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3 Dazzling Holiday Tabletops that Don’t Require Folding a Napkin into a Turkey

3 Dazzling Holiday Tabletops that Don’t Require Folding a Napkin into a Turkey
Places, everyone.

Places, everyone.

I’ll bet you the vast expanse of my great grandma’s holiday salt-and-pepper shaker collection that somewhere along the line you picked up one or two table-setting rules. Maybe you even read a rule book telling you wrinkly linen is a crime and gravy boats should match the butter crockery and candlesticks should always be the same height (tips hat reverently to those of you who’ve mastered this). But sometimes—with tiny people underfoot and bigger ones peering over your shoulder as you try to whisk cornstarch into drippings—it’s just nice to know the table’s ready. And not only ready, but welcoming. And pretty. And practical, too. Does that seem like a tall order? If so, read on because we’ve got some ideas up ahead. And more importantly, consider this a friendly reminder that you, dear friend, are the master of your hard-won meal’s mise en place.

So whether you’re feeling a down-to-earth vibe but want to bring out a few cherished dishes, or you’ve decided to go with something a bit more minimalist, here are three show-stopping (and foolproof) tablescapes that’ll ensure the most important things stay front and center: food, friends, family (and wishbone pulling—don’t forget that).

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This Miracle Gadget Will Transform the Way You Juice Lemons

This Miracle Gadget Will Transform the Way You Juice Lemons

Until a month ago, I was a person who would vehemently proclaim the only tools I needed to juice a lemon were a fork and my bare hands. Yes, it was messy. And yes, I had to painstakingly fish out seeds. Yes, I’m always brightening up salads, soups, and such with a splash of fresh juice. But why add a citrus squeezer or juicer to my already packed kitchen?

But then, at an event celebrating the launch of Julia Turshen’s Now & Again, I received this OXO Good Grips Small Citrus Juicer with Built-In Measuring Cup and Strainer. She mentioned how it was great to measure exact amounts of juice when testing recipes, and, later, I saw she mentioned it again when speaking to The Cut:

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Serious Eats
11 Thanksgiving Green Bean Recipes, No Cans Required

Whether you like your green beans snappy and fresh, or braised and tender, you’re sure to love one of these 11 recipes.
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