Three days to Thanksgiving! Are you ready?
Listen, even if you aren’t all planned, purchased and prepped yet, it’s okay. You can totally do this. Just sit down and make a list of the dishes you want to serve. Next, gather the recipes and make a list of what you need (be sure to note quantities!). Plan when you will cook things (yes, it matters). Then shop, and get going.
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Thanksgiving Menu Planning Do’s and Don’ts
Do … keep parts of the meal simple. For me, it’s the appetizers. Though I toyed with the idea of going a little fancier this year, I have gone very simple with appetizers for years now. Appetizers always feature cheese and crackers, veggies and dip and an olive plate. It’s all delicious — but also almost effortless.
Don’t … feel obligated to make anything just because it’s tradition. Seriously, if the green bean casserole isn’t your thing, skip it! No one eats the sweet potatoes? Don’t make them! Thanksgiving is about celebration, not obligation!
Do … say yes to offers to bring something. Then tell them what course — how could you say no to an extra side dish? Or another decadent dessert?
Don’t … leave everything to the last minute. Seriously, you want to eat right? And have a peaceful day? Well, then you need to work ahead, get things done and lighten your last-minute workload.
My Thanksgiving Menu 2012
- Shawn’s Rotisserie Turkey
- Foolproof Herbed Turkey Gravy
- Decadent Cheddar Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Apples
- Chestnut and Bacon Ciabatta Stuffing
- Maple Bacon Butternut Squash (make ahead)
- Roasted Herbed Carrots (make ahead)
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes (make ahead)
- Green Beans with Browned Butter and Almonds
- Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Vinaigrette (guest bringing)
- Homemade Jellied Cranberry Sauce (make ahead)
- Cranberry Apple Sauce (make ahead)
What are you making this Thanksgiving?
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.