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Thanksgiving Starters

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    Spiced Carrot-Pine Nut Soup

    Coriander, mustard seeds, and Madeira add depth of flavor to a fall classic. For the best results, use organic carrots. They tend to be a bit sweeter and more assertive.

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    Cauliflower, Pear, and Fennel Soup

    Sweet, earthy, and aromatic with an amazingly smooth texture, this soup makes an elegant first course. You can purée and refrigerate it a couple of days ahead; add the cream…

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    Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Pears and Stilton

    Using just the top half of the squash creates rounds of the same size for even roasting and a pretty salad.

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    Curried Parsnip and Apple Soup

    Apples that soften when cooked (like Empires, Jonathans, and McIntoshes) make a velvety puréed soup. Curry powder and fresh ginger give the soup a flavor boost, while the chive and…

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    Apple and Escarole Salad with Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts

    Salads are the ideal place to showcase apple varieties that are best enjoyed raw. Here, piquant blue cheese, toasty nuts, and slightly bitter escarole are delicious counterpoints to sweet, juicy…

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    Pecan, Radicchio, and Asian Pear Salad

    Crisp, juicy Asian pears play off the crunchy buttered and toasted pecans and tender bitter greens in this colorful salad. Roasted walnut oil adds a welcome richness.

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    Maple and Black Pepper Pecans

    Need to stave off your gang’s hunger while you put the finishing touches on the holiday meal? These addictive spicy-sweet nuts are just the thing. They’re also perfect with cocktails,…

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    Endive and Apple Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

    Crisp and somewhat bitter when raw, Belgian endive develops a mellow, slightly nutty flavor when cooked. Pair it with sautéed apples, rounds of hazelnut-coated goat cheese, and a sweet-tart dressing…

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    Sweet Potato and Celery Root Soup

    The secret to the not-too-sweet flavor of this velvety soup is celery root, or celeriac. Its light celery-parsley notes balance the sweetness of the potatoes and the pepper bite of…

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    Pumpkin Soup with Sage and Gruyère Croutons

    Large sage-laced Gruyère croutons offer a crunchy contrast to this silky, creamy soup. For more holiday-worthy soup and starter recipes visit The Guide to Thanksgiving Dinner.