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It sounded like a good idea at the time: you, in your first real apartment, eager to show the whole fam just how grown-up you now are, offering to host Thanksgiving chez vous this year. But now it's one week till the big day, a fact you still can't quite believe because you feel like it was just yesterday you were recovering from that Halloween party hangover. And as you start planning your turkey day feast, a panic slowly starts to descend as you realize: you have no idea what you're doing.
Which is why we're here to ensure you're not left fumbling. Here's the lowdown on some of those basic Thanksgiving questions -- including the ones that seem too dumb to ask aloud. Because hey, we've been there ourselves. So we're not judging; we're just here to help...
can I do
No, you won't have time to squeeze in an apple pie if you get up really, really early because A) you'll have way too much else to do on turkey day, and B) waking up early and inevitably cranky is not a dandy way to start an already potentially stressful day. But a lot of your baking can be done well in advance, which is good, because that oven'll pretty much be monopolized by the turkey for most of Thanksgiving day. If you're planning to make homemade rolls or bread, for instance, they can be baked pretty much whenever you feel like it and popped in the freezer (wrap in foil and seal in a plastic freezer bag). Thaw them at room temp on the big day and reheat in a 350F oven while your cooked turkey's resting. As for the requisite pies, bake 'em the day before; these can be reheated, again in a 350F oven, while you're enjoying dinner.
You'd also be smart to make sure you're properly equipped with whatever doodads, gadgets, and whatsits you'll need for the big day. Check your inventory of place settings, glasses, and serve ware. Read over all your recipes to see whether there are any specific pots, pans, or other cooking tools you'll need to prep your feast. Last but not least, make sure the turkey fits in your roasting pan, and the pan plus turkey fits in your oven. And don't wait till the night before to test this out.
do I avoid
accidentally inflicting food
on my guests?