I just can’t help myself. I’m attempting a “casual” Thanksgiving this year, with some formalities giving way to convenience. We are headed out of town early Friday morning for a soccer tournament, so hauling all (my mother’s) china out of the basement has zero appeal. (It’s not the hauling out, it’s the putting back that I dread.) So does the thought of lots of leftovers, extensive furniture moving and tracking down doilies. But declaring a “casual” Thanksgiving and actually staying “casual” are two different things! Here is my Trimmed Down but Not Out To Do List.
Get the Bird. Or, as we always say in our family, The Boiyd. My fridge is empty, clean and waiting for the Bird to begin the Dry Brine Process. This year’s brine: Sea Salt; Lemon Rind; Rosemary & Thyme. I was going to go yesterday, but a heavy rain storm dampened y enthusiasm for a giant shopping trip. Today is bright, sunny and perfect Turkey weather.
Commit to the Two Stuffing Menu I was going to only make one stuffing, a traditional Sage and Sausage. Then, I unpacked my treasure trove of Thanksgiving recipes and back-issues of Bon Appetit and Gourmet and there was my fave Artichoke & Sausage stuffing. How can I not make that? There’s casual and then there’s wasting an opportunity to eat artichokes.
Stock up on Cranberries In whole fruit, cocktail, and sparkling form. In sauces, chutney and confit. Where there are Dolans, there must be cranberries. It’s our family’s official fruit. It we had a family seal, it would include a Cranberry. (And a Honeybaked ham.) Are we clear? Never too many cranberry items at a Dolan Thanksgiving.
Squeeze in as Many Cardio Classes Between Now & Thursday at Noon I have my calendar marked with Zumba, BodyFit, Tabata and more. My mother in laws Cranberry Crisp is worth a two-a-day regime! And did I mention the two stuffing menu?
What’s on your Countdown to Thanksgiving? Who’s hosting? Guesting? Eating out? What’s your plan for the week. Let me know.
Embracing my Chaos, Lian