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Alexandra Guarnaschelli’s Scallop Gratin With Gruyère and Scallions
Inspired by Maria Guarnaschelli.
Alexandra Guarnaschelli, the chef at Butter, says her mother (cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli) was going through a Julia Child–inspired French phase when her Gruyère-rich scallop gratin first came out of the kitchen. Since then, Guarnaschelli hasn’t so much as tweaked the recipe. The mushrooms, shallots, and vermouth play up the scallops’ natural sweetness; the toasty, thyme-seasoned bread adds a savory crunch. Even the old-fashioned serving size is part of the charm, Guarnaschelli says: “It’s so small, you want more.” See the recipe.

Photo inset: Alexandra Guarnaschelli, 1974.

Sara Jenkins’s Purée of Chestnut Soup
Inspired by Nancy Harmon Jenkins.
Porchetta’s Sara Jenkins grew up celebrating the most American of holidays at her parents’ rustic vacation home—in Tuscany. The spread took on a Mediterranean essence. While her father roasted pork loin over the fire—large turkeys were hard to come by in Italy in the seventies—Jenkins assisted her mother (cookbook author Nancy Harmon Jenkins) with the chestnut soup by gathering chestnuts from the garden. Jenkins now punches up the original recipe by adding rosemary (to cut the sweetness) and finishing it with crème fraîche, a little cracked pepper, and chives. The result is a silky-smooth starter with a nutty kick. See the recipe.

Photo inset: Sara Jenkins, 1971.

George Mendes’s Marinated and Roasted Turkey
Inspired by Fernanda and Natalia Mendes.
In Aldea Chef George Mendes’s large Portuguese family, his mother, Fernanda, and aunt Natalia co-headed the preparation of the Thanksgiving feast and its all-important bird. After soaking the turkey in a Portuguese marinade, they cooked it in an old-fashioned roaster before browning it to a deep orange. Mendes has added brining to the process—for another layer of flavor—but otherwise stays true to the family recipe. The perfectly roasted bird picks up traces of smokiness from Spanish paprika and a hint of sharpness from vinho verde. “The beauty is the simplicity,” says Mendes. See the recipe.

Photo inset: George Mendes and his mother, 1975.

David Chang’s Soy-Braised Short Ribs
Inspired by Chung Hi Woo.
David Chang’s Korean mother, Chung, made her soy-braised short ribs whenever there was anything worth celebrating. For his extended family’s 50-person potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner, she served them alongside traditional turkey and stuffing. And to great acclaim: “My mother always messed up the turkey, but never the beef,” Chang says. Soy sauce, pear juice, scallions, mirin, and garlic enhance the ribs’ intense beef flavor, while the slow-cook process leaves the meat remarkably tender. See the recipe.

Photo inset: David Chang and his mother, 1983.

Shea Gallante’s Sweet Potatoes With Marshmallows
Inspired by Carol Davenport.
Ciano Chef Shea Gallante says his mother, Carol, was way ahead of her time, emphasizing healthy, locally sourced food in her cooking and not allowing sweets at home. That is, except on Thanksgiving, when the kids knew they could expect marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes. Today, Gallante takes the decadence even further, with more butter, smoked cheese, and a finish of sea salt. The smoky Pecorino gives a bacon-y effect: “It’s one of the nuances people like, especially paired with something sweet and rich,” he says. “Once a kid, always a kid.” See the recipe.

Mami baking dish from Alessi on Madison. Photo inset: Shea Gallante and his mother, 1983.

Zak Pelaccio’s Brussels Sprouts
Inspired by Linda Pelaccio.
When the Fatty Crab’s Zak Pelaccio was growing up, his mother Linda’s cooking was so popular among his neighborhood friends that they inevitably came scavenging for leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner. The most sought-after menu item was, improbably enough, Brussels sprouts. Now that he shares the holiday-cooking duties with his mom, Pelaccio adjusts the original recipe only slightly, adding garlic, thyme, and a little maple syrup to balance out the vegetable’s bite. See the recipe.

Photo inset: Zak Pelaccio and his mother, 1984.

Alfred Portale’s Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Fresh Goat Cheese
Inspired by Connie Portale.
At his family’s Thanksgiving get-togethers, Gotham Bar and Grill chef Alfred Portale’s Italian-American mother, Connie, insisted on a few culinary traditions, none more essential than the requisite Italian-style baked-cauliflower dish. Portale has since revamped that preparation into a warm cauliflower-based salad, which is caramelized in the oven, then enhanced with seasonal ingredients like cranberries, apples, and roasted nuts. See the recipe.

Photo inset: Alfred Portale and his mother, 1965.

Thomas Keller’s Creamed Pearl Onions
Inspired by Betty Keller.
With six children and a night job, Per Se chef Thomas Keller’s mother, Betty, rarely had time to cook. But for Thanksgiving she faithfully produced a feast that included her own favorite dish: creamed pearl onions. Though Keller was an onion-averse child, he eventually found them to be a culinary opportunity, overhauling his mom’s recipe. Keller’s revised version replaces canned and frozen ingredients with fresh ones, and adds sherry, chives, and bacon fat to intensify the flavors. “I like to take a dish that was quality then and bring it up to today’s standards, now that we know better and have everything fresh in the grocery store,” he says. See the recipe. Photo inset: Thomas Keller and his mother, 1956.

Tom Colicchio’s Sausage Stuffing With Golden Raisins and Sage
Inspired by Esther and Michael Corvelli.
In Craft chef and owner Tom Colicchio’s household, it was his grandparents, Esther and Michael Corvelli, not his mom, who handled the Thanksgiving cooking duties. Young Tom’s favorite dish was their sausage-laced stuffing. He liked it so much, in fact, he eventually took over making it, but not without some experimentation. “One year I tried using golden-raisin-and-fennel bread, and it worked well,” Colicchio says. The outcome is a trifecta of rich, sweet, and crunchy. See the recipe.

Photo inset: Tom Colicchio and his grandfather, 1972.

Mario Batali’s Apple Pie
Inspired by Marilyn Batali.
When Thanksgiving rolled around, Mario Batali’s French-Canadian mother, Marilyn, would toil for days in advance. To Batali, nothing was more worth the effort than her all-American apple pie. Though his mom chose standard Roma apples, Batali makes his version with Macouns because of their acidity. And in Batali’s recipe, pork lard shamelessly takes the place of Crisco to create a flakier crust, with the faintest flavor of ham. “My mom’s pie is still better,” he says. “But given a second choice, I’d say mine.” See the recipe.

Photo inset: Mario Batali, 1963.

Karen DeMasco’s Ginger Pumpkin Pie
Inspired by Nancy Parham.
Locanda Verde pastry chef Karen DeMasco’s pumpkin pie is actually three generations in the making. Her mother, Nancy, inherited the base recipe from her own mother before sharing it with DeMasco. While the original had been a family crowd-pleaser for years (“My dad is insane for it,” DeMasco says. “He eats the pumpkin pie for his birthday instead of cake”), DeMasco’s rendition perfects the crust by using butter and lard, and reimagines the filling to be custardlike in consistency. For a final hint of sweetness and spice, DeMasco adds grated fresh ginger and maple syrup. See the recipe.

Photo inset: Karen DeMasco and her mother, 1973.

Time/Timeless
Peter Sagar, London, United Kingdom
This heavy timber structure, enveloped in a curtain of hessian, appears to float off the ground. According to Sagar, it “aims to achieve an awareness of time by removing the viewer from his surroundings and placing him into an environment in which he can only appreciate the passing of time by the changing of daylight and the eventual emergence of the night sky.”

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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