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Old 11-20-2006, 02:05 AM   #11
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Have been to many Thanksgivings meals, and have tossed a few myself.

And quite honestly, I cannot remember the food, just the people.

Thanksgiving is about bringing family and friends together.

At least in MHO.

Do your best (no one can ask for anything more) and relax.

Oh yes, and prepare anything you can before hand, especially casseroles. They can go in the nuker to be reheated.
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Old 11-20-2006, 03:12 AM   #12
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At the moment it must seem overwhelming, the thought of 10 people in your house to eat dinner! Well, as others have said, relax . Turkey isn't difficult and there is definitely that 20-30 minute let it sit time to deal with finishing things off in the oven. If you're making mashed potatoes and aren't comfortable making gravy there's no shame in using the canned stuff. No one needs to know and probably no one will care. I take it you wouldn't invite people who would be critical of it, would you? Uh, let me rephrase that, considering family members are often the most critical... you wouldn't invite anyone whose criticism would actually hurt your feelings... uh, let me rephrase that...

You'll be fine! Just make as much ahead of time as you can and relax and enjoy the day and the food!

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Old 11-20-2006, 10:17 AM   #13
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No worries! It's also my 1st Thanksgiving but I don't get even get to cook for family, it's going to be 7 or 8 of my fiancee's work friends. I'm going to make a bunch of things ahead of time, some of them probably today, but I think I'm going to do most of my prep tomrrow... and whatever dishes I can that can be safely reheated the next day.
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Old 11-25-2006, 05:59 PM   #14
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Welcome to DC and I am sure your first Thanksgiving will turn out great. Do your best and everything will turn out fine.

Remember to prepare everything ahead of time and they all can be reheated.
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