Hosts and cooks tend to worry too much about Thanksgiving dinner. There's no need to. Look at me, I haven't done anything at all about Thanksgiving dinner except to buy a turkey, and it's only a couple of days away. My lackadaisical approach is endorsed by Grub Street, which has helpfully published a list of simple ways to ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving feast. Don't worry about the first tip; it's already too late for that one. Here's a sampling of the rest:
3. Do not make green-bean casserole.
This monstrous dish — beans, mushroom soup, onions from a can — only became a Thanksgiving staple because huge industrial food companies tricked people into thinking it's good. It is not good. It's like a dish full of bubbling mushy green slugs, with canned onion rings. Don't force your guests to participate in this charade.
4. Serve a lot of alcohol.
Offer wine, beer, and pre-made pitchers of cocktails. (And, if you're doing the cooking, hold a bottle of nice wine back in the kitchen, pours from which you can use to lure people to help you.) If everyone is sauced, they won't care that you left a few lumps in your mashed potatoes, and you can just blame your wine-lured helpers if anything doesn't turn out.
The post includes a handy link to places that will even cook for you, if you live in New York City. But from my experience, the real key for cooks is #7. Read the rest at Grub Street. -via Slate
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