Thanksgiving is Not a Potluck

November 13, 2007

Thanksgiving is not a potluck. It is a feast that requires organization, thought, and extra measures – especially if you are cooking for dozens. To prep for the big day (and keep your sanity), start with a shopping list and think of what you can do in advance:

Choose your bird — We like to buy organic or naturally raised turkeys. If you have not done so already, order it now to avoid the disappointment of selling out.

Make your sauces — They are just as important as the turkey and can be easily stored in the refrigerator or freezer.

Decide on your menu – By the end of this week, it’s best to have decided on your menu and to have picked up your non-perishable items. Tip: Don’t choose too many dishes that use the oven or you may not be able to cook everything in your own kitchen.

Check your kitchen essentials – Make sure you have a big enough roasting pan, a meat thermometer, plenty of serving platters, and a gravy boat.

Some of our favorite holiday staples include:

A Best Gravy

Simple Cranberry Relish

Toni’s Nutted Wild Rice

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Coco November 13, 2007 at 11:06 am

I just had to post because I have enjoyed many a Toni Oppenheimer cake. FABULOUS! Two things have helped me simplify and enhance my Thanksgivings over the years. Here they are as tips from one Loulie’s reader to another:

1) Be mindful of what you are thankful for while making preparations: whether it is the Turkey, the friends, the table, the furnishings, delightful wine, the children, or, perhaps just memories of happier times … Life is part of the celebration so being thankful keeps the perspective centered, allowing for more spontaneity… It is also a great antidote to the stress of the “shoulds” that creeps into so many holiday recipes.

2) Make a few of the same things each year. Improvise around these “staples.” (While conserving your energy, staples are not bland or unoriginal, they are the very signature dishes that friends and family will come to love and expect from a Thanksgiving celebration at your home. In addition to a classic Turkey, my annual staples are Cranberry Conserve, Layered Root Vegetable Terrine, and the fixings for “Harvest Parfaits” for the day after…

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