While I haven’t been able to get creative in the kitchen lately, I look forward to cooking for the upcoming holidays. Here are some suggestions to make my favorite holiday even better:

1. Avoid the butterball turkey. Instead, try to find a free-range turkey. You may need to have ordered this in advance. WARNING: The following video is quite disturbing, but worth taking a look before you eat the butterball.


2. Load up on vegetables. Now that you are totally grossed out and you realize you won’t be eating the meat on the table, get creative with the vegetable “sides.”  I plan on making a few of these dishes from the New York Times Well blog for the upcoming holiday season. The squash and spinach lasagna looks incredible, as does the quinoa carrot kugel.


3. Make some festive cocktails.  There are a bunch of good ones to choose from here: