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Starting to get anxious about Thanksgiving? One of our Managers, Cheryl, has some great advice for you as you make your plans:

Cheryl’s Thanksgiving Prep Tips 

I like to start all my prep work a few days before the big holiday dinner. First, I make a list of all the ingredients that I will need. Be sure to double check before you go shopping, so that you don’t forget anything.thanksgiving turkey being basted on the stove

I start by brining my Turkey about 3-4 days before Thanksgiving so that it will be nice and juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside. The next few days I will prep and cut up all the vegetables for any side dishes and stuffing.

The day before Thanksgiving I will start by making pies and getting all side dishes that I can ready, like Green Bean Casserole, Potatoes, sweet potatoes pie, appetizers like deviled eggs, cheese and cracker plate, Hot wings, and meatballs. We have about 20-30 people that come to Thanksgiving dinner at our house. That means there is lots of food to be prepared.

If you are planning to make a ham, don’t forget to pop those cloves in the night before!

On the day of Thanksgiving, I will get all pies cooked first thing in the morning. While those are baking, next I’ll get the turkey all prepped and stuffed with either homemade stuffing or just with carrots, celery, apples and onions and LOTS of butter under the skin of the turkey!!

While the turkey is cooking I’ll start making sure all the side dishes are ready to go in the oven or coking on the stove, and getting the table all set.

The trick to making sure all the delicious food will be done about the same time is all in the timing! Some dishes can sit in the warm oven or covered to keep warm. Just remember that the turkey has to sit for a bit before any carving can be done.

And my last tip is to just enjoy the day with your family! Not everything will go as planned so don’t stress yourself out!

HAVE A WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING DINNER!!

-Cheryl

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