Before I start my list….get a pen…and a notepad. Put it in your kitchen.Take notes as you cook on your own Thanksgiving day…how long things took to cook, the temperatures at which you cooked them, if the turkey was large enough for your crowd, what was good, what wasn’t, etc. I’ve been keeping notes forever….I always write in my cookbooks and on my recipes. But the best thing I’ve done over the years has been to keep track of everything. It takes the guess-work out of the meal each year. No panic. No anxiety. Just smooth sailing. Now….people…here we go:
1. Get organized! Pull all your recipes out and make sure you have all your ingredients ahead of time.
2. Make a time line! Work backwards from the time you want to eat all the way back to the day before Thanksgiving. Plan what time to put the turkey and the sides in the oven and what time to take them out.
3. Make what you can ahead of time! Make your pie crusts and keep them in the frig. Many side dishes can be made a day ahead and baked on Thanksgiving day. Make your pumpkin pie filling a day ahead. Chop onions and fresh herbs and keep in baggies in the frig. It is a real time saver to do this.
4. Be comfy! On Thanksgiving day, wear comfortable sneakers while you are cooking, not bare feet or slippers. You need to support your feet so you’re not exhausted by dinner time.
5. Be smart! If you don’t absolutely LOVE the flowers at the florists or the grocery store, don’t waste your money! Go on a nature walk (or have your family do it) and make your own arrangement for the table. Trust me…if I can do it, anyone can. I STINK at arranging flowers.
6. Enjoy yourself! The whole point of hosting your family and friends is Love. Your family and friends don’t care if things aren’t perfect. They don’t care if the turkey is a bit bland…just do your best, relax, have a glass of wine (or two) and just BE in the moment. ❤
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!