Are you ready for Thanksgiving? You can make it a stress-free one if you follow a few simple tips:
•Plan your menu and create a detailed shopping list. Make sure to read through each recipe and double check that every ingredient is on hand or included on your list.
•Contact family to let them know what they should bring.
•Write out a timetable for recipes that can be made well-ahead, the day before or day of. A lot of holiday baking can be done early. Wrap securely and freeze your treats.
One week before:
• Shop for all the non-perishable items on your list.
• Do an equipment check: you’ll need a roasting pan, plenty of pots, pans, baking dishes, dinner and dessert plates, glassware and flatware to accommodate your crowd. Purchase or borrow anything you’re missing.
One day before Thanksgiving:
•Assemble side dishes like stuffing; refrigerate, covered until ready to bake tomorrow. Add a few minutes to the bake time for chilled ingredients.
•Shop for any salad greens or fresh items.
• Set the table; try a centerpiece of mini pumpkins, gourds and nuts cascading down the center of the table. Place candles in glass votives throughout the arrangement for a warm Thanksgiving glow.
On the Big Day:
•Let your turkey sit at room temperature for 1 hour before roasting it according to the directions included with the bird. Take out the giblets and neck and rinse it in cool water. Pat it dry.
•Complete side dishes and reheat gently before the meal.
• Sit back, relax and enjoy your guests. You’ve got it all under control.
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