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Every week, there's a cornucopia of Phoenix food news, features, and reviews to report here at Chow Bella. Instead of our normal week in review, we've decided to focus on thanksgiving-related stories. So, here's a recap of the top five Thanksgiving stories of the past week or so. Happy Thanksgiving Chow Bella readers. Now go stuff yourselves.

What Do Chefs Who Don't Work on Thanksgiving Do for Thanksgiving?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail laura.hahnefeld@newtimes.com. Miss a question? Find all our Bites & Dishes here.

Many restaurants throughout the Valley are offering special meals for the Thanksgiving holiday. But for those chefs who have the day off, what's the plan? I asked a few and this is what they had to say.

--Laura Hahnefeld

5 Favorite Restaurants Open for a Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Meal

Some folks can't wait to dig into a home-style Thanksgiving Day dinner. Others, well, not so much.

So if you're sans Turkey Day plans or just want to try something off the traditional path, here are a few tasty and affordable favorites that will be open (and not serving turkey) on Thanksgiving.

--Laura Hahnefeld

A Very Chow Bella Thanksgiving: Your Guide to Dining Out, Ordering In, What to Cook, What to Drink -- and More -- on the Year's Biggest Food Day.

The countdown to Turkey Day is officially over, but if you're anything like us, you've still got lengthy "to do" list. With that in mind, we've gathered our best Thanksgiving posts in one handy guide for you.

Here you'll find out where to make reservations (lucky) and which Thanksgiving parties to hit (luckier). And more -- from a list of our least favorite holiday foods to musings from some of our favorite local writers. Enjoy.

See the full Thanksgiving Guide here.

--Amy Silverman

Turkey/Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving traditionally is a time to eat, drink and kick off the holiday season "right." That of course means wine. It can be tricky to pick a wine for Thanksgiving-- it's hard to please everyone.

Kimber Stonehouse, Director of Operations for Sportsman's Fine Wines & Spirits has some tips on what wines to serve with the bird.

What is key when choosing a wine to pair with a traditional Thanksgiving meal? "One of the most important factors in choosing a wine to pair with any meal is to remember that the wine needs to match more than the protein, in this case turkey or ham." says Stonehouse. After all, some will serve green bean casserole, others sweet potato.

Stonehouse recommends the following wines for Thanksgiving.

--Kate Crowley

5 Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Leftovers

As a kid I used to dread Thanksgiving leftovers. My parents, however, seemed to love them and would make us all feed off what seemed like an empty carcass for almost a week. Leftovers need not be so grim with Pinterest in your life. In fact, after taking a look at these leftover recipes you just might be inclined to set aside some leftovers on purpose.

Before getting into some more substantial bites, give your belly a little break from all the stuffing and try Thanksgiving Leftovers Salad. I think it's pure genius! See more Thanksgiving leftover options.

--Laura Gill

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