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
Hezbollah fighters fired antitank missiles at a convoy, killing two Israeli soldiers. The much-anticipated reply to an Israeli strike 10 days before showed the challenge both sides face: retaliation without escalation.
The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has launched its most severe attack on Israeli forces since 2006, when a cross-border incident set off a summer war. Wednesday's strike drew Israeli retaliation, but analysts suggested both sides were aiming for restraint.