Season’s Readings from Texture!

Ever wish you had a holiday elf to help you with your endless to-do list? Well, now you’ve got something even better: Texture. In our Holiday Headquarters, you’ll find the tastiest recipes, the merriest cocktails and the brightest gift ideas (yes, even for your humbuggy tween!).

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Here are a few easy ways to unwrap the holiday content in the app:

• Visit our Ultimate 2015 Holiday Guide on the Highlights screen. We’re regularly updating our savvy shopping suggestions, holiday party how-tos and Hanukkah hacks, as well as the latest on the season’s hottest flicks (can anyone say Star Wars?).

• Use the app’s search function to peruse more than 100 magazine gift guides. Shopping for someone or something specific? Narrow that down further, to “gift guide tech” or “gift guide home.”

• In Categories, choose Holiday Headquarters to discover our carefully curated Collections, such as “The Best Holiday Brunch,” “How to Deck the Halls” and “Cookie Countdown.”

So make Santa jealous. Plan your holiday with Texture.

– The Texture Team

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Tap the article titles below to read them in Texture. Not yet a Texture subscriber? Start your free trial to access every article in our Holiday Headquarters.

Holiday HQ

30 Holiday Cookie Hacks

Rachael Ray Every Day

These clever tips, easy twists and genius time-savers will have you baking like a pro, even if you’re a cookie rookie.

Gilty Party

Marie Claire

Festive makeup and fragrances, confessions of a hair color “virgin,” and the latest overseas beauty secrets hitting the states.

If Your Christmas Tree Could Talk

HGTV

…It would give you these pined-for tips and tricks.

Family Fun for the Holidays

People

Three festive, feel-good activities you can do with your kids this season.

Gift Guides

Tech Buyer's Guide: Latest & Greatest

CNET

The top gifts selected by CNET just as the magazine went to press.

Holiday Gifts Inspired By Music Icons

Billboard

Turn to some of music’s best-dressed icons for “what to give” inspiration this season.

49 Perfect Presents

Good Housekeeping

Picks for every personality on your list, from the earthy boho to the stylish minimalist.

Gifts Under $10

Do-It-Yourself Magazine

Stay on budget this season with easy-to-make gifts you can whip up in an afternoon.

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Friendsgiving Success!

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:

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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.

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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.

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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

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Make-Ahead Dishes

Spend the holiday with your loved ones, not the stove, by cooking ahead

Let’s face it—as wonderful as Thanksgiving is, it’s also a ton of work to prepare multiple dishes, most of which have to be on the table at the same moment. The chef is usually trapped in the kitchen while family and friends hang out together in the other room, which can be…unfulfilling.

But what if there were a way to prepare an abundant and delicious meal while also getting to enjoy the day? What if hosting didn’t have to mean kitchen exile? Well, there is, and it doesn’t, because Southern Living has finally cracked the hosting code with “Make-Ahead Thanksgiving”!

IMG_2491[1]With these yummy recipes and strategic planning tips, you can cook in advance and feel as relaxed as a guest at your own gathering. They’ve covered it all, from Parsnip-Potato Soup to Dry-Brined-and-Marinated-Smoked Turkey to Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon, and so much more. You’ve got one week to get a head start. Fire up the oven, get thee to the cutting board, and get ready to spend next Thursday feeling grateful, not frazzled.

We’ll be posting a recipe (or group of recipes) here every day until November 26. Click on the photo or link on your phone or tablet to see this article in the app, and check back tomorrow for more!

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Happy cooking!

Count Down to Thanksgiving with Texture: Side Dishes

Veggie sides delicious enough to steal the show!

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Today we look at the part of the meal that may secretly be everyone’s favorite: the side dishes. Yes, turkey is amazing. Yes, stuffing is scrumptious. But the sides are where variety, family tradition, cultural nuances and creativity come in.

We say let the sides shine with these seriously delicious recipes from Vegetarian Times: Seared French Beans with Hazelnut Picada, Mushroom-Miso Gravy, Winter Squash and Root Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie, Brussels Sprouts with Kimchi, and so many more.

Tap the photo or link on your phone or tablet to go right to the article in the app, and remember to come back tomorrow for more! Every day until November 26, we’ll select one fantastic recipe (or set of recipes)—from new and archived issues of your favorite magazines—and link to it here.

For more divine dishes, plus loads of hosting tips, wine pairings, holiday cocktails and table decor ideas, check out our Thanksgiving Headquarters in the app. iOS users can find it in the Categories bar at the top of the Highlights screen. Not a subscriber yet? Click for your free trial.

Until tomorrow, happy cooking!

 

Count Down to Thanksgiving with a Recipe a Day!

Master a classic stuffing recipe, then riff away

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just days away. Wait—it’s okay! Breathe! Texture is here to help!

Whether you’re still in the early meal-planning stages or just fine-tuning the pie selection, you’ll find thousands of searchable holiday recipes in the app (type “sweet potato recipe” into the search bar, and you get 1,238 results!).

Every day until November 26, we’ll select one fantastic recipe—from new and archived issues of your favorite magazines—and link to it here. Today, we bring you the Ed McMahon/Andy Richter/Paul Shaffer of the holiday—the dish that never gets top billing, but that’s as crucial to the Thanksgiving experience as the turkey itself: the stuffing.

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There’s no better place to start than with Bon Appétit‘s classic bread stuffing recipe. The magazine has created a handy matrix with the core recipe, plus a range of additions for freestyling based on your tastes (bacon or chorizo or both? maybe oysters? how about cranberries, hazelnuts and leeks for the vegetarians?). This dish is a classic for a reason: It’s no-fail, endlessly adaptable, fast and, most important, delicious.

For recipes, hosting tips, wine pairings, holiday cocktails, table decor ideas and so much more, check out our Thanksgiving Headquarters, which iOS users can find in the Categories bar at the top of the Highlights screen.

With Texture by your side, you’ll be shopping, chopping and feeling thankful in no time.

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Today’s New Collections

We search for the most compelling and relevant stories of the day and group them by topic or theme. Find new Collections daily on the Highlights screen.

Men's Health Firefighter BonifaceMan Crush Monday (4 stories)
If you think Liam Hemsworth and Sam Claflin are spectacular, wait til you read about The Ultimate Men’s Health Guy of 2015. These are the men who save lives, push themselves and others to do—and be—better, and generally remind us of the goodness in human nature.

Shop Smart This Holiday (4 stories)
Halloween is almost upon us, and from there it’s just a hop skip and a jump to Thanksgiving and…yup…Christmas. Start thinking about smart ways to prepare and save with these articles.

Time Jeb BushMonday News Rush (4 stories)
Keeping you informed about Hillary Clinton vs. Jeb Bush…again, illegal immigration myths vs. fact, and the complexities of the NRA.

Quick Reads: Take a Quiz (4 stories)
Which is yuckier: a cutting board, a toothbrush holder or a pet toy? Find out in Family Circle‘s How Healthy Is Your Home Quiz. Plus, get to the bottom of other pressing questions, such as: Which gourd are you? What’s your pumpkin IQ? And should you relocate your business?

Food Network Magazine weeknight dinnersWhat’s for Dinner? (4 stories)
You know why there are so many slow cooker recipes out there? Because slow cookers rock! Check out these recipes, plus loads of other ideas for the dreaded weeknight meal.

Read these stories and more in the Texture app. Not a subscriber yet? Click for a free trial.

 

Five excellent holiday gift ideas for the friend who has everything


After creating The Best Gifts of 2014, we kind of consider ourselves holiday trend experts, and we’ve got a few unexpected gift ideas up our sleeve.

First off, with unlimited access to over 140 different magazines, Next Issue has something for everyone on your list. Give a gift in the form of a 1, 3, 6, or 12-month subscription.

Next up, five more gift ideas sure to surprise and delight even the hardest-to-shop-for friend.

1) The new-to-market gift

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Nothing makes a better surprise than technology they haven’t gotten their hands on yet. The iPhone 6 Plus was one of the most-recommended gifts this year across all 145 Next Issue magazines (Vogue, Men’s Fitness, and more). Then there’s the Aether Cone, the music player recommended by Men’s Health that automatically learns what you like to listen to. The newer it is, the better the surprise!

 2) The experiential gift

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So they have everything they want? No problem. Give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience to share. Maybe it’s a concert, maybe it’s a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, or maybe it’s one of those wildly-popular wine and painting classes. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you along.

3) The subscription gift 

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Show your friend just how well you know them by helping them enjoy the things they love most. For those who like to read, give the gift of unlimited magazines. Some of the other trendiest subscriptions of the year include Blue Apron, Blue Bottle Coffee, and Coolhaus.

4) The handmade or customized gift

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Feeling crafty? Nothing’s more appreciated than a little time and creativity. You can even celebrate your friendship with a framed photo or some customized jewelry, as recommended by Women’s Health. 

5) The universally-loved gift

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Wine and spirits. Chocolate. Movies. There are some things that nearly everyone loves. While the type you get depends on personal preference, our gift guide shows that both spirits and great reads were among the top gift trends this year.

Happy Gifting!

Gifts for the most stylish on your list (from 2014’s top 5 brands)

 

Top Holiday Brands from Next Issue magazines
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We searched through all 145 Next Issue magazines to create The Best Gifts of 2014. Hopefully it’s made your holiday shopping a breeze!

For the brand loyalists out there, we’re diving even deeper. Out of 2,220 products, these gifts are perfect for the best dressed, most well groomed ladies and gents on your gift list, and they’re all from the top five most recommended brands of the year.

#1: MARC JACOBS (Recommended 16 times in Allure, Health, Vanity Fair, and more) 

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  • For him: Marc Jacobs’ and Urbanears’ Humlan headphones, the world’s first headphones with washable parts. ($60)

#2: KATE SPADE (Recommended 13 times in Southern Living, Parents, Cosmopolitan, and more)

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#3: CHANEL (Recommended 12 times in Town & Country, Vogue, ELLE, and more)

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  • For him: Bleu de Chanel bath soap for men, a woody, aromatic fragrance with notes of crisp citrus and warm cedar. ($50)
  • For her: Nail Colour in “Phenix”, a classic and trend-defining shade that strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers high-shine. ($27 at chanel.com)

#4: TORY BURCH (Recommended 12 times in RedbookO, The Oprah MagazineFamily Circle, and more)

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  • For her: Tory Burch for Fitbit gold fitness tracker bracelet, so you can transform your Fitbit Flex® tracker into a super chic accessory. ($195)

#5: MICHAEL KORS (Recommended 12 times in GlamourHarper’s BAZAARMarie Claire, and more) 

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  • For him: Hangar silver-tone stainless steel watch, an expertly crafted piece for the jet setting man. ($225 at michaelkors.com)
  • For her: Metallic silver sneakers, giving the basic lace-up a run for its money. ($125 at michaelkors.com)
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Browse the full gift guide for more ideas for men, women, kids, health nuts, hosts, and even your quirkiest friends. And don’t forget, Next Issue makes a perfect gift for anyone on your list.

Happy Gifting!

VOTE on 2014’s Top Cover Stories, Browse the Best Gifts of the Year


Next Issue Readers' Favorite Covers

For the entire month of December, we’ll be highlighting all the best stories published in the Next Issue app throughout 2014. It’s like a giant version of WeekendReads…only hyped up on holiday cookies and eggnog.

As we kick of the month of amazing content, we need your help! Vote for your favorite cover story in each category: Most Visually-Stunning, Most Controversial, Most Drool-Worthy, Best Celebrity, and Best Animated. Then check back later in December to see if your choices make our year-end roundup.

Go ahead, tell us your favorites!

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When we think about the year’s top magazine content, there’s no way we can leave out the hundreds of gift guides published just in time for holiday shopping.

This year, we’ve scoured them all so you don’t have to. Browse the Best Gifts of 2014 and find the perfect presents for family, the holiday party host, the health nut, and even your quirkiest friend.

Happy Gifting!

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