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know youíre getting old when you actually turn down a "real"
adultís invite to their Thanksgiving dinner because youíve decided
that this year, at long last, youíre finally ready to host your very
own turkey day. Yup, this year Iím not flying back to the parentsí
place in Boston, or joining my cousins out in L.A. Ė Iím avoiding
that hellish holiday traffic and staying put right here in Tucson
instead. Where the plan is to serve up a small feast of my own, to be
enjoyed with my sweetie, his sister, and a few good friends.
Hosting your own Thanksgiving this year? With just a little bit of
planning ahead, you can ensure a stress-free Thanksgiving get-together
thatís as much fun for super-host(ess) you as it is for your lucky
a headcount so you know how many bellies youíll be feeding.
The big question, for the first time Thanksgiving host(ess):
just how much turkey should you get? Estimate 1.5 lb. of turkey
per person, and you should have plenty for leftovers. Because
what, after all, is Thanksgiving without the enormous excess?
all means assign people to bring dishes. Donít try and play
delegate! Youíll no doubt be taking care of
the bird and stuffing, so feel free to farm out as much of the
rest of the work as you like.
shopping list. Donít forget to include beverages
(unless youíve assigned this task to someone else), as well
as disposable aluminum roasting pans (assuming you donít
already have a good roasting pan of your own). An instant-read
thermometer is also essential, for determining when your
turkeyís properly cooked, and youíll need cotton twine
to tie up your bird. Of course, donít forget to stock up on napkins
the time now to clean out your fridge and
freezer. That moldy
tub of yogurt, those freezer-burned chicken tenders Ö thatís
right, get rid of absolutely everything that you possibly can.
Youíll need all the room you can get to make room for all
the Thanksgiving foodstuffs and potables.
lounge . nourish
host . laze
. home .