Tasting Table's Dinner Parties

Click the links below to explore the recipes in this menu:

Clementine-Cranberry Sauce with Pickled Mustard Seeds
Marble-Rye Stuffing with Sauerkraut, Sage and Apples
Mustard Greens and Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple Vinaigrette
Pastrami-Cured Turkey Breast
Rugelach Hand Pies

Thanksgiving, like all great dinner parties, is about coming together. In a nod to the holiday’s eclectic past--both socially and culinarily--we’ve tossed a diverse mix of genres, eras and sounds into this month’s audible pot. We looked from Canada to North Africa, France, the American south and beyond, pulling favorites from across the decades.

There’s a method to the madness, of course--each track shares some common ground with the one before and after. Most importantly, though, we think it sets just the right tone for a warm, relaxed afternoon of feasting in good company.

Click the image to the left to open the full playlist on Spotify or click here to download the full playlist on iTunes.

No wine choice causes more anxiety than picking the juice to serve with your holiday bird--and that need not be the case. Here’s our primary tip to have in mind when considering Thanksgiving-appropriate bottles: Calm down. Perhaps have a glass of wine yourself? There are far more pratfalls waiting in the kitchen that could potentially mar the meal than there are in the aisles of the wine shop. Red or white? Get some of both! And maybe a few bottles of rosé and sparkling wine too.

2011 Marcel Lapierre Raisin Gaulois ($13)
2010 Lafouge Auxey-Duresses Rouge ($25)
2011 Broadside Wild Ferment Chardonnay ($18)
2011 Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Broirds ($17)
2010 Francois Pinon Vouvray Les Trois Argiles ($20)

The Cocktail: Cel-Ray Collins

Celery is Thanksgiving’s underappreciated workhorse, doing the heavy lifting in
stuffing, gravy and more. So this year, taking a cue from our favorite bartenders, we
decided to give it the spotlight in a cocktail. This fizzy, vegetal Collins is light enough
to leave room for massive meal-time gluttony, but has enough flavor to stand up to
turkey. Time to stalk up.

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