11/22/2011 1:41 AM
You have your menu, you have your cooking schedule, now it's time to cook the main course! Follow the directions on the turkey for how long to thaw it (if frozen) and how long to cook it.
Here is a handy guide from our friends at the FDA about thawing your bird and food handling safety tips. There are literally thousands of recipes for ways to cook a Thanksgiving Day bird, so choose one you think you can manage and try it out.
My Turkey Time Recipe:
11/22/2011 1:24 AM
Make a Game Plan
While you may be tempted to just start cooking, unless you have multiple ovens and stoves at your disposal, you will need to schedule it out. I often make some of the food the day before or in the morning and then just reheat it later. In fact, for things like the green bean casserole and honey glazed carrots, I think they taste better the next day because it lets the flavors sink in more. So, decide on a meal time, schedule out how long it will take to cook the bird and then determine how long it will take you to make each side dish and what needs to go in the oven. To see the menu used for this schedule, view Guide To Turkey Day: Part 1 - How Do I Plan A Thanksgiving Menu?
My Thanksgiving Day cooking schedule looks like this:
11/22/2011 12:30 AM
Thanksgiving is just a few days away, which means it is time to get your cook on! Everyone knows the feeling of doom when you realize you are in charge of making the Thanksgiving spread and you have no idea where to begin. So, since I have successfully cooked up a few Thanksgiving meals, I created my Guide to Turkey Day to help out!