Starting to Plan for Thanksgiving


I go a little crazy at Thanksgiving time. I love to cook for people, and I tend to cook for my family on the day itself, then do another meal with friends soon after.  I make an insanely huge amount of food, too.

This year, I am thinking about skipping the friend Thanksgiving meal. I do love it, but I may be taking on too many things for the holiday season. I need to ask the kids what they think and do a small poll of my friends to see if they will be available on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I have taken on so many other things, though, I am not sure about taking on a full day of cooking. I am not sure about skipping it, either, though, because it makes me sad to think about missing it.

Regardless, I need to do some planning about the upcoming Thanksgiving time, both food-wise and time-wise. I am taking some time off leading up to the big day, plus the day after, so I want to make sure I am using the time wisely. I will be off this Friday, and every day except Tuesday next week, but I will be working at home on Tuesday, so I could do some baking, in theory. I like to spread the cooking out for a few days so that I am not running around like crazy on the day itself, especially since I like to do a late lunch-time meal. I also want to make sure I use my time off wisely to do some other tasks. So this is another post of lists.

Food for Thanksgiving day (subject to change after I consult my family—or not)

  • Dill dip and rye bread with veggies
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Butternut squash risotto (or possibly cornbread stuffing)
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Turkey
  • Steamed green beans
  • Tropical sweet potato casserole

I have no idea how I am going to do the turkey. I am not sure I have ever made a full turkey, between a spotty history of vegetarianism and just having other people make it (my ex-husband or my dad, usually.) However, the boy is excited to make the turkey this year, so I said we would. My dad did offer to come over and do it on the BBQ grill, though, and I may take him up on that.

I am thinking about doing the risotto instead of my usual stuffing this year for a couple of reasons. First, I have been experimenting with going wheat free lately, and I am thinking it is going well. I have eaten wheat a few times and felt that I was having symptoms related to that, although I have not been systematic about it. A much bigger factor, though, is that I am the only one who likes the stuffing I usually make. I love it, and eat enough to make up for everyone else, but I am thinking I may be better off going to the risotto that I know at least 4 of the 6 of us love. I am considering trying out a cornbread stuffing recipe though, so we’ll see.

I am not sure what to do about dessert this year. I might do a crustless pumpkin cheesecake, or some kind of pudding. This gluten free and dairy free pumpkin pudding looks good. I may have to try that out this weekend to taste test.

Things I can make ahead

  • Dill Dip
  • Cranberry sauce
  • The pumpkin pudding up to baking
  • All the chopping
  • Roasting the butternut squash

Writing Tasks I would like to do in my time off

  • Complete Gaming Angels Holiday Guide
  • Complete The Cult of Lego review
  • Posts for ever day
    • Another budget set up post
    • List of gifts to make
    • Menus
    • <More planning needed here>
  • December Convention post for Gaming Angels
  • A few other Gaming Angels things—featured web magazine, featured web comic, talk to other Pulp Angels team members for ideas and schedules

 Crafts I want to work on

Does this seem like too much? I hope not, because I haven’t even gotten to cleaning and reading and gift shopping.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

5 responses »

    • That is what I was thinking, too, but my dad just called and said he already talked to the boy about doing it on the grill. I may do a brined turkey for us, or maybe I will do that friend dinner–are you guys free on the Saturday after Thanksgiving?

  1. We are going to the home of one of Petro’s co-workers so we are just responsible for a side or dessert. I think I will either make Petro’s mom’s stuffing recipe. Which is really more like shredded cinnamon toast. 😉 Or I will try my hand at a pecan pie with the ingredients I can find here in the store. Not sure if I can find corn syrup so I was thinking about trying to make it with golden syrup instead.

    I did a citrus- brined turkey last time I cooked one. It was good. But, I realized we do not like turkey enough to use up the leftovers. So, next time I make one for us it will probably just be a breast or something we can pretty much eat up in one or two meals! Also, if you do a brined turkey make sure to give yourself plenty of time as the thawed turkey needs to sit in the fridge for 12 hours or so!

    • I like the citrus brining idea! I think we will use leftovers, but we’ll find out. I like turkey in soups or casseroles, and the kids like turkey sandwiches, so we should be okay…

      It is hard to tell from your description if Petro’s mom’s stuffing is a side or a dessert, 😉 .

      Sent from my iPhone

  2. We are probably going to the lake on Friday and for the rest of the weekend. Would rather not, but P’s parents are going to be in town – and want to see the lake house. We’ve got to get one more project done before it’s presentable.

    Also, I would think brining at turkey before grilling would be a good (and potentially delicious) idea. The brining would hold the moisture in as it was grilled.

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