In the two weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, it seems to be impossible to talk about anything else. Obviously I’m guilty. Next Thursday can’t come soon enough!

And as much as I love our LA Thanksgivings, I have to admit that I’m also really missing our annual “Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving” with friends this year. Things would definitely be different (think more babies and less drinks) but oh what fun we had! (Whine over.)

What are you cooking this year? I’m making a challah stuffing for my work potluck this week and probably some sort of vegetable next week. Still need some inspiration? I’ve rounded up the best drinks, menus, desserts, and my favorite – leftovers! 

1. Thanksgiving Drinks via Food & Wine 2. Pacific Northwest Thanksgiving via Epicurious 3. Table Settings for every dish via Real Simple 4.Thanksgiving Desserts via Martha Stewart 5. The Five Best Leftover Turkey Recipes by Chefs via Epicurious 

More fun:  Martha’s Thanksgiving Tips | How to Set a Thanksgiving Table 

PS: This Thanksgiving is also the first night of Hanukkah…and THANKSGIVUKKAH was born! (It’s been a fun holiday on pinterest – think sweet potato latkes and pumpkin pie sufganiyot!)

 

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