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Diners will soon know how many calories are in that bacon cheeseburger at a chain restaurant, the pasta salad in the supermarket salad bar and even that buttery tub of popcorn at the movie theater.

Q: I would like to make biscuits before Thanksgiving. Should I partially bake them and then freeze them, or freeze them unbaked? Or is this impossible?

Although personal preference may have a lot to do with what you consider the “perfect” mash – smooth or lumpy, creamy or fluffy? – there are still tips you can follow to elevate your spuds above the rest.

Diet plays a huge role in stress, and among the worst foods to eat when we’re feeling stressed are ones that we encounter often during the holidays: refined carbohydrates and sugar.

In our search for the creamiest possible pumpkin pie, we decided to take our inspiration from the ultimate of creamy pies – cheesecake.

When we decided to dig into some of North Carolina’s most beloved cookbooks for a Tar Heel-centric Thanksgiving menu, we decided that turkey - not possum - should be the centerpiece.

Fresh sea scallops served with a colorful Vegetable Rice Medley make a quick dinner that takes 20 minutes to complete.

Not only do you have a house full of guests this holiday season, you may have a house full of children. Here are some easy holiday craft projects to entertain the children, including a Cary woman’s tradition of making turkey-shaped cheese balls.

Simple snacks that are portable, taste great with cold beer, and can be made in a flash are the best kind.

In case there is any doubt, let’s clear this up: You don’t have to eat meat to crave gravy at Thanksgiving.

Toasting helps to release the flavor and oils in the spices and nuts, lending depth and wonderfully rich flavor to a dish.

Frances Mayes, the author of the popular book “Under the Tuscan Sun,” divides her time between Italy and Hillsborough, and now she divides her time between books and wines.

Nominate a Charlotte-area amateur baker to be featured in the Observer on Dec. 10, and they could win a 2014 baking cookbook.

Having a special cocktail ready for Thanksgiving guests is a nice touch.

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather — and tiny insects.

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