November 23, 2022 10:25am CST
I don’t enjoy living in the kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. So I usually prepare everything I can ahead of time. I am blessed that I have my son to share the cooking with. He is making a duck, rolls and dessert. It will be our first time trying duck. I’m making the sides. I have the first one ready and it will just need to be placed in the oven tomorrow.
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• Pikeville, North Carolina
@Tampa_girl7 We did. Thank you. I hope yours was happy, too. Son2 and his spouse-like partner (as the government forms now refer to his live-in fiance) came and spent a couple of nights and left with two grocery bags full of leftovers. My missus still prepares T-day dinner for a crowd.
• East Tawas, Michigan
We do the exact same thing, Marie:) Today, Jay is baking pies and I'm preparing the side dishes. Tomorrow, we will simply roast the turkey, with everything else already prepared. Duck? That sounds wonderful! I don't think I've ever eaten duck before. Enjoy!
I like the way that you think. I have been doing things ahead of time for most of married life for large family gatherings. I used to buy already peeled potatoes for mashed pototoes, then make them up with the sour cream and cream cheese a couple of days in advance and put them into the fridge until the big day. There are so many ways of time saving for holiday cooking, I have a wonderful recipe for slow cooker stuffing which works wonderfully. Happy Thanksgiving to you Marie and to your family.
@Tampa_girl7 I will look up the recipe and send it to you in a pm Marie. it is great if you have to serve a really large crowd. I used to double the recipe (it cooks down) and then do a second slow cooker with a double batch for our huge family. But if you are just cooking for a normal size group, it is just nice to have something low maintenance like that, the only 'work' is browning the onions and celery and that is done at the start before putting it into the slow cooker.
My mother in law did all the cooking back when my marriage was still young and so were my children. Instead of the preparation falling to one of the daughters, it fell to me. Now I do all the cooking. I don't enjoy it that much either and try to fix what I can ahead of time. I also no longer do Thanksgiving on Thursday (heheheh), I do it the Saturday before, so that if the sisters and brothers in law, or my own children, now that they have two sides of a family, can enjoy Thanksgiving on Thursday. Some of the inlaws come for just a bit, don't overload themselves and get ready to do it on Thursday all over again. It's been a win win in my case.