Some Thanksgiving Help

Yes, I realize it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but we just can’t get our minds off of Turkey Day. So, we’ve decided to put our obsession to good use and help those of you haven’t yet started your Thanksgiving day menu planning.

Does that sound like you? If so, you might find this Thanksgiving eCookbook REALLY helpful. I know I would have (had I been in charge). Just click on the link, print or scroll through the 35+ recipes. It’ll be a good time, I promise.

Can’t load a PDF? Well here’s another Guide to the Perfect Thanksgiving Get-Together. I’m telling you, we have tons of Thanksgiving meal advice over here. And if that’s not enough, we’ve got the Ultimate Thanksgiving Meal Planner too.

But if you think your recipe beats these turkeys out of the water, submit it Recipe4Living’s Thanksgiving Recipes Contest!

So with that, happy planning everyone. Thanksgiving is now officially 2 weeks from today. Get cracking!

-Hillary, missing Thanksgiving already…oh the irony.
Editor, Recipe4Living

  • melissa

    I need homemade side dish ideas (no cream of mushroom soup green bean casserole this year!) so thank you for the links/guides. much appreciated.

  • melissa

    ok, I flipped through the pdf guide that I printed… I see the casserole in there hahaha. ;P love the stuffing recipe, which I will use, and it will be my first homemade one. :) I can’t wait – thanksgiving is my favorite day of the year.

  • Hillary

    Melissa – Glad this helps you! Haha…sorry we had to include those casseroles in there with the rest of them. They’re still appreciated by some! Hehe.

  • JEP

    Great resources! Love corn casserole & the spinach casserole sounds especially good. Recipe4Living provides tons of good recipes & ideas—thanks!

  • melissa

    actually I just bought the stuff for green bean casserole today – my husband gave me a distressed look when I told him I was considering not making it this year. ;) and honestly, I love it too. I always say a bite of that with stuffing, cranberry and turkey all together is wonderful.

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  • Alisa

    Just a little something my Mother wrote out for me years ago and every year it helps keep me organized:

    Day’s Before Thanksgiving:
    Have on hand: Salt, pepper, relishes, olives etc. flour, string & turkey skewers

    4 Days Before:
    1) Clean our refrigerator
    2) Shop for groceries
    3) If Turkey is frozen put in refrigerator

    3 Days Before:
    1) Make sure you have enough bowls, platers & serving dishes, for serving

    2 Days Before:
    1) Do you have all the groceries you need
    2) Clean house! This way you only have to go over lightly Thanksgiving Day.

    1 Day Before:
    Most of this should be done in the evening :)
    1) Chop onions & celery for dressing
    2) Wash turkey inside & out (remove innards drain, pat dry. Then store in roaster in refrigerator with cheesecloth, wet dish cloth or wet WHITE paper towels.
    3) Boil heart, giblet liver & neck in 1 quart of salted water until tender; (I only use the meat from the neck in the dressing). Remove & cool. Strain liquid in a quart jar & refrigerate (this This liquid will be use for the gravy … turns out awesome)
    4) Bake Pie … YUM :)

    Morning of Thanksgiving:
    It will depend on how long your turkey needs to cook, on what time in the a.m. you will need to start:
    1) Salt cavity of turkey, coating all of inside don’t forget neck cavity.
    2) Mix dressing according to package (don’t forget to chop up the neck meat & add… this gives your dressing added flavor! YUM!
    3) Stuff (with dressing) cavity of neck opening first, close using metal skewer. Stuff cavity opening next. Use skewers & string to close opening. If there is not enough skin to cover opening you can use aluminum foil. Tie legs together over opening.
    4) Put oil over whole bird, put in roaster & back

    Estimated cooking time @ 325 degrees:
    8-12 lb bird = 4 – 4 1/2 hours
    12-16 lb bird = 4 1/2 – 5 hours
    and so on …

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!

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