The Gigantic TurnipTruth be told the dish I’m most looking forward to having tomorrow at my boyfriend’s annual family Thanksgiving extravaganza is “Uncle Bob and Aunt Leslie’s Turnips.” Poor Uncle Bob & Aunt Leslie…until I started dating Chris I’m not sure that anyone ever ate their yummy side dish. This is a household full of turnip haters, but I grew up eating turnips and I just happen to LOVE them so I always make sure to take a big scoop of his carrot and turnip mash.

When I stumbled upon The Gigantic Turnip storybook and CD set recently I instantly connected with the tale. This could be a great opportunity for parents to use a lighthearted picture book to cultivate a love or turnips in their own children’s diets. Story time followed by a hearty meal sounds like a fabulous way to spend a wintry night to me.

From the publisher: Written by Aleksei Tolstoy and illustrated by: Niamh Sharkey, find out what happens when the old woman, the old man, and all twenty-one animals on the farm try to harvest a rather large root vegetable. This well-loved Russian tale uses humor, counting and repetition to appeal to beginner readers.

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Bordeaux Wine ToteInvite me to dinner and I’ll come bearing gifts in tall bottles. This time of year, my bottle of choice is Beaujolais Nouveau, a harvest wine that pairs well with holiday foods like turkey and dressing. The presentation of this specially chosen wine is how I say “thank you” to my host/hostess for their hospitality, and its important to present with style. Enter: a quality tote.

Environmentally friendly, and oh-so-classy, the reusable Bordeaux Wine Tote from Maptotes is made from 100% cotton and features a whimsical silkscreen map of France’s famed Bordeaux wine country. The Bordeaux tote holds one bottle of wine and has convenient shoulder straps for easy transport to your dinner destination. Not a French wine fan? Maptotes wine totes are also available in La Rioja, Tuscany, Napa Valley, Philadelphia, and Manhattan designs. An ideal gift for enthusiasts, or a wonderful accessory for yourself, an attractive tote ensures your gift of wine will be remembered long after the contents of your bottle have disappeared.

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Thanksgiving Plates For KidsGobble, gobble, gobble. Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner, and this year Pottery Barn Kids gives the little turkeys at your children’s table something to cheer about. Fun and festive, with a quirky turkey design, kids will love eating their mashed potatoes and gravy from these colorful bamboo/melamine Thanksgiving plates. And Mom will like them too; each set of four plates is dishwasher safe and BPA and phthalate free. Interested in a complete tablescape? Check out the turkey tumblers, tablecloth, placemats and runner.

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The New Thanksgiving TableThanksgiving is such a special holiday but the pressure to prepare a spectacular meal for your closest friends and family can quickly become an overwhelming chore of epic proportions. Thankfully, this year author Diane Morgan has provided ambitious home cooks everywhere with a beautiful cookbook full of recipes that will satisfy all of your guests expectations.

Covering everything from appetizers to leftovers, The New Thanksgiving Table touches upon a variety of regional dish traditions from coast to coast (including many vegetarian options) while providing detailed menus and instruction, all while encouraging you not to be afraid to make things ahead. In my experience this seems to be the saving grace for any high pressure get together.

How does Silky Parsnip-Potato Soup, a piping hot Hazelnut and Fresh Herb Popover, and Cape Cod Cranberry Compote sound? My mouth simply waters at the thought of so many decadent dishes! So whether you’re an experienced hostess looking for a few new editions to add to your already stunning repertoire, or a nervous newlywed hosting the in-laws for the first time, I’m confident that you’ll find just what you’re looking for in this highly accessible new title from Chronicle Books.

Phillips Candy House Pumpkin Pie FudgePhillips Candy House is Boston’s oldest chocolatier and this Fall they’ve concocted a decadent dessert of epic proportions. Trust me when I say that their brilliant combination of a hearty melt-in-your mouth slice of pumpkin fudge nestled on a bed of dark chocolate crust is to-die-for. It’s certainly a unique experience to dig into an enormous wedge of spiced fudge with a knife and fork. If I were you I’d order these treats for the Thanksgiving table in lieu of all those more traditional (aka ho-hum) fruit pies. Like all of the other lovely pumpkin products that come out each Fall this fabulous fudge will only be available for a limited time so don’t dawdle or you’ll miss your chance for a killer sugar high.

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