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Though food maven Gail Simmons is a born-and-raised Canadian and didn't celebrate American Thanksgiving until she moved to the States 12 years ago, it's by far her favorite adopted holiday.
"When I first moved here," Gail said, "one of the first things that struck me about the holiday is that no matter who you are, or where you live, Thanksgiving is the day that you do anything you have to do to be with your family. Putting together friends, family and the kitchen makes it my perfect holiday."
Since she just wrapped up her second season as host of Top Chef: Just Desserts, we figured Gail would be the perfect piecrust guru to help us get through this Thanksgiving. Her never-fail tip? Don't overwork your dough, and make sure you chill it.
"It’s all about the resting process," Gail says. "When you’re bringing all the ingredients together in your food processor, you want it to come together until it turns into a ball really quickly, and then stop it right there. Take it out of the processor onto a floured work surface, and gently form it into a ball shape, wrap it and put it in the fridge. Stop playing with it! You don’t need to knead it; it’s not bread, and it’s not pizza dough. It needs to be rested and chilled in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes before you roll it out."
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