With the upcoming holiday, I have food on the brain. I am busy preparing a menu and oven schedule for Thursday, when I will be hosting my very first Thanksgiving meal. These visual recipes by Katie Shelly, the “picture cook,” are such a fun way to approach cooking. She says they are “meant to inspire experimentation, improvisation and play in the kitchen.” As a visual person, these illustrations really help me see the whole process much more clearly. I think we all need an occasional reminder not to take ourselves too seriously, and the holidays are a great time to remember that lesson. Plus, who doesn’t love sweet potato fries? More here.

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