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I've hosted Thanksgiving and love it! My tips for you:
**I purchased an 18 qt. roaster at WalMart last year. I have since cooked about a dozen turkeys in it (I usually buy a 16-18 lb bird) and it is the best! Your oven is freed up, and the bird is unbelievably moist. Also, you can't mess up with it, as it slow cooks. The meat falls off the bone, and your guests think you are a cooking genius. (PS -cleanup is a snap too) I now use the roaster so much that I got rid of my crockpot. (oh - and the roaster was really cheap!)
**Make a menu now and try each item once/week. See how you can change it around to perfect it for your meal. Write down exactly how much time it takes to do each step.
**Even though I love to make homemade brioche rolls, this is one meal where nobody cares if you purchase rolls. Order them from your local bakery (or grocery store bakery)the week before and they generally have pickups starting at 6am Thanksgiving day.
**If you want to have cookies on your menu, bake regular sugar cookies (perhaps with cinnamon) and cut them into autumn shapes. Freeze, then defrost 1 day before the big day. Have your kid(s) decorate them. Grandparents love this!
I'll try to remember more as the day progresses.
Again, welcome to our family!