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!


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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving

Southern Living

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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 in New & Noteworthy

“Nobody really reads books, so I’m just going to fill the shelves with white books, for looks.” -Los Angeles real estate developer Nile Niami, talking about staging a home he plans to sell for $500 million

File Oct 29, 6 33 40 PMIt’s rough when you just can’t quite squeeze the gun range into the floor plan, right? Real estate developer Nile Niami managed to shoehorn everything else into the 100,000 s.f. mansion he’s building in Bel Air, like the five swimming pools—including the infinity pool…for the guesthouse—as well as the moat, sky deck, putting green, lounge with walls made of jellyfish tanks, nightclub, casino, motor court, 40-seat screening room, glass-walled library (the one with the white books no one will read), two-story waterfall and 6,000-s.f. master suite. Read it all in Details.


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One day last year, Daniel Boulud got a call no chef ever wants to receive: It was the head of the Michelin restaurant guide, letting Boulud know that his famed restaurant, Daniel, was being demoted from three stars (the highest ranking) to two. Vanity Fair speaks to Boulud and other chefs about the ratings, the persistent French influence on fine dining, and how losing a star is “like losing a girlfriend.”


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A history of breast cancer only matters on your mother’s side, right? Wrong. Health busts five medical myths so deeply ingrained, many doctors still believe them. The magazine polled a range of experts and compiled a list of accepted medical “facts” that are not only incorrect, but could have serious, even life-threatening consequences. In addition to the whoppers, they’ve included four less-serious but still surprising factoids. (Spoiler alert: Drinking lots of water does not help your complexion. Bummer.)


 

File Oct 29, 6 34 17 PMZoey loves pizza and admires Kylie Jenner’s style. Leo is majoring in film. Brooklyn was voted prom queen earlier this year. Arin says he finds happiness in the mountains. They sound like just about any teenager from Anytown, USA, but these kids have worked hard for their normalcy: They’re all transgender. Read more about them, and about trans activist and reality star Jazz Jennings, in Seventeen.

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New & Noteworthy Stories, by the Numbers

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The dollar amount that Katy Perry will pay in cash for the $14.5 million purchase of an 8-acre estate in Los Angeles if she prevails in a legal battle involving a dwindling religious order, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, a restaurateur in remission from late-stage cancer, and, yes, five aging nuns. The nuns say the pop star “represents everything we don’t believe in,” writes Billboard in this week’s issue. They would prefer to sell the property to nightlife impresario and restaurant owner Dana Hollister, who is willing to pay $15.5 million and plans to turn the compound into a hotel. Read all about it.

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The duration of time, in seconds, during which broadcaster Dick Stockton remained silent after Red Sox player Carlton Fiske’s epic, once-in-a-lifetime walkoff home run, which ended Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Sports Illustrated explores the significance of that play—and that game—both for Major League Baseball and for the relationship between sports and television. Just before his silence, Stockton uttered the now-famous words, “There it goes! A long drive…. If it stays fair…. Home run!” Even now, decades later, he tells the magazine, he cannot walk through an airport without someone recognizing him and repeating those words to him.

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The number of refugees, mostly Syrian, that Germany will welcome by the end of the year. In a break with other European Union countries, Germany believes that Middle Eastern migrants present an opportunity, rather than a crisis. Fortune explores the possibility that an influx of refugees could actually bring significant economic growth to the countries that take them in, rather than drain resources. “If we manage to quickly train those that come to us and get them into work, said Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s vice chancellor, “then we will solve one of our biggest problems for the economic future of our country: the skills shortage.”

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The distance, in miles, over which a polar bear can pick up the scent of a seal. These Arctic carnivores need to be really, really good at tracking down food, because they live in a bitterly cold environment. They also can have up to four inches of fat—covered by two layers of fur—to help keep them warm in winter! Learn more amazing animal facts like these in National Geographic Kids look at The 20 Cutest Animals of All Time. Cutest photo: sea otter floating on its back. Cutest fact: Male emperor penguins huddle together by the hundreds for warmth—and regularly rotate so each penguin gets a turn in the toasty middle. Awwwwwww.

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Monday’s New & Noteworthy Stories

Marie Claire Millionaire“I’m so far from where I started that I feel like I’ve already made it.” -Jean Brownhill Lauer, founder of Sweeten

For a little Monday motivation, read about three women who struggled to pay the bills before working their way into hugely successful careers. Jean Brownhill Lauer grew up poor, down the street from crack houses. Elle Kaplan came to New York City with $200 and a simple goal: to help women take charge of their own money management. Kat Cole started out as a Hooters hostess…while working two other jobs. Learn where these trailblazers are today—and how they did it—in Marie Claire‘s “I went from flat broke to millionaire.


Cosmo Demi Lovato

What’s that screeching sound? (Covers ears.) Oh that? That’s just the sound of a million young girls reacting to this morning’s announcement that Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas are going on tour together! Tickets to the Forever Now tour go on sale November 7. Until then, content yourself with reading about the unstoppable, unfathomably awesome Demi in the September issue of Cosmopolitan.


 

Bloomberg Businessweek 2015-10-26 00:00:00 CoverBonnie Ross is the executive behind the guns-a-blazin’ action and elaborate world-building of video game Halo 5: Guardians, which comes out tomorrow. Most of us don’t think of the words “women” and “gaming” in the same sentence, but Ross has been running the Halo show since 2007. Read more about her path to the top job—and the pressure on Halo 5 to save the Xbox—in Bloomberg Businessweek.


Health UnBoob Job

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and it’s important to remember that breast health means many things. Health magazine explores the trend of women getting an “(un)boob job”—having their breast implants removed. Some women have an “explant” because their feelings about their appearance have changed; others do it to avoid costly surgeries down the line. Many choose to undergo the procedure because, as they age, they become concerned that their implants will prevent a mammogram from spotting trouble. Find their stories in the November issue.


 

Smithsonian Tituba

The Salem witch trials have been investigated, reported on and fictionalized in every possible medium, but not much is known about how the whole mess started. Renowned author Stacy Schiff explores the Satanic tipping point—and the little-discussed but crucial role of an Indian slave named Tituba—in the November issue of Smithsonian. How did Tituba come to play such a major part in the crisis? And why, over the years, has her identity shifted “from Indian to half-Indian to half-black to black” to, finally, a “Negro slave”?

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Today in New & Noteworthy Stories

EARLY ACCESS: Read This Old House‘s Top 100 Best New Home Products 2015 right now, before it hits newsstands!TOH Top 100 products

Whether you’re planning a remodel or just looking for some new throw pillows, the options out there are endless. You could spend weeks picking bathroom fixtures, right? Enter This Old House, America’s long-trusted source for ideas, instructions and recommendations. The magazine’s editors have chosen the 100 best new home products this year, in seven categories: kitchen, bath, tools, home tech, outdoor, building products and finishing touches. From blenders to snowblowers, circular saws to chalk paint, TOH has you covered.

New York Mag 23andMeGet ready to spit into a tube: Genetic testing company 23andMe announced this week that it will partly resume…well, part of…its original mission: providing consumers with their own genetic health information. In 2013, the FDA ordered the company to stop selling its $99 “spit test,” which allowed customers to send in a saliva sample and receive detailed health and ancestry information. 23andMe will now be able to provide people with a smaller range of information—about diseases they could pass on to their children. Read about the company and founder Anne Wojcicki in New York.

Wired Serena WilliamsSerena Williams remembers what it’s like to be the odd person out in the field you love. There weren’t a lot of tennis players who looked like her when she was coming up the ranks—and she knows her experience is not unique. As guest editor of this month’s issue of Wired, she writes, “we need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech.” Read about the trailblazers who, like Serena, are working toward that goal.

Marie Claire date rape drugIt’s a nightmare scenario straight out of a movie: Woman goes out, woman sips drink, woman wakes up the next morning with no recollection of the sexual assault that has occurred. What could possibly make this worse? No legal recourse. Many victims of drug-facilitated sexual assault have no way of proving what happened to them, because the drugs leave their system quickly or standard toxicology tests are insufficient. Marie Claire investigates this disturbing issue.

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Today’s New & Noteworthy: By the Numbers

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The number of years between the elections of Justin Trudeau and his late father, Pierre Trudeau, to the role of Canada’s prime minister. Read an insightful 2014 MacLean’s interview with Justin—who won the top job in a landslide victory just last night. The younger Trudeau, a liberal who spent time as a snowboard instructor and teacher before entering politics, plans to lead by the motto “sunny ways.”


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The duration, in hours, of the pedal-fatigue test conducted by Specialized Bicycle Components to simulate the effect of cumulative forces of years of riding. That’s just one of the quality assurance measures counterfeit bike parts do not undergo—putting consumers at risk. Read more about the multi-billion-dollar counterfeit industry in Bicycling.

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The dollar amount, in millions, that online benefits, h.r. and payroll company Zenefits has increased in value for each workday it has been in business. Read about this and other “unicorns”—privately held companies valued at more than $1 billion—in Forbes.

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The number of days this season missed by injured Mets third baseman David Wright, which allowed the team to collect insurance for 75 percent of his $20 million contract. That in turn provided the team with extra money to acquire new players, which in turn helped them clinch the Division Series, according to New York Magazine.

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The amount of time, in minutes, you should spend on each interaction when meeting people for the first time at a party, according to Mister Manners, etiquette expert Thomas P. Farley. For more helpful tips on being the best guest, check out Real Simple‘s Party Guest Protocol.

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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.

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