Chow Bella's Guide to Everything Thanksgiving in Metro Phoenix

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What to Make

Raw Persimmon-Pumpkin Cheesecake

The fall flavor in this nutrient-packed vegan dessert comes from persimmon, pumpkin, and pumpkin spice, and the rich texture is thanks to cashews, dates, and coconut oil. This no-bake "cheese"cake is still indulgent -- just with healthy fats instead of butter and cream. And if you don't want to make it yourself, call Pomegranate Café for this and a wide array of other vegan cakes and candy bars.

Hot Italian Sausage Stuffing with Thyme

This stuffing is a riff on Tyler Florence's, replacing the sage with thyme and chestnuts with extra sausage. Plus there's a lot of garlic because, well, garlic. It's no wonder this dish took home first prize in the Chow Bella Stuffing Showdown.

Carol's Mango-Pine Nut Rugelach

This year Thanksgiving also marks the first day of Hanukkah. To add some Jewish flavor to your feast, bake up these delicious cookies made from cream cheese dough and spiced fruit filling.

Robrt Pela's Thanksgiving Cranberry Cassis Conserve

Cranberry sauce is often the most boring thing on the Thanksgiving table, especially when it's still shaped like the can it came in, but it will be an unforgettable part of the meal with this made-from-scratch conserve with orange, apple, brown sugar, raspberry vinegar, warm spices, and a healthy dose of liqueur.

5 Beer/Food Pairings for Thanksgiving

Beer was likely enjoyed at the very first Thanksgiving meal so make sure it's not an afterthought on your menu. Generous hop head hosts can go all out by offering guests a beer pairing for every course.

Additional tips for you brave souls cooking at home can be found on the following page along with suggestions on where to get pre-made desserts and more.

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Dominique Chatterjee