Kitchen Tools for Vegans Who Love to Cook!

We came up with the idea of writing about kitchen tools for vegans when I realized that preparing healthy, tasty vegan meals requires a set of tools that not everybody has in a typical kitchen. As you start preparing more whole-food, plant-based (and sometimes even raw!) meals, you’ll see how these tools are not gadgets but really helpful companions on your vegan journey.

Here's why we love sangria (and mulled wines) for the holidays: They make inexpensive wines more festive, feed the thirst of a crowd easily, and look gorgeous on a bar or table.

Sangria is simply wine, a little liquor, sometimes sugar, and fruit or spices added for flavoring and can be made in big batches days in advance. Here are 10 of our favorites for Friendsgiving.

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I know, I just wrote another meal plan around eating down my pantry in an effort to keep my grocery budget in check, but after a week of birthday dinners, election night self-soothing, and general laziness our family needs another week of easy, cheap dinners.

The recipes are simple because as we head into the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, I want to use any extra cooking time I have on making pie crusts, freezing gravy, and just generally preparing for one of my favorite meals of the year. Here's how we're keeping meals cheap and easy in our house this week.

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Ina Garten and Brussels sprouts: Could there be a more perfect pairing? (Other than Ina and Jeffrey, of course.) When considering the most popular Thanksgiving recipes on the internet — many of which we're sharing on Kitchn this month — Ina's balsamic-roasted Brussels immediately came to mind. Not because I'd made them before, but because anybody who has won't shut up about them.

It wasn't that long ago that Brussels sprouts were known as the stinky, mushy veggie that you spooned onto your plate to be polite to your aunt who made them but then promptly hid under your mashed potatoes and gravy. In fact, if you were assigned to bring Brussels sprouts to Thanksgiving dinner, it probably meant you weren't trusted to bring something important (sorry, Aunt Jan).

But Brussels sprouts have made a huge comeback. People love them now. And if you're in charge of making them, they better be good. I had to know: Were Ina Garten's Brussels sprouts worthy of that coveted spot on my Thanksgiving table? Here's what I found out.

Recipe: Ina Garten's Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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By nature casseroles are usually a pretty easy meal to pull off — it's part of the reason we love them so much — but these 10 casseroles stand out against a crowd, big time. Some come together with just a handful of pantry ingredients, some require no upfront prep, and a few do all the heavy lifting for you. In addition to the warming comfort they always promise to deliver, this family-friendly lineup features the easiest casseroles we know how to make.

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Choosing just the right recipe for your office Thanksgiving potluck (aka Worksgiving), calls for a few smart considerations. The best recipes for office potlucks must hold up well when made in advance, be easy to transport, and don't need to be refrigerated or reheated if possible. Don't forget to take into account any allergies or food restrictions your coworkers might have.

Whether you're bringing the main dish or sticking with an appetizer, side, or dessert, these recipes are your best choice for impressing your coworkers.

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Mashed potatoes are my hands-down absolute most favorite cannot have Thanksgiving without them side dish. The creamy, buttery, potato-loaded goodness that is mashed potatoes could be my last supper. So when it came to adding some vegan side dishes to our Thanksgiving table this year, mastering vegan mashed potatoes was essential to my Turkey Day happiness.

I truly don't want to understate just how good these mashed potatoes are. Honestly, their vegan-ness is just a bonus (and I actually mean that — this isn't one of those, "this vegan, gluten-free, flavor-free cauliflower-crust pizza tastes just like the real deal!" situations). These garlicky potatoes are so creamy, tender, and lush without a single drop of dairy — and they're just four ingredients to boot. I'd dare say these are the best mashed potatoes I've ever made! Here's how to make the best vegan mashed potatoes that everyone will love.

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Making your Thanksgiving pies ahead of time can be a lifesaver when it's crunch time in the moments leading up to the holiday dinner, but there's a right and a wrong way to do it. Here's exactly what you need to know to prep and store your holidays pie in advance.

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There are a daunting number of cardboard pints and quarts of different cream varieties at the grocery store. Which is which? Is there a difference between them? Here's a complete rundown so you won't find yourself scratching your head the next time you're in the dairy aisle.

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Good news for any of you starting to go through withdrawal ever since the last episode of Fixer Upper aired, seven months ago: Chip and Joanna Gaines are going to be returning to television.

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No Thanksgiving spread is complete without a bowl of buttery, fluffy mashed potatoes. It's a simple dish with few ingredients, but it's the details that can make or break this classic side dish. This is the time to make sure you're doing them right. These are the common mistakes to avoid to ensure success.

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Everyone's got a pumpkin pie recipe they love. This one is ours. We've tried this classic each and every way and have found that while there's some room for improvement along the way, keeping things classic is what makes this recipe a keeper. Any changes — like roasting the pumpkin purée — are only in the interest of making a richer, more flavorful pie.

Here's what you need to know to make a truly delicious pumpkin pie from scratch.

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The slow cooker egg casserole might just be the very best breakfast to ever make its way into your kitchen. Whether you cut it up and turn it into a breakfast sandwich or spoon it onto a plate, there's a lot to love about a hot and satisfying meal that cooks while you sleep. Ready to master the slow cooker egg casserole? These are the five tips that will get you there.

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Choosing a roasting pan doesn't have to be a big deal. Chances are, your turkey will come out fine regardless of which pan you use. However, there are advantages, other than how they actually roast. And there are seemingly endless options out there — each one looking nearly the same as the one on the shelf before it.

I'm here to help make it easy for you. These are the three best roasting pans on the market, based on what you need and how much you're willing to spend.

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For more than 30 years, I was in charge of testing and reporting on everything from wooden spoons to connected refrigerators at the Good Housekeeping Institute. I've walked the floors of every trade show and read every new product release for longer than most digital publications have existed!

My street cred? I also worked as a chef in New York City restaurants for seven years. And, I've made dozens of turkeys.

I've played with, tested, and used nearly every piece of kitchen gear (including roasting pans) to come on the market for years. When it comes to gear, it takes a lot to impress me, and...

Seven years ago I was sitting around with a bunch of my gal pals drinking wine and talking about our collective love for Thanksgiving. "Why don't we all get together with our dudes and have a Thanksgiving together?" someone suggested. A Friendsgiving was born. At the first Friendsgiving there were construction-paper pilgrim hats. There was a long table in which we all sat and shared what we were Thankful for. There was turkey — and also a ham. (This was a result of a buy-a-turkey-get-a-free-ham deal at the grocery store that just couldn't be passed up.) There were full bellies and fuller wine glasses. It was an epic celebration.

You too can make Thanksgiving potluck with friends a stress-free and fun-for-all event to live on social media for eternity. Here are my 10 commandments for a Friendsgiving to remember.

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Is there nothing more comforting and delicious than mashed potatoes? This warm, creamy, dairy-laden starch might be more of an indulgence than everyday fare these days, but even if you only have them once a year (Thanksgiving!), I say go all out and do it right. Read on for a recipe for classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.

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Cheesecake should never be a source of anything except pure bliss. Not distress. Not frustration. Certainly never tears. Just dreamy, decadent, nonstop bliss.

So let's break down this whole process into easy pieces. Let's talk about ingredients, water baths, dealing with surface cracks — the whole shebang. Here's a step-by-step recipe that will help you make a creamy, no-fail cheesecake that is everything you ever dreamed it could be.

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"Classic" green bean casserole means different things to different people. For some, green bean casserole consists of frozen and canned ingredients, quickly tossed together and baked as the token green vegetable for the Thanksgiving table. Others see green bean casserole as an opportunity to make every component from scratch, using only fresh green beans and making their own mushroom sauce and crispy fried onions. This is the new classic, a middle ground between convenience and comfort, without a sacrifice of quality or flavor.

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Although I get pretty weary of the pumpkin madness that hits the universe come October — I'm looking at you, Starbucks — there are two things I'll make an exception for: bread pudding and pancakes. And since this post is clearly not about bread pudding, let's talk about what we like to call "Pum'Cakes" around our house. They're so good!

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Halloween might be over, but it's never too late to celebrate an awesome costume, even if it's going on a paper turkey rather than a human. Forget tracing your hand and turning it into a turkey, that's so 20th century: kids these days (or their parents or teachers) have gotten more creative with their Thanksgiving crafting, and the hottest craft for these rainy November days is the turkey in disguise.

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This is the macaroni and cheese recipe I grew up on — creamy sauce, chewy pasta, and plenty of cheese. It always felt like a special treat to us kids, although I suspect my mother liked it more because it was an easy stovetop dish that requires just five ingredients and almost no thought to pull together at the end of a long day.

Whatever the reason, whatever the occasion, a bowl of this mac and cheese will always spell comfort. Here's the best, most classic recipe I know, with step-by-step pictures to guide you.

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For a limited time, Anthropologie is offering a further 25 percent off sale items. The sale also just happens to include lots of pieces perfect for entertaining, making now a great time to stock up before the holidays. Items are moving fast in this sale (some of our other picks sold out while we were writing this!) so don't delay if you've got your heart set on anything. You can also view all home sale pieces here.

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Dorcas Reilly was 39 when she invented the green bean casserole — a dish that, 55 years later, still gets looked up by more than 2.7 million people around Thanksgiving time. Just one month before this year's holiday dash for her most famous recipe, Reilly passed away at 92 years old, in Newark, New Jersey.

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Want an easy way to up your weeknight dinner routine? Take two heavy hitters in your weekly rotation, chicken and pasta, and bring them together for one meal that's cozy and satisfying. From casseroles to skillet meals, dinnertime is about to get even more delicious with these 16 chicken pasta recipes that will leave everyone with happy stomachs.

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We are firm believers that you can have a favorite recipe for brownies from scratch (this is ours) and have a favorite boxed brownie, too. These are not mutually exclusive and here's why: Once you find your favorite mix, you can rest assured that you'll have a brownie just the way you like it, wherever you are. Because sometimes you need a brownie fix with minimal input and maximum brownie enjoyment.

So, what's the best boxed brownie mix? Well, that depends. You see, everyone has a different opinion about what makes a brownie the best. Some people like them chewy, while others go for fudgy, and then there's the crowd who not-so-secretly wishes their brownies were cake.

We taste tested nine major brands against our favorite chewy brownie recipe to narrow the field to four of the best boxed mixes for every kind of brownie-lover, including a gluten-free version!

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If you know me at all, you know I have a deep love for ricotta — it's probably one of the first five things I'll tell you about myself. I love its creaminess, simplicity, and versatility. So when I spotted this playful-sounding recipe in Dorie Greenspan's new cookbook, Everyday Dorie, I knew I needed to try it.

Dorie says: "Take a peek in my fridge, and you'll find the usual staples — milk, butter, eggs and yogurt, and my favorite plus-one: 'ricotta spoonable.'" This mix of ricotta, lemon, shallots, and fresh herbs is what she keeps on hand to act as both a dip and a condiment. It comes together quickly and can be made year-round, so it's no wonder she always has it on hand (and now, so do I).

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I've always been a fan of Costco. As a kid, I used to love the 12-packs of muffins from their bakery section, and I was always down for a trip there because that meant I'd get ice cream — well, Kirkland-Signature Non-Fat Swirl Frozen Yogurt, but I digress. My favorite FILA sweatshirt and Adidas track pants were from Costco, and had I held onto these pieces, I'd probably be rocking them again right now.

These days, I don't live nearly as close to Costco as before, but that doesn't stop me from shopping there when I can, or hitting them up online. And let me tell you, when my bath and hand towels start looking a little ratty or discolored, I know where to go: Costco. I know what you're thinking—why not just go to Target or Walmart? Well, I've found Costco's prices to be basically on par with those big boxes, but their quality is much closer to department store-level.

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Have you noticed that some grocery stores in the U.S. have entire aisles filled with different variations of jarred salsa? That's not a coincidence. Salsa "famously outsold ketchup" after demand picked up in the early '90s, resulting in countless shelf-stable options of the Mexican staple, according to the New York Times. Not surprisingly, though, a majority of them aren't the most authentic choices.

We reached out to a few of our favorite chefs and trusted salsa authorities to get their opinion on all of the store-bought versions on the market. (We also wanted to find out which — if any — they're willing to buy.)

Here's what they had to say.

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If you traveled back in time to tell 12-year-old Dorie Greenspan that she'd one day grow up to be a revered baking expert, a five-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, a New York Times Magazine dessert columnist, and one of the most prolific home cooking authorities of our time, she'd probably find that really hard to believe — with good reason.

Dorie openly admits that, as a preteen, she was busy setting her parents' kitchen on fire while making late-night frozen french fries with her friends. "I assumed that if they were called fries, they needed to be fried, so I poured them into a big pot of oil on the stove and put a cover on it. I opened the lid and ... it was crazy. I didn't cook again until I got married."

It wasn't all smooth sailing from there, either. "When Michael and I got married, our first kitchen was a converted closet. We refer to the first meal I ever made as 'London Bake.' It was supposed to be a London broil, but I wanted to take everything out of the oven at the same time and baked it into shoe leather."

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There's a reason Sur la Table is one of our favorite places to shop. With its eponymous line of cookware and bakeware, wide range of top-tier brands, and various cooking classes, the store is dedicated to making our time spent in the kitchen as easy, efficient, and delicious as possible.

Naturally, the only thing better than shopping at Sur la Table is shopping at Sur la Table during a sale. You see, the store is constantly slashing the prices on its electronics, cutlery, and much, much more. Luckily, this week is no exception. Right now, you can take up to 70 percent off cookware, 30 percent off Halloween decor, and 20 percent off various fall-friendly tabletop items.

Then again, the holidays are right around the corner, so we understand if you don't want to shell out a bunch of money on big-ticket items. Plus, you need to reserve some things for your wish list. But if you want to spruce up your kitchen with some awesome (and affordable!) finds, the seven items below are all on sale for $25 or less.

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There might have been some debate about what exactly constitutes a condiment, but one thing is absolutely certain: Kitchn editors love condiments. They occupy a whole lot of real estate in our fridges and are that little something extra that we use to take meals from good to great. Here are our favorites.

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