The White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey was a hit with readers. The secret is in the brine. (Deb Lindsey/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Thanksgiving means tradition — and pie. We were inspired by what’s served in the White House, and it looks like readers were as well. Here are the five most-viewed Washington Post recipes online for November. They can be found at and in the Holiday Guide 2012 (

1. Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust. Rose Levy Beranbaum’s recipe works especially well with fruit fillings.

2. Herb-Crusted Roast (Butterflied) Turkey. A classic (2007) way to cook the bird faster and more evenly.

3. White House Thyme-Roasted Turkey. We’re still sold on what a wet brine does for white meat. Thyme in the brine means no burnt herbs on the bird.

4. Laura Bush’s Green Beans With Anchovy Butter. Simple preparation yields a rich, salty taste.

5. White House Kale Salad. The one served at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. used ingredients from the White House vegetable garden, of course.

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