Each year we do a big Thanksgiving dinner at our house for the three of us. We do this on the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then eat the leftovers all week until we go home for official Thanksgiving with the rest of our family. This will be the fourth year we've done this, and I've just about gotten it down to a science.
After the first year I made a master list: all the dishes, where to find them, and their ingredients. With a few exceptions, I make the same things each year. This list has helped save a lot of time with shopping lists. I also got smart and copied the recipes I use over and over and put them in a binder so I don't have to go hunting down all the different cookbooks anymore.
Now all I have to do each year is calculate my cooking times. I usually make the sweet potatoes, dessert, and cranberries on Saturday and everything else Sunday morning.
This year's menu includes:
- Rolls (I usually use the frozen Rhodes Rolls)
- Green beans
- Sweet Potato Souffle (my aunt's recipe)
- Stuffing (I use Stove Top because I hate picking out celery from real stuffing)
- Cranberry Pineapple Salad
- Pumpkin Pie (my grandma's recipe)