What to buy and what to DIY on your Thanksgiving table. (Hint: Quit making the cranberry sauce.)
Every year on Thanksgiving morning, my mother and I have the same fight: She asks me to make fresh cranberry sauce, and I begrudgingly agree—so long as we can still have the canned stuff on the table. No matter how many splashes of orange juice or handfuls of spices I throw in, the homemade kind just isn’t as satisfying as that store-bought cylinder. It’s festively jiggly, sweetly nostalgic, and perfectly sliceable for post-thanksgiving turkey sandwiches. Besides, you already have a whole bird and a slew of sides to worry about. Just get your cran from the can!