The ultimate guide to your first stress-free Thanksgiving

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 06:11:03 AM. Here's how to set things on the right track for the upcoming holiday from the beginning, starting with planning.
Maybe it's your first time cooking for . Or maybe you're hoping this is the first time you'll prepare it without inviting stress into the kitchen, too. Whatever the case, I have just the meal for you - along with the strategies to back it up. This lineup feels familiar but not jaded, and best of all, it's simple to prepare. (No need to start a countdown 18 days in advance.) My menu offers all the flavors and memories of a traditional meal with recipes that are hard to mess up - and won't crowd your oven. At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is not about winning awards for having tackled a complicated, intimidating set of recipes. Worrying, particularly about something you can so easily control, is not the way anyone wants to spend Thanksgiving (or any day, for that matter). Instead, when you follow my advice, your mind-set will be calm and welcoming. That's a godsend, because the most important part of the meal isn't actually what's on the table, but the chance to connect with the people sitting around it, and to reflect about gratitude. Here's how to set things on the right track from the beginning, starting with planning: 1. Keep the scope of the meal small and manageable. Choose carefully. You don't have to tick off every box. Just because so-and-so grew up with two types of stuffing and another guest waxes poetic about three desserts doesn't mean you have to make them. You can have all the nostalgic flavors in a handful of simple dishes. Besides, the fewer the dishes, the...Read more
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