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Thanksgiving

I'm not sure of the protocol concerning an English person barging in on Thanksgiving; after all, the initial cause of gratitude was not just at setting foot in the land of plenty, but being shot of Blighty. Still, whatever the holiday, if food's included, I'm in. And the particularly fantastic thing about Thanksgiving is that, really, food is all it's about. Not that it isn't a good idea to remember those other matters one wants to give thanks for, too.

Thanksgiving is a tradition that encompasses everyone in America, regardless of culture or religion, and doesn't involve presents and wrapping and shopping: it is a feast that celebrates the act of feasting. You can't get purer than that! But to business: start the celebrations with Parmesan Shortbreads, which are easy to make (in advance if it helps) and quite the most delicious mouthful for any holiday gathering – and just the thing to nibble on when drinking. Cosmo Cocktail Sausages (think sausages imbued with the flavours of a Cosmopolitan Cocktail) can be party food, or sit alongside the Thanksgiving Turkey. Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows may be kitsch, but as a traditional Thanksgiving side, they are pretty hard to beat. And for dessert? Can I suggest my Pecan-Plus Pie (other nuts abundantly included) or Pumpkin Cheesecake? I know it is poor form to say this out loud, but I so much prefer this to the more traditional pumpkin pie. And of course my Holiday Hotcake With Eggnog Cream – worthy of Thanksgiving, indeed.

But please feel free to trawl through the rest of the recipes on the website for further inspiration. I leave you with a few suggestions, starting with the obvious Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey with Allspice Gravy (though you could also try my Italian-inspired Turkey Breast Stuffed With Sausage And Marsala-Steeped Cranberries and, for vegetarian celebrants, Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce. Also, there's Redder than Red Cranberry Sauce, plus a dessert-style Cranberry Syrup to be poured over ice cream, Spiced Peaches (out of a can, I'm not ashamed to say) which beg to be served with the big bird, as do the Green Bean And Lemon Casserole and my creamy Potato, Parsnip And Porcini Gratin. Happy Holidays!

Chocolate Salame
Chocolate Salame
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Chocolate Salame
By Nigella
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Cosmo Cocktail Sausages
Cosmo Cocktail Sausages
By Nigella
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Creamy Potato Gratin
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Creamy Potato Gratin
By Nigella
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Devil's Food Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Devil's Food Cake
By Nigella
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Gingerbread Stuffing
Photo by Lis Parsons
Gingerbread Stuffing
By Nigella
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Girdlebuster Pie
Photo by Lis Parsons
Girdlebuster Pie
By Nigella
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Holiday Hot Cake With Eggnog Cream
Photo by Lis Parsons
Holiday Hot Cake With Eggnog Cream
By Nigella
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Ice Cream With Cranberry Syrup
Photo by James Merrell
Ice Cream With Cranberry Syrup
By Nigella
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Maple-Roast Parsnips
Photo by Lis Parsons
Maple-Roast Parsnips
By Nigella
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Panettone Stuffing Squares
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Panettone Stuffing Squares
By Nigella
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Pecan-Plus Pie
Photo by Lis Parsons
Pecan-Plus Pie
By Nigella
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Pumpkin Cheesecake
Photo by James Merrell
Pumpkin Cheesecake
By Nigella
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Red Seasonal Salad
Photo by James Merrell
Red Seasonal Salad
By Nigella
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Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Redder Than Red Cranberry Sauce
By Nigella
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Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
By Nigella
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Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
Photo by Lis Parsons
Spiced and Superjuicy Roast Turkey
By Nigella
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Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows
Photo by James Merrell
Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows
By Nigella
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Turkey Breast Stuffed With Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries
Photo by Petrina Tinslay
Turkey Breast Stuffed With Italian Sausage and Marsala-Steeped Cranberries
By Nigella
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Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
Photo by Lis Parsons
Turkey and Glass Noodle Salad
By Nigella
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Recipe by christmasdreamer

Christmas Turkey
By christmasdreamer
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Recipe by PH

Cranberry Puncher by Patrick Mac Farlane
By PH
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Recipe by bones

Deviled Crab Cornbread Dressing
By bones
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Recipe by Steph77

Fudge With Cranberries & Pecan Nuts
By Steph77
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Recipe by kamorgan75

Grandma's Best Ever Cranberry Sauce
By kamorgan75
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Recipe by Raha Lane

My White Salad
By Raha Lane
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Recipe by aussiefifikins

Pumpkin Coriander Salad
By aussiefifikins
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Recipe by charlie&henry's_mom

Pumpkin Donuts
By charlie&henry's_mom
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Recipe by tootsievalentine

Pumpkin Pie
By tootsievalentine
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Recipe by mallomars

Pumpkin Tian
By mallomars
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Recipe by Konstant Kraver

Sweet Potato, Pecans and Maple Syrup Round
By Konstant Kraver
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Recipe by tasha_durbin

Thanksgiving Dinner Sweet Potatoes
By tasha_durbin
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Recipe by Raha Lane

Turkey and Potato Kuku
By Raha Lane
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