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5 Tips on Making Thanksgiving Dinner Stress Free!

  • Nov 12, 2009
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5 Tips to Make Thanksgiving Dinner Stress Free:

Eureka! I actually have had to Conquer this Holiday Cooking Monkey before, so I have learned a few Tricks!

For those who are not gourmet, and / or are not interested in wrestling a big ole' turkey and making a million side dishes, here is some advice:


Order a seasoned & partially cooked turkey from Whole Foods or another local gourmet butcher / market (depending on where you live).

*I have done this twice for Holiday dinners and it makes life SO much easier. There are cooking instructions, AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO CLEAN THE BIRD YOURSELF!!!!!

**Typically I have added a few extra spices to the top of the bird, and maybe even stuff some fresh herbs into the cavity like garlic, rosemary sprigs etc. But, this will save you so much time and I have found it turns out just as well as when I do the entire process from scratch.

*** You can also spruce this baby up by wrapping your bird with some fancy thick cut apple wood smoked bacon, we have done this, and it's deeeelightful. As the cookbook says, Everything really is Better with Bacon!
(yes, I DO own this cookbook, thanks Tiff!)

2. Sides, the BEST PART!

* Again, Whole Foods (or another high end market in your area) is an Excellent Source for those who do not want to cook OR who want to make a couple items from scratch, then purchase a couple pre-made to re-heat.

* Their mashed potatoes were great & the stuffing was ok, I think you might want to spruce up their stuffing by adding some extra flavor, maybe even mixing in a browned up ground sausage or some bacon :) Everything IS better with Bacon after all!!!

3I found a great article on how to make an Easy Thanksgiving dinner here, including opting to ROAST A TURKEY BREAST, which is a snap, instead of cleaning and roasting an entire bird.

4. Sandra Lee of the Food Network specializes in Semi HomeMade recipes

5. DelegateTake up your guests on their offer to bring a dish, dessert, or beverages. I used to want to do every single thing myself, wanted to put on the big show because it is so fun for me. But, let's face it, as we get older life gets MORE complicated, so it's time to say "YES" to the offers of help. This will greatly cut down on your work load!!!!

I need YOUR ADVICE on this Vexing Dilemma!

What Thanksgiving Tips or Easy TASTY Recipes do you have to share? 


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November 19, 2009
Great ideas! I usually don't go back to Michigan for Thanksgiving so I end up with groups of people and we definitely split up the duties. I think you forgot the #1 stress free tip of all time: wine...lots of wine! :)
November 12, 2009
Hi Devora, thanks for feedback, my first time trying to "lunch this". do you mean cut and paste the full blog post on the lunch site? Thanks, I'm not very good at this, so tips are very welcome!!! Cameron
November 12, 2009
Glad to hear that you're taking advantage of the Lunch This tool! :) Yes, copy and pasting your post to Lunch would make the post more accessible to Lunchers because most Lunchers are a little hesitant to click on outside links. You can edit your review by clicking the "Edit" link right underneath your review title. Let me know if you have any questions! :)
November 12, 2009
Nice post there, Cameron!  Just a suggestion, but it would be great if you could cross post your post to Lunch, that way, Lunchers can comment and rate on your ideas here ;)

By the way, I thought you might enjoy @djevoke's list on How to Host a Potluck Thanksgiving Dinner!
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Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. While religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now also identified as a secular holiday.

The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention. Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.

Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.
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Date(s): The final Thursday in November. (Annual)

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