Thanksgiving Greetings to You All!
Despite the colder weather, this is a time of year to be spent
warmly with family and friends. But all too frequently one person
in the household gets stuck in the kitchen preparing the
traditional feast, after having done all the shopping for it as
well. ("Unfair!" cries Kate the KitchenRat."Unfair!")
At the Global Gourmet, we want to change all that by offering you a
"Thanksgiving No-Brainer" for Thanksgiving. Some of you are
seasoned chefs who have everything under control. Others may be
preparing their first Thanksgiving Dinner on their own, or you may
be so busy working you don't have much time to devote to it.
Whichever category you fall into, we think this No-Brainer's guide
will be both delicious and valuable.
When you think about it, Thanksgiving can really be so
eeeeeeeeeeasy! The secret is in the planning and staging of the
event. And that's what we have created for you here. Except for
minor tasks to be done a day or so in advance, this whole meal can
be prepared on Thanksgiving Day in just about four hours, even
allowing time to mingle with your guests. Starting with the basic
principles below, we offer a complete guide to preparing the
holiday dinner so that you can spend more time *out* of the kitchen
than in it—and still have a fantastic traditional meal.
In this section, you'll find printable lists and recipes for the
- Shopping List
- Batterie De Cuisine (Cookware & Utensils)
- Timetable (For Advance Preparation and Cooking Day Tasks)
- Complete Recipes
You can even print out the menu as a text document, convert with
your favorite typefaces and use it as a fun and practical
invitation. Here, then, are the basic rules to go along with the
Global Gourmet's No-Brainer Thanksgiving:
Rule #1: Stop the Insanity
Thanksgiving is too often way overdone. Just how many different
foods do you really need on the table anyway? No wonder people feel
bloated and uncomfortable after a huge Thanksgiving banquet. We
think a Thanksgiving meal can be even more elegant and satisfying
if the menu focuses on a limited selection of the traditional
favorites. Any additional favorites can be made to accompany the
leftovers—*after* the big day is over. Or, make your personal
"must-have" favorites and ask invited guests to supplement them
with theirs. It's more important to really enjoy the quality of the
meal and to share it with others than to be mere gluttons eating
mass quantities of food.
Rule #2: Get Your Ducks In a Row
How many do you plan to feed? Do you have enough plates and
utensils? What about seating space? The key to answering these
questions is: Make it manageable. Sometimes it's unavoidable, but
try not to invite more guests than you can comfortably accommodate.
If you do, then ask one or two of them (preferably the ones that
don't cook well) to bring the extra plates or chairs.
Rule #3: Plan & Prepare in Advance
Use this No-Brainer Guide as your model. Follow it exactly or alter
where you see fit. But keep in mind the idea is to be organized and
have an exact plan to follow. Check off the items on your lists as
you go along. You'll see just how easy it can be if you're not
trying to do a zillion things at once.
Rule #4: Have Fun!
Enjoy yourself. Schedule the tasks so that they fit comfortably
within your lifestyle. Play some music while you're cooking, sip
some sherry as you go along, take breaks when your feet get tired.
By being more organized and following this No-Brainer Guide to
Thanksgiving, you should be able to spend more time actually
enjoying the event and your loved ones around you.
We hope you find this No-Brainer Guide helpful, and we wish all
of you a...
Happy & Delicious Thanksgiving!
— Kate Heyhoe, the Global Gourmet
Thanksgiving at The Global Gourmet
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Perfect Turkey Handbook
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This page modified November 2006