There's still time to make this Thanksgiving even better than the last. We asked our fearless co-founders for the back-pocket tips they live -- and cook and entertain -- by. Read on for Amanda's, and find Merrill's here.
Today: Amanda's 3 ways to make Thanksgiving easier, funnier, and more interesting.
Plan for your turkey to finish roasting 2 hours before dinner so you can carve it, arrange it on a platter, dampen it with some gravy, and simply rewarm it in the oven 15 minutes before you serve it. See how it lowers your blood pressure and frees up your oven! Sit down and have a cocktail with everyone!
Seat your guests -- guests, like children, are comforted by structure. This way you can plan the seating and keep family dynamics in check (and you get to put the funniest person next to you).
Ask everyone to say what they're thankful for -- it's sappy, yes, but the host of a Friendsgiving I used to go to would always ask this, and it's amazing what you learn about people when they're nudged to engage.
What are your tips for a successful Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments!
Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.