Monday, November 19, 2007

Sanity Tips

We're in the home stretch for the holiday ahead. Here's a few tips you probably already know to help make the day run smoother:

Make a grocery list from all of the recipes, checking off what you have on hand and then itemizing the list by area of the store. The store is crowded, make it easy on yourself by being organized.

If you have time off ahead of the holiday, make pies and desserts ahead if possible. Set the table and any extra chairs up ahead of time.

The day before, do as much of your measuring and prep work as you can. You can store the prepped ingredients in the fridge in storage containers. Some recipes like dressing can be fully prepared the day before, just leaving the cooking to the day of. Chill the wine.

If you have family around, don't be shy. Put them to work! If someone asks what to bring, don't be afraid to assign dishes or wine or even ice to friends and family who will be attending. Guests like to contribute. An easy request is to have a guest bring an appetizer to give everyone something to munch on ahead of time. That way, you can focus on the main meal.

If you only have one oven, plan recipes for the same temperature as your turkey, and choose more sides that can be prepared on the stovetop.

Never turn down help with the dishes. Never.

Have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!

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