And so, we conclude, the Great Thanksgiving Feast.
We had appetizers.
We had turkey.
We had some vegetables.
We had rolls.
We had a bunch of desserts.
And we learned some lessons.
Use your space effectively:
Cans of beans make great cookbook holders:
Butter, and tripods, are your friends.
Keep all your recipes together
Keep your workspace clean
Use an second (nicer) camera
Again, chaos happens
Post-it Notes are your friends
As is mise en place
Anything that can be done ahead, do it. If it can be made and frozen, do it. If it can be peeled and cut, do it.
Complicated decor is overrated. Plants rock.
Cover your tables in butcher paper, put out crayons and let everyone write what they are thankful for this year.
Gingerbread houses will keep any number of people busy for hours
Keep some things simple
Utilize your resources effectively
Serve buffet style
Accept the failure will happen and not everything can be perfect
And remember, amidst all the cooking, all the planning, all the shopping, all the dishes and all the house guests, to give thanks.