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All You Can Eat

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November 12, 2008 at 7:24 AM

Cooking with Northwest cookbooks — plus your Thanksgiving-table must-have

It’s never too early to be thinking about the upcoming “Holiday Season” — defined as the time between retailers’ first discount on the Halloween candy and the sale of the the last 70-percent-off New Year’s Eve noisemakers. In preparation for today’s special Holiday Cuisine section, I had a blast talking to some of the local cookbook authors whose recipes we’ve published. Perusing my cookbook collection for recipes is part of the fun of holiday cooking, for sure:

That said, I’ll admit I tend to go back to the same recipes over and over each year. Ditto for my husband, who’s been tweaking Paul Prudhomme’s chicken and sausage gumbo recipe on Christmas Day for almost as long as I’ve known him. I get down to business the day before Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday and the day my family and I greet a houseful of friends for a big-time potluck — the anti-Norman-Rockwellian details of which you can read all about right here.

This year we’re seating 16 (and counting) and we’ll prepare “the usual”: two turkeys, one roasted the other smoked on the Weber, plus grilled andouille sausage links, stuffing, fresh cranberry sauce and homemade buttermilk rolls. Our friends bring the appetizers (the kids — from one to 92 — love Nicole Brodeur’s “Pigs in a Blanket”); sides (Mary Magnuson’s chipotle sweet potatoes!); and desserts (you go, Watson family!). And, as Seattle Times wine columnist Paul Gregutt suggests , we always mix it up when it comes to the glorious grape.

So, I was wondering: What’s your favorite Northwest cookbook? And for your Thanksgiving feast, what’s the one dish it “wouldn’t be Thanksgiving” without?

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