Thanksgiving Day Planning

November 21st


This year, I’m adding the following to our table of friends and family for Thanksgiving day celebrations (friends are bringing the bird, gravy and mashed potatoes):


Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls I like to surprise friends with the delivery first thing Thanksgiving morning. They can be picked at all day, or enjoyed first thing with a big mug of coffee. They are warm and gooey and wonderful and a great kick off to a day of excess.


The feast:

Cheese platter

Parsnip carrot soup — served in tiny glasses, to be sipped before dinner

Brussels sprout hash — because, yes. I just love these and I don’t care if I have to take the remainder of the dish home with me. YUM.

Cranberry and ginger relish from Orangette — I’ve made this in the past and it is making me drooly just thinking about it.

Sweet potato casserole, family recipe

Big, fluffy rolls. I may get adventurous and try this recipe. I may buy them.

{Fluffy roll + turkey + cranberry + sweet potato casserole = heaven. Like, I’m pretty sure that is what is served in heaven any time you want it.}

The recovery:

Ice cream, dark chocolate sampler — pie is for the birds.


This is the first year without my Grandma Max, who loved this holiday. I plan on having a bowl of giant black olives and tiny pickles on the table too, in her honor. (I wish I’d thought to ask for her pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.) Off to make a market list and pulling out dishes.

My favorite large-meal hack: the day before, I line up platters and dishes with post it notes labeling the recipe and the order for cooking, along with non-refrigerated ingredients. It helps me keep everything in order and warm when ready to be served.

What is your Thanksgiving tradition?





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7 Responses

  1. Because Matt works on Christmas Eve and we can never travel to visit his family, we’ve ended up always celebrating Thanksgiving with his family. They don’t go quite as crazy with a zillion side dishes as my family does (probably because they’re feeding 6 adults instead of 40) and I don’t like their stuffing, but I’m learning to embrace a lower-key celebration. I will be bringing roasted sweet potatoes topped with toasted pecans. (ps, I can’t believe you don’t have pie at your Thanksgiving! Un-American, I say!)

  2. We always head to my in-laws for a huge extended family feast! it’s totally potluck, although we sort of assign dishes in advance. this year our little family is bringing the relish tray and both pumpkin and apple pie!

    I love spending the time with such a large group, and then when all’s done we head home and lug the xmas tree out of the basement and plug it in! I don’t care if the ornaments get up right away (although I usually get them on by the next evening!) but I need the glow of that tree to get the Christmas season kicked off right!

  3. Love all of it! You rock!

  4. You are so organized!

    We go to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving now. My mom makes a list and tells us what to bring. Yesterday I was told cauliflower, celery with cheese spread and peanut butter and a pie.

  5. It seems you’ve planned everything in details…I’m sure it will be a success! Keep us posted with photos….

  6. Oh man, sounds DELICIOUS!!!!! Hope you guys have a wonderful, wonderful Thanksgiving celebration, Kelli! 🙂

  7. AdamMackWright November 25, 2013

    Getting all of your stuff organized before you start cooking is called “Mis en place”. Now you can sound all fancy.