I try to get as much done as possible before Thanksgiving so that I can kick back and enjoy the day. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday – its about being with the people you care about and food. The food very much lends its self to making ahead . All of the recipes on my side post can be made ahead with the exception of the salad.

I also, find it tremendously helpful to get all of the tableware and centerpieces sorted out as far in advance as possible especially since, the kids are home for most of the week. Laying everything out and labeling what is going where makes it game day much stress free.

Lists , lists and more lists. I love them and they help me create a game plan. I make one for each day leading up and on the big day I make an hourly list. There is great satisfaction in checking things off the list and it makes me feel like there is some control to the chaos.




Smoked Salmon with Herbed Butter on Toast Points

Brie en Croute

Pigs in a Blanket

Main Event

Apple cider braised Turkey

Corn Bread Stuffing with sausage and mushrooms

Creamed onions

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Escarole and Acorn Squash Salad with Blue Cheese Vinaigrette

Cranberry Sauce with Oranges

Pan Gravy


Pecan Chocolate Chip Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Thanksgiving Butter Cookies

Whipped Cream


Put out and label each serving piece according to dish

make cranberry sauce

count napkins

count plates

make sure have enough candles


make centerpieces – this year I went with dried flowers and pheasant feathers

write out place cards

brine turkeys

make corn bread for stuffing

Double check that you have enough glasses


Make stuffing

creamed onions

make sweet potatoes

Get lunch in order for Thursday – we eat later in the day around 5 so there is a lunch course



Take Turkey out of Brine and make sure its dry.

trim brussel sprouts or veggies

3 pm

Assemble salmon toasts

Assemble Brie

Make Mashed Potatoes

3:45 pm

Turkey in Oven – the recipe I use is 45 minutes cooking time

Heat up Mashed Potatoes

Heat up Onions

Finish Stuffing

Roast Brussel Sprouts

assemble salad

Heat up and assemble sweet Potatoes and finish in oven when there is room.

5 pm