Every year, Texture staffer Corrie Keegan hosts a “Friendsgiving” before everyone heads out of town to their family celebrations. This year, she found great recipes—and last-minute saves!—in the app. Last weekend she fed 15…scratch that…17 hungry pals and roommates, cooking only dishes she found in Texture. Here’s what Corrie had to say about making Thanksgiving happen with a little help from her favorite food magazines:

Cake in TS Feed
The Thanksgiving Headquarters, where I found quite a few of my recipes.

With so many great features and articles in the app, Texture is a daily destination for me—but it was also the most helpful tool in my kitchen this past Sunday as I hosted my yearly Friends-Thanksgiving.

These past few weeks, I’ve had little time to properly plan a sit-down dinner for 15, so I’ve been sneaking in recipe planning on the go. While on the train to a wedding, I browsed the latest issues in the Thanksgiving Headquarters category for inspiration.

Cranberries Found in Search
There were lots of requests for the Classic Cranberry Sauce I made last year. I found the recipe in the app.

As I traveled to a friend’s engagement party, I used Search to find the heavily requested Classic Cranberry Sauce from last year’s November issue of Food Network Magazine.

There are dozens of mouth-watering recipes (Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie, anyone?) and ideas saved in my Thanksgiving collection in My Library, and having my final recipes all in one place made food shopping and day-of prep a breeze. Texture played the role of Thanksgiving sous chef: It was so easy to flip through the recipes to write a grocery list, and my friends were able to pull up the same recipes in the app on their devices, so they could offer cooking assistance.

Cake
This last-minute mango & pumpkin spice cake was a huge hit. Definitely making it again.

As with all major holidays, you can never plan for the unexpected—in my case, more guests than originally expected. This left a potential dessert shortage one day before go-time! But no reason to worry, as Saturday-morning browsing in the Thanksgiving Headquarters feed on my Highlights screen led me to Pierre Thiam’s Mango & Pumpkin Spice Cake, featured in “A Brooklyn Holiday with the Flavors Of Senegal” in the November 2015 issue of Saveur. It was easy to make and beautifully presented, with the perfect combination of Thanksgiving flavors. My guests thought it was the centerpiece of the meal all along—and now it’s saved in My Collections, so I won’t have to search for it next November.

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Recipes I saved in My Collections.

Friends Thanksgiving is always hectic and always a little down-to-the-wire, but we pulled it off! Can’t wait for next year.

-Corrie

See more of Corrie’s favorite articles and recipes below. From your phone or tablet, click a link or image to open the article in the app. You can find thousands more recipes, kitchen hacks, decorating ideas and everything else you need for the holiday in Texture’s Thanksgiving Headquarters.

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Happy cooking!


Turkey, Gravy & Dressing

Cooking Light

From Side to Side

Food Network Magazine

Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

Southern Living

Mexican Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Better Homes & Gardens