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Take Control of Thanksgiving Dinner by Joe Kissell

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Plan Ahead!

 

The most important thing you need to make Thanksgiving Dinner a success—more important than the right kind of potatoes, a great turkey, or an instant-read thermometer—is a good plan. You’re going to be juggling preparation of at least half a dozen dishes that all have to be ready at the same time. To pull this off, you want to start with a clear idea of what has to happen when.

The bulk of your preparation will be divided into three phases: tasks that happen on Thanksgiving Day, tasks that happen the day before, and tasks that happen the week before (or, in some cases, even sooner).

But before you start any of that work—ideally, as much as a month before Thanksgiving—you need to do the planning that I describe in this chapter, because ...

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