Thanksgiving food-porn roundup

Okay, okay. I confess. I am hopelessly addicted to cooking magazines. When my husband asked what he could bring me to while away the time while I recuperated after a surgical procedure, I requested one thing, and one thing only.

Food porn.

It’s almost Thanksgiving, folks. I’m talking full-press, no-holds-barred, too-much-ain’t-enough Martha Stewart here. Give me shiny photos of glossy roasted turkeys splayed provocatively across antique platters; golden corn bread stuffing, studded with sausage and greens, piled in a pristine white porcelain casserole from France; glazed sweet potatoes, sticky with pecans and maple syrup; ruby red cranberry sauce trembling in green pressed-glass gravy bowls; desserts, mounded with meringue and whipped toppings, gooey and stacked a mile high.

I turn the pages slowly, running each recipe over my tongue as I read it. Yes, I think, the six-layer chocolate cake filled with salted caramel filling. Yes, I say to the cranberry sauce with walnuts, mandarin oranges and madeira wine. Yes, yes, yes, I cry to the creamed collard greens, the potato leek tart, the braised bacon and brussels sprouts (I’ll find some way to make it kosher!) and the black bottom banana cream pie.

I still mourn the loss of Gourmet, and I always will. But this year, I can blissfully recommend Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving special, Saveur’s 28 Great Holiday Sides, Food and Wine’s 65 delicious recipes. As for me, I’m looking forward to brining my Empire turkey the Martha way, circa 1993, then stuffing it with Bon Appetit’s Cornbread stuffing, 2011.

What are you making?

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