The flavors of the season are front and center in this recipe for maple cider-glazed turkey with gravy and apple-onion stuffing. Traditional Thanksgiving foods are distinguished by the fact that many of them are native to North America, where the first Thanksgiving was held. Larry Crowe/AP/File
This candied bacon stuffing features a three-dimensional punch of brown sugar that boosts other seasonal flavors like cinnamon, clove, anise, and allspice. Matthew Mead/AP
This gravy is strained and seasoned with salt and pepper before serving. Matthew Mead/AP/File
Homemade cranberry sauce makes for a truly flavor-packed condiment with little effort. From left, dried fruit cranberry compote, cranberry chutney, and spicy cranberry salsa only take 10 to 15 minutes to make and are a step well above their canned cousin. Larry Crowe/AP
Green bean casserole with french fried onions on top is a traditional Thanksgiving favorite. Business Wire/File
For many, the Thanksgiving meal is all about the potatoes. Serve up a variety this year and try, from foreground, scalloped potatoes, twice baked chive potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, garlic sage mashed, and traditional mashed potatoes. Larry Crowe/AP/File
A smooth texture with spices that do not overwhelm help make a classic pumpkin pie delicious. A warm and dry knife helps slice the fully cooled pie cleanly. Larry Crowe/AP/File
Classic lattice apple pie: The key to this recipe is to slightly cook the apples before spooning them into the unbaked crust. This prevents them from deflating during cooking. Matthew Mead/AP/File
Cranberry almond pistachio pie mixes up some familiar ingredients. Inspired by pecan pies, this pie is housed in a flaky pie crust. Larry Crowe/AP/File
Seventy years ago, AP's Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima. The Christian Science Monitor reported why the tiny island played such a huge role in the war's Pacific theater.
ByJoseph C. Harsch, Staff writer
This article originally ran in The Christian Science Monitor on Feb. 23, 1945, on the same day when Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal took the now iconic photo of US Marines raising the nation's flag on the island of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Ocean. The Monitor's Joseph C. Harsch explained at the time why Iwo Jima played such an important role in the US campaign in the Pacific during World War II.