Thanksgiving 101 Cookbook – Lazy Sunday Afternoon Giveaway

Thanksgiving 101 Cookbook
Can you tell that we’re a little cookbook-giveaway crazy? We’ll explain it all later tonight (or tomorrow, if this Bloody Mary is actually as strong as it tastes), but for now, let’s just do this.

We’re giving away this copy of Thanksgiving 101 today because we’re assuming that anyone who’s indoors instead of outside enjoying this gorgeous, sunny 78° Sunday afternoon (we’re in LA), huddled over their desk surfing the foodweb 11 days before Thanksgiving, could probably use a cookbook full of foolproof recipes and advice from holiday entertaining expert Rick Rodgers.

The book has everything from 12 pages of advice on roasting a turkey to a helpful timetable that starts a month ahead (of course, that means you’re behind now).

How to Enter this Giveaway

This is a quick and easy giveaway. There is one step:

Leave a comment on this post with the Thanksgiving dish that you can’t do without. (Make sure to enter your email address in the space provided address so we can contact you if you’re chosen!)

Some form of green beans? Stuffing? The turkey itself? It doesn’t actually matter what you say since we’re going to pick the “winner” randomly, it only matters that you do comment.

And just to get things started, we’ll go first.

We hate to admit it because we don’t actually like it, but our own Thanksgiving table just wouldn’t be the same without Green Bean Casserole. Yes, that green bean casserole. The one that’s made from ingredients that all come from cans or bags.

Good luck! You have until tonight so we can get this book in the mail to the winner by tomorrow!

by Sarah J. Gim on November 14, 2010 · 142 comments


melch November 14, 2010 at 1:00 pm

mashed potatoes!

Amy I. November 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Stuffing. I am a bottomless pit for stuffing. Love it!

Elaine November 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

I need my pumpkin pie!

Ashley November 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Macaroni and cheese! Maybe not the most traditional, but my mom always made it, and when I’m not in charge of planning dinner and instead going to a potluck, I make sure to bring some.

Lisa November 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Green beans, yams, stuffing, oceanspray canned jellied cranberry sauce!

irene November 14, 2010 at 1:10 pm

ditto on the pumpkin pie!

Jessica November 14, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I can’t do without the stuffing. It’s just not thanksgiving without it.

Staci November 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Oyster dressing

Hemang S November 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I love mashed potatoes! My family goes all out and orders them from a local farm and then roasts cloves and cloves of garlic to mix in and then cook. Delicious!

Roxie November 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I dont think it will thanksgiving without the turkey. I only have it once a year and this is my first year making one. I cant wait!

Helene November 14, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Leftovers the next day! A turkey sandwich on a roll with mayo, gravy, potatoes, and stuffing…perfection :)

Julie November 14, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Green bean casserole! So gooooooood!

Michelle November 14, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Suhhh-weeeeeeet potatoes — oven roasted in tin foil. Unwrap and om nom nom nom!

penny giles November 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

It would have too be the cornbread stuffing.and the giblet gravy ! I’m greedy i couldnt just choose one lol

Mandy November 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Stuffing brings me great, great joy.

Colleen November 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I really don’t think my daughter would forgive me if fresh mashed potatoes weren’t included in the meal…If we’re invited to family or friends homes for Thanksgiving I still have to cook “my” meal when we get home. There’s nothing like mom’s cookin’ I guess!

Mary November 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Pecan pie!! And gravy. And macaroni and cheese…

Shellie November 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Gotta have wilted spinach salad!

Anna!! November 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

PIE! I love pie! Pumpkin, sometimes apple, but always PIE.

Cathy November 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

BBQ turkey!

Eugenio November 14, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Would have to be the turkey gravy

Jennica November 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Cranberry sauce :)

Miss November 14, 2010 at 1:46 pm

It’s a balmy 34 degrees here in Wyoming, so yes I am indoors. I can’t live without my mother-in-laws cranberry salad. It has marshmallows! I hate marshmallows, but I can’t live without this salad at Thanksgiving, it is primo with the turkey!

Deanna November 14, 2010 at 1:52 pm

I cook turkey all year long, but have enough sides on T-Day to bow the table. Does include the green bean casserole, and a jello fruit salad with whipped cream to please the little ones ~ dessert with dinner. Oh wait, no little ones this year. New recipe for Cranberry Waldorf Salad. Lots and lots of pies for dessert!

Amanda November 14, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Cranberry sauce, definitely. Yum!

vicki November 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Can not do with chestnut stuffing!

Peter Burleson November 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm

I love cranberries made in a dutch oven with brandy and brown sugar!

Eva November 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Definitely mashed potatoes with gravy!! : D

Danielle November 14, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Mashed potatoes. They’ve GOT to be mashed, with fair amounts of butter & milk/cream, a la Joel Robuchon. I once had TG at someone’s house where they did a smoked (read: dry as tinder) turkey and oven fried potatoes. It was not a winner.

keri November 14, 2010 at 2:15 pm

stuffing. ’nuff said.

Maria November 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Mashed sweet potatoes and pecan pie!! I usually have this dinner on my canadian summer vacations at my second family house!!

Jill November 14, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Can’t do without Pumpkin Pie! Have to have it!

Pretty. Good. Food. November 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Cranberry Sauce!!!

MARY November 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm


JackieE November 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Thanksgiving would NOT be complete without my mom’s sweet potato pie with tons of crispy large marshmellows overflowing, all over the top (it is a campfire on top of our sweet potato pie). It is sinful and oh so delish! Gobble Gobble :)

Angela November 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Butternut squash with brown sugar and butter. Oh, heaven!

Kelly November 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm


Kelly November 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Definitely stuffing! I love that stuff!

Katherine November 14, 2010 at 3:33 pm


Sunshine [at] The Culinary Vampire November 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm

My mashed sweet potatoes. Love ’em!

Cynthia November 14, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Cornbread stuffing! Yum.

Kath November 14, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I must have bread stuffing. Or cornbread stuffing. :)

Steph W November 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Roasted brussels sprouts w/ garlic. Nom!

Emms November 14, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Green bean casserole, with fresh green beans and useless without french fried onions!

Jane November 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm

I love the after thanksgiving sandwhich

small amount cream cheese
on soft french bread



Kim November 14, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I have to have sweet potatoes. Yum yum!

Lauren November 14, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Mashed potatoes. Oh boy, I could eat those all day :).

Rachel November 14, 2010 at 5:14 pm

At our house the table just wouldn’t be the same without the pickle/olive plate. We all get quite dissapointed if it doesn’t come together. I’ve learned to keep extra stock of pickle-y goodness around the house this time of year in case of emergencies.

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Ngoc Nguyen November 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Creamy, fluffy, buttery, and steaming hot mashed potatoes with loads of gravy :)

Shawna November 14, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I too am a fan of (that same) green bean casserole! I have become a bit of a food snob, but that is just something Thanksgiving can’t live without!;o)

Ethan November 14, 2010 at 6:02 pm

cranberry sauce makes the turkey what it is

Jessica November 14, 2010 at 6:12 pm

My grandmother’s potato filling– I’ve never seen or tasted anything like it in my life, and I can’t LIVE without it.

Vivian November 14, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Mashed potatoes with yummy gravy!!!

Ashlie November 14, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Sweet potatoes – plenty of spices, a little maple syrup, no marshmallows!

Alicia November 14, 2010 at 7:40 pm

My family can’t do with out our Mom’s ( & Grandma”s) Sausage Dressing…we look forward to all year long…it’s to die for!! Happy Holiday!

Lyn November 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Pecan pie!

Karen Collins November 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Chicken dumplings like grandma made!

Norma November 14, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows!

eliza November 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

stuffing and turkey gravy!

Katia November 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Shrimp or Crab stuffed mirlitons! Cannot live without!

Patice November 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Cranberry relish!

Autumn November 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Rice and Gravy!!!

Heather November 14, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Dressing and cranberry sauce (the jellied can kind, not homemade).

Christine November 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Brussels Sprouts with Radicchio & Pancetta- who doesn’t love pancetta? The Williams Sonoma recipe is posted here:

catharine November 14, 2010 at 8:45 pm

stuffing!! yum yum!

Biz November 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Mashed potatoes and gravy! :D

Dan November 14, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Garlic mashed potatoes, with vegetable stock!

Jeesica November 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Easy! stuffing! Was in charge of making it for the first time last year. I’m making this year again because it turned out so good.

Cassie November 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm


Jen November 14, 2010 at 8:48 pm

pumpkin pie

anna zoe November 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

cranberry sauce, made with fresh cranberries. it may be a garnish, but it completes the meal!

Katie November 14, 2010 at 8:57 pm

I absolutely love croissants! The more butter, the better!

Kat November 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Mashed potatoes are a must!

penny November 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Pies, I will eat a slice of every single kind of pie that’s made for the occasion.

Katie November 14, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I love my grandmother’s corn pudding!

jo November 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm

Love turkey stuffing. In fact I make a beeline for that first. I didn’t know you had to start 1 month ahead to get the turkey ready!

karen November 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Sweet potatoes with bourbon, everybody fights over them.

Kim November 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

sweet potato casserole!

Chris Klapper November 14, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Turducken! A turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken….

Nicole November 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm


Samantha November 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Butternut Squash! My all-time favorite thanksgiving side dish =)

Chao November 14, 2010 at 9:28 pm

roasted turkey,
dipped in drippings.

Tracey November 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Butternut squash!

Camilla Juliana November 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Since I have moved to the US I can’t have a Thanksgiving without biscuits… to eat with gravy!

itsrenee November 14, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Hands down . . . stuffing!!! . . . oh and topped with gravy of course =)

Tamy ~ Always Eat On the Good China November 14, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Dressing like daddy made is a must for my family every year! Oatnut Sourdough Herb Dressing

Dwayne Smith November 14, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Garlic mashed potatoes.

Grace Cafe November 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm

The hidden piece of Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie!

Arianne Frink November 14, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Thanksgiving would not be the same without candied yams.

Jill November 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My favorite Thanksgiving recipe for the last few years has to be Indian Pudding. The recipe is from Sturbridge Village. We ate there one holiday and the food was fantastic, but the Indian Pudding was the best!

Phong November 14, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Pumpkin pie!

lily November 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

apple cider and cheesey mashed potatoes

Donna Currie November 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

No doubt, it’s the stuffing.

Hollis Engley November 14, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Stuffing and smoothly made gravy.

Don Mills November 14, 2010 at 10:51 pm

stuffing! It’s ALL about the stuffing.

Angela Gilley November 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Turkey its self. I gasp at those family’s that are having something other than turkey. Shameful!

Pam @ Kitchen Cookware November 14, 2010 at 11:09 pm

Mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce (not together) just both has to be part of thanksgiving meal.

Laura November 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Stuffing. :-)

amy November 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Mashed Potatoes!!

tina November 15, 2010 at 12:07 am

Sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top, so yummy!! A sweet and salty combo. How can you go wrong with that? =D

Andy November 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

Oh my thanksgiving CANNOT go without pies. Pumpkin Pies …but in particular, Coco’s Harvest Pies -which is pumpkin chiffon as a top layer and pumpkin pie on the bottom. THE BEST.

Katie November 15, 2010 at 12:12 am

gotta have cranberry sauce!!! my favorite is the gel-kind from the can…trasgy, i know, but oh-so delicious!

trin November 15, 2010 at 12:23 am

creamy mashed potatoes!

Tonya November 15, 2010 at 12:23 am

I love smoked turkey from our local smokehouse…’s the best!

zarpandit November 15, 2010 at 12:32 am

pecan pie!

Tango November 15, 2010 at 12:48 am

my grandmother’s pork sausage dressing..the tasty mixture of sage, green pepper, & pork sausage always accompanied our family’s football watching & tryptophan coma.

Tango November 15, 2010 at 12:52 am

oh yeah pork sausage dressing. Yum!

Eric November 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

Same! it just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without my Mom’s green bean casserole. Its a love hate thing

Annie November 15, 2010 at 1:21 am

Green bean casserole… yummm!

Arlene November 15, 2010 at 1:38 am

Butternut squash gratin with spinach and pinenuts! We only have it on Thanksgiving.

Hanna November 15, 2010 at 1:51 am

Garlic mashed potatoes!

A. Nguyen November 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

Mac and cheese for sure!

Lane November 15, 2010 at 2:04 am

gotta be stuffing! not stove top kind, but the stuffing that is made in the turkey while the juices cook it to perfection!

K. Walker November 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

Can’t be Thanksgiving w/out my stuffing — has sliced fresh water chestnuts, almond slivers, apple, drained marinated artichoke hearts ( as well as herbs, sauteed onion and celery).

Shmack November 15, 2010 at 2:56 am

Cooked a thanksgiving dinner for my (non-American) in-laws who are vegetarians a few years ago- made me realise that the turkey and mashed potatoes are the part that makes it a thanksgiving dinner! While the veggie lasagna I made was delicious, it just wasn’t right! :D

Tony Wilson November 15, 2010 at 3:54 am

cornbread dressing: celery, onion, hot dog buns, and … cornbread.

Barbara November 15, 2010 at 4:25 am

mashed potatoes!

Julie M. November 15, 2010 at 4:55 am

The turkey for sure!! And maybe the pie. :)

Bebe November 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

My moms “party potatoes”, we always have them and they bring back wonderful memories of her!

Meliorn November 15, 2010 at 5:05 am

I got to have the sweet potato casserole. I wait all year to eat this dish. I know its old fashioned with the marshmallows on top, but its such a perfect pairing with a savory turkey.

Melissa November 15, 2010 at 5:10 am

It’s got to be the stuffing! I still don’t know why we only make it once a year.

Ayanna November 15, 2010 at 5:16 am

Cannot live without the Cornbread Stuffing!!!

Taylor November 15, 2010 at 5:35 am

Ik now everyone says it, but the stuffing. It isn’t Thanksgiving without stuffing!

Margaret November 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

For me…it’s all about the yummy corn souffle….my nephews demand it!!!

vincent November 15, 2010 at 5:43 am

I love cranberry sauce goes with turkey and stuffing. But a lot of choices for stuffing, it’s hard to pick which one I want.

jenny November 15, 2010 at 6:13 am

Homemade cornbread stuffing with sausage, cranberries, apples, dried apricots, sage, thyme….

jenny November 15, 2010 at 6:14 am

it’s not traditional Thanksgiving food, but we can’t have Thanksgiving without a potato gratin…thinly sliced yukon gold potatoes layered with gruyere cheese and cream!

Karen B November 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

Pumpkin pie of course November 15, 2010 at 6:38 am

Cornbread cornbread cornbread!

Diana Gervits November 15, 2010 at 7:40 am

we can’t live without our stuffed mushrooms as appetizers and of course my mom’s stuffing.

Claire Balsley November 15, 2010 at 7:41 am

Thanksgiving without turkey is no Thanksgiving at all!

Linda November 15, 2010 at 7:59 am


Aly Thompson November 15, 2010 at 8:07 am

My family’s secret recipe for dinner rolls. Sooooo goood.

Rebecca (Indecisive Baker) November 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

I absolutely can’t do without my dad’s gravy. it’s simply amazing.

Angelica November 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

i cannot live without my mother’s sweet potatoes! so good!

Steph K. November 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

Garlic and Asiago cheese Mashed potatoes!

Linda November 15, 2010 at 9:06 am

Deep Fried Turkey! Once I tried it, I couldn’t go back!!!

Heather November 15, 2010 at 9:07 am

Coconut Sweet Potatoes. I will eat the whole pan if that is passed to me first!

Hannah November 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

mmmmmm, mashed potatoes!!!

sara November 15, 2010 at 9:20 am

i cant do without stuffing!!

Leah November 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

I can’t do without mashed potatoes with my AWESOME vegan cashew mushroom gravy. YUM!

Louisa November 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

Definitely the mashed potatoes and gravy! My favourite part of thanksgiving… yumm!

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