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 Posted By: TaterTot 
Nov 6  # 1 of 4
For me deciding what to make is not the hard part during the holidays, its having enough time to prepare everything. I am always on the go. Looking for opinions, what do you think about the 2 hour turkey recipe at Best Ever Thanksgiving ? Who else here is time crunched often?
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 Posted By: chubbyalaskagriz 
Nov 7  # 2 of 4
The Turkey Recipe looks like a great idea, TaterTot! Most folks are busy/busy, so anything that can help is great. One can also plan a SUPER FAST T-Giving Day menu by baking l'il cornish game hens (45 min. to 1 hr. roasting time)- kinda cool, 'cause they're really pretty and look exactly like a miniature turkey on each plate!

Working in commercial kithcens for so many years- and with Thanksgiving Brunches being SO hugely popular w/ sometimes 100's or even 1000's attending, we did many things in advance and some of the practices can prove really handy in home kitchens too. So much can be done a day- or even a few days in advance. And some things can even be done WELL AHEAD (like pies) and frozen.

Potatoes for mashing can be peeled the day before and refrigerated in a pot/bowl of water- they can even be cooked/mashed the day before and spooned into a buttered casserole for re-heating in the oven alongside the turkey! (I mix a little dry ranch dressing mix, cream cheese and shredded cheddar into mashed potatoes, chill overnight and bake the next day!). Sweet potatoes can be done the same way. As can green bean casserole, scalloped corn pudding, creamed spinach, cornbread dressing, etc.

If I'm feeding a larger crowd, I make a lot of appetizer trays and foo-foo platters to put out early as company are arriving too- and all of them I do the day before- like a crudite/relish tray, devilled eggs, smoked salmon, cheese & fruit, etc.

Somtimes, w/ really careful pre-planning all one really needs to do the actual day of the holiday is carve the bird and make the gravy!
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 Posted By: TaterTot 
Nov 11  # 3 of 4
you are right :) pre planning is essential. i see you are from alaska! must be so beautiful there. hey just to let you know safeway's sister store is carrs in alaska so they have the recipe too at Carrs there is also a planning guide tool to help with the careful pre planning you talked about.

thats great that you have experience in a commercial kitchen, very cool. I have talked to a few friends who recommended baking ahead of time and freezing the goods. haha I never knew you could keep cookies frozen for so long and still keep the taste according to a friend of mine. best of luck with Thanksgiving...enjoy.
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 Posted By: chubbyalaskagriz 
Nov 12  # 4 of 4
I lived in Alaska for 13 years and last Spring made a permanent full-time return home to Illinois, near family, where I was raised. Illinois is cool- but Alaska is absolutely wonderful. I could go back in a heartbeat... And I am definitely familiar with Carrs. My preferred chain up their is Fred meyer- but Carr's is a very close quality second!