OMG! Thanksgiving is next week….
Here are some sure fire tips to make sure that your turkey day is enjoyable.
Plan the menu – like right now. Take out a pad of paper and write down everything that you want to make. Good job on step one, but now comes the heavy lifting. Take a look at your oven / stove. Do you have enough space for your list? Can anything be pre-done? How long will everything take? What time will dinner be served? Can anything be warmed up or made in a crock pot, grilled outside, or other auxiliary heating source? Can items be baked at the same time? Do you need to adjust a menu item?
I love making thanksgiving and hate to give up control but have acquiesced several times to grilling or deep-frying the turkey. It gets it out of my kitchen & frees up the oven for all of the other goodies & sides. I always pre-make cranberry sauce the day before & prep the dessert if possible, or try to plan it so that it goes in while we are in dinner, so it’s nice and hot! We usually serve a Thanksgiving Dinner, so I have a ton of time that day to cook – but timing is especially important for earlier turkey celebrations.
Here are some other things to consider making that day smooth as glass.
Plan out the logistics:
Having the family help with items – make sure you think through how they will come.
Will you need a bowl / platter / serving utensil?
Do you have enough seats? Table space?
Where will all of the items fit?
Do you have enough plates / glasses / silverware?
Plan out your beverages:
What will you serve? Where will you stage it? Does it need ice? What glasses?
As a family, we love breaking out the beaujolais nouveau for our Thanksgiving celebrations. It’s always released in November, and is a nice light new wine that pairs well with the menu. Pick a cocktail or a wine and beer selection & make sure you have room to keep it cold and the right glassware to serve it.
Plan out the activities:
Will you watch football? Will you need a game or other activities? What will the kids do? What will you do to burn off some energy / calories after or before a meal that large?
We like a hike, or a long dog walk. Putting up Christmas decorations as our activities & usually a puzzle to cool down!
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving! If you need some help with your turkey dinner, don’t hesitate to call us.