Since Thanksgiving 1979*, Tom and I have been cooking and celebrating our holiday feast together. (So many years . . . of turkey and stuffing and cranberries and pie.)
Our tried-and-true recipes show the wear and tear of decades of Thanksgiving use. (This is the only stuffing I've ever made -- first tried in 1981 and still in the turkey 35 years later.)
We've pretty much got it down to a science by this point. In fact, our Thanksgiving menu is so entrenched that I dare not change a thing! From time to time, I've suggested a new sweet potato recipe or rebelled by trying a different cranberry sauce. Nope. The family is not having it! (But, Moooom. I loooove those sweet potatoes.)
So, as the big day approaches, it's time to fire up the Thanksgiving Machine.
Our "recipe" for Thanksgiving?
- Plan ahead. (Order a fresh turkey in early November -- and don't forget to order extra legs!)
- Stay organized. (We keep all of our Thanksgiving recipes together in one file, so we know just where they are.)
- Create a timetable. (When to do what, from a couple of weeks out until the big day.)
- Make a master shopping list. (And shop early enough that the crowds aren't last-minute crazy.)
- Do what you can ahead of time. (So much less frustrating.)
- Enlist help. (Much easier these days, with so many capable adults.)
- Stay out of each other's way. (And watch out for dog-helpers.)
- Laugh often. (Because something will always be . . . funny.)
Most of all? Have fun -- and enjoy the time with family and friends!
* In our earliest years, we did spend a couple of Thanksgivings at our respective "family tables". But for the most part? We've been cooking it our way -- and loving it!