how to properly season a bird? Here’s a whole Pinboard of savory turkey recipes.

5. And when it’s (finally) time to set the table, this is all the inspirational décor we’ll need.

Can’t get enough Pinterest inspiration? Check out past boards that caught our eye.  

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November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Turkey, cranberry sauce, basic stuffing, mashed potatoes. If eating the same thing every year (no matter how tantalizing the tastes) sometimes gets you down, try adding a new dish to your Thanksgiving spread. One or more of these scrumptious sides – straight from our tables to yours – could be the answer. Just click on the titles below for printable cards to add to your recipe box.

Serve in contrasting-colored dishes – orange-hued stuffing in a turquoise bowl, for example, or nice, dark green beans on a bright red platter – for a table that’s as attractive as it is delicious.

Chorizo Corn Bread Stuffing
Makes 4 – 6 servings
“This sweet, savory, and spicy take on stuffing is a hit year after year. Use organic or all-natural sausage to boost the health factor – and the flavor.”

Ingredients
1 pound hard chorizo, diced
1 white onion, diced
1 large carrot, chopped
½ cup celery, chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 cups corn bread, crumbled
½ cup chicken stock
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions
1. Cook chorizo in a skillet over medium heat, about 5 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic to the chorizo and cook until the vegetables have caramelized, about 10 minutes.
4. Add the corn bread, chicken stock, and cilantro. Mix until the bread is just coated – not too dry, not too wet.
5. Transfer to a buttered casserole dish and bake until heated through and lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Continue reading for Firemen’s Potatoes (Potatoes au Gratin), Classic Baked Acorn Squash, Tarragon-Almond Green Beans, and Apple Cake recipes.

November 14, 2012