Set your kitchen timer: Thanksgiving is two weeks from today.
Dust off the Pilgrim couple salt and pepper shakers, polish the silver and brace yourself for your “favorite” relatives. The day we celebrate in symbolic thanks for the survivors of the Plymouth Rock landing is a day filled with food, family and fun.
What? You’re stressed? No way!
I’ve dusted off my “Thanksgiving for Absolute Beginner (Or Woefully Disorganized)” guide in plenty of time to help your through the day. This download includes a shopping list, recipes for an entire meal and even a cue sheet to help you hit the table hot – even you don’t have a 10-burner Wolf cooktop with double ovens.
Among the recipes is a plan for smoking a turkey breast. I know frying the bird is trendy – but I really love the flavor and the outdoor time I get to spend smoking my bird with a combination of hickory and applewood chips.
The secret is planning and organizing. Get the shopping done early, prepare mise en place for each course (fancy French term for “everything in its place”), follow the cue sheet and prepare for an easy family meal.
Take a deep breath, give thanks that you do not have to hunt down and slay your meal and…enjoy!