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Cooking Up Your Thanksgiving Look

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Cook up the perfect Thanksgiving with Ann’s guide on what to wear and what to bring to your special gatherings.

Dinner With His Family

First impressions are essential. Go for a chic, sophisticated look with a velvet dress and accessories that show off your personality (we’re thinking a statement necklace or cocktail bracelets). Complement your look with a classic Apple Pie that won’t upstage the hostess and will leave a sweet taste in everyone’s mouth.

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Get the Apple Pie Recipe (source: allrecipes.com)

  • 8 servings
  • Prep- 20min
  • Cook- 40min

Ingredients

  • 6 cups thinly slice apples
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9-inch double-crust pie

Directions

  1. Prepare your pastry for a two crust pie. Wipe, quarter, core, peel, and slice apples; measure to 6 cups.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon. The amount of sugar used depends on how tart your apples are.
  3. Arrange apples in layers in pastry lined pie plate. Sprinkle each layer with sugar and cinnamon. Dot top layer with small pieces of butter or margarine. Cover with top crust.
  4. Place on lowest rack in oven preheated to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes longer. Serve warm or cold.

The Family Reunion

Head home in a look that reflects a blend of hometown comfort and your chic lifestyle. Find a balance between comfort and elegance by pairing a fitted pant with a flowing blouse — and make a statement with metallic accessories and exotic print pumps. What to bring to the table? You can’t go wrong by showing up on the doorstep with a fun appetizer like deviled eggs.

Get the look

Get the Deviled Eggs Recipe (source: delish.com)

  • 24 servings
  • Prep- 20min

Ingredients

  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/3 cup nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Paprika for garnish

Directions

  1. Halve eggs lengthwise with a sharp knife. Gently remove the yolks. Place 16 yolk halves in a food processor (discard the remaining 8 yolk halves). Add cottage cheese, mayonnaise, chives (or scallion greens), relish, mustard, and salt; process until smooth.
  2. Spoon about 2 teaspoons yolk mixture into each egg white half. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired.

Potluck With Friends

Renowned author, Edna Buchanan, once said that “friends are the family we choose for ourselves” so who better to spend Thanksgiving with than your second family!

For “Friendsgiving” think casual, comfortable, and chic. Pair a printed cardigan or sweater with a pair of skinny jeans. Make a statement with colored flats but focus on simplicity when it comes to accessorizing. Bring a comfort food favorite that’s as casual and cozy as your look — Mac and Cheese.

Get the Look:

Get the Mac and Cheese Recipe (source: food.com)

  • 6 servings
  • Prep- 10min
  • Cook- 30min

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni (cooked)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 lb cheese, cut into cubes
  • breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a pan cook butter, salt, pepper, and flour and stir until smooth.
  3. Remove from heat add milk, return to heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Boil 1 minute.
  5. Removed from heat and add cheese, stir until melted.
  6. Pour over elbows, sprinkle with breadcrumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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  • Jenny Horowitz

    omg loving the velvet scroll dress and mmm apple pie