Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Day Before Thanksgiving

by Hannah Reed/Deb Baker

…is busier for me than turkey day, because I do as much as possible ahead of time, and every year I get a little smarter. That way, when the guests arrive, I can join the conversation instead of being chained to the kitchen.

New for this year – I’m making the mashed potatoes today then tomorrow I’ll keep them warm in a slow cooker turned on low. I hope it works out well, because I really don’t like making potatoes the day of.

The family’s secret stuffing gets assembled today, too, since I’m not an in-the-bird stuffing chef, so all I have to do is put it in the oven an hour before the meal.

I’ve had discussions with friends about making the turkey today and slicing it all up, but I love the smell of it as it slowly browns in the oven on Thanksgiving Day. And I'd miss the carving performance by the men in the family.

A roasting turkey in the oven and Macy’s Parade on TV. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Any other shortcuts I should know about??