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Thanksgiving Dinner – Plan It Out to Pull It Off

November 21st, 2014 · 2 Comments



Here’s a 3-year-old’s idea of how easy Thanksgiving dinner is. If only!

Actually, the dinner isn’t that hard. If you break it down into the individual dishes, it’s really quite easy, once you know How to Cook A Turkey.  There are enough recipes around the web that teach you how to make every part of the meal succssfully.

But it’s all that planning and timing. There be the dragons of Thanksgiving dinners everywhere.

Just consider: You’re doing what hotel banquet chefs (PLURAL) do every day, but without all the help! It’s a heroic thing to make this dinner with maybe only one helper – let alone do it by yourself. And guess what – most pro cooks get into trouble and have looked like this at one time:




Things go smoothly at first, then the clock seems to do this:


Slow down and don’t panic

No worries! I’ve got you covered – here’s my pretty much fail-proof planner.

It covers everything from tablecloths, to how much to cook, to when to put the rolls in the oven. I can’t help you with dear evil Aunt Rose, who insists on smiling as she asks why you’re not married – especially since “even Charles Manson is!”

Print this out!

Click on the link below and print out my master plan tonight – hoping it’s Friday before Thanksgiving as I write it, you have most of a week to get going.

Sit down with your recipe box and a glass of wine. Get a pen and paper and get to work. The planning you do now will make you feel like this, the day of:



GO HERE for the Thanksgiving Day Planner!




Tags: Holiday cooking

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Orlando Street Food // Dec 16, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Great post. It’s a very fine tuned list and my daughter would love this step by step.

  • 2 Scott Baker // Dec 28, 2016 at 9:41 am

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