How To Plan Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkey Dinner MenuIt’s that time of year again – time to think about planning your Thanksgiving dinner. Thanksgiving Day is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football, and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal. The Thanksgiving meal is the one meal of the year that you usually know what to expect and what you will be eating. Different areas of the United States have different thanksgiving traditions, plus family have their traditional dishes that must be prepared. Honor your family traditions and make the traditional foods expected. Then add a new dish that you would like to introduce.

Check out my Thanksgiving Dinner Menu (includes recipes) for some great ideas.

Thanksgiving Planning – Stress-Free Thanksgiving The Thanksgiving dinner is a simple meal to prepare. All it takes to pull it off is some advance planning. The best advice is to write down everything you’ll do and then prioritize according to your needs and schedule. And, above all, give yourself ample time to prepare everything; do not “rush things.”


Guidelines for Brining Poultry
The secret to juicy chicken breast is simple – brine them before grilling or baking! This is the secret that chefs never tell you about. It’s very easy and economical, and requires no special cookware. Brining is like a marinade as it keeps food moist and tender. Brining or salting is a way of increasing the moisture holding capacity of meat resulting in a moister product when it is cooked.


Ways to Cook Your Turkey

Oven Roasted Turkey America’s traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner. Guideline for roasting a whole turkey. It appears that “timing is NOT everything.” Recommended cooking techniques must also be followed. A meat thermometer should be used to check the internal temperature of the bird in several places for safety’s sake and to prevent overcooking. More Oven-Roasted Turkey Tips to help you.

Turkey Terminology – Types of Turkeys

Cajun Fried Turkey This is the best way of cooking a turkey I’ve ever tasted. The turkey is anything but greasy as the deep-frying process seals the outside and the turkey remains incredibly juicy, while the skin gets wonderfully crispy.

Barbecued Turkey This is a very easy and efficient way to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. No mess in your oven or the kitchen. A whole turkey may be prepared on either a gas grill or a charcoal grill.

Smoked Turkey
The absolute first step in doing a turkey on a smoker is to pick out a bird that is not the biggest one you can find.


Stuff About Stuffing

Linda’s Favorite Turkey Stuffing
Whether you call it “stuffing” or “dressing,” what’s not to love about turkey stuffing? It’s often one of the best parts of a turkey dinner. Turkey stuffing is one of my favorite dishes for Thanksgiving dinner. It is so easy to prepare. Also be creative – add your family’s favorite ingredients. The following recipe is how I basically make my turkey stuffing.

To stuff or not to stuff
— that is the question on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Hotline. It is an important question to ask as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday draws near, because cooking a home-stuffed turkey can be somewhat riskier than cooking one not stuffed. If the stuffing is not cooked and handled properly, food borne illness could occur.

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash Recipe

Browned Butter Smashed Potatoes with Butternut Squash Recipe will definitely impress your family and guests with its delicious combination of potatoes and butternut squash.  Enjoy these smashed potatoes with mellow butternut squash … Continued

Cranberry Relish

Cranberry Relish Recipe

Our family Thanksgiving dinner would not be complete without my son-in-law’s cranberry relish recipe that grinds in oranges with the cranberries. This flavor combination of sweet and tartness is a … Continued

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