Recipes your loved ones will gobble up

City Editors Madeline + Jordan are helping set the table this holiday season.


Garnishing anything with parsley makes it look extra fancy.

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Thanksgiving can be a chaotic + overwhelming holiday. From all the visiting family and friends to cooking dishes everyone will enjoy — it’s a lot to manage. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

City Editors Jordan + Madeline are sharing recipes for their favorite side dishes to ease the stress a bit this holiday season.

Jordan’s Instant Pot Mac ‘n’ Cheese


  • 16 oz. elbow macaroni
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp Frank’s Red Hot sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pepper (to taste, but if you’re a stickler about measuring, use 1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste, but if you’re a stickler about measuring, use 1 tsp)
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (I prefer a blend that includes jack, cheddar, queso, and asadero cheeses)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese


  • Dump the noodles, broth, butter, hot sauce, and seasonings into your Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on + seal the release valve. Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes + quick release the pressure.
  • Add the milk + cream cheese, then add the shredded cheese to the pot in 3-4 handfuls, stirring in between each addition until smooth and creamy. Add more seasonings until it’s as tasty as you’d like.

Try something different from pumpkin pie for dessert this year.

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Madeline’s Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls


  • 4 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 package crescent rolls


  • Preheat oven to 360°.
  • Combine cream cheese with sugar + cinnamon. Set aside.
  • Place crescent triangles on work surface + add cream cheese filling to short side of each triangle (~1 tbsp each).
  • Roll towards point of triangle. Instead of curving points, leave crescent roll linear (this will help in the baking process).
  • Place equally spaced on a parchment-lined or nonstick baking sheet.
  • Bake ~15 minutes until golden brown.
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