For the dedicated home cook, Thanksgiving is the ultimate marathon. It’s a carefully orchestrated dance of dishes that somehow make it to the table on time.salad dressing on the table and calling it dinner, so meal planning is essential. Mapping out everything from how long to cook the turkey, to a well-organized grocery list is the difference between a pleasant holiday with family and a headache.
Knowing what to cook and when to cook it will help cut down on holiday stress, not to mention extra time in the kitchen and at the grocery store. Stick to your planned schedule, and make-ahead any sides, desserts, or appetizers that you can.
Before you dive into cooking headfirst, consider these tips and tricks that will keep you thankful this holiday.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.