The key to a successful Thanksgiving is planning. Know what needs to get done, when it needs to be done, and how much manpower and time it's going to take you. There's no better way to derail a calm evening by scrambling at the last minute to make sure your turkey is cooked through, or the gravy isn't burning. There are many theories as to when to prep each individual item, but here's my own schedule of events, starting three weeks before Thanksgiving.
Shopping at the supermarket in the few days before Thanksgiving can be as trying (and dangerous) as hitting the outlets on Black Friday. Here's a tip: minimize your time spent fighting rabid shoppers over the last carrots by doing the bulk of your shopping a week in advance. You'll find that almost all of the items you'll need to prepare your meal will store very nicely. Here are some of the things I like to keep on hand. More
Thanksgiving is inevitably going to involve a headache or two (totally worth it, of course), but there are ways to minimize stress. Coming prepared is one of them. Aside from putting together a handy list of expletives to be brought into service against family members and inanimate objects as necessary, you should also have your physical toolkit stocked and ready for deployment. Here are 11 essential tools for your kitchen that will help your Thanksgiving run as smoothly and deliciously as possible. More