Make Thanksgiving Your Own

We’ve hosted our share of Thanksgiving meals, and this year we’re ready for an alternative take on tradition.

When you build your own menu, from protein to starches to pastry, Thanksgiving becomes more dinner party than potluck. You’re free to choose dishes that complement one another, without worrying about your aunt’s signature casserole.

This year we’re playing with main ingredients, leaning toward savory or acidic instead of sweet and starchy, and prioritizing color on the table. Find your own way or try out these alternatives:


This week, we’re batching a Salty Dog cocktail. This is a great holiday party drink: You don’t have to mix drinks all night, grapefruit is in season, and the salt on the edge of the glass looks like ice by moonlight. Win-win-win.

Mix 1 part vodka with 2 parts fresh grapefruit juice and refrigerate. Pre-salt glasses using lemon juice and salt. To serve, pour cocktail over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Not convinced about Salt and Grapefruit?  Check out NPR's Grapefruit And Salt: The Science Behind This Unlikely Power Couple