Thursday, November 3, 2011

Planning Ahead - 3 Weeks to Thanksgiving!

Allrecipes Community Member Respecting the Bird!
It's not too soon to start planning ahead for Thanksgiving! Really, it does make a difference. You want to enjoy the day as much as your guests, rather than be stuck in the kitchen. Now that there are only three weeks left until Thanksgiving Day, it’s a great time to get organized for the big feast.

Is your entertaining style casual or formal, contemporary or traditional? Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect opportunity to show it off. Use these simple tips to get started on enjoying on a stress-free day.


5 Tips to Getting Prepared for T-Day

Select your recipes for the feast. Will you serve traditional favorites or introduce new items? What would you like guests to bring?
  1. Invite guests by calling or e-mailing invitations. When guests ask what they can bring, share a few of your menu ideas with them, and keep a list of who’s bringing what dish.
  2. Pre-order your turkey, or buy it ahead and stash it in your freezer so you’re not shopping at the last minute. (If you buy a frozen turkey, write down its weight so you plan the right amount of time for thawing it.)
  3. Make a shopping list based on your recipe selection, and check your pantry for supplies and fresh herbs and spices.
  4. Buy your heavy items such as flour, sugar, wine, and alcohol so they’re already in your house and you don’t have to lug extra weight home the week of Thanksgiving.
Recipe Ideas

Check out this selection of recipes from Allrecipes’ 2010 America’s Choice Thanksgiving Menu for inspiration. They’re the delicious winners in last year’s poll of recipes that home cooks all across the country voted for as their Thanksgiving favorites.  
Appetizer
Feta Cheese Foldovers

Turkey
A Simply Perfect Roast Turkey

Stuffing
Awesome Sausage, Apple and Cranberry Stuffing

Cranberry Sauce
Oranged Cranberry Sauce

Side
Yummy Sweet Potato Casserole

Green Beans
Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole

Potatoes
The Best Mashed Potatoes

Gravy
Savory Turkey Gravy

Pie
Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

What are you planning to cook on November 24th?

-Respect the Bird team

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