All posts tagged: Thanksgiving Dinner

5 Tips to Make Hosting any Thanksgiving Gathering as Easy as Pie (Pumpkin That Is)

Thanksgiving is almost here!  This is SUCH an exciting time of year…I love the blend of family, festiveness, and delicious food! We could not approach the hostessing holiday of the year without checking in with our dinner party expert, Jennifer Dutcher.   Check out her Must Read NOW Guide that will make your Thanksgiving Day more about celebrating and less about work! Tip 1: Get Organized Early – A week before Thanksgiving, ask yourself the following questions: How many guests are coming? (I usually count only adults for food quantity purposes, but add kids in for a seating count) – What’s the menu?  What am I responsible for making and what are others bringing?  I have found it helpful to keep a written menu on the side of the fridge to avoid forgetting to serve something.  Think through appetizers, the main meal, dessert, and beverages. – Create a shopping list.  Consider ingredients for recipes, paper products, and any decorations or serving platters needed. – Create a schedule for yourself.  For example: Monday-> grocery shopping, Tuesday-> …

A Centerpiece for Giving Thanks

Autumn in our Hudson Valley always brings on an abundant harvest to be thankful for. It signifies that time of year when the coming together of our families, spills over with a cornucopia of blessings, and expressions of our gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. When we fill our tables with family, food, and refreshment, the one thing that might be missing is a centerpiece. My niece, (our EIC Andrea Graye), asked me if I like creating table decorations/centerpieces with flowers, foliage, etc. for the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. I do, I have, and there are an array of ideas to tell you about! As I reminisce about my Thanksgiving tables gone by, there is one that I hold dear to my heart: my Italian grandmother’s long, rectangular table! She would scatter different sized bowls, from yellow-ware to crystal, down the center of the table, and fill them with fruits, nuts, and condiments, such as tangerines, grapes, mixed nuts in their shells, figs, lupines, olives, and cranberry sauce. Having these healthy treats to snack on while waiting for the main course made for a lot of happy people….that, and a few bottles of wine rounded out her table! An added option for more ambiance to her centerpiece above would be to …

Thanksgiving Dinner Planned for You!

As I said in a previous article, Fall is my favorite time of year.  Since I was a little girl, it always meant cold days and cozy nights, and being at home with my family.  It just said to me, “gotta get ready for the long winter.” Perhaps what I love most about Fall is Thanksgiving!  It is my MOST favorite holiday and my favorite meal to cook (and the easiest, if you know a few tips). Here are my easy guidelines that I created over my 30 years of making Thanksgiving dinner! The Day Before: Make the stuffing, pies, cranberry sauce, and the first step of your sweet potatoes.  Boil your sweet potatoes until tender (but not falling apart) with the skins on and then once cooked, remove skins and set in fridge for the next day. If you buy canned cranberry sauce, throw the cans in the fridge to get them cold for the big day, or if you like to make your own, you’ll want to do this ahead of time too …