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Make Lauren Conrad’s DIY Friendsgiving Recipe Book

Turkey Day any day! “Since leftovers only last so long, we thought it’d be fun idea to take all the recipes we serve at Friendsgiving and put them together in a little recipe book,” says Lauren Conrad, Us Weekly‘s guest entertaining editor. (Watch the step-by-step tutorial video above.)

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The first step is to start by gathering everyone’s recipes ahead of time. After that, it’s just printing and assembling the book. “You can pick whatever color or texture you want — maybe something that coordinates with your tablescape,” suggests the Celebrate author, 31. Decorations add flair to the cover and help personalize the take-away gift. Conrad kept it simple with sticker labels that matched her butcher paper tablecloth. “It could be a dried leaf or a stamp,” she adds.

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Inside the book, she included recipes for her mom’s Thanksgiving dressing, which she actually prefers stuffed inside the bird, and her friend Kate’s southern green bean casserole, among other contributions.

As far as what people are bringing that day, resist the urge to overcoordinate. “The basics are sort of decided, so it’s really just variations,” says the new mom, who welcomed son Liam with husband William Tell in July. “Typically how I’ve done it is while inviting everyone and put them all on an email and say I’ll be providing the turkey along with a few side dishes, if anyone has a favorite they’d like to contribute, please let me know. Then it’s first come, first serve basis — people call dibs.”

If a friend has a special favorite or something they’re known for, Conrad will specifically request it. “And nobody’s upset with two different kinds of mashed potatoes,” she says. She also notes that if someone has dietary restrictions, “they usually provide at least one dish themselves that they can enjoy.” Celebrity News

Make Darby Stanchfield’s Quick and Easy Halibut Recipe

Before starring on the hit ABC show Scandal, Darby Stanchfield grew up fishing with her family in Alaska.” My dad was a commercial fisherman,” she tells Us of how she learned the skill, which she still practices whenever she visits. “My family went to Kodiak last summer, and we caught 700 pounds of fish in two days. I’m the best fisherman of the family — let me tell you!”

Want proof? Watch the Inside My Kitchen video above to see her cook halibut she caught herself.

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Despite her busy schedule, she still loves to cook the majority of her own meals at home, which often means pulling out a family recipe from her back pocket. Stanchfield loves to make this particular dish with whichever type of white fish she has on hand. (Right now, she has quite the selection of filets in her freezer from last year’s excursion.) One other homegrown element to her cooking: a hefty dose of juice from the lemon trees she cultivates in her yard.

Typically, she’ll serve the fish with some sprouted brown rice, but you could also pair it with another Stanchfield favorite: a heaping, vegetable-packed green salad.

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Get the recipe below:

Baked Halibut with Lemon Thyme Pepita Sauce & Artichokes

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 lb of halibut, cut up in individual portions (divided into four portions)

1 can of artichokes (preferably canned in water, quartered)

1 tbsp capers

1 cup sprouted brown basmati rice

Lemon Thyme Pepita Sauce:

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds or pepitas

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

Juice from 1 whole lemon (Meyer, if possible)

1 tsp Dijon mustard

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

4 lemon wedges for garnish

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and put the rice on.

Blend all of the ingredients for the Lemon Pepita Sauce with a hand blender or a food processor.

Cook the rice in two cups water until tender (about 30 minutes), then set aside, with lid covered.

In a glass pan, arrange the portions of halibut so they don’t overlap. Drain the artichokes and add 3/4 of the artichokes around the halibut. Coat each piece of halibut with a liberal amount of sauce, top and bottom. Top with capers. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes for thinner pieces of halibut. For thicker pieces, 20 minutes. Check with the fish with a fork. If it separates easily, it’s done.

Plate the halibut piece on a portion of cooked rice. Add artichokes and capers. Garnish with a lemon wedge.