Whether you’re feeding four friends or forty members of your extended family, putting a meal on the table that consists of more than three elements [turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes] takes a little planning.
Maybe you’re off the hook this year — you’re not hosting the whole feast, but you’re supposed to bring a dish [or two] to share. Either way, you’ll be happier as the big day approaches, if you plan ahead.
Some good ideas for surviving Thanksgiving week with your sanity intact:
- Make lists — a menu of what you’re making, and a list of which recipes to use. We have a big recipe index loaded with traditional Thanksgiving dishes and creative alternatives.
- Make compromises. You can make some things from scratch, and some things can be storebought. The process of cooking from scratch can be a joy in itself, but not if it totally stresses you out. Your family and your friends would much rather eat storebought rolls than watch you cry over underperforming yeast dough.
- Ingredients. Duh, it’s pretty obvious, but do you have all the ingredients called for in all the recipes you’ve chosen? Remember: if it’s an herb, spice, chile, oil, vinegar, or ingredient for baking, we have it on hand here at AllSpice.
- Perfect timing. You don’t want to have to get up before dawn on Thanksgiving, just to get dinner on the table by midafternoon. Make a plan, and figure out which dishes you can make in advance, and enjoy *not* multitasking as you make them, one by one, over the next few days.
- Gracious guests and gifts. If you are playing the part of the guest this year, it’s a good idea to bring a host/ess gift along. If you are playing the part of the host/ess this Thanksgiving, you may want to have a special something tucked away to surprise the guest who has traveled a distance to see you — or for the dear soul who has given up Thanksgiving with *their* side of the family, to spend the day with yours.
And if you get stuck on any part of your Thanksgiving prep, please don’t hesitate give us a call: 515-868-0808, or stop by. We’ll be here to field your questions, and give our expert opinions, on anything food-related.