Fall is the season of the cook – and in the U.S. and wherever Americans are, this is the month of the Thanksgiving Day Dinner cook.
No other day of the year sees as many cooks cooking the same meal, with a few variations, every year as the fourth Thursday in November. No other day sees novice cooks tackling dinners for more than two or four guests, either. Cooks who are understandably nervous about cooking foods they never make, for people they rarely see, with outcomes unknown.
I’m here for you
That’s why I’m here for you, via email, in comments and on Facebook. I even have a hotline phone number in the upper left of this site. I am a real person, a real cook, and I answer it. If you get my voice mail, it’s likely because this time of year, I’m talking to someone else – trying to help them with turkey matters or other crises that have come up in the kitchen. Leave your name and number and I promise to call you back.
From buying to carving – all things turkey dinner
Bookmark this site and sign up for the Appeteaser. All month long I’ll be talking turkey, dressing (stuffing), sweet potatoes, corn, chowder, vegetables, breads, desserts, drinks and table settings. The Appeteaser will deliver my newest headlines to your inbox once a day.
None of us are alone
I’ll have lists of other sites to help you as well, and a host of simply great ideas and time- or money-saving tips to make your dinner come off like a pro.
The Thanksgiving Day Planner
We’ve got the ultimate Thanksgiving Day planner, too – since the dinner is all about planning and timing. It’s a guide listing when to buy and cook, and time everything to be able to sit down with your guests and enjoy your dinner along with them.
All you have to do is supply the ingredients, get the guests, pay attention, and we’ll pull off another year of Thanksgiving dinners around the world to be thankful for.
Click on that link, print it out and start crossing off your tasks.
It starts now
Right now is when you should be thinking about your guest list, deciding what you’d like to cook this year, and having housework like carpet cleaning or minor painting or repairs completed. Plan your decorating theme. Check out table and chair rentals if you’re going to need to rent things.
This year, look for recipes for brining a turkey, cooking one with a spicy rub, and smoking the turkey on a grill. I’ll have some fun new cocktails to start your dinner, and some fabulous desserts to end it – with all kinds of recipes for the meal in between – at least one each day. I’ll have a day of looking at great serving dishes and tools any cook can use; my friend Scott Simmons of the Kitchen Kollectibles column will write about using vintage items to incorporate special memories into your day.
To get you started, here are articles from Thanksgivings I’ve written about to start you off. If you do a search for “Thanksgiving” on my site search block on the upper right column, you’ll find dozens of other articles.
Readers: Share your recipes!
I welcome readers’ recipes – feel free to email them to me if you’re willing to share them, and send them to me at Jan@JanNorris.com – with Share My Recipe in the subject line. Tell me a little about it if it’s an heirloom recipe or just one that you like or have come up with recently. If it’s from a printed source, please include the source. I’ll post them along with your photo here.
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I’m grateful to you, my readers. Let’s all be thankful we have food on the table, and remember those who don’t, especially this month. Volunteer or contribute to your local food bank or Meals on Wheels along with me.