Even if you will have a smaller group around the table this Thanksgiving, the holiday meal takes a lot of work. From planning the menu to doing the shopping, from roasting the turkey to rolling out crust for pies, the tasks take nearly as much time for the four in your social circle as it might for 12 at the usual big extended family doings. If you need a hand with that, The Daily Meal has a timeline for you, a day-by-day strategy, broken down by task and the hours each will take, leading up to the big day.
“The key to having a successful Thanksgiving dinner is to plan meticulously and take things slowly,” writes The Daily Meal’s Carolyn Menyes. Indeed.
Take a look at her plan here. It offers tons of recipes for everything from make-ahead casseroles to several stuffings, new cocktails to mix up to breakfast dishes and snacks for the cook. Plus, you’ll find tons of tips — from cleaning out cupboards, fridge and freezer to make way for the onslaught, to timesavers on prepping veggies ahead and what dishes it’s OK to just pick up at the supermarket.
You’ve got 14 days. GO!
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