Planning for Thanksgiving? We can help with these tips, recipes, takeout spots

Find stories for first-time hosts, interviews with professional chefs, ideas for where to pick up pie and more.
A Thanksgiving plate
A Thanksgiving plate [ MICHELLE STARK | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Nov. 16|Updated Nov. 16

Are you in Thanksgiving planning mode? We can help. From stuffing recipes to ever-important turkey tips, we have tons of stories in our archives. Here are some of my favorites.

And if you don’t plan on cooking, you must check out this list of Tampa Bay restaurants offering Thanksgiving meals and specials.

General tips

Avoid potential Thanksgiving mishaps with these tips.

Making the turkey? Keep these things in mind.

Here are some tips for first-time hosts (or really, all of us).

A mixologist weighs in on the best drinks to serve for Thanksgiving.

Five suggestions from a professional chef to make the day easier.

The main meal

A foolproof recipe for turkey, and a gravy you can make in the pan.

Here’s a very basic stuffing recipe you should make.

Make seasonal winter squash part of your meal with these recipes.

Here are three ideas for vegetable sides.

We’ve got six ideas for mixing it up with cranberry sauce.


Here are five scrumptious pie recipes.

Or, try an apple galette instead of pie.

No time to bake? Pick up dessert at these Tampa Bay spots.


Make an egg casserole, noodle soup and more.

Got turkey? Try enchiladas, a frittata or cobb salad.

You could also make a hash, chili or even egg rolls.