the appetizer:

Prepare for the winter party season with Seriously Simple Holidays by Diane Rossen Worthington, featuring recipes like Winter Chopped Salad; Roast Duck Legs with Caramelized Shallots and Garlic; and Savory Bread Pudding with Bacon, Peppers, and Spinach.

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Thanksgiving Planning Countdown

The menu above looks long, but I don't expect that you'll make the entire meal yourself. Thanksgiving dinner is often a potluck affair, so pick and choose which foods you'd like to prepare, and ask guests to bring other items. This countdown includes, everything—eliminate any steps that are irrelevant.

 

1 MONTH BEFORE:

 

2 WEEKS BEFORE:

 

1 WEEK BEFORE:

 

SATURDAY BEFORE:

 

MONDAY:

 

TUESDAY:

 

WEDNESDAY:

 

THANKSGIVING DAY:

 

Approximate roasting times for an unstuffed turkey roasted at 325 degrees F:

Use this only as a guide to help budget your time, keeping in mind that the doneness of an unstuffed turkey should always be judged by its internal temperature rather than just by the clock. Times also vary depending on the oven temperature. Loosely cover the bird with aluminum foil if it gets too brown to avoid burning the skin.

When testing for doneness, insert an instant-read thermometer into the innermost part of the thigh without touching the bone. When the internal temperature reads 170 degrees F, remove the turkey from the oven and cover it loosely with aluminum foil. The bird will continue to cook while resting for 20 minutes, allowing you time to finish the gravy and to prepare to carve. The internal temperature will rise to about 175 degrees F.

 

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