Food

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 so it can be nice and chilled!

Thanksgiving Day: In addition to completing your sweet potatoes by seasoning them in your favorite way, make your turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy.  You can buy gravy, but I prefer to make mine from scratch!  Here’s my delicious gravy recipe!

  • Pour the drippings from the turkey into a 2 qt saucepan.  You want to have at least 4 cups of drippings (if you don’t, you can add chicken broth or water).
  • Add a good sprinkle of Bell’s Seasoning (http://bit.ly/1SWsy7I).  
  • In a separate bowl mix 6 tbsp of cornstarch or flour with ½ cold water.  Add this mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickens.  If it’s not thickening, you can make more of the cornstarch (or flour) mixture and add to the saucepan.  

Mangia!!  Have a wonderful, loving, caring, safe Happy Thanksgiving!!