Mimi Cheng's Dumplings, a restaurant in New York City, has a November special: Thanksgiving dumplings filled with turkey, stuffing and gravy and served with cranberry sauce. Courtesy of Mimi Cheng's hide caption

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America's Test Kitchen founder Chris Kimball offers advice for going "beyond the cranberry mold" this Thanksgiving. Taji Marie for NPR hide caption

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Though it's considered a classic Midwestern dish, Green Bean Casserole was actually born in a Campbell's test kitchen in New Jersey 60 years ago. Love it or loathe it, the dish has come to mean more than just a mashup of processed food. Bill Hogan/TNS /Landov hide caption

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Volunteers learn how to handle balloons for the upcoming Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit. Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo hide caption

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Preeti Mistry's biriyani-stuffed pumpkin. Courtesy of Preeti Mistry hide caption

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Stephanie Deutsch's mother hailed from Long Island where she grew up eating oyster stuffing. Her father was from Texas and loved this cornbread stuffing, which the family continues to make. Courtesy of David S. Deutsch hide caption

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The arrival of election year could mean even more opportunity for cringe-worthy conversation around the holiday dinner table. Vanda Grigorovic/iStockphoto hide caption

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Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish. Ariel Zambelich & Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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