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UPDATE: Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving, these recipes make the perfect meal for Christmas, too! This story was originally published on November 19.
'Tis the season for all things joyful — getting together with family and friends, stuffing your face (practically) guilt-free, and, of course, booze. But, the holidays aren't exactly stress free. Besides having to explain to all your distant relatives why you're still single, there's the little issue of preparing Thanksgiving dinner. For us non-Barefoot Contessas, the thought of preparing the most important meal of the year can have us running straight to the
Chardonnay a caterer. But fear not: We're here to tell you that cooking a totally delicious, totally Gourmet-worthy spread is also totally doable…as long as you have an expert to guide you.
Enter: Chef James Tracey (the brains behind the mouthwatering menus of Craft and Colicchio & Sons) to show us his secrets to cooking a knock-their-socks-off Turkey Day feast. This foolproof guide to all things seasonally delicious has got you covered from start to finish — we're talking step-by-step instructions for green bean casserole, potatoes, turkey, and even Tracey's (formerly) top-secret family recipe for persimmon pudding. Just remember to move all those sweaters out of your oven, first.
Photographed by Marianne Rafter