A selection of sausages - served a la carte - is among the menu options at Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse. Photo: Melissa Phillip, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle

New door: Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse

A selection of sausages - served a la carte - is among the menu options at Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse.

Cooked in a cast-iron skillet, this Vidalia onion cornbread is light and cakey with a little tang and sweetness. The onions taste almost like they've been fried. Photo: Richard Drew, STF / AP

Recipe: Sweet onion enhances cornbread baked in cast-iron skillet

Ashley's Vidalia Onion Cast-Iron Cornbread features a light, cakey cornbread with a little tang and a little sweetness and a salty savoriness from almost-fried onions that take it over the top.

Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff / © 2016  Houston Chronicle

Wild abundance: This Thanksgiving, celebrate the glorious natural bounty of Texas on your holiday table

Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle

Margherita pizza at Dolce Vita

Chronicle critic Alison Cook's 2017 Top 100 restaurants list features the best of Houston dining.

The Crawfish Kitchen Recipe crawfish at Cajun Kitchen.

Tart lemon and orange slices, along with garlic, butter and onions, make Cajun Kitchen's Crawfish Kitchen Recipe a standout this season.

Sassy Spiced Pecans Super-fresh pecans and spices in this simple recipe take a perennial Southern favorite from the ordinary to the sublime. Have these treats out on the counter in a pretty bowl when guests arrive; with a big meal like this, why bother with elaborate appetizers? Yields 3 cups   3 cups pecan halves 1 cup coarse organic cane sugar 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder 1 teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla

Prep for these wild Thanksgiving sides can be done prior to feast

Recipes I need to save for Thanksgiving: Purple Sweet Potato Pie, Wild Rice and Mushrooms

A Thanksgiving feast by Houston cookbook author Susan L. Ebert using locally grown, foraged and hunted ingredients features, clockwise from top left: Beet and Blood Orange Salad, Wild Rice with Mushrooms, Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey, Bone-Broth Turkey Gravy, Sassy Spiced Pecans, Whole Wheat Icebox Cloverleaf Rolls, Rosemary Roasted Medley with Olives and Purple Sweet Potato Pie. Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff / © 2016  Houston Chronicle

Wild abundance: This Thanksgiving, celebrate the glorious natural bounty of Texas on your holiday table

A Thanksgiving feast by Houston cookbook author Susan L. Ebert using locally grown, foraged and hunted ingredients features, clockwise from top left: Beet and Blood Orange Salad, Wild Rice with Mushrooms, Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey, Bone-Broth Turkey Gravy, Sassy Spiced Pecans, Whole Wheat Icebox Cloverleaf Rolls, Rosemary Roasted Medley with Olives and Purple Sweet Potato Pie. Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle

Frenchy's Chicken. A three-piece meal served with beans and rice.

A three-piece meal served with beans and rice.

Fielding's Local. Flammkuchen with bacon, creme fraiche, onions and leek fondue.

Chronicle critic Alison Cook's 2017 Top 100 restaurants list features the best of Houston dining.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar. Pistachio Napoleon with fresh raspberry sorbet.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar. Pistachio Napoleon with fresh raspberry sorbet.

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