Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote
Roasted Onion and Chestnut Compote ». Ariana Lindquist
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When planning a Thanksgiving menu, one of the first things I think about as a chef is how to get as much variety as possible on the table. At my family’s Thanksgiving, this happens through sheer volume, but even three-dish menus can be filled with complimentary flavors. Turkey is a wonderfully versatile bird that lends itself to a range of treatments. And with sides, the sky’s the limit. —Mary Sue Milliken

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"Red

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