A Last-Minute Thanksgiving Menu

November 20, 2012

You've been busy. You've been tired. You've let the days of prepping and chopping and make-ahead-ing pass, and The Big Day, that day that everyone's been talking about (and that you, until now, have been ignoring) is now two days away.

Don't panic. 

Here is a full, well-rounded, nobody-will-ever-know Last Minute Thanksgiving Menu: Thanksgiving simplified, condensed, and served up on your finest china. Take a deep breath, head to the grocery store, and get started. We've got your back. 

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Sage-Candied Walnuts by cristinasciarra

Sage-Candied Walnuts

Make these today or tomorrow, and store them in an air-tight container once completely cooled.


Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve

Roasted Carrot Soup

Whip this up tomorrow, then store it in the fridge. Then, it's just a simple reheat!


Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Red Onion, Lemon and Pecorino by merrill

Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

Shave all of your sprouts the day before, and make your salad dressing. Then, the day-of, all you need to do is slice your onions, crumble your cheese, and toss!


Bacon Bird with Turkey Neck Gravy by aargersi

Bacon Bird

Who needs to dry-brine when you can wrap your turkey in bacon?


Sweet Potato & Parsnip Mash by hardlikearmour

Sweet Potato & Parsnip Mash

Make this mash the morning-of, and then reheat!


Canal House's Cranberry-Port Gelee by Genius Recipes

Cranberry-Port Gelee

Make this today or tomorrrow and pop it in the fridge. Let your guests ooh and aah when you unmold it.


What We Call Stuffing: Challah, Mushroom and Celery by MrsWheelbarrow

What we call stuffing

Do your stale-ing and chopping today and tomorrow; then, all you'll need to do is arrange and bake. (And devour.)


Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage by fiveandspice

Suspiciously Delicious Cabbage

Slice your cabbage up to two hours before; then simmer this together before serving. Your guests will love the smell, and this is best served piping hot.


Maple Cream Tart by amanda

Maple Cream Tart

Make the crust the day ahead, then mix your filling and bake the tart on The Big Day.


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James12 November 20, 2012
google rank Hello would you mind sharing which blog platform you're using? I'm going to start my own blog soon but I'm having a hard time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I'm looking for something unique. P.S Sorry for being off-topic but I had to ask!
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We don't use a blog platform -- the site is built in house. But we hear good things about Wordpress. Good luck, and if we can help you with your Thanksgiving feast, let us know!