Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

Tomorrow is probably the biggest test of my Adulthood License.  Sure, owning a home and maintaining a marriage are tough, but this is cooking for people who didn’t give birth to you or agree to love you through “sadness, disease, and for poorer.”  These are the times I wish I could be that brooding teenager who criticized all the menu options on the Thanksgiving menu, but had absolutely no part in the preparation.

Thankfully I’m still in the generation where I am progressive enough to Google the mess out of “Thanksgiving cooking for dummies,”

and SMART enough to call my mom to walk me through it.

So before I make my 28th phone call about mashed potatoes, here are some important things that I’ve learned while trying to be a World Wide Web Suez Chef.

1.  9 Unforgivable Things You Should Never Do to a Turkey

2.  After seeing Steps 5-7 of “Making Turkey Stock,” I’m incredibly thankful that I do not have to make it.

5. Then pour off all of the grease from the pan.

7.  Using a wooden spoon, scrape up all the brown crusty bits.

I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m supposed to have Dan do as Captain of the Clean Up Squad.  WTH?????

3.  If you’ve got a die-hard football fan in the house, maybe you should go the “How to Eat Thanksgiving While Watching Football” route.

Making every signature Thanksgiving dish as a finger food might not be a bad idea, except that it’s 100Xs more difficult and time consuming to make these fingertip-poppin’ versions.

Stuffing in the form of Corn Dog Stuffing Muffins.

4.  And in the end, remember the reason for the season: being thankful!  Appreciate the “15 Best Moments of Thanksgiving”

13. Laying a huge dollop of whipped cream on a slice of pie.

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