Posts Tagged“Thanksgiving”

When it comes to traditional family gatherings such as Thanksgiving, many families have favorite recipes that are used every year and shared with newlyweds, friends, relatives and neighbors—anyone lucky enough to be invited to dinner. In my family, one of those recipes is Cranberry Fruit Sauce that I introduced November 27, 1975. In the 37 years since, it has become an annual family tradition. This year, my sister-in-law is preparing Thanksgiving for the extended family, and you can be sure this cranberry sauce will be on the table. (See below for recipe.)

 

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Cranberry sauce can be prepared a week or more before serving.
If you plan to make cranberry sauce with fresh cranberries, you don’t need to do the work on Thanksgiving Day. Make it ahead and store it in the fridge.

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No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake

Original recipe found on Diabetic Living
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One of the Solutions Staff members recently made a pumpkin cheesecake (pictured above) and brought it to the office to share.  It was a wonderful fall treat that is a mild option if you’re not looking to load up on sugar but yet still has good consistency and that much desired pumpkin flavor.  You won’t be disappointed, especially after reading the nutritional Stats.

As Thanksgiving nears, one of our teammate’s favorite seasonal items on Solutions.com is now in the spotlight.   Tom the Animated Turkey s a beloved character, and not for his oven-roasted flavor!  You could consider him a vegetarian’s favorite turkey, but we prefer to think of Tom as a cheerful surprise for holiday visitors.  We hear the animated turkey brings lots of smiles. Our customers who have purchased this turkey say it best.

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Here are some of our customer’s comments:

“Easy to set up, and a cute touch to the fall season.”

 

“I love these turkeys. I bought 2 and place them at different levels on my porch. I get lots of compliments and they make my house look unique for the holiday.”
– Phyllis

 

“Adorable! Excellent quality. This is a terrific greeter at your front door.”
– Cathy

 

“Love this Turkey. It sits in my bay window and looks so cool! It is a total eye catcher as people go by. Great quality at a great price!”
– Laurie

 

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When it comes to preparing that perfect Thanksgiving meal, timing can be everything! Here are 6 simple tips to help you plan ahead.

Printable Grocery List
  1. List List List. Plan your menu ahead of time and write a list of everything that needs to be bought at the store. Look through and organize your recipes and see what items can be prepared simultaneously.
  2. Chop and dice ahead. Vegetables can be chopped and cheese can be grated in advance. Store them in the fridge and make sure to label them according to each recipe.
  3. Think “potluck.” Hold a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner and assign a dish to each one of your guests.
  4. Prepare sauces ahead. Pies and cranberry sauces can be prepared a couple of days in advance. Just make sure not to forget about them!
  5. Dress your turkey early. Rinse, pat, salt and prepare the turkey as much as possible before it’s ready to cook in the oven.
  6. Skip the basting. Some say that basting a turkey is not worth the hassle, because it just runs off the skin. If you’re short on time, lightly coat the skin with olive or vegetable oil before putting the turkey in the oven. It will help seal in the natural juices—and give it that fresh out-of-the-oven look.

 

 

 

 

When it comes to preparing and planning that perfect menu on Thanksgiving Day, timing can be everything! Here are some simple tips to help you plan ahead.

Start fresh. Clean out your fridge before the holidays to make room for any delicious leftovers.

List List List. Plan your menu ahead of time and write a list of everything that needs to be bought at the store. Look through and organize your recipes and see what items can be prepared simultaneously.
Note: you may want to stock up on some items a week ahead of time, such as potatoes, vegetables, cream and butter.

Chop and dice ahead. Vegetables can be chopped and cheese can be grated in advance. Store them in the fridge and make sure to label them according to each recipe.

Think “potluck.” Hold a potluck-style Thanksgiving dinner and assign a dish to each one of your guests.

Prepare sauces ahead. Pies and cranberry sauces can be prepared a couple of days in advance. Just make sure not to forget about them!

Dress your turkey early. Rinse, pat, salt and prepare the turkey as much as possible before it’s ready to cook in the oven.

Serve soup. A warm fall soup can be prepared beforehand. Many soups taste even better the next day.

Use a slow cooker. To help save time from stuffing a turkey, you can cook the stuffing in your slow cooker. Remember to dry your breadcrumbs overnight.

Ice on the Go. For those last minute outings, several fast food restaurants sell bags of ice, even through their drive-through service. Make sure to be mindful of holiday hours.

Order pre-sliced. If all else fails and you’re not in the mood to cook, some places offer pre-sliced ham or turkey. Make sure to call ahead of time. You can also buy a pre-cooked turkey from the grocery store.

Skip the basting. Some say that basting a turkey is not worth the hassle, because it just runs off the skin. If you’re short on time, lightly coat the skin with olive or vegetable oil before putting the turkey in the oven. It will help seal in the natural juices—and give it that fresh out-of-the-oven look.

Make a “special” dish. Find out ahead of time if anyone on your guest list has special diet needs. For those vegetarians, for instance, pre-plan a dish or two that might not require meat or chicken broth.

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Part of the enjoyment of a holiday meal for me (besides eating it!) is preparing it. I don’t usually get so involved in my cooking, favoring quick, simple recipes that go better with my busy schedule. Thanksgiving gives me a great opportunity to putter around in the kitchen and feel domestic. What I don’t enjoy is the cleanup!

Here are some tips I use to cut after-dinner cleanup down as much as possible so I can spend more time with family and friends:

From cleanup to piecrusts to recipes, we’ve shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving tips with you. Now it’s your turn! Got a mouthwatering recipe for stuffing? Maybe you know a foolproof way of keeping lumps out of the gravy. Or perhaps you have a unique idea for dressing up your holiday table with party favors or a special centerpiece.

Whether it’s a clever cleaning tip, cooking shortcut or family recipe, we’d love to hear about it. Comments are open below.