I want to start off this post with some advice. Not mine, David Lebovitz’s. He posted this incredible blog this morning, My Favorite Kitchen Tip, Ever. It is incredibly helpful, insightful, and smart. If you’ve ever been intimidated by cooking, for the everyday or for a huge holiday meal, this is a must read.
T-minus two days until Thanksgiving!
I can’t believe it’s so soon. Those early weeks of November seemed so full of recipe planning and turkey research. But this last week or so really flew by. No matter, the prep and planning go on!
The next step in preparing for Thanksgiving was to gather all of my recipes and write a huge shopping list. I broke down each dish we volunteered to cook by ingredient, then noted what type of hardware I’d need when cooking it, and then if it was something I could make ahead of time. After several epic shopping trips (to Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop, etc.), we have a stocked fridge and a few of the make ahead items well on their way to Turkey Day.
Our fridge, stocked with all things Thanksgiving:
In the midst of all of my Thanksgiving prep I took some time out to watch Food Network’s Thanksgiving Live special while doing some crafting.
The show was pretty lackluster (Food Network Humor has a great recap up) but I was happy for the extra time to prepare some festive Thanksgiving place cards.
John bought me a great set of alphabet stamps for my birthday from PaperSource. The stamps paired with the silverware stamp we used on our wedding place cards and favors and this pretty red scalloped paper made quick place cards for our Thanksgiving tablescape.
A few other prep highlights so far this week: turkey has been acquired and my homemade bread is currently proofing in he fridge!
Stay tuned for Thanksgiving Prep, Part III! The recipes are coming!