It's almost turkey time. Conversations abound with, how many guests are you having for dinner? What sides are you serving, and are you brining/marinating/smoking/deep-frying/steaming/grilling/rotisserie-spinning your turkey? (Speaking of which, in last year's Thanksgiving blog, "Thanksgiving Turkey: Let's Get Fresh", we talked about calculating cooking time and how to artfully dodge the question, "When will the turkey be ready?" There was also something about the danger of laughing and eating at the same time.)
No pressure, but try to remember that Thanksgiving is a day to create memories. The following year, after a trip to Colonial Williamsburg when I was in third grade, my family was obsessed with trying to re-enact our Thanksgiving dinner at King's Arms Tavern. My sister and I wore Colonial girl dresses and mobcaps hand-sewn by my mother, who wore an 18th century gown. My brother and father wore white ruffled shirts and a "no electricity" policy was enacted in the house. (That meant no watching television after dinner.) Everything was by candlelight. It was ridiculously quaint, but memorable for all.
As Thanksgiving is also a time for sharing, following are 10 helpful tips to garnish the day:
- Count backwards. Does the turkey need to thaw? How many pounds equal how many hours equal when do you want to serve the meal? (See aforementioned article and my personal struggle with cooking the perfect turkey.)
What are some of your Thanksgiving tips? (And we promise not to get up from the table while you're in the middle of them.)