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Nov. 17, 2011 6:08 pm 
Updated: Dec. 26, 2011 5:11 pm
     A few weeks ago I blogged about the Perfect Gravy.


     Since my Mother-in-Law passed away, it has been up to us youngun's to prepare the Thanksgiving Dinner. I also know there are other people in the same boat as I am --still a novice at preparing the feast. So as I was pondering how Thanksgiving was going to turn out this year, I happened across 2 make ahead gravy recipes here on AR.
So, of course I am always trying to improve in the kitchen so I got this BIG IDEA. Why not combine the perfect gravy recipe and use the tips for the make ahead gravy to make Thanksgiving easier?
Here is the Blog I wrote in case you missed it and also the Perfect Gravy article  from Family Circle.
In a nutshell, the Perfect Gravy helps anyone make gravy without lumps and you also don't run out of gravy. The Make Ahead Gravy recipes allow you to make the gravy ahead of time.
If anyone has any other tips on how to get the feast to the table faster or easier please feel free to drop me a line.<<

     The Make Ahead Gravy Recipes from AR:<<

So I am sure there are those of you who need help like I do and maybe this crazy idea or not so crazy idea will help make the Thanksgiving Dinner a Feast instead of a feat.


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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Nov. 17, 2011 6:25 pm
Sue And I Have Been Making Turkey Dinner For 35 Years, And Always Have Fun Doing It. This Year Is Guess What Turkey, Yep that's right, Corn (from the Indians), Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Dinner Rolls, And Pumpkin Pie. The Gravy Is One Of The Most Important Things For Dinner, It's Got To Be Perfect.
Nov. 17, 2011 6:36 pm
King Sparta sounds like you have the Perfect Feast.
Nov. 18, 2011 1:36 am
Here are my T'giving tips - 1. Make a plan & work your plan - no matter if your menu is simple or complex having a menu, shopping list and to-do list will help on the big day. 2. accept offers of help - most people want to contribute, let them! 3. free up your stove on T day by making pies earlier in the week, casseroles the night before and using crockpot for sides. I always cook my collard greens in my crock pot! 4.Enjoy...a happy host = happy guests
Nov. 18, 2011 5:38 am
Gahsmom-Thanks for the advice. I especially like the crock pot idea!
Nov. 18, 2011 6:23 am
Yes, good tips. I make my mashed potatoes the day ahead and refrigerate. On TDay, I put them in my smaller crockpot (2.5 qt. I think) and reheat on low until hot and click down to keep warm. Avoids all the straining, mashing, washing the pot, and you can serve it right in the removable crock. Really helps to simplify things. If you want to get them hotter faster, you can microwave them to reheat in the crockpot crock and then just put it back into the crockpot metal sleeve and leave on keep warm.
Nov. 18, 2011 6:24 am
Make sure not to put the metal crockpot outer part in the microwave. Just the ceramic insert.
Nov. 18, 2011 6:47 am
Covergirl good tips-I never thought of using the crockpot. I just got this buffet style crockpot that has 3 crocks--I think that would work just great. Each crock is 2 qt.
Nov. 18, 2011 1:25 pm
The best tip I can offer is to remember it doesn't have to be the same as someone else. Create your own traditions and don't worry if it isn't perfect. The point is to enjoy your family and friends and remember to be grateful for what you have. Don'y ruin the day for yourself obsessing over the food. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 18, 2011 2:10 pm
BigShotsMom Thanks-I will keep that in mind.
Nov. 21, 2011 8:37 pm
Lela, I so wish I could help you with your person :)
Nov. 22, 2011 7:43 am
Thanks Mauigirl, Happy Thanksgiving to you! I was just thinking about you and wanted to add you to my favorite chefs. I also was thinking of making an apple pie with your pie crust. We have pumpkin pie, but my son isn't found of pumpkin.
Nov. 22, 2011 7:46 am
I meant fond-of pumpkin pie. Too much on my mind today. Shopping list for last minute Thanksgiving items.
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I enjoy cooking for our family sit down dinners. Although my kids are grown, we are a close family that enjoys 4-5 sit down dinners a week together. My family's favorite dinner is chicken enchiladas smothered in green chili. I have a passion for cooking, baking for the holidays and food photography.
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I am family oriented and spend time with my family enjoying meals. My favorite things to cook are Mexican food and any food my family asks me to cook. My family looks forward to home cooked Mexican food at least once a week and Italian food.
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I am on a journey to reclaim family recipes that were lost when the cooks in my family passed away. Cooking traditions are a major part of my passion for cooking. On Christmas Eve, we always had green chili and tamales. Cookie baking, lemon bars, pizzelles , and potica have been a must at Christmas as long as I can remember. My family looks forward to homemade pizza, when we gather as a family to decorate the Christmas cookies. Thanksgiving wouldn't be Thanksgiving without noodles and gravy piled high on mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie, and broccoli and rice casserole. On the 4th of July, there is the 4th of July Potato Salad that I make using 10 pounds of potatoes. Mexican Food is part of our weekly menu--green chili served over mashed potatoes or as a slopper (green chili poured over hamburgers.) I am always making tortillas for someone. They call my tortillas little white pieces of gold. Saturdays are Family night for dinner. It is the one day my kids can request a meal.
My cooking triumphs
Seeking help on the Buzz and the AR Blog has resulted in a few triumphs. I am extremely ecstatic about overcoming the yeast monster. I can now bake baguettes, focaccia and the best rolls in the world, my Grandma Rita's Butter Rolls.
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My first attempts at baking bread/rolls resulted in rock hard flat rolls. However, I am improving. Baking at High Altitude is somewhat of a challenge.
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